This is the first of my blog posts. In fact, its actually the first blog I’ve ever written.
I’ve always been a thinker and a writer, but I generally kept those thoughts private. As this year has marched on, and by year I mean my academic year, I’ve discovered that keeping these thoughts and opinions private is not always the way to go. In point of fact as far as academia goes, its almost essential to express your views and opinions. Keeping things to yourself can only hinder you, both emotionally and spiritually. It’s the same concept for being closed-minded. What does one gain from not listening to others? Nothing. Thought stagnates and no new ideas can come to light. Eventually, we decay intellectually and no further progress can happen. In fact, it is at this point that society would start to decay.
Without new thought and ideas, we become bland and fixed. We stop evolving and eventually we simply become part of the environment. The lack of ideas will cause us to become uniform. Each person will start to look the same, talk the same, act the same. There is an old shirt I found in my closet recently which had an interesting quote that I’ve always liked: “Without deviation from the norm, advancement is not possible.” This quote adequately summarizes what I’ve said I think.
The primary point I’m trying to make is that we cannot be stuck in our ways for too long or we lose meaning and the ability to understand and think. I see this all the time in politics and education and law.
Politics has degraded into nothing more than an old boys club. Senators and representatives gather in Washington and do nothing but fight about issues. They sit and play party politics and they have lost sight of their goal, to represent the wishes and will of the people. I honestly can’t remember a time in the last ten years that I have not heard an election go off where the candidates religion came up. Is it truly necessary to mention this? I thought we had a distinct separation of church and state, or are supposed to anyway. I don’t want a president or senator that makes their decisions based upon the holy script. I want a leader that makes his decisions based upon the needs of the people.
I am an atheist, but that does not mean that I do not respect your own right to believe. Each man, woman, and child can believe what they will, worship who they will, marry who they love, and do as they desire (inside the law of course). I am but one man, human as the rest, and I have no more right force people to my side than any other. I have no problems with religion, I truly don’t, but it’s when dogma stands in the way of social, economic, ethical, scientific, and any other kind of growth that I start to become agitated. Believe what you will, but do not force your beliefs upon me and do not say my science is evil if I can use it to save lives. If a person is willing to turn their loss into something that could bring joy and life to millions, who are we to stop them?
The primary problem with intellectual and spiritual growth and advancement in this day is age. The people that run education and the people who run the country are primarily of the older generation. Computers, cell phones, the internet; all of this is foreign to them in that they were not raised with it in their lives. It was integrated into their lives only within the last 15 years. They do not fully understand the technology. It’s almost a foreign entity to them, one they must fear until they can understand it. This fear and aversion to change is what causes stagnation. The fear that this new thing, this new entity, might usurp from them a small modicum of their power, their authority. We as humans fear that which is unknown. However the days are fast approaching that in order to continue, we must accept the change, we must embrace the new and unknown. At this point, we will be able to continue on and advance not only as a society, but as species itself. This is the next step in our evolution.