A belief of mine was well articulated by the historian David McCullough: “Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard.” Writing is a way of interacting with the world, and it is fundamental to understanding it. At the heart of every tweet, news article, and novel is the desire to make sense, communicate, or both; primarily, that is what I’m trying to do.

If I’m able to help decode some sliver of the world for a reader, then I’m happy. And if you disagree with something I say, please tell me why. Any well-prepared response is mutually beneficial: your thoughts become clearer by writing, and my thoughts become clearer by having their vulnerabilities and weaknesses pointed out.

However, like McCullough says, writing and thinking with clarity is hard. It takes practice; that is also why I’m here. Don’t spare me the benefit of the doubt, but know that I’m learning as I go.

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Thanks for visiting.

– Matt Fleck