My philosophy? Conflict is creative.
Rather than shy away from tough questions, I want to ask them. I want to expose them to the light, welcome a multitude of voices, and see what emerges. Conflict is powerful, not because it destroys, but because it shows you where to look for that regenerative spark. If you can tap the spark with a grounded connection, creativity is inevitable.
I have many passions, and I love collecting new ones, but there’s a few that have stuck: strategies for community building, women’s health and wisdom, and opening up conversations around American policy to include a global context.
Our world is increasingly integrated, and Americans are falling behind in our ability to communicate with people around the world. I hope that, by writing about current affairs from a grounded, open-minded perspective I can offer a forum for exploring American cultural barriers to access a deeper, more complex understanding of the outside world.
Personally, I want to find a cultural bridge between the United States and countries in the Middle East. And if I can’t find one, I’ll build one. Hopefully we can move toward this definition of tension, rather than stay in a cycle of violence:
“I must confess that I am not afraid of the word ‘tension.’ I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension that is necessary for growth.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Why We Can’t Wait (1963)
If you want to talk taboos, I’m all ears. I’m not on a mission to convince you I’m right, because I’m prepared to be wrong. Hopefully you’ll reciprocate, and we’ll learn a lot in the process.
Wishing you peace, love, and mind-blowing dialogue ;D,