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In Search of a Shared National Narrative

In Search of a Shared National Narrative

We've seen these factional clusters deepen, harden, and separate, leading in turn to anger, misunderstanding, and hostility. Meanwhile, trust in institutions—government, business, the media, and higher education—continues to erode. Cultural warfare further splits our society, exposing fundamental differences about our views of justice and human nature. Unable to agree on first principles, we cannot agree on what it means to be American. As a result, we share few of the touchstones that, in the past, contributed to our national mythology. For instance, talk of the Thanksgiving holiday or Puritans now spawns debate over genocide of Native Americans. Talk of the Founding Fathers spurs reminders of the slave system they protected. Even the national anthem causes division in sports. As we disregard or dismantle these symbols and pastimes, thereby altering our national narrative, can we replace them with stories and rites to unite our various groups and maintain meaning in our American experiment?

The USA. A nation which can't acknowledge and forgive itself for it's past. It descends into factionalism.

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Unexceptional Racism by Drew Downs

At the root of American identity is an impossible paradox. A truth we wish could coexist so much, we would take up arms to defend it.

We want to be exceptional and equal at the same time. But we can’t. It’s impossible.

Sunday Paper is my personal collage of long-form articles, between 1,000 and 20,000 words, that I have saved during the weekend, that I found interesting and which I think require deep slow thinking. I think they are best read on a Sunday morning as a sort of personal Sunday newspaper. The pastor's writing is a…

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Lithium batteries banned from cargo holds on passenger flights in USA

US bans lithium batteries from cargo holds on passenger flights

While passengers won’t be required to change their behavior under the new ruleset, consumers may notice that batteries and charging devices shipped to them may arrive without a full charge.

This may also affect photographers travelling to workshops. I have four batteries for my Fuji X-T2. If I needed to bring along several lenses, a laptop, tripod, iPad Pro, iPhone battery pack, etc., I know this stuff would not fit in a carry-on bag.

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