What Does a Free Nation Look Like?

In our modern world we struggle with many different threats that draw our attention away from what is most important in our lives. The United States has so many enemies that would love to cause us harm and pull us down out of their own hatred for what we have accomplished in just a couple of centuries. It is a natural thing for human beings to prefer making someone else less rather than putting in the work to make themselves more. It’s always easier to hate than to love.

It used to be that everything moved slowly enough for us to keep up with it, but now there are so many things happening so quickly that we struggle to stay on top of most of the threats we face. Terrorism has become a common thing now, and even though we have become used to the idea of it we are unable to conquer our fear of it. Many people spend quite a lot of time worrying about being hurt by some kind of attack.

The interesting thing is that in some parts of the world this might be quite a reasonable fear, but here in the United States there is little reason to worry. We have the strongest military in the world, so no force would risk a real confrontation with us. Our intelligence service is second to none, so the big groups would have a very hard time causing any significant harm before we noticed and stopped them. The only real threats we have are those who are too small to get noticed, and there really isn’t much that can be done about that.

Knowing this, it never ceases to amaze me that we continue to do things to restrict our own lives in the vain hope that if we put enough measures in place we can somehow mitigate the threat of terrorism. It is this utopian idea that if we just keep trying we can somehow create a world that is perfectly safe and free from risk. This is an incredibly flawed perspective, not only because eliminating risk entirely just isn’t possible, but also because the things we would have to do to even approach this kind of “safety” just isn’t palatable to most people.

The only way to decrease the chances of something bad happening is to start removing variables. The problem is that we Americans have build our society on freedom of choice for the individual, which by definition is exactly opposed to safe environment. When people have the ability to decide for themselves, the brutal reality is that some people are going to choose evil. That’s just the way it works.

This isn’t anything new. Philosophers have understood this dichotomy of safety versus freedom since the very beginning. Ben Franklin famously stated that “those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”. Truer words have rarely been spoken, especially when we begin to understand that safety is and always has been a devious illusion.

No matter how many rules we put in place, human beings are unique individuals with their own thoughts and ideas and values. You cannot legislate behavior, especially when there are so many people in our society who disagree about so many things. Some of those people are going to take action based on what they believe in, and many times that will include some form of violence. This can’t be helped; it is a part of human interaction.

As certain political parties continue to move forward in an attempt to combat what can’t be defeated, they propose that we give up our liberties for the vague promise of some kind of safety. Words such as “domestic terrorism” are thrown around because it sounds scary and they believe it will convince us to do what we’re told so we can all be safe. Those of us who know better can do little more than laugh at the arrogance and stupidity of such people.

America is the land of the free and the home of the brave, and will be for as long as we remember what made us the beacon of light for the entire world. Our politicians may have given up on our country, but the citizens who grew up here or fought through trials and tribulations to get here understand the value of what America is. They will not allow greed and fear and the lust for power to fully contaminate what we have built. In the end, America will fight back against such things and we will remember what our flag represents.

What does a free nation look like? It looks like America, and it is the model that the rest of the world envies and wishes they could emulate. It is the shining example of what a great society can be. We have proven that it is our desire to give each and every citizen the ability to make the best out of their own lives that makes us stronger, because when we are each free to reach our own potential we are all the better for it.

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Knowing What to Do and When to Do It

I don’t have a specific topic to cover today; not because I couldn’t find one but mostly because at the time of writing it’s Monday morning and I’m not particularly motivated to write. As I’ve said a few times during the course of this blog, my goal is to be honest and real and I prefer not to put a fake face on my content here. Unfortunately, that means that sometimes what I put down to digital paper isn’t going to be the most positive and uplifting thing in the world, but that’s the price of putting your true self out there for people to see.

One of the things I’ve struggled with for most of my life is knowing what I want to do for work. I’ve always had vague ideas of various things I’d like to do, but like many things in life I’m just not willing to pay the costs to get there. There have been many examples of this over the course of my years as a responsible, tax paying adult, and for each item there have been reasons I’m interested and factors that prevented me from pursuing an interesting opportunity.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment regarding my career was when I chose to give up on my dream of becoming a professional pilot. Of the many things I like to do, flying is at the very top of my list. There is nothing that makes me feel more free than being thousands of feet above the earth at the controls of an aircraft that can take me virtually anywhere. I have never been more at peace than when I am up in the air.

