Thursday, May 11, 2006

Day 1: I'm a Blogger

Well, after much thought and internal debate I have convinced myself to plunge head first into the wonderful world of blogging. Before making this decision, I must admit that I was plagued by various concerns as to what would I talk about and if anybody would really care enough to read it? I am probably not much different than most people my age. Having passively gone through most of my life blindly accepting authority and the way things were, though never really questioning why it was so. Don't get me wrong, I am not embarking on this endeavour by painting myself as the angry victim of a system gone bad. I am not going to sit here an complain about how the deck has been stacked against me and that society is to blame for my plight. No, I am no victim of circumstance, I am the product of it.
Ever since I was a young man, I always felt that there was no such thing as a "normal life". I felt that there was only life and that "it" was what you made of it. So, I did the college and grad school thing, I am currently doing the great job thing and I suppose by some account, that I am living the dream. There is only one problem. It just doesn't make sense. It seems as though the wisdom (some call it hindsight) that comes with age has effected my view of the world. It is amazing how my entire belief system has changed. So many perceived realities, that for so long I held as fact, have been unmasked as nothing more than an elaborate ruse.
For the past few years I have been on a quest of sorts, a search for my own personal truth. During this period of my life, I traveled great distances through the pages of time, using books and web search engines as my primary transporter and guide. It is my opinion that having a better understanding of where we have been and what we have done, will ultimately provide us a more accurate compass and a clearer path for us follow. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many people as they still blindly accept authority and blindly do what they are told. Religion tells us what is best for the eternal salvation of our souls. Governments treat citizens as though they are children who don't know any better. Please do not misunderstand me as I am neither anti-religion nor anti-government. I am merely anti-ignorance. Ignorance is stronger and far more dangerous to our society than guns, bombs or missiles. We have all heard the line that "ignorance is bliss" right? Well sheep might look happy but they are still just sheep. Think about it.
My hope for this blog is to stimulate thought (hopefully my own) through the respectful exchange of individual ideas. I do not want the thoughts and ideas discussed here to become an embedded part of someone's own belief system, because for me the journey is as important as the destination. To that point I hope that these discussions provide a spark for those who are looking for their own truth. That in some way, these words will inspire you to search for knowledge, to think critically and to make informed decisions based what you know and not necessarily on what you are told.
I eagerly look forward to this new journey and I hope that others will take the opportunity to join the ride.

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