I’ve been writing the same book all my life, like almost every would-be writer has. As I’ve grown older, it’s grown in scope, and, I hope, depth. But its basic ideas have remained the same, and I’ve been cooking it slowly in my sometimes addled, rapidly aging brain for almost five decades. Lately I’ve been trying to boil it down to 3-5 “big” ideas, an arbitrary but worthy goal, in attempt to kick-start my ambitious project.
So what are the big ideas, you ask? Well, in no particular order of importance, I offer the following list:
- We should never substitute a partial truth for the whole truth
- Tension–and not diversity–is at the heart of inclusion
- Human beings are all half messed up
- All beliefs rest on faith
- Love is a gift we offer to others without expecting anything in return
I’m sure there are plenty of other ideas to explore, especially as I try to piece together my magnum opus. But this is as good a place as any to start, and it’s time to share my thoughts with anyone willing and foolish enough to listen.