Ideas only become valuable through evolutionary pressure, and the writing process is the first chance for refinement and synthesis before exposing one’s thoughts to the marketplace. The concept of the dialectic – the establishment of the truth through reasoned discourse – has been a constant in my career, with writing as the chief catalyst. This process has been especially vital when taking on missions that necessitate making difficult moral judgments. The inherent goodness of a cause does not remove the obligation to ask, and answer, difficult questions – in fact, quite the opposite is true. I’ve found that writing is the best way to grapple with such questions without sacrificing nuance or clarity. Another benefit of writing is that it is often the most representative record of a given period in time, and thus offers a unique chance to both critique and engage in dialogue with our younger selves.