I’m just a regular person who wants to create a brighter future for humanity. I’ve been many things: a missionary, a writer, an artist, a musician, a research physicist, and a teacher. My only religion is this: Live a life of grace, and do what you can to make the world a better place. At the moment, that means bridging divides and bringing people together to solve the bigger problems that threaten all of humanity.
When I look around, it’s clear to me that my country is falling apart. Social media, cable news, fear, hatred, and a growing disregard for the truth are fanning the flames of extremism and radicalization on both the Right and the Left. If we don’t find common ground and work together, our children will have nothing to look forward to but perpetual cultural and political trench warfare. The pendulum has to stop.
I’ve been everywhere on the political spectrum myself. When I was an Evangelical Christian, I fell into line with my tribe and adopted conservative views. After leaving the Church, I swung to the Left and became about as progressive as it is possible to be. But now, as I see the Right and the Left driving each other to further extremes in a process of mutual radicalization, I’ve decided that my place isn’t in one tribe or the other, but on the bridge between them — because what we desperately need more than anything else is healing.
The image at the top of this page is a metaphor I came up with to describe our situation. The devil represents the problems that threaten all of humanity. The figures clad in blue and red represent the various political and religious tribes into which we’re divided. While the devil is advancing his position and preparing to checkmate us, we’re gathered around nine squares in the back of the board, playing a stupid, petty game of tic-tac-toe. We need to stop being so pathetic. We need to lift our eyes up and play a higher game.
I’m currently working on a book about a former white supremacist. It will tell the story of how he got sucked into that movement, how his mind was eventually changed, and what he has done to get others out of the movement as well. In addition to that project, I’ll be posting essays here and videos on YouTube about how to find common ground and bridge the divides between the extremes that threaten to destroy us. If you would like to support me on Patreon, I would be most grateful.
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