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The Goal Should Be to De-Escalate

From my Twitter thread on January 6:

That thing where you draft a dozen tweets and publish none of them.

Because you have no faith that anyone is able to have rational, reasoned discussion on this platform. Or anywhere else for that matter.

It’s easier for level-headed individuals to be silent. And that’s part of the problem. When only the angriest, most divisive voices speak, those are the only voices heard.

To clarify, this should in no way indicate that I’m in support of the events from today. The people who broke into the capital should be charged in a federal court — throw the book at them.

I’ve seen a lot of outlandish comments since publishing this thread — a lot of anger and erratic calls for extreme measures of various sorts. And I get it, it was a truly sad day for our country and heightened emotions are to be expected. But this should not be met with further escalation. Escalation is what brought us here.

We need to find a way to calm everyone down, to reduce the ever-widening gap between the two groups in this hyper-polarized society. To find a way for us all to coexist peacefully. If we don’t, things will only get worse. I don’t want that to happen, no one should.

The goal should be to de-escalate, not create further division. And there’s not enough people of influence acting in favor of the former.