These yearnings for civility, like Hawking’s longing for cosmic travel, may seem like a commendable response to the times. They are not our better angels, though.
In the bygone ages of Woodrow Wilson or John F. Kennedy ’40, Bill Clinton or Barack Obama, America might have offered some sort of policy or moral guidance. But no longer in the era of President Donald Trump, Twitter tirades, and trade wars.
We must work to cultivate a space in which gods, spirits, the secular, and the queer can cohabitate.
That Bacow is our incoming president may well prove to be a win-win scenario.
This author offers an alternative to the usual incrementalism. Zuckerberg and his cohort should surrender their platforms.
To speak of the Jewish diaspora as though those people have always been splattered across the Earth is to deny their cohesive origin and the violent act through which they were divided.