This is an incredible loss. It is also an opportunity for us to reflect on the hostility we engage in online, something few of us would do in person. There is a growing awareness of the hard split between Americans with different viewpoints, and the way that this divide invites dehumanization of those with whom one does not agree with on basic issues. Somehow, humans seem to want to beat their opponents mercilessly, to disable them, rather than to engage with them on a genuine intellectual basis. It happens everywhere online, most prominently on Twitter, when calling the other side stupid or immoral, then 'dropping the mic.' Mic-dropping is a myth. No single issue is as simple as black-and-white. No one individual or group has ultimate authority over truth. Life is short and unpredictable. There's no need to slander, libel, or defame. Perhaps next time, before we post, we can consider: Will this hurt the other side or person, and would I want this said to me? I'm reminded of the young journalist who was outed for cheating on a marathon. All of us make mistakes, and I'd venture that the cruelty we show towards those who make mistakes are just as revealing of our own moral fiber. Let's be kind, understanding, and compassionate, and when you see a person make an error, however grave, say to yourself "there but for the grace of God, go I."