Since there is no specific order in which pages can be viewed, I will use this same foreword in many pages. This site is currently under construction so please be understanding that much of this is brief and basic as a result. The work contained here is certain to undergo continual metamorphism during the site's era of operation. Both from gaining ground in building the pages and from continued learning.
The following thought is appropriate to many topics and I want to make sure it is present in everyone's mind.....
We all must step back, clear our minds, and remember that some ideas that have come to be regarded as facts, are not facts but theories. A technicality can be said that some topics are more hypothesis and others are more theory. That technicality is really unimportant to the point. We shouldn't hold all solid conclusions as eternally incontrovertible. The best available logic and technology that was used to arrive at today's verdict can be obsolete and surpassed tomorrow; this can allow us to gather new data, gain new understandings, and come to new conclusions.
We have a perpetual possibility that things are not as we have held them to be. If we have become possessive and steadfast to a single doctrine, then we set ourselves up to reject new knowledge and put a cap on our growth. It is not in our best interest to have a mindset that refuses to question the accuracy of what we think we know. We should not turn away from examining other peoples' ideas that are different; we might realize we are wrong and not them. As long as we are open to entertain other possibilities without subjecting them to the bias of preconceived beliefs, we have the potential for growth. We all have our personal favorite theory, but we should try to remain neutral when analyzing other ideas. We must not put limits in our minds.
"Socrates taught his students that the pursuit of truth can only begin once they start to question and analyze every belief that they ever held dear. If a certain belief passes the tests of evidence, deduction, and logic, it should be kept. If it doesn't, the belief should not only be discarded, but the thinker must also then question why he was led to believe the erroneous."
"If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee
There is no intent to insult, attack, or belittle groups, people, or ideas in any of these writings. If information comes across as such, it should be regarded as a miscommunication or possibly defensiveness getting involved when it shouldn’t. There is also the chance that a person just doesn’t like or agree to what is being said. Well that’s just too bad, because everyone is entitled to my opinion! Just kidding. None of us are going to please everyone and everyone is entitled to their own ideas and likings. That is what makes us unique.
Some topics can be very sensitive, since many people have beliefs strongly linked to their identity. There are also some topics that may appear abrasive no matter how they’re stated. Putting frosting on a turd in attempts to change its outwardly obnoxious qualities is not going to change the reality of what it is. It is my view that the extreme “politically correct” mentality is repressive, a hindrance, and counterproductive. If there is something we do not like in the world, Gandhi said it best with, "we must be the change we wish to see."
Since the original writing of this page, I received a fitting and funny forwarded email...
"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical
minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds
forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the
-R. J. Wiedemann LtCol. USMC Ret.
I am not saying there isn’t going to be a more tactful approach at stating some not so desirable issues. I will do my best to present material in an appropriate fashion.
Some topics I raise are in the form of satire. Some will find humor in it, others may not. If you are one that doesn’t, then I ask that you ignore the form used to make the point and focus on the point being made.
I also would like to remind everyone that the ideas I present of my own, or ideas belonging to others, should be taken as just that; ideas. Intellectuals discuss ideas and respect other peoples’ honest and good hearted views. Wrong ideas are just as important as right ideas; we learn from both. Everything isn’t going to be black and white and there isn’t going to always be a single right answer.
I refer to myself as being an expert when it applies to life. By using Niels Bohr's definition that is; "An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a very narrow field."
Most importantly, I will be the first to admit this is how I feel qualified to have earned the title. I might not have made EVERY mistake, but I have made far more than I like. As time moves forward, I will probably make some more. The last time I tried, I could not walk on water. I hope my work does not appear like I think I can.
You may find some of this information useful and keep it, or you may not agree and treat it as ideas you entertained but discarded.
I think if we all keep those concepts in mind, there should be nothing found offensive and no feeling for the need to bicker.