“I think. . .” is an excessively overused phrase. Until I started to write my opinions down, I thought I knew what I thought about most everything: God, organized religion, scientific theories, politics, social issues, war, and environmental concerns. After admitting I did not possess enough knowledge on any subject to voice a credible position, searching for the truth became my new mission. Furthermore, when faced with the dilemma of experiencing eternal bliss or eternal damnation upon death, the prospect of the latter became worthy of investigation.
One of the many conclusions I have reached is to listen to my inside voice and pay attention to those gentle, mysterious nudges forever trying to guide me in the right direction. After the try-anything-once years, I felt a sense of urgency; those nudges became robust shoves. What followed was an insightful, yet somewhat tumultuous, adventure: becoming aware of what makes me tick, exploring my affect on the world around me, realizing the effect of the world around me on me, and defining the beliefs I would choose to live by.
After years of studying a vast range of issues and learning a great deal from living life in general, I would like to believe I have grown a bit wiser, a tad more understanding, and a smidgeon more insightful, but alas, probably not. Without doubt, I have acquired an overall more inquisitive nature. When pondering the aspects of a particular topic or issue, I am relentlessly motivated to discover the facts. Believing that the value of one voice is significant, I find little difficulty mustering the courage to speak the truth when the facts are indisputable, battle it out and screw the consequences. In other words, it does not take wild horses to drag my point of view out of me (though that is a fairly violent visual).
On the flip side, realizing that not every conversation has to result in a battle has created a more peaceful existence and lessened everyday drama; that is, until it comes to discussing politics and/or organized religion, both fierce...