The Most Important Picture Ever Taken

1. One light year is equivalent to 5.9 Trillion miles.

2. There are more planets in the universe than there are grains of sand on all the beaches of the Earth. 

Let that sink in, then continue reading.  Every single point of light in this picture is an entire galaxy, each galaxy contains approximately 200 billion Suns. The image is called the “Hubble Ultra-Deep Field”. It is the farthest we’ve ever seen into the Universe. This picture is mind numbing if you can understand what you’re actually seeing. 

Imagine for a moment that you’re outside on a clear night with a full moon. You take a quarter, close one eye and hold the quarter at arms length. The quarter can just about block out the moon. Now imagine replacing the quarter with a single grain of sand. The amount of sky that is “blocked out” by the grain of sand is the size of the patch of sky at which the Hubble was pointed. There are 3,000 galaxies in that picture. 3,000 galaxies in a patch of sky no bigger than a grain of sand held out at arms length. Every single dot, smear, and smudge is an entire galaxy. The enormity of the Cosmos is such that our minds are not wired to envision those distances. In fact, we have  to measure it in light-years. Kilometers or miles are no good on the cosmic scale. To measure the distance from Earth to any star in miles would be more futile than measuring from NYC to New Zealand in millimeters. 

  What is a light-year? It is the distance that light travels in one year. ONE LIGHT-YEAR = 5.9 TRILLION MILES. Let’s put this in perspective. At the equator, the Earth is about 25,000 miles in circumference. The moon is 253,000 miles away, on average. The Sun, which is 880,000 times the size of the Earth, is 93 million miles away. The nearest star to Earth other than the sun is 4.2 light years away. That’s 24 TRILLION MILES. The Milky Way Galaxay in which we live is about 100,000 light-years across. The Milky Way has 250 billion stars, of which the Sun is just one. The observable universe has about 100 billion galaxies, some containing more than one trillion stars. Most of the stars in each galaxy have planets caught in their gravitational embrace, just like our sun. The general consensus among Cosmologists and Astronomers is that there are more planets in the universe than there are grains of sand on all the beaches of the Earth. 

Another way to attempt to put the prodigious cosmic scale into perspective is to think about the fastest vehicle mankind has ever made. Voyager 1 is a space probe launched in 1977.  

 We continue to receive a signal from it, though its mission ended 20 years ago. It flew past all the planets of the solar system and is responsible for all those beautiful and famous close up pictures of the planets. Voyager then continued out past Pluto and has been careening through the void of empty space at 11 miles per SECOND.  It is roughly 12 billion miles from Earth and in 2014, it entered interstellar space. Interstellar is defined as the space between the stars. It is the fastest man made object of all time. It is also the farthest we’ve ever sent anything. There is no air resistance in space, so Voyager continues unimpeded in that frictionless environment, at that speed, forever.  

As it relates to cosmic distance, Voyager will not reach the nearest star for 25,000 years, despite the fact that it’s moving 12 times faster than a bullet fired from a high powered rifle. At 38,610 mph, Voyager will take many tens of millions of years to get to the other side of the galaxy.

It has been said that this picture is the most important image of all time simply because it reminds us to be humble. We are small players in a vast cosmic arena. That picture proved that the universe is impossibly large. It toned down the human ego. It also points out the high probability that we are not alone. Even if life is exceedingly rare in the universe and only takes hold on 1/1000th of 1% of worlds, there are still trillions of planets that harbor life. 

The Shaming of America?

The death of Michael Brown at the hands of a police officer last summer sparked an uprising in cities across America. The subsequent exoneration of the officer by a grand jury further inflamed the discontent. The primary charge was that white police officers continuously harass black citizens and get away with it. Some have taken to defacing the American flag because they believe it to represent oppression and racism.  

It was alleged that 18 year old Michael brown was murdered in cold blood in the middle of the street, shot in the back while he had his hands raised up in surrender. This allegation spawned the “hands up, don’t shoot” chant which became the battle cry of the left in the last quarter of 2014. 

