I’m reminded that this active engagement of thought is not only good for me, but is in fact the way I become me.
In addition to the material conditions of enacting thought, we’ve touched lightly on the virtues necessary to enact thought as Jacobs describes it.
In Alan Jacobs’ How to Think, Jacobs offers a (self-consciously) unpopular account of thinking for a world inundated by thinkpieces and hot takes.
In my own context of Christianization and capital punishment, the argument must be discussed not only at the level of policy, but at the level of Scripture.
Participants in DACA—for all their model behavior—do not access hardly any social programs available to U.S. citizens. They are persons in limbo, living in the only country they have known, having literally arrived under the supervision of their parents, and now asked to leave that country, expelled into a country they do not know.
The stories of The Refugees do not follow one single thread, save this: leaving one world and entering another is not a zero-sum game. For the figures of Nyguen’s stories, travelling over the ocean does not mean that the past resides in family homes; the present is a constant act of integration, bricolage performed over and over again, carving out space for the past.