I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.

– Jorge Luis Borges

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“I think it’s great to see that people with a platform take a stand.” It’s a common piece of feedback I get from readers. And yes, I agree. More people who have a platform – an audience – should speak up about the issues they care about. But laying bare your values for the world to see isn’t restricted to people working in publishing.

You know who else has an audience? Every. Single. Business. Nothing (but greed) prevents companies from telling us where they stand on ethical issues that affect us all. Yet, the common attitude is to ‘keep the politics out of it’. I always found that odd. I mean corporations are perhaps the single biggest influencer of politics, and yet we treat them like a holy sanctuary of neutrality.

Kai

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Enjoying the calm appeal of stationery compositions.

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