Unfortunately, the events of life conspired against me and I was forced to choose between flying and what I believed at the time was a more important responsibility. It turns out now that the decision was wasted from the start, but I couldn’t know that at the time. I made my choice and now it’s too late to realistically get back into flying as a profession. Perhaps one day I’ll make enough money to do it recreationally, but spending my days in the air is nearly certain to be an impossibility.

Of course, like many of my topics, this article is sparked by a feeling I have inside me about some aspect of my life. It can be good or bad, but it is something that weighs on my mind heavily at the time of writing. We face so many decisions in our lives every day; some are small and insignificant, while others can be life altering to the extent that nothing is ever the same again. Sometimes it’s impossible to know how a single decision will affect the rest of your life.

The knowledge of unforeseen consequences can make it quite difficult to make decisions about even the most basic things sometimes. You can know from a logical perspective what the right choice is, but you become afraid of what might happen if you make that choice. Other times you have no idea what to do because you can see various outcomes that are all equally good or equally bad or some mix of the two, and you don’t which result your decision will generate.

Perhaps the most difficult part of my life has been knowing what to do and when to do it. There has been so much doubt in my life about many things, from career to family to just getting up in the morning. Some people are able to deal with these things very well and live happy, productive lives. Others are more like me who struggle to put up with a world which continues to throw difficulties our way and we just can’t understand why we can’t figure out how to avoid them.

I’ve had to learn to accept that I will always struggle with many of the things that are expected of me as a man and a father and whatever else I may be. My attention is easily grabbed by various things that aren’t particularly good for me, and it’s far easier to descend into something distracting to pass the time rather than deal with the problems I’d rather not have in the first place. The responsible side of me knows I should do better, but the will just isn’t there.

Perhaps one day I’ll find the strength inside me to extract myself from whatever this is that keeps me from being more than I am. It may be that I can find a way to shed my anger and anxiety and angst about the circumstances of my life and finally learn to accept that it is what it is and there isn’t much I can do about it. The thought of that galls me, but the reality is that with billions of people in a world of limits, only a few will truly realize their full potential. It is knowing this that makes it so hard to take risks and really know what to do and when to do it.

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Personal Post: Space

I was struggling to come up with a topic for today’s article, so I figured I’d go back to one of the semi-series of articles I started in the form of personal posts that talk about something about me or one of my interests. There is quite a long list of randomly different things that I find intriguing, and while exploring our emotions and philosophies and other such things is certainly worthwhile, sometimes it’s nice to just talk about something that makes us tick. Taking a break from the seriousness of the world is necessary to keep from going insane.

Since I was a child, I’ve always had a fascination with space exploration. I grew up watching shows like Star Trek and movies like Space Camp and obviously Star Wars. Aside from the fact that the stories associated with these were designed to spark an interest in worlds beyond our own, there was just something intensely interesting about the idea of zipping around the galaxy in a spaceship. Of course, I’ve always spent a significant portion of my life in a world other than the real one we live in here, from fantasy novels to science fiction movies to any other number of different stories.

Aside from the escape from reality factor, however, as I became an adult and started learning more about things like cosmology my interest in anything space related only grew. I was fascinated to learn about things like gravity and supernovas and black holes and myriad other phenomena that exist in our universe. Every new piece of information grabs my attention, especially when we learn something new that we thought wasn’t possible before.

What is truly amazing is that we are at the beginning of a new age of exploration, and the final frontier of space is just over the horizon. As we prepare to put human being back on the moon and start getting ready to put the first people on Mars, we can imagine a future where we are no longer confined to this single, precious planet where we are constantly in danger of extinction from some cosmic disaster. The idea of visiting worlds other than our own will soon no longer be science fiction; it will be a part of our daily lives.

I’ve always dreamed of going into space. One of my hopes is that before my life is over I will somehow find an opportunity to get up there and experience our world from the other side of the clouds. Even better would be to actually pilot one of those amazing spacecraft, as I’ve always been interested in space simulators and I love flying airplanes. Space is obviously vastly different, but I love the idea of flying just about anything.

As crazy as it might sound, space travel could become quite routine in the not very distant future as our material science continues to progress. We are very close to having a material that is strong enough to create an elevator straight up into space. Our advances in technologies like carbon nanotubes has brought us breathtakingly close to making low Earth orbit more of a suburb than a destination. There is still a lot of work to do to make it feasible, but the physics and materials are solid.

