If there’s one rule of polite company I deeply object to, it’s this: “Don’t talk about politics.” I’ve spent the last two years of my life employed by this organization and talking about politics, and they have been the most fulfilling years of my life.
There are a million things I’ve loved about working for The Daily Tar Heel, but the best part has been reading and engaging with the distinct views of our group of columnists and editorial board members. I love to talk, but through working with the individuals on our desk, I’ve discovered the joy and usefulness of stepping back.
Certainly my voice has loomed large by the very nature of my leadership roles on the Opinion Desk.
But the most exciting things I’ve discovered have not come from the editorials or columns I’ve written, or from ideas I’ve presented in our editorial board meetings.
Instead, they have always come when I’ve opened myself to ideas that are coming from somewhere different from my own. Those encounters have either shifted my thinking or helped to clarify my stances.