8 April 2013
Volunteering for three different political parties and one independent candidate in this election has already, if nothing else, reminded me of just how it is I think (and thinking is something you may want to think about doing before you vote, not after).
What I have done my whole life is try and identify good ideas. Putting good ideas to work is what life is about. Bad ideas are bad for survival, good ideas improve our chances of enjoying life's pleasures and avoiding pain.
For example, many, many years ago I read that global warming ought to result in more extreme weather events - not just slightly warmer overall temperatures. This made sense from what I knew of meteorology. There is a fragile balance to things. Therefore I saved the idea in my brain to see if it would one day be demonstrated to be true or false and bought property high enough above sea level, betting with real money, that my house might one have a better view of the ocean than it does now.
I did not expect to see the results of the enquiry until I was an old boy in his rocking chair.
Sure enough, however, and much, much quicker than I anticipated, our weather around the planet started fucking up like nobody's business. The Greenpeace motherfuckers were right.
What I do then is not memorise a pile of facts and figures about global warming and all that the way some people do. I simply assimilate the knowledge I had been testing (i.e. Looks like we're real fucked now!) and move on to test other ideas.
There is lots such stuff I have put to the test.
Poverty is bad; overaccumulation of weath is bad; whaling is bad; seatbelts are good; war is bad; the Canucks fucking suck, etc. You may not agree with the same conclusions I have come to and that is ok. What is important is I have come to my own conclusions using my own reasoning. That is something we can all do. That is something more of us must do because, like I just said, it looks like we are real fucked now but we are not so fucked we cannot turn shit around - if we want to.
I sure as fuck do.