Getting into orbit is only the first step, however, and the thing I would love most of all would be to become the pilot of a ship moving around the solar system. I would love to visit different worlds, but I have little interest in living on any of them. My preference would be to live on an interplanetary shuttle of some sort, moving people and materials around from planet to asteroid to wherever else it might be needed, enjoying the endless view of the countless stars and having my time punctuated by brief encounters with the various bodies of our solar system.

Of course, none of this is likely to happen. I am already old enough now and the skillset I ended up choosing for myself make it highly dubious that any space agency would find me qualified to do anything even remotely related to space. Anything can happen, obviously, but I’ve had to accept that the biggest dream I could ever have will remain as such. If regular passenger service to space becomes something real in my lifetime, perhaps I could realize a part of it, but making space my life is something I simply waited too long to zero in on.

Regardless, for the rest of my life I will continue to watch and wait as human beings push ever farther into the final frontier. As new technologies become available and we discover new aspects of physics we never knew were possible, I will follow along vicariously through those who are selected to brave new places and dangerous situations, living life about as far on the edge as is possible. With any luck, perhaps I can find my own adventure and experience at least a part of what I’ve always wished I could.

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Sometimes You Can Be “Too Efficient”

So I’m going to tell a real life story for this post. I woke up this morning to find my trailer floor covered with water. This wasn’t as surprising as most people would find it, as I’ve had some problems with leaking in the past. As I continued to investigate, however, it turned out that the problem was far more surprising…and gross…than my initial assumption would have garnered. It turned out my black water tank (for the toilet) had overflowed and spread water throughout the back half of my RV. Disgusting!

If you know anything about how RVs work, then you might be confused as to how this could have happened. The toilet drains into the tank, not the other way around. The answer to this question is my own stupidity and laziness. My sewage tank has the separate flush feature that sprays water inside the tank to help clean it when I need to do my regular emptying of the waste. For those who don’t own RVs, you can’t just use your toilet like a regular house version; the waste can’t flush away like we’re used to and you have to let the tank fill up with waste and mostly water so the water rushing out of the tank carries the waste with it. Otherwise the waste dries out and piles up in the tank.

At any rate, I tend to try to find ways to make my regular tasks as efficient as possible to they are less of an irritation when I have to do them. One of the steps I took was to get a splitter that allowed me to permanently attach a hose to the sewer tank cleaning inlet so all I had to do was flip a switch to turn it on. That alone would have been fine because you can hear when it’s on and you just turn it off when you’re done.

Unfortunately, I also live in a long term trailer park with a yard that requires daily watering, and I own an automated sprinkler controller to make sure I don’t forget to keep the lawn hydrated. The splitter was also connected through this, which wasn’t particularly smart because I forgot to make sure I switch everything back the way it is supposed to be with the sprinkler supply on and the sewer tank supply off. Hence, when the sprinkler system turned on this morning, instead of my lawn getting much needed water my tank got much less needed filling.

As with most things, in hindsight I can see where the mistake was, but at the time it seemed like a very efficient way to make things work. I get extremely bored with doing things over and over, especially when they’re tasks I don’t particularly care for like cleaning, so I tend to try to find ways to make things take less time or remove me from the equation altogether. The automated sprinkler system is one such example, as now I don’t have to stand out in the yard to water the lawn. A computer does it for me.

This is, however, an example of a time where placing efficiency at the forefront of everything came back to bite me because, even though it is logical to remove steps from a process, when one of the steps involved a fallible human being you will invariably end up with a mistake of some kind. The mistake can be trivial or very costly, but it is a near certainty that something will go wrong.

This quite disgusting story, which I am actually still working to clean up after at the time of this writing, is a perfect example of how trying to find the easy way to do things doesn’t always work out. If you put enough work in on the front end to place preventative measures in your system, then it usually works out fine. The problem is that for most things we only take a cursory glance at the process before signing off on it. This usually leads to unintended consequences later on.

The lesson here for me is that I need to revisit my water management plan for my trailer so I can prevent further issues from here on. On a more grand scale, the lesson for all of us is that we need to temper our impatience and desire to make things easy with a more thorough plan up front to make sure that we minimize the mistakes that inevitably crop up when we fallible human beings decide to do something. I for one don’t intend to have to clean up after my toilet again…at least not for anything that is my fault.

What do you think about being efficient? Do you come up with ways to avoid unnecessary tasks only to have the results turn out not the way you wanted? What kinds of things do you hope to avoid, and is it sometimes better to do it the “old fashioned way”? Sometimes it’s just better to do it the more difficult way, because sometimes the results of doing things the “easy way” end up being far harder than if you just did it the old way in the first place.

