by Ross Trudeau
I’ve been reading a lot of pessimistic takes about how dramatically different most folks’ relationship with words is becoming. The profound and ubiquitous replacement of text with video, robots producing professional-caliber text on behalf of kids who read many millions fewer words than their parents did in their teens, emojis collapsing our capacity to articulate (“double plus bad!”), etc.
Me, I’m fairly sanguine about our collective ability to navigate Big Changes in how we interact with and wield language, but if you’re personally a hand-wringer along these lines, please enjoy the hopefully heartening images that I captured of my nephew this morning below. He’s seven.
A couple brief thoughts/spoilers for “Secular Constitution” below.
The difficulty in rendering this concept was largely around finding various CHURCHes that had a single STATE code baked into them. State codes are ALl ARouND! And beyond that, because I wanted to literally separate that state from the church, I had to find churches with a single symmetrically located state code. After finding the middle two examples, I had to audible from CHURCH AND STATE as a revealer to just CHURCH and STATE to pair with the ANGLO CATHOLIC example. So it goes.
Happy solving, friends!