By Victoria Lynn Hall
As I was listening to clips from the last twelve months of episodes to put together this collection, I noted some mistakes and room for improvement but I also saw evidence of growth and progress. Some examples: I’m happy with our revamped graphics and upgraded sound quality, I feel like I have a much better grasp now of the concepts that Jesse talks about than I did at the beginning of this year, and I believe I am starting to find my own voice politically, enabling me to contribute more to our conversations.
I also continue to be impressed with and inspired by Jesse’s consistency as well as his capacity to evolve both his political and personal understanding.
However, what frustrates me is the limitations of our subject matter. It’s not that politics and its related subjects are not endlessly fascinating because in many ways they are. Unfortunately, as far as current events ago, things have become somewhat predictable. Throughout this last year I have been disappointed, disheartened and disgusted by many things that have occurred politically but I have rarely been surprised.
I often find it ironic when people accuse me of being obdurate in my viewpoints because I would really like to be proven wrong but so often this year, the Biden administration has lived down to my expectations.
As a curious person who aspires to a growth mindset, it is an interesting challenge to find fresh perspectives and varying angles with which to approach conversations about systems that are intent on upholding the status quo. At times I worry that I have fallen into the trap of being repetitive, but then again, we must all continue to repeat our lessons until we have learned them. At other times, I have been surprised by the creativity that both Jesse and I have been able to access simply by keeping our minds and ears open to each other.
If there’s one thing that I have learned from this show and from life these last couple of years, it is that the questions can be just as important as the answers. I’m truly grateful that I have someone so wise and trustworthy to ask them to.
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A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.