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The Terror of Public Perception

Things have changed from the way they were not so long ago. For most of human history we have been primarily concerned with our own survival, prompted into action whenever the circumstances required that we perform some specific action to ensure that our future was more or less secure. We were always cognizant of the things going on around us, but for the most part the drama was confined to our own little corner of the world.

These days things are very different. While technology has provided the average person with a quality of life far better than even the most powerful kings of our ancient history, it has also provided a powerful means of mass population control in the form of propaganda. For those who understand this and how it can be used to change the way people think about things, it is a powerful tool to gain power and control over large numbers of people.

Many of the things that we have been told in the last year have turned out to be completely false. We were first told that certain minimal intrusions in our lives in the form of masks and social distancing would be required to “slow the spread” of the COVID-19 virus, which as can see now was never intended to be brief. First masks were claimed to be unnecessary, which we later found out was due to a fear of supply shortages for medical personnel, then later we were all urged to wear two (or even three) masks; studies have always shown that nearly all masks are ineffective against airborne viruses. We were told that the disease likely came from wet markets in Wuhan, but we now know that key people always knew that the virus most likely came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Very little of what we are told on a daily basis is completely true without any caveats. Spin is the order of the day in our political landscape, twisting the truth as much as it takes to avoid outright lies while still getting us to believe what they want us to believe. It has become very difficult to trust anyone who enters public service because the problem is so prevalent that many of us default to assuming that anyone with a public title has their own interests, or the interests of their political party, as the primary goal. There are probably more honest politicians than we think, but with so many lies told so often, it’s hard to tell.

Despite all the lies and manipulation, where it really becomes scary is when we consider the reaction of the public to such things. Most people are ready and willing to accept just about anything from anyone if the perceived consequences are grave enough and the information is presented in just the right way. People were all too ready to bend over backward to accommodate the recommendations of government medical “professionals” such as Anthony Fauci, handing over the rights we’ve held dear for more than two centuries in the vague hope that our compliance would somehow help.

What do we do when the public will no longer has the wherewithal to hold up against those who would infringe on our most basic freedoms? When did we become a nation that values safety over liberty? There was a time not so long ago that the average person would have rose up in arms over the restrictions that we passively accepted for more than a year. We are all too ready to give up our independence and allow others to control our lives for us. Perhaps we believe it’s easier that way.

The scary part for me is that the last year will likely result in a new “normal” that makes things like masks and social distancing at least a minor part of our daily lives moving forward. We’ve proven to the people who want control that we can be convinced to change the way we see the world and conform to a new paradigm. It will be a relatively slow, gradual change that will see us giving up freedom after freedom as the people in power firm up their grasp on those of us who don’t have the resources to fight back.

If this sounds like a conspiracy theory, I understand your position. However, sometimes reality is stranger than fiction and it may become clear one day soon that the people who have been railing against big government for decades turned out to be right about everything. One day we will look up and finally see that the world we thought we lived in doesn’t exist anymore. It is nothing but a vague memory of the past, replaced by a future dominated by manipulation and greed. A world where we return to the primal principles of “survival of the fittest”. Perhaps it is too late to change it, or perhaps not. We can only find out if we try.

What do you think about public manipulation? Are there any truly good leaders out there anymore, or is everyone just out for themselves? What would it take to turn things around and get our society back to a place where we stand up for the values our nation was founded on? These are hard questions, and if we knew the answers we would already be taking action. Unfortunately, with so many people with so many different points of view, it becomes nearly impossible to bring enough people together for real action.

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Life as a Lazy Person in a Work Hard World

One of the principles I’ve wanted to maintain on this blog is to provide an unfiltered view of the world from my own perspective in the hope that being real with my readers will cause what I have to say to resonate with people. It’s easy to get up on a platform such as this and try to claim that I have all the answers to everything trying to get people to follow me. The hope is that by not pretending to be something I’m not, I can avoid the inevitable judgement later on when it comes to light that I’m flawed just like everyone else, as if you didn’t already know.

I bring this up because the subject for this particular blog post is about a topic I’ve covered in the past and still struggle with to this day. In fact, I will likely struggle with it for the rest of my life because I’m old enough now that the habits of my youth are pretty much ingrained in who I am. I can certainly strive to mitigate it as much as possible, but in the end I will always be afflicted by that terrible curse of laziness.

