I hope so too Elliot Nichols. I think so far it’s been a learning experience across the board. I know it has for me in terms of digging deeper into your motivations and being pleasantly surprised by both the amount of consideration and level of accountability you took on.
I am almost embarrassed to admit that if it hadn’t been you who wrote that piece, a writer who I respect and trust (though ultimately disagreed with), I probably would have been much more critical in my analysis of the event, and more than likely less willing to offer benefit of the doubt. That in itself leaves me conflicted over the ultimate accuracy and validity of my own critique. It’s complicated terrain, but I’m glad your piece was able to challenge some of my blanket assumptions.