I haven’t fallen off the edge of the Earth, although it might look like it. I’ve been contemplating and working since I posted that I was Taking Time To Think about Tucson. Thus, my time has been made up of one part making money on unrelated assignments and one part mediating on the shooting and its aftermath.
I admit to being rather flummoxed by Tucson, especially by the resulting debate about the responsibility pundits and politicians and their rhetoric may or may not bear for the violence. I’ve already written one complete post, which still doesn’t seem quite right, and thus, hasn’t been published. Everything I produce feels decidedly, well, not good, and I don’t mean the quality of the writing. The impact of saying what I want to say would probably be most decidedly un-good, so I’m staying silent, at least for the moment.
The only thing that has made sense to me is to shrug out of the stereotypical blogger persona. Blame, fury and snark can’t be the point of my post, which makes it hard to write because blame, fury and snark have been my constant companions lately. The only solution I’ve been able to stumble on has been to write about my own emotional reaction to Tucson and ignore what everyone else is saying. I hope to get that post finished and up on this blog very soon.
Meanwhile, the quest continues. I’m happy to announce that I’ve got my first paying assignment based on the search for goodness. That won’t be published for a couple of months, so I can’t provide details right now. More later when the work is done and the article is up online.
I’m also pleased to announce that I’ve completed an interview with Duke University Professor Ruth Grant. Her book, In Search of Goodness, with contributions from philosophers, political scientists and theologians, will be published in April. I’m working on an article based on that interview. More on that later.
And so that’s it. I’m more than seven months into this quest. Progress is being made, although more quietly than before. I feel like I’m finally beginning to understand the way people think about morality. Living goodness, of course, is a far different from thinking about it.
143 days to go.
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