I started this writing project not because I believe I have a silver bullet, or that my views are unique, but because I am so scared by our changing climate that I’m trying to turn my whole life to face in that direction, and I hope to find a world full of other people similarly motivated. I write to egg myself on (optimism is my fuel and my most precious resource), and draw from experience, study and self examination. I hope to be wide open to critique that’s given in the spirit of generosity and engagement.

I focus on myself not because I think I’m more important than anyone else, but because I only have access to my own insides. My conviction is that if I look inward with enough integrity, I will find the world there. But our introspection has to inspire and guide our action if we’re to stand a chance. And right action begets delight.

The title Grandgather was originally a typo for grandfather I made while transcribing an interview. When I saw it, it seemed to describe very well the tactic of pulling from all disciplines and subjects; the wider I look the more fruitful structural comparisons have become.

“Why not simply leave the pathological questions out?

To this I reply in two ways: first, I say, irrepressible curiosity imperiously leads me on;

and I say, secondly, that it always leads to a better understanding of a thing’s significance to consider its exaggerations and perversions, its equivalents and substitutes and nearest relatives elsewhere.”

-William James, Varieties of Religious Experience


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