I think a lot, and I like to have interesting discussions with people, and often I come away from such discussions with new information or a new perspective that allows me to maintain a sense of the world beyond my own experience. My hope is that this blog will serve as a forum for such discussion, allowing me to share things that I find interesting (“brain candy”) and giving you a way to respond.
Inspiration and a hopeful future
Many of my posts come not from sudden sparks of curiosity or insight but rather from ideas that have been percolating in my mind for years. However, I never thought seriously about sharing my thoughts in blog format until I started following the NPR series “New Boom,” which is about emerging trends among members of the Millennial Generation (those born in the U.S. between 1980 and 1996). Some of these patterns, such as moving to urban areas and seeing charitable donation as a type of investment, suggest to me an opportunity. If we pay attention to these trends and determine collectively some things that matter to us the most, we may have the ability to enact widespread changes to reduce poverty, protect the environment, etc. I hope to further this possibility here by promoting awareness and sharing knowledge.
It’s important to know things, especially strange or upsetting things. If you know how many elephants are killed each year by poachers in Africa (about 30,000), you can tell other people, and eventually such information may become common knowledge. Once it’s common knowledge, the topic becomes much easier to address. Maybe one day the number of elephants killed will be zero. Or maybe not, but that goal is still worth working toward.
Please comment! Challenge me, tell me I’m wrong, share your opinion, and ask questions. Always question.