First Post

I think good writing shows what it’s like to be human. And not just where the troubles lie but where there is hope and beauty too. Non-fiction can also be artful, creative work—who would say beauty can’t be found in a medium of the plainest truths? And both deliver things that matter.

All around us there are hidden potentials and sometimes we won’t know what will happen when we put something into play. The chance does not have to be large if the consequences are. And in that regard, well chosen words can change minds and inspire actions and occasionally small efforts impact people profoundly.

The thoughtful work of others have many times helped steer my course. And interestingly, most of those people will not know of it. They simply shared a good idea, I found it, and I’m the better for it.

To create good ideas, to share and criticize them civilly and then employ them to beneficial ends is the shiniest thing of humankind. This is fundamental to philosophy and science, but also to pursuits commonly seen as disparate, like art, philanthropy, comedy, cuisine—basically anything that matters. What seems distinct is not entirely so. At ground level they are all connected by deliberate effort to better our world.

I’m attracted to sharing an idea when it’s not widely known or accepted, or poorly understood and someone else might gain from a new perspective. There is a chance I could make something here that benefited another. That’s it. That pulls me in.

Almost like magic, there are skewed bets that have no downside. This is me at the poker table on a free roll; me throwing it out there because the ref called off-side and interceptions are null. This site is a small space for the occasional idea.

If a post, or even a single sentence, mattered enough to another person, there could be satisfaction there.

The Pulp and the Pit is a small project of short articles including both original ideas and reflections on those of others.

Tom Stewart