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For Such a Time as This

“Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.” —Lin Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
I do not believe it requires much further explanation when I say that our nation is now in a perilous state. The right and left disagree about what the danger is, but we all agree the danger is real.
I also believe it will not take much convincing to tell you that this disagreement—an understatement if there ever was one—is a very large and persistent part of the danger we are in. That we cannot agree on even the most basic facts of reality means that we have literally lost the ability to communicate with each other. And that does not bode well for the hope of reconciliation. Can you even imagine what reconciliation would look like right now? I’ll confess it presently strains the limits of my imagination. It is the room in the house where the fire is the most high.
It is important not to forget, however, that this is not the only place where the danger lies. The fire distracts us while th…

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