Dear Readers of The Elephant’s Debt,
Effective immediately, I am handing over sole proprietary ownership of The Elephant’s Debt blog, Twitter account and email account to Ryan Mahoney. As of the posting of this letter, he will be executing a series of changes to the passwords, which will effectively prohibit me from accessing any of the aforementioned accounts in the future.
Lest any of you think that this letter is in any way an indication of a fracture in our relationship, let me assure you that you could not be farther from the truth. In my estimation, Ryan Mahoney possesses a strength of character and an integrity that grows increasingly rare today. He is a man with a genuinely curious intellect and the courage to follow it down the deepest of a rabbit holes. And, lastly, he is a man of generous empathy for those that truly suffer. So for all of these reasons and more, it has been and remains my privilege and honor to call him my friend.
As for why I have made this decision, I genuinely wish that I could offer you more clarity than what I am about to put forth. The truth is, over the past few weeks, I have had a growing sense that my personal obligation to follow this story has passed. Put another way, I believe that I have said everything that I need to say. Like all of you, I don’t know where the story ends, but for reasons that I cannot entirely explain, I no longer feel that it is a story that I, as a writer, need to tell. And in an era where people seem bent on grabbing the microphone just to power their way into the conversation, I think it’s increasingly important for all of us to know when the moment to lay it down has come.
This change in my thinking has brought us to a new pragmatic problem. Over the past seven years, Ryan and I have always operated by a few simple rules. And one of those rules insisted that if either party was reticent to publish a piece for whatever reason, the piece was put in the waste bin and the matter was dropped. By my count, there are at least 29 articles in that bin. Of course, as you can well imagine, when one of the two of us has reached a place where he believes that he no longer has anything substantive to add to the discussion, it’s going to effectively paralyze the entire project. And that is not something that I am prepared to do – especially if Ryan still believes he has something significant to offer.
So let me conclude by offering these final two thoughts. First, my “retirement,” as it were, would not have been possible seven years ago or even two years ago. But new voices have emerged onto the scene; and I commend these voices for their courage as they speak truth into this world.
Finally, I want to take a moment to thank the many, many people who have stood by us over these past seven years. Your prayers, emails, and financial support have meant the world to me, my wife and my children; and we will forever be grateful for you all.