The solution to ‘cancel culture’ is true community | Acton Institute

Prior to this, I had prided myself on writing seven-, eight-, or even nine-page handwritten letters. My family and friends had filled our letters with news, with details of great adventures, with reviews of the latest books we had read and music we had heard. We filled the entire page with snippets of poems or lyrics, with some rather inexpert doodles; sometimes, I’d paste photos into the letter or squiggle in some band name such as Rush, Talk Talk, or Yes. There was an individualistic art to long-form letter correspondence.

I still have boxes and files full of these letters received from friends, and I cherish them as some of my finest possessions. I hope and trust the recipients of my letters feel the same. These letters represent small but mighty little communities: neighborhoods, suburbs, towns, republics, and – sometimes – dynasties of letters.
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  1. Brad, you’ve written some wonderful essays, but this is one of your best. It’s weird; a couple of weeks ago I received a nice letter (on actual paper) from an old friend, and I was thinking today how I should write a real letter back to him in response. I definitely will now.


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