I am a beginning blogger, and this is my first post. I suppose I have worried that blogging would degenerate into a form of navel gazing, or a mere outlet for prejudices, half-baked opinions, and personal stories. I have aspirations of writing things that are meaningful, analytic, and in a somewhat academic vein. At the same time, I believe that thought and life are not, or should not be, too distinguishable. My intention in writing a blog is simple: to gain experience writing and to hold myself accountable for my thoughts in front of a large audience. Indeed, the largest audience of all-the Internet. So I here convoke my journey into the world of cyber-opinion and amateur editorial. May we find ourselves friends and peers in the great quest of the modern age.