Another blog.  Just what the world needs, right?  I know.  Blogging might be a good metaphor for life, though.  Generally speaking, there isn’t a whole lot of point to it, but it can be fun anyway.

So why another blog?  I suppose for much the same reasons anyone else writes a blog.  It is an outlet, a way to get things off my chest in a semi-constructive way, a vehicle for conversation, sharing ideas… whatever it turns out to be.  I understand that some people make a living writing a blog, but I have no delusions of grandeur there.

I like to think that I pay attention to politics and current events.  I listen to NPR on my way to and from work, so obviously I put a ton of time and effort into it. (Sarcasm!)  I have a habit, some would say a bad habit, of posting things to my Facebook page that I find interesting or provocative.  Often these things are articles about guns (control or violence or both), or whatever Bernie Sanders is talking about at the moment, or some ridiculous nonsense the GOP presidential candidates are saying.  (There is my bias. I will try to be nice.)  I came to the realization recently that posting on my Facebook page was literally the least I could do and still act like I give a shit.  Perhaps writing a blog is one notch above the least I can do, like, the next-to-least I can do.  Hopefully as an intended side-effect, it will also give my less-politically-minded Facebook friends a well-deserved break.

I also like music a lot, and vinyl records as the picture above suggests.  I’m the only person in my office that has a functional turntable in my cubicle.  Craft beer (IPAs mostly) and fine wine are among my hobbies as well.  I may write about any of those things, or whatever else is on my mind at the time.

The best I could hope for in writing anything is to start open and honest conversations about real things that are happening in the world.  I would like to explore topics beyond my own preconceived notions and prejudices.  I would like to better understand why people believe what they believe, and why I believe what I believe.  I would like to challenge myself to look beyond my own limited experience and understanding.  I welcome your involvement in that process.  I also encourage anyone who reads these words to challenge yourself as well in the same regard.  I will also try to post a relevant song at the end, because.. you know, music.  Music is good.  Or rather, good music is good.  More on that another time.

American psychologist Wayne Dyer once said, “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.”  I hope that the few of us who might come across this blog could collectively aspire to not be guilty of that.

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“If ever I would stop thinking about music and politics, I would tell you that music is the expression of emotion, and that politics is merely the decoy of perception.” -Michael Franti

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4 thoughts on “The Next-to-least I Can Do

  1. Dig the Wayne Dyer quote cuz. And the song I would hope relates more to the Vietnam “conflict” than the battles taking place today. Nonetheless, still applicable. Good choice! Keep it up cuz, I’ll read it regularly.

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  2. So Nate, I will be reading, and commenting from the perspective of your bias because they are my beliefs. (Shocker) I will not play gotcha, ( unless it makes me laugh) I too am trying to understand, and learn, but I have a very closed mind because I am right.. (Keep prying) Our disagreements may be many, but our love and family bonds transcend a great deal. The litmus test I use is 1. My belief in God’s word, 2. My bullshit – o – meter. (Please don’t peg the needle.) Love You Nate, Tom

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    1. I will be doing the best I can to keep my own bias in check, and I appreciate your efforts on that end as well. I hope also to in some way cut through all the bullshit that is out there and try to approach some sense of truth in things. I agree that our love and family bonds transcend just about anything this blog will ever cover, and I’m glad we can agree at least on that. Much love right back atcha.

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