We begin to make promises to others by having “a domain of our own”: It is a first step toward “standing by our words” in the digital realm. As [Wendell] Berry says, “We are speaking where we stand, and we shall stand afterwards in the presence of what we have said.” By taking back the responsibility of our words from the Headmasters, by ceasing to live on their bounty, we step away from the “merely provisional” uses of language and toward genuine accountability. We thereby make a small promise to the future, and take a step toward giving those who come after us cleaner earth to till. We may also wish them good weather — but that, too, largely depends on the promises we make, and our fidelity in keeping them.

Alan Jacobs, “Tending the Digital Commons: A Small Ethics toward the Future,” The Hedgehog Review (Spring 2018)

Via Matt Miller.

“Elephants have right of way. Do not obstruct.”
“Elephants have right of way. Do not obstruct.”

People naturally avoid the elephant in the room. Apparently, we don’t have the same sense when we meet one in the road.

“Um, guys? That buzzing isn’t the sound of heavy machinery…”
“Um, guys? That buzzing isn’t the sound of heavy machinery…”

Yeti talk entertains our family while we’re near the Himalayas. The Indian Army claims to have found footprints. A few weeks too late for April Fools’?

Source: BBC.

Let this note be a foothold for hope. Hope doesn’t hide. Hope speaks where it stands.

Distraction is an old problem, and so is the fantasy that it can be dodged once and for all. There were just as many exciting things to think about 1,600 years ago as there are now. Sometimes it boggled the mind.

Jamie Kreiner, “How to reduce digital distractions: advice from medieval monks,” Aeon (Apr 24, 2019)

It’s worth it to see it through.

Dave Brunn in “Translation and Teamwork: A Conversation with Dave Brunn, Part 2”

What’s worth it? Working with people. Partnership in the gospel. Brotherly love.

When you’re with beauty, in art or in nature, you tend to move at Kairos time — slowly, serenely but thickly.

… the first sacred thing in the Bible is not a thing, it is a time period, the seventh day. …

Mako has the sorts of thoughts one has when you live at a different pace. He is, he says, a border stalker.

… He is one of those people who live on the edges of groups and travel between groups, bringing news from outside.

… [His book] advocates an environmental movement for the culture — replacing the harsh works that flow from fear with works that are generous, generative and generational.

That last word is a breath from another age. What would it mean to live generationally once in a while, in a world that now finds the daily newspaper too slow?

David Brooks, “Longing for an Internet Cleanse: A small rebellion against the quickening of time,” The New York Times (Mar 28, 2019)

Good news:

Want to improve creativity? Then pursue friendships and experiences that are more diverse and cross-cultural, according to research by Van de Vyver and Crisp (“Crossing Divides: The friends who are good for your brain,” BBC).