I am an average guy, with average intelligence, with average looks trying to get my weight to a healthy average, but fortunately I am passing due to the bell curve of overweight people in the US. Yah Me!!! I was brought up democrat and never knew why. I just know my parents loved John F. Kennedy and cried when he died. I voted the democratic line and thought I figured out who the Anti-Christ was by figuring out the meaning of 666. I deduced that it must be Ronald Wilson Reagan. While I was never competent at advanced Math, I certainly know how to count letters up to six and Ronald had six, Wilson had six and Reagan had six. I know, in retrospect, that was quite stupid, but at 18 I was now allowed to drink and allowed to vote. Was this wise for a society to give me equal voting rights as a thoughtful, intelligent, measured citizen. Probably not, but stupid probably equals out on both sides of the political divide.
Once I realized how politically stupid I was, then that began my path to wisdom. So now, I take very little at face value, because I am always looking at who benefits and who does not and why. Somewhere along the way, after 25 years of going to church, I found myself much more conservative and cannot point to any snapshot in my life that I crossed over. I guess it was just logic incrementalism. That does not mean that some liberals are not geniuses and logical, I just tend to believe in the concept of a confirmation bias. Regardless of how smart we are, we want to be around people who affirm our pre-existing beliefs. We are quite committed to our beliefs and never want to be told we are wrong. Realizing that I was wrong and that I was frequently wrong, again sent me down the path towards Wisdom. An example of a wrong path is me taking on complicated home improvement projects. An example of wisdom was calling an incredible home remodeling company to do they work for me.
I want to take my average intelligence and use the great intelligence equalizer called the internet and see if I can by- pass the media spin machines and see if I cannot find the truth myself. This is not a spiritual journey, in that I am locked in that truth. I am just trying to understand what that means to me as I practically interact with my world, both workplace, marketplace, my favorite places. I will not be able to solve the problems facing the United States, but I can get a better framework of what is true and what I might want to advocate for, instead of being ignorant and dismissive of uncertain facts that may happen in the future.
Please join me on this journey. Hopefully it will be educational and provide perspective that was not there before. See you on my future posts.