I am 99% powerless against the forces, around me…probably more. I will confess that I blog here with the hope of making a difference. It is human nature to want to help. So, my desire to “help” in my world is an emotional decision (I put “help,” in quotes on purpose, I am always leery of those who want to “help” anyway regardless of their intention). I don’t really know if my mind explosions will ever cause anybody to think differently. At my current traffic count, there is little doubt that any effect I have will be sometime in the future (hopefully, the near rather than the distant).
However, as Justice Louis Brandeis is famously quoted, “sunlight is the best disinfectant.” This is why I write, and write, and write. I do it so we can divine truth together. Unfortunately, communication is a two-part process: (1) message delivery and (2) message reception. The message deliverer can be misunderstood. A perfect example is my “sunlight” quote. I am embarrassed to admit this, but it was well into my adulthood before I actually understood this quote meant more than its literal meaning (which, it seems is true: sunlight literally could be considered a disinfectant, according to some scientific studies). In fact, it is only today, through my own research, that I discovered that this quote emanates from Brandeis. Some truth seeps in.
As you see, understanding takes effort. My gut tells me that few are willing to expend the effort to understand. One answer leads to five questions, and those lead to 25 more, etc. Most don’t bother to continue with the quest, simply because they just don’t have the time. It is not worth the marginal return to place deep understanding high in their priorities. Most of us are intellectually lazy by necessity; we simply do not have time to linger on such things. In contrast, I seem to arrange my life around this search for understanding. I regrettably (or not) have neglected practical things in my life (like eating lunch for instance…sometimes I actually forget to eat lunch when I write) to pursue understanding; it very well may be my downfall. My mind is insatiable, unfortunately; in fact, I do fear that it just might land me in an asylum some day. Possibly not because I am insane, but rather because I am “weirdly” sane, and untrusted by the masses (who are typically delusional…my thanks to Charles MacKay, and his book “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds”).
I will not drone on this time, I promise. I certainly will do so in the future. The bottom line is that I have little hope for a consensus of understanding. Our dialogue here will likely not save anyone from tyranny, nor are the odds good that it will make anyone happier.
…but I do hope it will lead someone (myself included in the target audience) to truth, and this will catch on.
And for me truth begins in how a person should live. First and foremost is that person should live free to choose EVERYTHING, so long as it does not interfere with the rights and choosing of another. No person should be compelled by force from her property, or her way of life….and there begins liberty. For sure, no person should be compelled by force to come to a certain way of thinking, they must be convinced. I will save these matters for another day.
(Cover photo by Andreas Krappweis)