This post is the first of a series I am starting with an eye toward developing an essay on a topic I’m calling (for now) Rational Centrism. I am making these notes public in order to invite feedback from anyone who might have some to offer. If you have such feedback, I invite you to post your comments below, or send them to me privately via my Contact tab.
Although one of my goals for this project is to clarify and elaborate what I mean by this term, for now I believe I have enough of a high-level understanding to have allowed me to write a number of blog posts that either illustrate or relate in some relevant way to at least my current, nascent understanding of Rational Centrism.
Which brings us to the following disclaimer:
You should know that as I begin this project I am nothing like an expert on its core topic, if the word topic is even appropriate. At this point, and for all I know, the term Rational Centrism may turn out to be nothing more than an evocative neologism, more ribbon than gift, so to speak. And aside from mulling the idea over in my mind for some time, jotting down a few notes here and there, and maybe writing a few blog posts that strike me as illustrative of the concept in some way, I would have to classify myself as a rank beginner with respect to this field of inquiry (if field of inquiry isn’t too strong a term for it). All of which is to say that if you’ve come to these notes with hopes of learning from someone who actually understands in some depth what he’s writing about, you’ve come to the wrong place. On the other hand, if this term does evoke something in you — at least a curiosity about what Rational Centrism might be — or especially if you already know what it is and wish to share your own knowledge and experience with me, well, then you have come to the right place!
One way or another I’m eager to know what you have to say about it.