Insight into Reason: Introduction

Through some inner impulse, I possess a desire to express myself to the world. My thoughts are not at home within my own head. My thoughts want to break free, they want to be heard. Speech is my greatest joy, silence my greatest pain. I bear the seeds of new ideas, and it is my duty to myself to plant these seeds in the earth. To cultivate them into something greater.

No man wishes to remain silent and unheard. No man is content with leaving his thoughts to wither and die in his head. We all want to be heard. We all want our thoughts to live even after we die. It’s why we write, to create a permanent record of our thoughts, immortalized in words. It’s why we argue, why we protest. Why we defend our values and beliefs. But what compels this? What inner nature gives us this desire to speak and need to be heard?

This inner nature is the driving force behind all human interaction. Behind all speech and writing. Without it, man would be silent and ignorant, no different from any primitive animal. For this, I call this nature a virtue. For it brings education and opens the door to truth. It enables discourse, which is the process by which we discern and scrutinize truth. It enables complex thought, for thought cannot truly exist in complexity without speech and writing. It brings the greatest ideas out from the minds of great men and into the world of all men, so those ideas do not die with the creator. It compels us to think of ideas in the first place, for we feel we must create ideas to give to the world. By the will of this nature, man evolves. Civilizations are built upon this nature, and advance by its force.

It is this inner nature that I gladly obey. This I hold up as my greatest virtue. I publish to this blog because my nature compels me to. It is my purpose in life to share my thoughts and ideas. Modern technology makes it so much easier to do this, and so I take advantage of this great tool. To all who wish to listen, hear my thoughts!

The Individual in History

History is a continual process, perpetuating itself through a seemingly deterministic flow. Every event seems to be the effect of a cause, and the cause to an effect. This is, in fact, often how history is taught in schools, from grade school to higher education. However, it is merely a simplistic view of the complexities of history. If one were to simply inspect closer, to look deep into the heart of every historical event, they would see that every such event is a cause not of fate, but of man. They would see the free-will of man, unleashing itself upon the world, and shaping it to its will. History is forged by the hands of man, wielded by his free-will, whether that will be benevolent or malevolent. The heart of history is free-will. The seemingly deterministic flow of history is simply the orderly flow of blood being pumped from this heart of free-will. This is the human singularity, the root of all humanity.

Since the root cause of all history is humanity’s free-will, the future course of history lies in the volition of every individual. If a man looks upon the world, and is dissatisfied by what he sees, it is not in his place to change it. It is in his place to change himself to what he wants to become, to be the example of what he values. If he wants change, he must be that change, by improving himself and shaping his own life to his ideal vision. His duty is not to change others, for the only person he has the right to change is himself. Do not attempt to force people to mend and bind. First learn to mend and bind with others yourself, and by being an example of success you can effectively encourage and inspire others to follow wake. In fact, it is this desire to change others that leads to the polarization and radicalization we see today. The desire to change others is rooted in authoritarianism and terrorism, two of the most significant threats civilization faces. Through self-determination and free will, man will earn his liberty. Through trying to control others, man will be cursed to despotism.