Few read my stories. Some were well received, some not so much. You may have noticed that I deleted them all. Some quotes which resonate with me.
“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” -Bertrand Russell
“Being absolutely right and being spectacularly wrong feel exactly the same.” -Scott Adams
Throughout history, in virtually every conflict, a universal law has applied. That law says:
1. Whatever you think you know is incomplete, and some of it is wrong!
2. You don’t know what you don’t know,
3. You don’t know how much you don’t know,
4. You don’t know what part of what you think you know is wrong
We live in an analog world, not a digital (binary) one. Things are complex and few things are as simple and obvious as people would like them to be. I’m not much of a writer and my tendency to write about the unexamined side of the coin is not well received so I will not pretend to be a writer.
I have discovered a few (can count them on the fingers of one hand) writers on Medium who honestly consider complexity and the idea that correlation may not point to causation. No doubt there are some undiscovered ones. I read their stuff. Sadly, like a moth drawn to a flame I sometimes read articles with incendiary titles. I’m trying to reduce my inclination to comment on that stuff, but I’m human.
So who am I? A one hitch Marine Vietnam veteran. Married for 51 years with daughters and grandchildren. My wife is a brown Southeast Asian. Most of my face to face friends have interracial marriages and my real life world, not behind the keyboard, has more diversity than average. I’ve been to 20 countries and territories, mostly working. My views are mostly shaped by experience, which I acknowledge is limited. I retired as a test engineer where experience taught me that what seems obvious is sometimes wrong and solutions often are not what seems obvious. All of that is why I so often contest the correlation is causation fallacy that is the rampant norm in Medium articles as well as the “I believe, therefore it is truth” stuff. My opinions are just my opinions. Many of which have changed a number of times over my lifetime. Enough about me, but if you read this you had some curiosity.