This blog is to help me finish half-formed thoughts and flesh out understanding and theories about humanity in general and American society specifically, including contemporary politics.
“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” – Carl Sagan
It seems that understanding is a long road with many cozy side streets with some very inviting ideological homes with warm fires beckoning you to stop and come inside. I’ve stayed a while at a few, but I’ve decided the search for truth and understanding is more important to me than settling down for ideological comfort.
Coming out of college I was a left-winger, parroting what I thought was truth from the edgy counter-culture hero types like George Carlin, Ralph Nader, and Noam Chomsky. Then I got a job with older and very intelligent people (mostly libertarian and right-leaning). Then I read Atlas Shrugged. Then 9/11 happened and like many people I ran to the right and became a conservative as I actually started understanding how the world worked. I gravitated more to libertarian ideas and the original founding as I learned more about the history of societies. People smarter than me have been pondering about these sorts of things for millennia and the more I’m exposed to their ideas the longer my reading backlog grows.
I don’t know where my musings will take me but I’ve learned a lot of things along the way that are inconvenient to certain peoples’ world view or narratives and mentioning such things will earn you nasty epithets. I don’t care, I’ve been pretty much called them all. I’m not interested in their rhetoric, just dialectic and facts.
“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” – Henry David Thoreau
I prefer to strike at the root of evil, but to do so requires finding the truth so I can identify the lies, for evil can only exist through lies. If you’re offended by something here ask yourself why that is. Facts are stubborn things.
“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire.
Some people are further along the road than I and I seek them out for their knowledge and wisdom. Hopefully my words can speed you on your own journey.