Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Evolution

Evolutionary science is not simple. It takes study and thought to understand modern evolutionary theory. This makes profitable discussion with those opposed difficult.

A basic understanding of scientific method and knowledge of the theory are essential, but a majority of people wanting to engage in discussion on this topic lack both. This presents a challenge to good discussion.

Political Disposition

A lecture I've been listening to speaks about a French person's impression of us in the 19th century. He specifically struck me with, "One defining characteristic of Americans is their hope and belief in progress." This is a paraphrase but the point is, he's right. At my core I'm constantly mildly dissastisfied with what I have, and spend time thinking about how it might be made better. My mental history is riddled with this and supporting stories heard as a child of men who did just this and gained fame and fortune from it. My concern and the point of making a journal entry on these thoughts is this; I'm unsure if I believe in political progress.

I'm worried that I've lost faith in our government to the point that I have no more hope in it getting better. As with all thoughts like this, if I feel this way then many many more do as well. I'm resolving to get involved in local politics of the simplest and most humble sort. Somthing to either spur me on into renewed hope and belief or provide concrete examples of what is wrong. If I do not take personal action to invest myself, I will be giving away my freedom of thought to the Media and the pundits, and they actively object to hope. Fear mongering has become such a pervasive art that I'm required to doubt whether my dissatisfaction and lack of hope is real and founded, on my own experiences, or if it is merely an implant by constant feeding and suggestion.

So, I have to go look for myself.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Cause and the Cure not Symptoms

I want to learn more about America. If I'm to have a voice, if I've something to say to this people then I should understand us better. A study of history is essential. A study of our politics and conflicts is essential. A study of our literature is essential. I want to find and understand where I stand in the march of democracy in America. Through this study, I hope, I'll be able to put names to those things I have begun to feel we are loosing. I feel a slip in who we are. We've changed direction. Not recently but over the course of my life, we've changed. I don't want to waste time on the symptoms of this change, while they are important; they are neither the cause nor the cure. What in our world view, our philosophy, our outlook on life has changed leading to this slow change in direction?

Who are we... no, more importantly, who do we wake up wanting to be?

Friday, July 15, 2005

The Union of Vertical and Horizontal Men

And the Purpose of Our Lives

A person of broad experience with a lively and varied interest doesn't impress at parties like the vertical man. No, the horizontal man receives less cheap appreciation than his vertical counterpart, but with meditation this will not seem unfair or unjust in the least, on the contrary this is a great balance and aid to our social efforts.

The man of broad experience is a stable and balanced support, capable of making lateral innovations and deep judgments. This nature reveals itself only to those who pay attention and possess enough understanding to breed appreciation. The deficit of the horizontal man is specialized skills, and for this he must always call upon his vertical companions. You will often find the best horizontal men in the company of many vertical friends, arms about shoulders and beers in hand. There is no better union among intimate friends than between these two types of men for they are the best we have to offer, and their union drives the advancements of mankind.

The vertical man must be satisfied with his moments and events of glory and the horizontal man must not grudge him these, for the vertical will struggle with the enduring reputation given to the horizontal. Both men must resolve these issues of ego and social reward before truly finding a footing for friendship that will last.

You may ask, “Last to what purpose?” and I will answer, “Glory, innovation, and the very fire of creation that is in the hands of men! Fame, power and wealth are wonderful, only, when being shoveled into the blazing furnace of creation.”