"On the Perch" will discuss the complexities of seeing most issues from at least two points of view. Some manifestations:
- I call myself a Democrat but get angry when people say Ralph Nader has no right to run for President.
- I very passionately support the right of gay Americans to get married, but believe just as strongly that many of the people I grew up with--who oppose this right--are not bad people.
- I'd rather live on the coasts than in the heartland, but am glad that I grew up in central Ohio.
Why "on the perch" rather than "on the fence?" Because the fence is too close to the action; I like to think that, most of the time, the "perch" allows one to be more objective. Maybe the perch is a cop-out.
The essay will address these themes, in a way that guards against solipsism. For since there is nothing new under the sun, I eventually need to consult other writings on this issue (maybe I need to talk to Martin Mueller, my professor at Northwestern who says you always have to take sides eventually.) At first, though, I will write until I'm comfortably able to express my own thoughts.
The ultimate destination for this essay (I hope): a publication such as Agni or TriQuarterly. We'll see what happens.