Thanks for sharing your article with me, Mitch. You might be surprised to learn that I entirely agree with your statement:

“ . . . we, each and every one of us, has the capacity, or the potential, for the most profound evil.”

And I’m as progressive as they get (without being a paint-flinging, Washington-statue-demolishing demagogue). I’m sorry that you see no other option than divorce, because both sides lose way too much in that scenario. But if we judge whole swaths of the country based on the most extreme and anti-social actions of each side’s fringe, that is indeed where we may be headed. I sure hope not.

If we’re all able to face our shadow side and come to terms with it, we may have a chance. As you pointed out in your original love letter, the key is good will.

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