Sandy, your article was a pleasure to read. It provokes thought, encourages introspection in those who are addressed by it, is imbued with sound reason, and you managed to deliver it without rancor. I wish I could write that way. It is the manner of writing that stands the best chance of garnering positive results for registrants like me.
Whenever I attempt such myself, my emotions (chiripiorca) or my flights of fancy get the better of me and I end up either whining and crying or flinging counterproductive vitriol. Or more often, I become aggressive to the point of distracting from my goal. (I wasn’t always so damaged. I hope some day I can heal.)
The picture of the man walking down a tree-bordered lane in the bitter cold of swirling snow reminds me of the Robert Frost poem, Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening. I often feel like that myself.