First of all, thank you for visiting this blog and I look forward to fruitful discussions. The purpose of this site is to share my musings about the human direction and I look forward to reading your thoughts regardless of whether they support or undermine the ideas in my posts. I have pretty thick skin and enjoy a logical debate so don’t hold anything back on my account. Although this blog has a serious tone, I do have a sense of humor and I realize there are many people out there that are a heck of a lot smarter and more intelligent than myself. But I do follow the lead of one of the greatest philosophers of all time — Socrates claimed he was ignorant and sought out discussions with his fellow man.
I think there are many positive human achievements and cultures that have blossomed throughout our short time on this planet, but I have many concerns about our current direction or lack thereof. The key issues that trouble me are all linked to one another in some shape or form and therefore posts might refer to other posts or categorized over time in order to connect the dots. I know there are many people who share my concerns but often they simply don’t want to acknowledge these thoughts, discuss them in an open forum, or muse about possible solutions because they may seem too extreme or impossible to implement. But that is what musing is all about — to observe the status quo with a critical eye and think what could be.
My underlying principle, as one might deduct from the Hubble Space Telescope pictures on the header, is that we live on a small beautiful planet that is part of a vast and mysterious universe and therefore we need to think about our direction with the big picture in mind. All too often we tend to think everything revolves around the “human world” when in fact very little on planet Earth and throughout the universe is dependant on what we do. The environmentalists will surely say that the Earth is very dependant on our “human world” activities, but when considering geological time our impact might merely warrant a footnote. And when we place ourselves within the context of the size and age of the known Universe, I don’t think we would even be in the running for a footnote.
I believe the human being can achieve great things and that we can set our own direction, but it would require sacrifice, discipline, cooperation, and inspiring visions. Our greatest asset is our large brain, opposable thumb, and the fact we walk upright. What we decide to do with those assets will define our direction and resulting outcome.