As I stated in my previous post, my laziness does have limits. I would never allow the quality of any work that I do for others to be unacceptable, partly because I don’t like looking bad in front of people, but mostly because despite my desire to avoid hard work I still have a very contradictory side of me that demands that things get done right. This puts me in a very awkward position because I end up having to do a lot of things I’d rather avoid doing because I take too much pride in getting things done to shirk them.

When it comes to the things I do for myself, I tend to have a much lower standard. At heart, I’m very much a “good enough” kind of person, and as long as whatever the result is will be something I don’t have to pay much attention to, I’m usually fine with however it turns out as long as it works and doesn’t look too bad. This is especially true when it comes to projects around the house. I just don’t have enough concern about such things to put much effort into them.

Where I really run into struggles with this is in the workplace. In a world where everyone wants everything right now and in a perfect way, I struggle to cope. Many times I end up having to put effort into things that don’t really need to be worried about solely because someone decided it needed to get done and get done in a certain way. The number of hours I’ve wasted putting effort into trivial things that really don’t matter makes me shudder to think about.

I mentioned in another post that the concept of the “bare minimum” is something that has always been perceived as a negative, despite the fact that the term itself implies that the result is still within the realm of acceptable work. When it comes to my laziness, it’s less about not wanting to work at all and more about my time being extremely valuable to me, and the less time I have to spend grinding out work for someone else the better. Every minute spent doing someone else’s work is a minute not spent doing what I want to be doing.

In the end, my laziness will continue and the world will go on, but like many people I’ve had to learn to cope with living in a world that is incongruous with who I am as a person. I don’t believe this makes me bad or useless or any of those kinds of things, but it does tend to paint me in a negative light with people like employers and anyone who believes in the idea that hard work at any cost is important. For me, all I want is to put in just enough effort to have the kind of life I want, and that life is pretty modest because I’m not willing to put in the work for anything more.

What do you think about working in situations that don’t line up with the way you are? Do you put effort into things that aren’t really that important and struggle with it? Or are you on the other side of the fence and believe in putting in as much effort as possible in everything you do. Perhaps neither approach is wrong and it is simply a matter of personal preference. In the end, as long as the job gets done, how you do it is immaterial.

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Living in Chains

I’ve been struggling lately with a thought process that isn’t very respectable amongst certain circles of society. We are brought up to believe that rules are important and we should respect those rules and follow them. For many things, I believe this to be true, especially when it comes to doing things that might cause harm to others. On the other hand, there are certain rules that chafe at my very being and it is a struggle to live with them.

While I could probably come up with a long list of the rules I dislike and would prefer to go away, suffice it to say that it is the source of my dislike for certain rules that causes me to feel the way that I do. Deep within who I am as a person is a primal need to be free from the constraints placed on me by other people; by a society that has decided that order is more important than choice. That the illusion of safety is more important than allowing people to live their lives as they see fit.

Many of the restrictions we live with today are causing a large number of people to waste their talents away. There are so many rules and regulations regarding something as simple as just starting your own business that it creates a barrier to entry that is simply too high for many to overcome. Much of the time it isn’t money that stops a person from trying to step out on their own, but an arduous process of jumping through regulatory hoops that people can’t or won’t deal with.

I’ve known for a long time that I don’t like working for other people. Having to come into a place every day where I have little to no say about how I spend my day just rubs me the wrong way. It was extremely difficult to deal with back when I was in the military, and it hasn’t become any easier now that I’m just working a regular day job. My spirit is crushed on a daily basis when I get up in the morning and have to go into work.

My last few more personal posts have been somewhat depressing, and I realize this isn’t really something that most people want to read about. We are all mostly concerned about our own problems and don’t really want to hear about the problems of others. I do my best to keep my issues to myself, even in my personal life, but sometimes you just need to get your thoughts out of your own head and out into the world.

At the same time, it is my belief that some of my readers will identify with this feeling. There are so many people in the world who are stuck in situations no one wants to be in. Some have it worse than I do, while some are better off, but the feeling is exactly the same. We all envisioned our lives turning out differently than they did. There is no cure for a disappointing life, and in the end we are bound by the chains that brought us to where we are today.

What can we do about such things? Raging against the status quo might have some kind of positive effect, but most of the time it’s just wasted energy. The mass of society is going to progress forward the way it has for the entirety of human existence, singularly unimpressed with our desire for something more. We can try to follow the advice of some to “make your dream come true” through hard work, but realistically it also requires a bit of luck…or a bit of help. There isn’t really much you can do if you have neither.