 

“Hands up, don’t shoot” gained traction in 2014
 The only problem with the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative is that it turned out to be false. Forensic evidence along with eye witness testimony (from black and white witnesses) corroborated officer Darren Wilson’s version of the events. Michael Brown had charged officer Wilson and attempted to take his weapon. Fearing for his life, officer Wilson fired multiple rounds into Brown. It’s a tragic loss of life, there’s no question about that. But Officer Wilson didn’t wake up that morning and decide that he was going to murder an unarmed black teenager. He was provoked into taking action. 

However, the black community in Ferguson, Missouri jumped to the conclusion that Michael Brown was unjustly gunned down. They had a good reason to believe that. There is an atrocious and well documented history in America of black people being physically beaten by white cops.

This history has left a scar on the cultural memory of black America and unfortunately, this behavior by white law enforcement has continued into the present day. By no means is it as prevalent as it once was, but it still lingers as a dark shadow over race relations in this country. 

Nonetheless, the truth about what happened to Michael Brown came out after a grand jury was presented with all the evidence. This grand jury listened to 70 hours of forensic and ballistic experts, saw the testimony of dozens of eye witnesses and after careful deliberation, came to the conclusion that the lethal force implemented by Darren Wilson was justified. This verdict enraged the community, prompting riots and protests. Not surprisingly, the U.S. Attorney General at the time, Eric Holder, opened up his own justice department investigation. This independent federal investigation supported the conclusion reached by the grand jury. As if to ensure that it didn’t leave “empty handed”, Eric Holder’s team also investigated the entire Ferguson PD. This investigation  found evidence of racist practices within the Ferguson police department. Although some statistics were presented in a questionable manner in a attempt to feed the racist narrative, there is no doubt that an undercurrent of racism against black citizens had permeated all levels of the  Ferguson police department hierarchy. The calls for justice continued to echo across urban America. 
But what is justice? Is justice defined as the appeasement of a group of people for purposes of political expediency? Is justice served when an angry populace is able to influence the supposedly objective judicial process?

There is little faith left in our judicial process, especially in the urban black community. Such little faith, in fact, that even though the ballistics, forensics and  dozens of eyewitnesses corroborated Officer Wilson’s story, black America felt the court system was racist and wouldn’t charge a white police officer. They allege that the inherently racist, white institutions in America don’t value black lives as much as white lives. 

 

Black Lives Matter has become a common slogan
 Many black Americans feel that America is still a racist country. I can understand the anger and the frustration. This country has a deeply disturbing  history concerning white and black relations. From slavery, to Jim Crow to the civil rights movement, nobody can deny there’s a track record of racial oppression. 

But then there’s Baltimore. The people of Baltimore Maryland exploded with indignation in the wake of the death of a 25 year old black man Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. But Baltimore is different than the other racially charged incidents because there isn’t a racial component to the Baltimore situation.

Liberal democrats have controlled Baltimore for 48 years. Progressive liberal policies have been in effect for half a century. 

Today, the majority of city officials are black, the mayor is a black woman, the police commissioner is black, the State’s Attourney is black and the police force is 50% black. In addition, 3 of the 6 officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are black. 

So the protests in Baltimore had a slightly different message. Instead of displaying anger about racism, it was directed at policing and the police culture. But the indignation of the police abuses of power wasn’t the whole story. If you talk to anyone from Baltimore, you’ll hear a common thread in their message. The people of Baltimore are angry and frustrated at the poverty that plagues their community, their hearts break when they see the lack of opportunities for their kids and the crime that has blighted their city for so long.  My heart goes out to these people, trapped in a socioeconomic strata from which they feel they can never escape. They feel that nothing has changed for them. They don’t see the American Dream as attainable. They only see the American Nightmare. 

