posted on May 06, 2013 13:25
Greetings! I’m glad you are here.
Let me begin in a somewhat unlikely place. I don’t know about you, but my life was affected by the events of 9/11. This journey began with trying to understand the events of that day and make sense of them. What I found is that most people believe that we as individuals make the best decisions for ourselves and those we care about. There is a desire for freedom to make those choices. However, while most people express the desire for freedom, it seems to exist in relatively few places. It doesn’t matter what your religion is or on what part of the globe you live. Indices, such as the Heritage Foundation’s Freedom Index, indicate it is a relatively rare thing to find.
Most of the discussions I had with others at that time indicated that they really didn’t understand where freedom came from, or what was necessary for it to continue. And when I thought about it, at that time I really didn’t understand where freedom came from either. Many people simply thought replacing a country’s leader, or its government, was simply enough. We’ve heard the same thing from many television commentators, pundits, and analysts. This just doesn’t seem to be right. After all, only a few individuals have ever been able to reset a society’s norms like Moses and Jesus did.
That brings me to the purpose of this site. It is my hope that it will be a place where people can learn about freedom: where it comes from, why we need it, and what is needed for it to flourish. That it will serve to educate people, provide others with resources to support their own research, and be a place to exchange ideas. This is important because freedom, just like our faith, is always just one generation away from being lost. It must be learned and passed on, and our present education system is simply not up to the job. Therefore it is left up to each of us to pick up the slack, and a site which can serve as a clearinghouse will help each one of us.
Throughout history there have been only two primary approaches to governance, and both can be found in Greek philosophy. One approach focuses on collectivism, that places an emphasis on group rights. The second approach focuses on individual rights. The two approaches are contradictory. The plans are to lay out the basic positions of both approaches in the next several blogs. Then to begin to look at some of today’s issues through these two lenses, with the aim of trying to better understand both the underlying issues and what options may exist to address them.
I ask only two things from you. The first is that anyone can repeat talking points. It takes little effort and doesn’t advance the conversation. So we’ll look to use facts and logic in order to make our points. We likely won’t always agree, but that is okay. That brings me to the second thing. That we will always be respectful of others views. We can disagree without being disagreeable.
So I hope that you’ll visit frequently. Most of all I pray that you will find faith, that you will find joy, that you will find wisdom, peace, and happiness on your journey. God Bless.