The world is living under that ancient Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.”
And they appear to be more interesting as each day passes.
Why are they interesting? Because everything in the world is changing at an accelerating rate. It’s hard to keep up with everything around us and no one is really talking about it. Sure, we talk about pop culture like the Oscars, baseball and what’s hot on Netflix. But few talk about important things that affect our lives. Education. The intersection of government and business and what is really going on there. Terrorism and war. This blog grew from a concept for a video series where I would have a one-on-one conversation with someone on a variety of topics. It would start with a question from me, “What is the most concerning thing happening in the world today?” From there, it could go anywhere. I had only two rules. Points raised had to be fact based or a matter of personal beliefs, and it had to be civil. From there, as a quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson said, “we can work out our differences on the battlefield of ideas.”
There are some truly amazing voices out there. Like Andrew W. K. (@AndrewWK) His depth and perspective yield inclusive resolution to each writers’ dilemma, like this column on atheism and prayer. Then there’s Prince EA (@PrinceEA). Watch just one of his videos, like this. His clarity of vision for what the world needs. And more importantly, what it does not.
Is this type of thought just recently emerging into corners of the world. Nope. A film was released 75 years ago with one of the most compelling speeches ever committed to celluloid. Written and performed by Charlie Chaplin as The Great Dictator, it cries out for humanity and liberty just as WWII was spreading across Europe. Listen here, and be moved.
Since first seeing “The Year of Living Dangerously“, one line touched me deeply and I’ve carried it with me ever since, invoking it into every facet of my life that I could. As Billy Kwan said to Guy Hamilton in the slums of Java, “Don’t think about the major issues. You do what you can about the misery in front of you. You add your light to the sum of all light.”
For these reasons and more is why this blog exists.
November 2015 update:
In light of recent events in France, Mali, Brussels, Sweden and so many other places, I am narrowing the focus of what I say here. All voices will always be welcome, especially those who disagree with what I might say. Without different points of views conversations can get kind of boring.