  
But even in a city where the large majority of government officials are black, where liberal democratic policies have been in place for 48 years, racism still became a central theme. In the days following the riot, the peaceful protestors had a more racially oriented message. Young black people in America believe this country is racist and oppressive. They truly feel in their heart of hearts, that the poverty, crime and economic strife are to be blamed, in large part, on white America. 
“The system has failed the poor urban youth of America” said one city official. 

But the “system” is as liberal as any city in America. Aren’t the liberals supposed to be the antithesis of racism, bigotry and intolerance? Aren’t the Obama ideologues the ones who care about the poor and less fortunate  among us? Aren’t the progressive liberals the ones who will fight for the impoverished? Aren’t liberal economic policies the solution to the Reaganite conservative doctrine? In the last five years, $1.8 billion of federal money has been poured into the Baltimore economy. Nothing has improved since 2010. 

It seems to me that pouring money into the city to fix the problem, to “level the playing field” doesn’t work. The problems typically seen in Americas inner city black communities are not externally manifested by a racist white America. Racism exists, for sure, but it is not strong enough to stop a smart, ambitious and hard working black guy or girl from achieving their dreams. In fact, in America, you get to prove the racists wrong. Those that are racist in 2015 America do not have the power to limit the goals and ambitions of a black person. YOU  as a black American are in the position to show those racist fools who you really are. 

White America used to be the reason for the anger evident in black America. There’s no doubt about this. But 51 years ago, the civil rights movement achieved its primary goal: equality under the law. I’m not implying racism stopped all of the sudden in 1964. But in the half century since MLK moved the nation in the proper direction, we still see impoverished inner city communities made of almost entirely black people. Why do so many black people belong to the lowest economic strata? Why do black communities have so much crime? Why is a black child so much less likely receive a good public school education?  Is 2015 America still so racist that we actively attempt to keep black people from achieving success? Is racism still so strong that it continues to suffocate and stifle the ambitions of black Americans? Is white America to blame for the problems that plague the black communities? No. Racism is not the cause of black America’s problems. 

If a black child performs well in school, he or she can go to college at a steep discount, or even totally free. Even the elite Ivy League schools are pro-minority in the sense that they want a diverse student body. White America has come a LONG way in attempting to right the wrongs of the past. White people are not oppressing black America. In fact, white America has done as much as it can to help black America. Yea white cops kill black kids dozens of times a year across the United States. But black kids murder other black kids at a rate that dwarfs the police shootings. Several thousand black on black homicides occurred in 2014. 

The numbers are hard to argue with. The 2013 FBI Uniform Crime Report, a compilation of criminal statistics in America, shows 83% of white victims were killed by white offenders, 90% of black victims were killed by black offenders, 7.6% of black victims were killed by white offenders. 

In the overwhelming majority of violent crimes in which a black person was the victim, the offender was also black. 

              

              The Obama Doctrine 

 

Obama’s election gave those on the far left a more mainstream voice
 

Those on the political “far left” in America have developed an unAmerican sentiment of sorts. This is only evident amongst it’s more progressive members. It is certainly not an indictment on all American liberals, the majority of whom love their country. This anti-American undercurrent is founded on the Howard Zinn narrative of a shameful and atrocious American history. However, this new attitude makes the claim that America is still a racist and oppressive country, structured on white supremacy. Today, our kids learn that America isn’t the greatest country on Earth. They learn the liberal doctrine of gross economic inequality and gross social injustice. 
 

The narrative of the evil American empire has been propelled into the mainstream psyche by Howard Zinn in his book: A People’s History of the United States. Zinn makes the case that America stole it’s wealth, stole labor from African slaves and stole land from the Native Americans and Mexico. He says that America is the most oppressive nation that ever existed. 

I wholeheartedly disagree. There are some on the politically left in America who champion Howard Zinn and his view on the history of this country. But they are ignorant of the facts. America isn’t just a country. It’s an idea. This idea has brought forth the greatest country the world has ever seen and I’ll prove it to you in these closing paragraphs.