I try to stay positive in my life and especially in this blog, but lately I’ve been struggling with these feelings I can’t seem to deal with. There needs to be a change of some kind, but I just don’t know what. Like many people who might be reading this, I’m struggling with figuring out what I can and want to do with my life. Who knows where I will end up, but I hope it will be somewhere that finally puts me in a place to do something with my life that makes me feel like my life is accomplishing something worthy.

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When Science Gets It Wrong

As we move forward in our push to ever greater heights of scientific achievement, it is easy to assume that what we are told is the truth and that we can count on the people who are coming up with all the new theories and developments that make our lives better. We trust that they are putting in an objective effort to find some new truth to be discovered, and we rarely question their integrity. So much of our modern world is made possible because of the honest efforts of many people who simply wanted to figure out something new.

However, the strange reality is that science has become something of a religion over the past couple of centuries. Because the information gained through years of research takes nearly as many years to truly understand, we rarely look into the findings of the scientific community to verify that their conclusions are correct. It simply isn’t possible for any one person to know everything, so we have to place our faith in the hope that people are doing the right thing.

COVID-19 has now shown us that this can lead to some pretty dangerous consequences. Despite the claims of highly regarded scientist in important positions around the world, it turns out after all that the virus was created in a laboratory in China and escaped into the population, leading to the infection of people across the globe and a massive disruption to the lives of nearly every person on the planet.

That human beings lie is no secret. We are all guilty of it in one form or another. The scary part of it is that we have become so trusting of the scientific community that it never seems to occur to us that they might have ulterior motives for claiming what they do. They do so much to help us with many things in our lives, so why would we doubt them?

The sad part of all this is that the people create things like the coronavirus conspiracy make it harder for the rest of us to believe anything that might be more legitimate. People wonder why many of us don’t believe in global warming when “the science is in”, but this belies the fact that there is plenty of scientific evidence out there that directly contradicts the claims of the eco-nuts. We just can’t trust the “facts”.

Science is a search for an objective truth and the results of pure scientific research are objective fact with no room for argument. This is something that is not only logical but also intuitive. There is nothing wrong with believing in scientific theory because when it is done right, we are getting pure, unadulterated truth. The problem is people who find something to gain from claiming to have completed scientific processes who slant their information for personal gain.

It would be nice to be able to place our full faith and confidence in our scientific community, but like everything else it is full of human beings with critical flaws that corrupt almost invariably corrupt the final result with their own fallibility. Be it from mistakes made during the scientific method, or simply lies told at the end because they need the result to look a certain way, we can never blindly trust anyone who claims to have a scientific fact. At least not until we rule out every possible way they could gain from a lie.

What do you think about science? Can we trust what we’re told, or do we have reasons to doubt? Has there been a time when you believed what the scientific community has told us only to find out it was a lie? We base our modern lives on what comes out of this highly technical and confusing field, but sometimes the walls come crashing down. What else don’t we know?

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Seeing What We Want to See

There has been a lot of talk recently about unidentified flying objects (UFOs) in our news media recently. This is specifically because of a report that is being issued from the Defense Department this month that will supposedly detail what the government knows about such strange phenomena. As is usual with secretive government information, we can expect to be told that they don’t know much about anything, regardless of what information they might have at their disposal.

The big question that is on everyone’s mind at the moment is whether these strange objects are man-made, or do they come from somewhere else. People have been speculating for decades about alien spacecraft in our proverbial backyard, and the theories go from plausible to incredibly insane. We can’t rule out the possibility that we have visitors from another place hanging around and observing us, but at the same time our current understanding of physics tells us this is unlikely.

While the subject of aliens is certainly an interesting one, the focus of this article is about a different aspect of this trending issue. Regardless of what the report ends up telling us, we will all take away something different from what is revealed. The information will be the same for every person who comes into contact with it, but that doesn’t matter. We will all have our own idea of what the information means and what we will believe going forward regarding unidentified flying objects.

One of the interesting things about human beings is that we have the capacity to look past cold hard facts and put our own perspective into how we see things. Unlike a cold, logical computer, we have the ability to extrapolate beyond the obvious and imagine more than what exists here in reality. This ability has given us the chance to advance far beyond what we could have without it because we start with a dream and then figure out a way to turn it into a reality, regardless of how absurd it might seem.

