Hi friend. Please – this is not something to passively read. This is me speaking directly TO you, and I’d love to hear a response. When you get to the end, please leave a comment or contact me, even if only a few words.
I see many of random visitors here, but 100 or so of you have subscribed, and many of you have participated with comments on the posts or emails. THANK YOU. It is seriously gratifying to explore and shape ideas with other people.
In June 2020, I wrote myself a note, on paper (below), that I really needed to start writing. More specifically, I needed to explore my feelings and ideas. It’s funny, we believe we know ourselves, but when we start to poke around, we realize what mystery we are – all of us. We are pure potential, constantly expressing ourselves in relationship with the environment, which is also in constant flux. We are verbs, not nouns. Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors evolve in ways that are both familiar and peculiar. We are in concert with all other things – always. Writing has helped me see this so clearly, and yet, there is so much more to explore and understand. There is no end.
Connecting With You
While the primary purpose of my writing is to continue this exploration, I recognize a greater parallel cause, to help other people do the same. While all of our stories and circumstances are vastly different, we share a baseline experience – what it’s like to be human – what it’s like to have worries, and dreams, and frustrations. But most optimistically, we can share what it’s like to feel at peace with all of it. I know this is possible. This is what I wish for a maximum amount of people, not because I personally have anything crazy to profess, but because I believe anyone can discover this through their own self inquiry, and serve as an example for other people to do the same. Good ideas spread on their own merit, without any single person being responsible. People can be their own gurus. I simply want to be a helpful signpost in support of this, and encourage other people to pay it forward.
An Antirebellion of Sincerity
I have a vision to form a collection of writers who share some basic values, basically, those who speak honestly, carefully, thoughtfully, and kindly. Personally, I am trying every day to live more closely to these values, because I believe they help foster a good world. This is inspired from an essay by David Foster Wallace, which I recently posted about here. I haven’t figured out how this project will work, but as a start, I’d love to connect with anyone who feels affinity to these values, and wants to share their thoughts. As long as you approach the world with kind sincerity, then anything you have to share will be valuable to someone.
Sticking to My Questions
Humans have got it pretty good today, we live in a time of extraordinary abundance, but, psychologically speaking, I believe we’re still in the wilderness. Statistically the world is better off than it’s ever been, yet, depression and anxiety are as intense as ever, if not more. Why?
I believe three things:
- There are truths about life that affect us all equally
- We all get stuck in very common places
- There are very common ways to feel at ease
Lately, for instance, I am focusing on a simple question. Why do we work so much? It’s a fascinating and complicated answer I’ll be writing more about soon. Also, sarcasm. When is it straight-up unhelpful? Finally, optimism, how it can seem naive but is often the complete opposite – highly intelligent and strategic.
My goal is to keep exploring all of these things – truths, cautions, and exploring aspects of relief. They all work together and affect one another. This is a major framework of my articles.
Everything is OK
I want there to be at least one single page on the internet that can help people in a time of personal crisis. The internet can feel like a big cold machine of bits and algorithms. I want to make sure people can find an actual person who has left an emergency kit to find your way when feeling lost. I will continue taking care of this page. After all and I do sincerely believe that everything is OK.
Please Share Feedback
Let me know if any of this content has helped you in the past. Let me know how things have improved. Let me know if you want to be involved writing, even if it’s something very simple. Let me know what is really bothering you lately and if it’s hard to see a solution. If this is the first article you’ve read here – simply say hello. Any or all of the above. Please share a comment or contact me direct if you prefer privacy.
If you aren’t up for sharing, or are simply feeling like a passive reader at the moment – I get it 🙂
Regardless, thanks for reading and exploring. More to come.