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The white elephant in the room

Sam, you care deeply about people and about the state of the world. Why aren’t you writing about the obvious issues?

Any time I read the newspaper or listen to the news, I feel depressed and hopeless. I have no desire to write about these issues and feel more so. I am, however, encouraged by the activism of our students and many of my colleagues.

Did you enjoy the mixed metaphor? If you’re not sure what the elephant in the room or a white elephant are, I’m sure Bingle-ing the InterWeb will help.

I suppose I could have done better by doing something with the parable of the blind men and the elephant. However, as I noted, writing more about these issues just makes me feel worse.

I sincerely appreciate those of you who are taking an active role in trying to make a difference. I hope that I do my part by supporting you as people.

This essay has no endnotes. Deal. And yes, they are endnotes, not footnotes.

Version 1.0 of 2017-02-11.