Threat of a nuclear war.
Racial tensions and protests.
Mass shootings and natural disasters.
Extreme political divisions.
That seems to have been the year 2017 so far — and that’s in the United States alone.
Throw in a constant barrage of mini-controversies that pop up almost every day, sometimes more than once a day, and it can be paralyzing for someone wanting to take it all in, digest it, and comment on a site like this one.
Where to start?
I haven’t posted anything here in more than four months, partly because of that news overload, and partly due to personal issues. That leaves me with a few options:
1. Go back to my previous routine, posting about once a month on various topics, with most posts revolving around an article or video I find interesting.
2. Stick with the same format, but post more frequently.
3. Shut down the web site altogether.
4. Look for a new way.
I’m going with number 4.
One of my primary goals with this website was always to use it as a vehicle to increase my own knowledge and understanding of certain issues. I will focus on that objective now, with an emphasis on gathering information on some topics that matter most to me.
As I do, I will add more to the “Essential Reading” section. I will occasionally add brief blog posts as I had previously, but most new posts will be a bit longer and would be classified as essays.
The two main topics I will focus on most are actually large in scope, and encompass many sub-topics as well:
This will include a look at times when the U.S. government has involved itself in other countries’ affairs either through military or intelligence activities. This will include starting wars, helping to overthrow legitimate governments, committing war crimes, and other behavior that has given many people around the world reason to hate the good ole U.S. of A. I understand that other countries have been less than honorable in their dealings as well, but I’m an American citizen, and so the country for which I am most responsible, and most able to change going forward, is the United States.
In an age in which constant war seems inevitable, it’s important to remember that millions of people have fought against, and are still opposing, the war machine all around the world. Taking a look at pro-peace/anti-war movements that have been effective in the past, as well as those that are active today, can offer a glimmer of hope. If I’m able to give any such organizations even a small bit of publicity, all the better.
I’ve never had a large readership, and have always looked at this blog as a personal project as much as anything else, but having a sharper focus will hopefully offer greater value to those who do spend their valuable time on these pages.
We can always use more light shed on the evil, and the good, in the world.