 
Slavery was DEFINITELY stolen labor. But slavery has been a universal norm across every human culture since the beginning of time. Slavery is not a uniquely American institution. The unique thing about America in terms of slavery, is that we fought a war that almost destroyed us in order to abolish slavery. Nowhere else in human history do we see a war fought to rid a nation of slavery. 

In addition, those that wished slavery to be vanquished appealed not only to human morality, but to the Constitution itself. The Founders of this great nation couldn’t have outlawed slavery at the time of the revolution. No southern colony would have joined the Union and America would not have had the strength to fight the British. The Founders had a choice: Have an America that tolerated slavery until a future generation could abolish it, or have no America at all. The Founders provided a future generation with the legal tools necessary to abolish slavery by proclaiming in the Constitution that all men are created equal in terms of inalienable rights. So is America guilty of slavery? Of course. Did we do the right thing and rid our land of it? Yes. Did the Founders supply us with a legal precedent for abolishing slavery? Yes. 

 

Lincoln was the leader of that “future generation” the Founders knew would emerge eventually

 Another commonly toted charge against America is that America stole land from the Native Americans. Sure, in one context we did push them from their homes. But during the thousands of years before Columbus, Native American tribes had been fighting bloody battles over land with each other. Land ownership depended on which tribe had the best warriors, and this changed every generation. Nobody “owned” that land. Europeans came and added a new element to the mixture of people squabbling over land. So yes, we settled that land, but Anglo-Saxon Europeans were the last in a very long line of people to inhabit North America. A second Howard Zinn claim concerning Native Americans is that we committed genocide. That’s an outright lie. Over 85% of the deaths of Native Americans were from diseases brought by the Europeans to which they had no immunity. A tragedy, yes. But genocide, no. Genocide implies the direct extermination of a people. While violence was no doubt accountable for a great many Native American deaths, the vast majority died from disease. The allegation of  “theft” of land from the Mexicans can be easily disposed of. America won a war, started by the Mexicans in the early 19th century. We had troops in Mexico City and at one point had control of ALL of Mexico. Then we gave them half their land back and forgave the monetary war debts. When the U.S. Mexico border was drawn, those that ended up on the American side became American citizens. Have you ever heard of someone attempting to sneak across the border BACK into Mexico? It’s obviously better to be living in America. As Dinesh D’Souza said, “I wonder how many people living in Mexico today wish the U.S. had kept all of Mexico, thus making them American Citzens?” 

There are dozens of charges to address but I’ll end this post with one of the most egregious. Zinn will argue that capitalism is evil. He says it rips off the people. I disagree. For the entirety of human history, every nation that ever was, conquered the land and stole the goods. The treasure, the soil, the labor etc. America was the first to CREATE wealth through entrepreneurial endeavors.

  
Did Bill Gates rip you off? Did Thomas Edison ruin your chances of success? This narrative has gained traction under president Obama and I find it sickening because people don’t know the facts. 200 million people have been lifted out of poverty in India since they embraced the free-market ideology. 500 million Chinese have been lifted above the poverty line since China loosened its communist choke hold. Capitalism is for those who value individual liberties. You don’t have to be restricted to your current station in life. You can do whatever you want to do. It doesn’t matter if you grew up in the hood. It doesn’t matter if you’re poor. The American idea doesn’t guarantee that you will be successful and happy. It leaves that up to you. There is no obstacle big enough to stop an extremely ambitious person. In America, there is no limit. 
America is also about personal accountability. You don’t blame someone else for your issues. You are only promised a chance to pursue your dreams. That’s it. Just a chance. Freedom is only worth it if you choose to take advantage of it. Today in America, even if you come from a low economic strata, there are tools provided to you that you won’t find anywhere else. 

