I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a great writer. I suspect that it has something to do with not enough reading in my life, and not enough practice writing. In reading little (or reading much of poor material) I deny myself the opportunity to learn from superior writing. In writing too little I deny myself the practice which one needs to become proficient.
I believe that this principle holds true in other areas of life as well, whether that area is art or science, physical prowess or philosophy. To be great at something oneself requires both knowledge of what Good is, and hard work.
Does where I’m coming from make sense? Good, I’ll come back to it in a bit.
I am a man of habit. Every day I come home from work, turn on my computer, and check my email and Facebook to see what transpired in the great wide world while I was gone.
Every week or so, some occurrence in the news will set my Facebook feed on fire. This week it was the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Hobby Lobby case. The next few days will be full of articles discussing why the occurrence is good, bad, or insignificant.
If I set aside my judgment of the subject itself and I look at the quality of the discussion surrounding that subject I find the quality to be lacking. Most of the responses I see are emotionally charged and poorly thought out. The articles being responded to quite frankly are little better.
This bugs me, because you would think that a society with such vast amounts of knowledge and leisure available to itself would be capable of so much more than those without. Yet if you take an article from the Huffington Post and compare it to an essay by C.S. Lewis or one of the Federalist papers, you will find that these older writers were thinking on a completely different level than the majority of what you see today.
The reasons for why this occurs are many and varied and I do not wish to go into them all this evening. One reason that I would propose at this time is the principle that I started with: We do not read/think/consider enough Good thinking, and we do not spend enough time practicing our thinking either.
Now I’ve been using the empathetic ‘you’ and ‘we’ throughout this post, but I recognize that right now I am really no better than the writers and bloggers that I criticize. However, I do hope to use this blog as an opportunity to fix that.
My goal for this website is to provide myself (and possibly others) with a sandbox for thought, where current issues and topics can be analyzed in a friendly environment- an environment where the goal is not just to propagate my opinions, but to gain a better understanding of them and the opinions of those who disagree with me. I may also have other projects of a more technical or scientific nature, but we’ll see how this unfolds.
I think it’s going to be a fun ride, and I hope you are willing to stick it out with me. I hope it’ll be interesting if nothing else.