This website will be undergoing changes soon. I’ve had it up and running for about 14 months now, but am still experimenting with how to balance this site with my law practice.
After doing some thinking, it seems the most appropriate thing to do is to keep this site more active as a series of personal reflections about my journey as a lawyer committed to positive social change.
These are interesting times: a period of unprecedented material abundance, yet deep unhappiness. Technology has united the world, but capital and politics appear more eager than ever to keep the human race apart.
And smart, highly educated young adults find themselves without work, without purpose, and looking at a world that in many respects shouldn’t be so ugly.
As I get older, I realize that the quest for positive social change is also the quest for positive personal change. I want to live in a world where people take better care of each other and use their talents to inspire the best in human kind.
If this is the world I want, I realized that this is the journey I must walk as well.
Gandhi said this more eloquently: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
I believe fervently that while there is much out of place in this world, there is so much that is right — so many accomplishments that people have made in the name of social progress, even just in the last 100 years. Things like slavery, sexism and racism were tolerated for tens of thousands of years and are now considered rightfully repugnant. People died from diseases that are now easily prevented with a childhood vaccine.
In the face of so much progress, it would be a great shame for educated people to hold their hands up in despair at the current state of things. The battles that I think lie ahead — greater social justice, greater economic opportunities, technology in the service of the planet and not in the service of greed, and a more unified species that holds itself with dignity, compassion and civilization — are really the final stages of much greater struggles that have been already won. This is the last leg of a long marathon.
Can those who feel in their hearts — who know in their hearts — that a better world is possible give up now? Of course not.
I look forward to detailing my own journey on this blog. Happy Sunday.