“This is not a dialogue,
but only one side of a dialogue.
I state; you, if you wish, refute.”
— John Fowles, The Aristos, 1970
This space is a freeform soapbox on which to stand, observe and speak out against or for events and actions taking place in our world. It’s a much different surrounding than the shingled beach on the Mediterranean island of Crete, where I first read those words in 1970 by an English writer that went on to challenge my worldview.
Gaining much of a lifetime of experience, I now observe a world in which many things are done to us, not by us, by actors and forces that would thrust their opinions and rules on our free society rather than leave each of us alone to find our way. My views on these matters are increasingly unpopular and controversial, as the posts to follow will reveal.
This literary and imaginative world will not proscribe to society’s rules. This is not a safe home for those more comfortable with beliefs found and shaped by polling data, restatements, walk-backs, retractions or apologies. To the contrary, it’s a place of forthright talk and where facts dominate the landscape. It’s a place where the classic scientific method clearly applies its rules: hypotheses are the end result, not conclusions. It’s a place comfortable for those with strong opinions, but not for those bearing emotional scars and feelings easily hurt or used to comfort. It’s not a place for networking and commerce.
Foremost, it is a place for polite, civil discourse and debate on topics relevant to all of us, across a broad spectrum of subjects, situations and geographies.