I wanted to begin these writings with an introduction, not so much one of myself but of my goals for this blog. It’s important for me to be clear about how I organize my thoughts and the motivation behind them, even if they are rambling or abstract in nature.
Organize my own thoughts
Critically examine concepts and beliefs
I identify with the “you can’t learn anything while you’re talking” quote. (I’m not sure who said it originally). I tend to be a listener because I genuinely crave inspiration. It is important for me to be inspired every day. I think it is fundamental to my health and existence. Because I value being inspired by others, I hope to use this blog to exit my comfort zone in some and share inspirations and things that I learn about so that others can experience them as well. I think this will also help me process more deeply but I’ll get to that in a moment.
Organize My Thoughts
Let me begin the way the last section ended… In his book ‘The Letters’, Jack Kerouac says:
I think Kerouac is talking about the release that comes from self-examination and the mechanism of coping with thoughts through writing. My hope is that this blog can act as something similar for me as I comb through and try to make sense of what is important out of the vast amounts of content I am exposed to daily.
Critically Examine Concepts and Beliefs
In his book ‘A Treatise of Human Nature, (1739) Scotish philosopher David Hume introduces the Is-Ought Problem.
Hume is saying that many people make claims about what ought to be based off what is.
Is statement: Sunlight can damage a person’s eyesight
Ought Statement: One should not look directly into the sun.
Hume states that an is premise does not equal an ought concussion. If an ought conclusion is formed, then a reason should be given. We should be aware of the difference in is/ought judgement. We should also be aware of when people make that shift and how they explain the way they got there.
It is somewhat unclear to me what Hume means when he says a new relation being deduced "seams altogether inconceivable". I take it to mean that this relationship of thought is invalid without critical examination and holds no weight on its own.
critical examination = questioning + analyzing + creation of arguments + exploration of arguments + Objections + Replies to objections + Revisions + Defense
I will always seek to A. critically examine pivotal concepts and B. speak only from my own experience and not implicate others.
However, I know that I will probably spend the majority of this blog trying to climb out of the 'That's Just Your Opinion' pit. Or in the words of The Dude:
As my last goal, I will simply will strive to be encouraging and inclusive with the content that I share.