Time was when we had a neutral commons where those of us who wanted to say something could say it, try to earn people’s attention, and choose whether to give them our own. I’m speaking of course of the internet—a long decade ago, before social media swallowed it whole.
In Why Religion Matters, Huston Smith argues for the importance of having and articulating a worldview. “Life’s problems press so heavily on us that we seldom take time to reflect on the way our unconscious attitudes and assumptions about the nature of things affect the way we perceive what is directly before us.”
To sustain a weekly column over a 40-year period requires paying attention—and getting more than a little help from others. Columnists’ eyes are always open for some entertaining tidbit. Their paws are poised, ready to pounce on ideas and nuggets of information.