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To Care Beyond Yourself

We humans are an entertaining bunch, aren't we? At one moment we care for our neighbors, we nurture our communities, and are joined in solidarity when tragedy strikes. At another moment, we find ourselves viciously reaching for each others' throats for the most trivial and banal of opinions. We seem to be in constant flux, feeling the desire for great love and care whilst simultaneously feeling the desire for great violence and dominion over those we view as inferior. What a precarious situation we seem to find ourselves in on a day to day basis; we care too much for others at the expense of ourselves, or we care too much about ourselves that we crush others and leave them by the wayside. Of course, the world doesn't always function in such moral absolutes. We all do what is in our best interest, after all. But how do we know that what we're doing is in our best interest? I'd argue that more often than not, we are absolutely clueless. The world and universe seem to

The Bizarre Nature of Opinions

It seems like lately I’ve found myself often in the position of arguing and debating with people who do not seem to actually want to have a debate. I think I often misunderstand the nature of people; many people do not seem to want to actually have a debate but rather express their opinion, shout it out into the aether, and remain unchallenged. Of course I understand that there’s a time and a place for debate, but if you are going to express a strong, controversial opinion, what kind of person must you be to think that no one has the right or ability to disagree with your position? I’ve had the strangest debates with people, and most recently it’s been of course about vaccination and other matters related to health. I often look into their claims, observe their sources, and try to understand the foundation of their beliefs. I’ve had arguments with people who have an understandable and reasonable skepticism of the vaccination as well as with people who state that the vaccination kidnaps

My Approach to an Unconventionally Rewarding Life

I’m a perpetual student. I’ve been taking college classes on and off for about 8 years now, with the only universally recognized academic credential I have being an Associates Degree. But throughout that time I’ve dipped my toes into different disciplines and have chased after work that I find interesting or meaningful.  At one point I was an aspiring astronomer, at another an aspiring welder, and right now an aspiring conservationist (which, for once, I have some optimism in my ability to stick to). My work history however, has had me in positions tinkering with 3D modeling and 3D printing, taking inventory and receiving for a warehouse, and even working as an AEMT on an ambulance. It’s become a bit of a running joke that I will never hold down a job for an extended period of time, and I’ve come to accept that that is more than likely the reality of things. There are too many things in this world that are so damn neat!  How I’d love to experience the world from the persp

The Myth of the Self-Made Man

Something that's been on my mind lately is how many people (Specifically here in the USA) claim that they've made it all on their own, that they've made it through life without any support, or that they've relied on nothing but themselves and hard work to reach their success. While I understand and appreciate the fervor of the human being in believing in their strength, I can't help but feel that they discount the role that their world plays in fostering it. A man may come from poverty-stricken conditions, go through life while facing many obstacles, and reach unimaginable heights of success. The man faced adversity, he faced issues that more well-off people may not have, but to say that he (or anyone else in this country for that matter) made it all on his own is false. Access to food is dependent on the farmers and laborers that produce it, and he would not eat without them. Access to a means of transportation is dependent on those that produce and manage it, and

Knowledge for the Sake of Knowledge

“Knowledge is power,” or so they say. It’s an adage that is taught to us in our youth and repeated through our lives well into adulthood, but is it something that is actually meant for us to live by? Does our society value knowledge in the way that the phrase seems to suggest? Like many of the other platitudes that are taught to us throughout our lives, there seems to be an intrinsic nature of “Do as I say and not as I do.” There’s a caveat and a hidden meaning behind such an ideal, a glaring disclaimer that appears to follow it: Seek out knowledge (so long as it earns you money).  Seek out knowledge (so long as it doesn’t interfere with your work).  Seek out knowledge (but only if it has a use beyond mental exercise).  To teach our youth, our burgeoning society, that there is no intrinsic value in knowledge except for as a means to an end. To seek knowledge not to enrich your mind, to expand your worldview, or to understand and grow compassion for others, but simply to produce more.

Hello World!

It seems that the time has come for me to start a blog. Rather than inundate people on my social media with long, rambling posts, I think I will begin to redirect them here. There is no primary subject or theme, but it will serve as an entrance into my mind, a view of my thoughts, and as the blog title states: my musings . Hopefully there is something of use that can be drawn from the confines of my mind, even if only to be entertaining to read. Enjoy your time here.