Why am I here?
A question we all come to ask ourselves from one time to another. It can be brought on by many things, from a near-miss in your car to a boring day at work. It can also mean a lot of things. Why am I here could be a question about why you are alive. It could also be a question about why you decided to take a certain path in life. In this moment of time the question is, for me, about why I am writing this blog.
What is my purpose here? Why do I feel compelled to put my thoughts out in long form for everyone to see? What do I hope to achieve? Or is it just for the release of getting my thoughts out in front of myself, and if that is the case then why choose to do it in public?
Certainly it’s about the release to some extent. There is too much going on in my head at times and it needs to be taken out, stored away somewhere else to make room for new thoughts, ideas or information. But it is much more than just that.
I feel I have a need and indeed a responsibility to write about the things I learn, the wisdoms uncovered and the failures too. We are living in a world now, where we are involved in constant communication, but one in which the communication is often of little value or consequence. We are too oft caught up in unimportant discussions about issues of little consequence while major social, political, economic and especially personal issues are hidden or avoided. It has always been my role in life to break these taboos.
I am unafraid of honesty even when it comes to sensitive personal issues, because I would rather deal with the consequences of truth than live in a world based on lies. Human progress is stifled by peoples ability to use lies to demonize one another, and this prevents any of us from being able to see reality clearly. How can we make decisions based on facts, if we can not trust what is being presented to us?
This is my purpose then, my point in being here. Right now I am a 24 year old man, intelligent, established and capable; but what credibility does this give me to talk on political issues or give personal advice to people? Some would think that at my age I know little about life’s trials and tribulations, so what right would I have to be giving advice? Some would say that I have only been observing politics and economics a few years, so I couldn’t possibly have the same depth of understanding as them, simply based upon my age.
Obviously, there is no substitute for experience when it comes to gaining knowledge and understanding, and experience does come with age. But experience can also be sought out and knowledge can be gained off the back of another’s experience too, if one is willing to see the truth when it is put in front of them.
Often we are not willing to believe the truth when it is put in front of us, because it is not always pretty. Does anyone really want to believe that Santa isn’t real, or that their ancestors are responsible for committing some of the worst hate-crimes possible to commit? Do we really want to believe that our ex’s new partner is actually a really good person and is probably better for them than we were? No. These are uncomfortable truths we are likely to avoid.
I am not sure who is responsible for it, but at some point in my youth I decided life was much simpler if uncomfortable truths were openly discussed. It has served me well and it has brought me to here. To this place, where I can prove myself. Where I can prove that my age does not discount the accuracy of the knowledge I have gained, nor the logic of the arguments I present. It will be something I can point to when someone tries to place me in a box, along with other people whose views they would rather dismiss than acknowledge or study. But it is hard to know where to start. There are so many issues I wish to talk about, but none of them are easy or obvious; nor am I a leading expert in any field.
Perhaps I should start with the issues I would most like to discuss with my fellow countrymen, such as Indigenous rights and the dangers of having an economy entirely dependant on mining exports. Or perhaps I would start talking about the issues I have most recently discovered, the corruption of the Australian political landscape in the post Gough Whitlam era. Maybe I would rather talk about global issues, such as the pursuit of equal conditions for workers globally, or the fight against climate change. But none of these are simple issues and none can be dealt with in a single post. So where do I start?
Do I need to go back and trace these issues from their origins to the present, and summarise it here in my own words, so that later I can refer back to it, to show people from what basis my arguments are made? I do not know. It sure sounds like a good idea, but it also sounds like a lot of work. But then, if I do not put in these hard yards how do I establish my own credibility? How far do I need to go with this? How many subjects can I take on effectively? Hopefully, I will come to a decision soon, because I feel the need to get started growing in intensity, I just don’t want to do it half-hearted.