Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny
|The Thinker - Rodin|
Every so often a person needs to take a step back. A step back in order to move forward. It is easy to hold to beliefs formed perhaps years before. But realities of the physical world are constantly changing. In response to the inevitable and unstoppable movement of change, driven by new technology and a better understanding of the nature of our universe and the laws of physics that govern it, we must adapt if we are to survive.
While we certainly have no control over the progression of time and its continuum of change, we as individuals do have the ability to revisit, and check if you will our previously held premises. If we are to survive and prosper prosper in in the face of changing realities we must look at, and evaluate whether the premises we essentially built our lives around are still valid and serve our rational self interests.
I've come to the conclusion, and I admit I may be wrong, that many, if not most choose not to take the very uncomfortable step of entering into the world of introspection. Please do not misunderstand introspection for self doubt. It is quite the opposite. It takes a person with confidence and strong commitment to question their own beliefs. The self assured and confident individual recognizes that questioning previously held beliefs does not call into question their validity. Rather they understand that only in challenging the "status quo" can one increase their knowledge, thus growing in the process and perpetuating the process and growing the knowledge base that leads to a better existence and increased happiness.
As one observes the present state of affairs in our nation's political evolution it is clear we are moving in a counter productive direction. Simply put this means we are moving backwards rather than forward. It is apparent, at least to this writer, that not only are the elected lawmakers of both parties (as well as our leadership) either incapable or unwilling to enter the world of introspection, we the people of this nation apparently suffer from the same shortcoming. Either that or they (and we) just don't give a damn.