Every blog needs an introduction and here is mine.
The Audacity of Individuality.
Audacity: the quality or state of being intrepidly daring or recklessly bold
Individuality: the total character peculiar to and distinguishing an individual from others
The title of my blog is not a representation of not only myself, but of the general idea of blogging. It is a comment on the blogosphere, the internet, media, and public opinion in general. I find the blogosphere particularly interesting because its unique historical, social, philosophical, and political stature. The blogosphere is to the internet what anarchism is to democracy: either a democratic ideal or an obnoxious rebellion. The blogosphere and its philosophical counterparts, such as Wikipedia, walk a fine line between a chaos of stupidity and the democratic freedom of the people.
In reality, it is somewhat presumptuous to believe that what you or I, 1 out of 6.5 billion living people, has something worthy to say. And yet our craving for individualism, that concept that the west has championed, leads us to assert ourselves as worthy players on this planet. So we write: academics, politicians, pundits, students, blue-collared workers, coffee shop employees, or any person with access to a connected computer.
“I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.” – Solomon Short
I, like you, will add to this conglomerate of individuals proclaiming their worthiness to write old ideas in new ways. Much of what you will find on this blog will be my simple musings on history, the media, philosophy, politics, and religion. I will often comment on some article I have read and I will do my best to find online facsimiles of those articles. I write from the perspective of a person that has been an undergraduate student for far too long, a little disallusioned with the faith I grew up with and the government I once supported, and look on life that allows me to accept this without too much bitterness. I was born and raised on the west coast of Canada. I have studied numerous disciplines within different paradigms. I spent three years studying to become a pastor within the evangelical tradition. Faith, in conjunction with reason, has led me instead to a degree in Religious Studies and Philosophy. Some of what I post on this blog will be some of my academic works as a way of garnering some constructive criticism.