Thank you libertarianism for helping me to question everything.
Questioning everything is not a benefit in and of itself, but it can bring many benefits for when we question, we learn, and when we learn truth, we benefit thereby because it has the power to make us happy. Of course one may take almost anything to excess, and it is not productive to continuously question that which we have verified beyond reasonable doubt to be true or we would never do anything, but I have certainly been benefitted by questioning what, to some, is not worth questioning, and which I … Read the rest of this entry »
Rush Limbaugh is fond of saying that words mean things. If that’s true, then since names are also words, then names mean things as well. But what happens when what a name represents no longer matches up with what the original meaning of the word used for the name used to mean? Case in point, the labels “liberal” and ”conservative”.
Adjective: Open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values. Noun: A person of liberal views. Synonyms: generous – bounteous – lavish – bountiful – free
Adjective: Holding to traditional attitudes and values
But there’s hope.
From 1994-1996 I was a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, aka the “Mormons”. My total formal training lasted a mere two months, and was mostly focused on learning the Portuguese language, since I served in Brazil. The LDS Church has upward of 50,000 full-time missionaries serving at any given time, the majority of which are 19 to 20-year old boys. Do you know a 19-year old boy? Would you trust him to represent your religion? We Mormons believe in miracles, and perhaps the reason we believe in them is because this practice … Read the rest of this entry »
I had a positive experience with the TSA today as I boarded a flight from Salt Lake City, Utah to Las Vegas. Many readers might assume that by associating the word “positive” with the TSA I must mean that I merely avoided having a negative experience. But no, I had a full-blown, positive experience, in that I was better off for the TSA being there than I would have been without them…well, almost.
I arrived inside the terminal at about 6:10 am. My flight was due to leave at 6:30. This gave me a mere 20 minutes to make it … Read the rest of this entry »
I’m going to throw out a blanket apology to everyone with whom I’ve ever argued politics or economics–I’m sorry, I may have been wrong.
As I describe in more detail here, I’ve been through a bit of a transformation in the past few years, and more especially within the last year, and I’ve come to see that I was wrong on many points. So there to those of you who thought I was stubborn and close-minded!