  
To claim America is evil is foolish. America gives more money than any 5 countries combined in foreign aid. When shit goes down in the world, the 911 responder is America. We rebuilt Europe after WWII, we rebuilt Japan as well. We are the only reason China’s economy has grown so large, we offer humanitarian aid wherever we go and our purpose is as noble as can be for a nation as big and powerful as ours. We stopped Communism from consuming the world and we are the brightest beacon of freedom in the world. If America REALLY wanted to be evil, we could take over (or destroy) the world. We are the most powerful nation the world has ever seen. Nobody can go toe-to-toe with America. 
For all our power, and given the history of empires and the folly of human nature, it’s amazing that America continues to try to prop up other countries. We are the Alpha. We are the glue that holds this world together and we aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. I am an American, and I’m proud of that. 

The Technology Wave: Look how far we’ve come

In the last 100 years, there has been more technological progress made than in the whole saga of human history.

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Technological progress, which is a consequence of scientific inquiry, has become an unstoppable force, continually pushing the boundaries of the impossible.

No man can fully grasp how far and how fast we have come, but condense, if you will, the 50,000 years of man’s recorded history in a time span of but a half-century. Stated in these terms, we know very little about the first 40 years, except at the end of them advanced man had learned to use the skins of animals to cover himself. Then about 10 years ago, under this standard, man emerged from his caves to construct other kinds of shelter. Only five years ago man learned to write and use a cart with wheels. Christianity began less than two years ago. The printing press came this year, and then less than two months ago, during this whole 50-year span of human history, the steam engine provided a new source of power. Last month, Newton explored the meaning of gravity. Two weeks ago, electric lights and telephones and automobiles and airplanes became available. Only last week did we develop penicillin and television and nuclear power. -JFK

Take a moment and think about the technological changes you’ve seen in your lifetime. If you’re 25 years old, like me, you’ve seen nothing short of a revolution in communication, information and technology. In the last 25 years, the internet came into our homes and changed our lives. A few years later it was at our fingertips. VHS became DVD. DVD became Blu-Ray. Tube TV gave way to 1080p flat screens, and 1080p is currently being phased out by 4k. Cassette tapes were supplanted by CDs and the creation of the MP3 player made the CD obsolete. Polaroid cameras fell victim to the digital camera, the iPad turned science-fiction to science fact. GPS devices became ubiquitous. YouTube gave people a voice (and cured boredom). Social media was born and grew up FAST. Facebook changed the way we communicated, Twitter made the world smaller. The human genome project was completed; we landed multiple rovers on Mars. Hybrid cars became practical. Google, Tesla, Pay-Pal, Space-X, the list goes on and on.

A new gadget, app or idea seems to pop up everyday. But it wasn’t always this way. Think about a person living in France in the year 1615. Do you think this person witnessed any major change since the year 1590? Not at all.  A further illustration of my point would be to imagine a time-traveler who came from the year 1915 to 2015. This person would quite literally be in shock. Things have changed so much in that 100 year span, that our time-traveler might as well be an alien. Now, let’s suppose a time-traveler from the year 1315 traveled 100 years into the future to the year 1415. Is the time traveler in awe? Is he speechless when he sees the technological changes that have taken place? The answer is no. In terms of technology, the world looked much the same in 1415 as it did in 1315. This would be the case for any 100 year span in all of human history, except for the last 2 centuries.

For most of the 200,000 or so years the anatomically modern man has walked the Earth, the future was expected to be much like the past. There was indeed technological change happening during these times, especially in the last 10,000 years. But it was far too slow to be visible over the course of a human lifetime.

But beginning with the enlightenment in Europe in the 16th century, the curve of progress began to skyrocket. By the turn of the 20th century, the exponential nature of technological growth was evident. People could actually witness the change over the course of their lives. The 20th century will be praised by future historians as the birth of the modern age. We went from the Wright brothers to the moon, horses to Porches, muskets to AR-15 assault rifles and cannon balls to atomic bombs. We’ve come so far in the 20th century that it’s actually hard to fathom.

