It’s new to all of us. Have fun experimenting with the various “blocks”. I suspect that most of the things you need will be available if you click the “plus” sign in the upper left of the editing screen. Most of the time, all you’ll need is a “paragraph” block, and perhaps a “quote” block for block quotes — see below. I added a “drop cap” to this paragraph, which looks cool. I’m concerned that I haven’t found a “There’s More” tag, which obviously we use frequently here. If you go to the upper right, find the button with three vertical dots and at the very least you can add HTML tags like <!–more–> .
Here’s what a quote block looks like, same as ever, as far as I can tell. From a NY Review of Books survey of the the prescient René Girard:
Some of Girard’s most acute ideas come from his psychology of accusation. He championed legal systems that protect the rights of the accused because he believed that impassioned accusation, especially when it gains momentum by wrapping itself in the mantle of indignation, has a potential for mimetic diffusion that disregards any considered distinction between guilt and innocence. The word “Satan” in Hebrew means “adversary” or “accuser,” and Girard insisted in his later work that there is a distinctly satanic element at work in the zeal for accusation and prosecution.
Girard’s most valuable insight is that rivalry and violence arise from sameness rather than difference. Where conflicts erupt between neighbors or ethnic groups, or even among nations, more often than not it’s because of what they have in common rather than what distinguishes them. In Girard’s words: “The error is always to reason within categories of ‘difference’ when the root of all conflicts is rather ‘competition,’ mimetic rivalry between persons, countries, cultures.” Often we fight or go to war to prove our difference from an enemy who in fact resembles us in ways we are all too eager to deny.“The Prophet of Envy”, Robert Pogue Harrison, New York Review of Books
So let’s take a deep breath, be creative — and patient. This could be fun.