As that mythical ‘3 score plus 10’ is now some distance behind me, the urgency of putting my ideas to ‘pen’ can’t be denied but I’ll try to refrain from cluttering this blog with all of my half-baked ideas. Nonetheless, I’m probably not going to finish everything artfully as every year there seems to be more to do … ah, such is the retired life.
I retired from industrial construction and maintenance. Mainly sawmills, pulp mills and paper mills have provided me with life-sustaining work for some 50 years. In that time I’ve learned how to repair virtually anything that moves, move anything that’s not where it belongs, and build pretty well anything with or without drawings or plans. I derive a great deal of pleasure in having someone point me to a few tons of steel and saying, “Build that.” I get immense satisfaction in looking at something that stands a couple of hundred feet tall, knowing I built it.
My projects now are finishing my own house and poking a sharpened keyboard where our ‘controllers’ don’t want it. You’ll find that along my road in life I’ve learned to dislike bureaucracy and relish the taste of freedom.
Some years back I began to practice writing, my intention being to offer a rational opinion when outlandish statements were made in the press. Well, since that time the press hasn’t gotten better, rather if anything, it’s far worse. I’m still expectantly waiting for reason to return to our society, though I’m not holding my breath.
I’ve not given up hope though. I personally think the philosophy of Ayn Rand, Objectivism, is the only path that will lead us back to reason. How to transition from where we are today without losing an affluent society remains the greatest challenge facing us. Far greater human flourishing is the goal and that requires a greater commitment to reason, … persuasion rather than force. And it will win … in the end. Force is self-limiting in that it is purely destructive, to both human life and human effort. The carnage perpetrated by totalitarian states in the twentieth century is visible to all who will look.
As Victor Hugo said, “There is no stopping an idea whose time has come.” Freedom will triumph … when there are persuasive voices to inform and convince the required number of supporters to initiate that ‘tipping point.’.
Meanwhile, because of space limitations, rejections and changing times, this blog will carry what the newspapers won’t or no longer can. I’ll try to identify if and where articles were published.
Hoping you find some things of interest here, garret seinen
Warning; about wokeness, a few words, my first and maybe final.
Throughout my writing I’ve always used the generic term, man, to describe a reasoning biped, inclusive of both those with bumps on their chests or bulges in their pants. If that bothers you, deal with it. I’ll not share your insanity. Please leave.
Note: I’m choosing to ignore my own warning and a post on ‘wokeness’ is forthcoming.
A Parting Thought: Human beings have a propensity to drive themselves insane, while considering themselves to be near-genius, and it appears to be limitless.