       The change that will come in the 21st century will dwarf that of the 20th. I call this the technology wave, and the wave is about to break. The way humans live in the year 2100 will be totally foreign to all of us. It’s impossible to predict what will happen next year, let alone what will happen in 85 years. But there are some broad trends that we can extrapolate from. But why was the 20th century so vastly different than all the other centuries? Why did things progress so much quicker? Why will the 21st century be so radically different than all the others? Apart from the accumulation of knowledge from centuries past, the answer to that question is the rise of computers. They are a tool like none ever seen before. The power of computers is immense. The general usage of these machines began in the 1950s and today our entire global infrastructure depends on them.

The most powerful tool ever built

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The rate of change ITSELF is growing exponentially. In 1965, Gordon Moore, the founder of Intel, observed that every two years or so, the amount of transistors per square inch on an integrated circuit had DOUBLED since the integrated circuit was invented. This means that in 1965, the power of computers was doubling every two years. This trend was then extrapolated into the future by Moore and is now called Moore’s Law. Today, we are doubling our computing capacity every 8 months or so. This explosion in computing power has also been paralleled by a steep decline in cost. The price for computers used to be so high that only the largest companies and government entities were able to afford them. Computers were also very large and clumsy machines, occupying the entire basement of the buildings in which they were housed.

So there are 3 trends that computers have followed since their inception.

1). They’ve gotten more powerful each year. This is the most obvious trend. But it’s important to remember that the RATE at which they improve is itself accelerating.

2.) The price performance ratio has steadily improved over time. $1,000 today will buy you a pretty good computer. The processing power you get for $1,000 in 2015 cost $10,000 in 2005 and didn’t exist in 1995.

3.) Computers are getting smaller. Today, the iPhone 6 fits in your pocket and has roughly 10,000 times the raw computing power than NASA had in 1969. 10 years from now, a computer that you can’t see without the aid of a microscope will be 10,000 times more powerful than the most capable super computer today. 10,000X the power is an extremely conservative estimate. A more likely scenario is that the microscopic computer will be 1 million times more powerful than the most capable today.

Because of the exponential growth in computing power and price performance (cheaper and more powerful), and because computers are the primary tool of science, scientific progression has also grown exponentially. Due to this exponential trend, what you think will happen 10-15 years from now will most likely come to fruition in 5-8 years. The industrial revolution quickened the pace of production and innovation. The locomotive, the telephone, the radio, the television, the rise of the consumer and everything that came to be between 1750 and 1950 was due to the industrial revolution. Computers marked the beginning of an entirely new era. In this epoch, things move faster than ever. Perhaps they are moving too fast.

In conclusion, we are witnessing a time unlike any other in the history of the planet. My next post will be a timeline of sorts for the 21st century. The things that are coming will shock all of us. Indeed certain developments in the decades to come would seem like magic if we were able to witness them today. We stand on the shoulders of giants, and those giants are bringing forth a new era of human history. 

 

New York City: Why live there?

The greatest city in the world 

I’m from a rural suburban neighborhood in Connecticut and I wouldn’t change where I grew up for anything. Small town values, good people, low crime, great schools, awesome childhood. But I’ve always enjoyed trips to NYC as a kid and enjoyed them even more when I actually had friends that lived in Manhattan. 
New York City, like London and Paris, is a world city. A place where the human race congregates, where ideas are shared, where cultural paradigms overlap and where people of all backgrounds, belief systems and nationalities live together. It’s the ultimate melting pot and I would argue that living in Manhattan at some point in your life is the ultimate human experience. Aside from being the most exciting city on Earth, it’s the focal point of the “times” in which one lives. What I mean by that is when you’re old and gray and you’re telling your grandchildren about your life, one of the few concepts that reaches across the generational bridge is New York City. Everybody knows about NYC. It’s THE city. Instead of telling your hypothetical grandchildren that you lived in some obscure town or city, you can say you lived in THE City, and all of the sudden your “war stories” become more exciting to the listener because NYC provides a familiar reference point. 

