In your comments, thank you for being thoughtful, practical, emotionally and cognitively balanced (i.e., able to say friendly and optimistic things to balance any anger or pessimism you may also feel and want us to feel), well-written, relevant to the post, courteous, constructive, non-sarcastic, cynical, bitter, or fatalistic, and for using your real name. Please no words in ALL CAPS (shouting), no tiresome repetition of a point (ranting), sparing use of exclamations, and reasonable length (five or fewer paragraphs ideally).
Your comment likely won’t get on the blog if it isn’t these things, in my imperfect judgment. Shorter and more targeted posts are also better for getting responses.
I look forward to editing and improving my posts as a result of any errors or bad thinking you point out, and look forward to changing my mind as a result of constructive dialog with and insights from readers. I won’t leave the original posts intact, but I will try to acknowledge changes made based on the comments in my responses.
Let’s try to practice Buddhist right speech (no false, divisive, or abusive speech, or idle chatter) and strive for Bohm dialog . The physicist David Bohm wrote a neat little book, On Dialog, 1990, about actively listening to each other, learning to think and feel the other’s point of view, surfacing and examining one’s own prejudices and biases, and practicing open, constructive communication to improve our understanding of each other and the world.
I consider this blog a great place to try humbly to help each other, learn and grow. I look forward to doing that with you in a constructive, courteous manner.
Please assume everything you see on this blog is under constant revision, just like you and I. Thanks.