By Rich Kozlovich
Thomas Sowell is one of my personal heroes and probably one of, if not the finest thinker in the world today. He has been posting his Random Thoughts on the Passing Scene for years, but as he's in his eighties (update: he's 90)he's stepping back somewhat and I haven't seen one for some time.
Here's a link to his archive. Scan through it for the Random Thoughts articles, or any of his great pieces.
But that was the inspiration for having done one for myself years ago, and I said then I wouldn't do it again because it was a lot harder than you might think.
Well.....this time it isn't so hard because over the years I've posted a lot of thoughts on many sites, probably dealing with every subject there is: Geopolitics, environmentalism, medicine, agriculture, domestic and international politics and just about every science issue that arises. I recently reviewed some of those comments, which has inspired me to again present some of My Random Thoughts on the Passing Scene.
Some have questioned my credentials, and since I'm an autodidact with no formal credentials for anything I write about, that's not unreasonable. However, I say the same thing over and over again. If I'm wrong: Prove it! If I say things that are inaccurate: Name them!
I base my observations on five things.
- Everything is the basics.
- If you can see an issue in it's simplest possible form, it's easily understandable. If it's understandable, it's fixable. If it's fixable, it's explainable.
- I've read a lot of history books dealing with every issue I discuss.
- Logical fallacies.
- I spent a lot of time studying logical fallacies.
- Seeing patterns.
- The natural function of the human mind is to see patterns. I just see them more easily than most, but we can train our minds to be better at it.
- I see farther deeper and wider than most everyone else.
- Not because I'm so much smarter than everyone else. It's because I read so much more than most everyone else. After reading the thoughts and ideas of hundreds of authors, it's amazing how your perspective changes. You learn to read reality much better than almost everyone you talk to because you're able to see the nuances that aren't obvious to the general public.
- And most importantly:
- All the above teaches you how to think!
George Carlin remarked, 'Think about how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupidier than that". He also remarked, "never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups." No one can anticipate when mass stupidity will strike, and no one can plan for it.
Internet Trolls - As time has gone by I've given up responding to internet trolls, and I refuse to let them spout on P&D because I realize they are:
- Unending time wasters.
- Masters at logical fallacies.
- Purveyors of projection.
- Obfuscators of truth.
- Ignorantly self righteous
I also think their paid thought assassins. I’ve also realized the more they blather the less credible and less sane they look, except to equally ignorant self righteous ideologues who can't be reasoned with.
We need to thank Governor Newsome, and his fellow Californians. With their efforts we now know that in order to make good decisions, have a good economy, live good and healthy lives - just do the opposite of California. Thank you California!
Truth is the sublime convergence of history and reality. Everything has a historical foundation and context. Everything we're presented should bear some resemblance to what we see going on in reality. If what's presented to us fails in either of those categories, it's wrong! Here's the really big component of truth. Time! Truth and time are always on the same side, and "truth will very patiently wait for us".
I'm now 74 and I find my views and values, which historically were America's foundational social paradigm for most of my life, have
become oppressive to some "friends". We're no longer friends. It was
It's unfortunate so many have breathed the fumes of the fever swamps of the left for so long they will not accept the truth of history or reality. Being in California makes it even more difficult to step out from the marching herd. Heterodoxy isn't for the faint of heart, even when it means embracing insanity. History is replete with such actions.
One of my customers was an old Jewish couple that have become good friends. She's a liberal Democrat who's now been "woke" to who the Democrats really are, and is going to vote for Trump. He's a Republican, which I didn't know for years, in spite of the many conversations we've had regarding history, politics and social issues of every sort.
There's a lot more, but I'm tired, and I don't want to work on this piece any more, and I've bigger fish to fry, so I'm done. One of the few benefits of old age.
So why are so many seemingly sane people trying to please them?
I have a suggestion. Since there are so many misfits who just ache to protest everything and anything, I think we need to create an Activist's Bureau run by the federal government. And they have to register with this government run agency before they can protest. In order to be a Certified Activist Bureau protester, they must meet the following criteria.
Anti-pesticide activists must be operating a successful business that provides the following:
Not meeting these criteria will disqualify the person as a registered Certified activist with the “Activist’s Bureau”.
If they meet the qualifications and are successful in the protest against any product, company or system the activists must be willing to undertake to provide the same service, product or whatever they have overturned. This must be done without using any of the means they have protested against. Failure to protect, feed or provide the services promised by the activist will require the activist to be liable to criminal and/or civil litigation.
Failure to be willing to meet this final requirement will require them to “just be quiet.”