My Eye-opening Second Reason for Writing

Over the past few years I’ve learned what it would take to climb a mountain in the Himalayas. I’ve studied supply lists for crossing the Pacific as a single sailor. I’ve wrapped my arms around high-frequency trading, come to understand the damage caused by oil exploration in the Niger Delta, and learned the history ofContinue reading “My Eye-opening Second Reason for Writing”

Stand By Me: loyalty versus all kinds of other things

Does anyone doubt that a real friend is someone who will stand by you, no matter what? Does anyone doubt that there are times to walk away from a friend? We hold both statements as self-evident truths and seldom trouble our souls with the contradiction that is implied. Yet in personal and public life weContinue reading “Stand By Me: loyalty versus all kinds of other things”