The problem with this arises when we apply this way of thinking to issues for which we have limited information. We are given a certain amount of information and we end up filling in the blanks with our own perspective. Sometimes this works out just fine because we have enough information to make very good educated guesses. Other times it leads to wildly incorrect and even dangerous theories as we grasp about to connect the proverbial dots.

One of the unfortunate tendencies we human beings struggle with is a habit of seeing what we want to see regardless of what evidence is available to us. Even if the government comes out and flat out tells us that the UFOs aren’t extraterrestrial, there will be a significant portion of the population who refuses to believe because they want aliens to be real. Of course, the opposite is true because there is another portion of the population who will suffer a crisis of religious faith if visitors from another world turn out to be real.

We all see what we want to see, but it is important to recognize this fact about ourselves and learn to implement strategies that mitigate the potential dangers of it. Healthy skepticism is a good start regarding any topic, but we must have care not to take it too far. Objective analysis of available evidence can be very difficult for we emotional human beings, but if we realize this from the start we have a much better chance of getting closer to the truth than we ever imagined.

What do you think about how we see the world? Do you believe what is in front of you, or do you tend to see something more? How hard is it to accept what other people tell you? Sometimes we can struggle to get an understanding of the world around us when we have limited information, but it is important to keep a level head and use what little information we do have in a responsible way.

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Looking to a Future We Don’t Want to See

We live in an interesting, crazy, scary time. In the last century we’ve moved from most people living in rural areas producing food for their own use to nearly everyone living in major cities and depending on others for their own survival. Our mode of transportation has progressed from horses and carriages moving less than a handful of miles per day to motorized, high tech vehicles that can cross half a continent in the same time period. The knowledge we have access to has exponentially increased from the printed media we once relied upon to a nearly infinite amount of digitally available information via the internet. Things are so different from what they were just a short time ago.

It’s easy to look at the future and wonder what will come next. What will be the next great invention that completely changes our lives and revolutionizes how we do some basic task? There is a great deal of hope in that particular thought, and I spend a great deal of time thinking about the various possibilities that might crop up in our near future. Technology almost always makes our lives better and it’s easy to see a future where there is nearly no undue stress because we’ve figured out ways of mitigating it.

On the other hand, it’s hard to look at human nature and have much hope at all. As technology advances and is supposed to be solving our problems for us, we figure out new ways to make our lives more difficult. The problems of the past may have been dealt with through automation or some other form of advancement, but there is no technology that can resolve the issue of one person trying to get what they want at the expense of someone else. As long as there are a finite number of resources available to us, this will continue to be something we deal with.

This is where I start becoming more pessimistic about our future, because as we progress in our technological ability we are also progressing down a road that reduces the importance of individuality in favor of the group. Our nation was founded on the idea that each person has a right to forge their own way and live their own life the way they see fit, but as technology continues to grip us ever tighter we are seeing a push by many to erase individual identity in favor of ideological agendas. It is no longer up to the individual to decide what we want; we’re apparently not intelligent enough to make decisions on our own.

What it really comes down to is that human beings are very arrogant creatures. We have mastered the world as we know it, at least as far as our understanding of mastery allows us to conceive. As the dominant species on the planet, we are convinced of our own superiority in every fashion, and this naturally bleeds over into our dealings with each other. We aren’t content to be the highest animal on the food chain; we have to compete with each other in our selfish need to get our own way.

Many people look to the future and see utopia, but I have difficulty seeing us ever reaching that state of existence. No matter how far our technology advances, as long as one person has something that someone else wants, or one group is acting in a way that another group disagrees with, there will be conflict that results in the subjugation of the weak to the strong. I suppose that’s fine if you’re on the strong side, but it isn’t so great for those who are forced to change everything on a whim.

I haven’t given any specific examples in this article, not because I don’t have any, but because we each have our own idea of how the future could be great, and also not so great. Society seems to be moving in a direction that many find amazing, but I struggle to see the benefits of the path we seem bent on walking down. There doesn’t seem to be any way to avoid it, but perhaps we can hold out hope that other options will present themselves before we’re stuck living in a world we can’t reconcile with.

What do you think about the future? Are we heading toward a great and amazing existence, or are thing taking a turn for the worse? How do we deal with sweeping changes that are in conflict with our values? There are a lot of questions on the other side of the blank wall that is the future, and we can either sit back and wait to see what happens or start doing something about it. The question becomes: what do we do?

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