But what really makes NYC THE City?The people. Those that call Manhattan home are endlessly fascinating. While the scum plague every large city, NYC attracts the social elite. Wealthy and successful people in America usually have a residence in the city. The people you meet in NYC (if you’re a young professional) and the circles you’ll find yourself in are the pinnacle of high society. It’s almost like the aristocracy of the people. I mean that in the best way possible. 
The best minds, the most ambitious, the most successful people live here. And to rub shoulders with people of this caliber, whether the experience is good or bad, makes you a better person. A more confident person. You can move back to the country and settle down, but you will have had meaningful exposure to a broad spectrum of people and I believe that makes you a more interesting person. The experience of living in NYC can’t be attainted anywhere else in America. I might go so far as to say it’s the only place in the world where one can be introduced to the myriad cultures, customs, ideas and
political theories.
Go live in the city. Make it happen. Especially if you don’t have a family or a significant other. Go solo. You’ll find yourself. You really will. 
I believe it is part of the purpose of the human experience to meet as many people as possible. Your connections with other people is the foundation of the human condition. Nothing is more fundamental. Shared experiences are the essence of our lives. NYC is the city where the the social elite reside. The term social elite has gotten a bad connotation lately. All I mean when I say social elite is the intellectuals, the successful, the smart and the drivers of the generation. If you think you’ve got something to offer to that cauldron of thoughts and ideas, then go to NYC and associate with these people. If you’re ambitious, you know what I’m talking about. Hanging around with people like that elevates you. This is not as shallow as it seems. Let’s be honest, nobody wants to hang around with broke, lazy, unambitious people. I think many of us want to be involved in the “goings on” of the highest levels of American society. I can already hear the critics condemning me for saying poor people don’t matter. But that’s NOT what I’m saying. I’m saying nobody aspires to hang around with poor, uneducated people and if you do, then good for you, you can do that, this is America after all, you can do whatever you want. What I’m saying is that New York City can, and will, change you. If you ever get the opportunity to live there, I recommend taking advantage. 

May 2, 2015: My Inauguration 

Today there are zero people reading my blog. That ok, because this is my first post on my first blog. Also, I don’t blog because I care about a readership. I blog because I love to write. I’m curious about anything you can possibly imagine.  I’m a 25 year old American guy and yes, the picture is of me. I have a biology degree from Central Connecticut State University and I was born and raised in Connecticut. I’m an avid reader and, like I said, I’m interested in pretty much everything. This blog will primarily involve my ideas and thoughts concerning the issues of the day. Politics, science, art, philosophy, travel, personal stories…everything. 

What am I all about?  I consider myself to be politically conservative but that is far too broad a classification. More specifically, I champion common sense, logic and rational thought. Nowhere in the contents of this blog will you find anything that can be characterized as bigoted, racist, misongynistic or dogmatic. Some posts may address sensitive issues and may even upset some readers. When I raise a sensitive issue, I will present both sides of the debate fairly and objectively in addition to adding my own thoughts. Some will not agree. Some will. But America works best when the public is engaged, informed and passionate about the issues of the day. 

Millenials typically aren’t engaged in the affairs of our times. They’re apathetic towards such things. Millennials are those of us born after 1980 and before 2000. We are the last generation to have seen the pre-social-media and Internet dominated world. But now, there’s so much information at our fingertips that I think many of us have forgotten how to think for ourselves. I know I sound idealistic but it’s true. We need to learn how to separate the good information from the crap. In my blog, I aim to write about things that are important, as best I can. 

 The times in which we live are exciting, dangerous and by the time we reach old age, the world will have changed drastically. We are now coming of age and as we transition to adulthood, we will be in a position to manifest our thoughts and ideas. Many of us are politically uninterested and that needs to change. Over the course of the next 30 years, we will assume the leading roles in our society. This sounds corny but we really are the future. We can have a very powerful influence on the world. Indeed, we are about to inheret the world. In order to shape a positive 21st century, we must be informed. To be informed, we must share ideas. So let’s talk.