Monday, January 19, 2015

Benedict Arnold or American Hero?

The Crazy Years that Robert A. Heinlein wrote of are nearly over imho, the question is whether or not we will all get through them together as a country or if we will let our petty differences drive unbreakable wedges between us. I, for one would prefer taking stock of where we are, how we got here - and
where we're heading. I don't hold super high hopes for a political speech this late into his presidency, but I hope that President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address can do more to bring people together.

This country must have a time of "Healing" if we expect to move forward together and not divided. In 2001, a sense of Nationalistic Patriotism moved this country, bringing people together in ways that our daily civilian lives just do not. There was no national call for understanding each other - there was this open wound on the country, and we chose war. We chose to do things that were not ethical by standards set forth by World Political Organizations. Bearing my share of that responsiblity is difficult enough - and I played no part except to keep an open mind and listen and watch from my home in Michigan. My only regret is that I didn't have any way of stopping it. I will be forever greatful for men like Edward Snowden, who had the courage to step forward despite the very real risk to himself. Benedict Arnold was a bad man doing the wrong things for the wrong reasons, whereas Snowden was a good man doing the right things for the right reasons. Benedict Arnold used his power to fight the very men he once fought with, whereas Edward Snowden blew the whistle on programs that the United States Government feared to let information out on.

I'd say he chose wisely imho.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Global Consciousness

Discretionary Reading Notice: This Writing is a mixture of Science Fiction (Philosophical Debate) and Science Fact writing. Any errors or ommissions are mine and mine alone.

"Once a photograph of the Earth taken from outside is available, a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose"
-Fred Hoyle, 1948.

Chapter 1

They say it much better over at The Mind Unleashed:

If you'd like to read my opinions, please carry on.

We spent so much time looking outward towards the Stars in the 50's, 60's, and 70's and then we took so much for granted in the 80's, 90's, and early 00's that should not be taken for granted. We forgot to take a look inward, to reflect on what is now called the Global Consciousness. Global Consciousness is the idea that we are all interconnected on a lonely island in the galaxy. Some have coined it a spaceship, so SpaceShip Earth, and others have quoted the earth as a battlefield, thus Battlefield Earth the title which is something that any man or woman can come up with if given the time and input - once he or she has accepted the fact that we are all in this together and fighting each other is just plain retarded, pardon the use of this derogatory term, but it's the only one strong enough to fit. Some matters are well worth the saying despite the fact that it may be unpopular. The fact of the matter is that many people in this world could stand to face some science facts as given by the astronauts and space men and women that have explored the inner reaches of our solar system. You can start to see the whole picture of "Global Consciousness" at this page:

If you never experience the "Overview" effect your view can be very limiting in nature - horizons of entire cultures must be updated by teaching each other the idea that at a bare minimum we must communicate the idea of "Global Consciousness" effectively. It is no longer a matter of when we all die together, but the fact of the matter is that Humanity will die together as we live together.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas 2014 Top 10 Science Fiction Flash Stories of 2015

Another Christmas under my belt as the Father of three growing boys,

Ages 11, 10, and 8. It is my Job as their Father to teach them to be

respectful to everyone and hopefully grow up with the knowledge,

learning, and critical thinking skills to grow from Young Adults to

Adults with the ability to make their own decisions and set their sail

in whichever direction the wind favors. I value hard work and try to

instill the value of whatever work they choose to set upon in them at

an early age. This way, when they shoot for the Stars and fall, those

around them will support, encourage, and direct them on their course.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Pep Talk to Myself

I want to be a writer.

I want to bring worlds and ideas to life for children, young adults, and adults alike and span multiple genres. I need to have sought and garnered the support of a brilliant agent in order to assist me in the people part of selling my works. I want to be known in political writing circles and in science fiction and fantasy writing circles as an up and coming author in the field. I want to see a day when my opinion of things is valued and taken into account for policymaking decisions or have influence on those decisions. I want to touch audiences all over the world through plays, film, and books with stories that will stand the test of time. I would like to use Science Fiction to educate on the human condition, giving anthropologic external glimpses of how we humans affect the worlds around us - both real and imagined.