Q: Why do I do this?
A: Because it’s there
Life is too short to cave in to ignorance or misinformation. Writing gives me peace. It gives me an excuse to research and question and refine. Teaching others, can teach yourself (if you’re open to questioning everything, and being your own devil’s advocate).
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Why do I talk sex, politics, religion, ethics, race, and so on? Because it's there! It makes us better as individuals and society, to rub against each other, abrade each other, smooth off the rough edges, and learn to tolerate each other and grow. Two rocks in the tumbler, that don't necessarily like the experience, but come out smoother and more polished because of it.
My beliefs stem from trying to balancing conflicting truths:
- Confucianism believes that we have philosophical obligation to contribute to (and fit in with) our society.
- Bernard Shaw said, “The reasonable man adapts to society. The unreasonable man expects society to adapt to him. Therefore all progress is made by unreasonable men.”
- Taoism is the idea of harmony and balances in life; that there are many tradeoffs, and that you should work with nature and not against it.
So I believe in trying to fit in to society, while improving and challenging what’s wrong, and finding the balances. It doesn’t matter if I can change the world; the important thing is to try to improve it, without disrupting to revolution or imprisonment. To pull towards truth, and yet, to not tolerate the intolerable. That’s the noble cause: to leave the world a better place than when you came into it. Not by your successes, but just by your efforts and influences.
- Work: Costs of Defensive Medicine.
- Life: How I spent Christmas Vacation (1997), Jury Duty 1998, Jury Duty 2013, Just a burger, Pulling a gun, What’s shooting like?, Housing and Urban Development, Skydiving, Tired of suppressing my whiteness
- Balances: Elephants in the room, Favorite Videos, Refrigerator Magnet Poetry