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Thursday, August 17, 2023

P&D and The Week That Was

Truth is the Sublime Convergence of History and Reality

De Omnibus Dubitandum (Everything is to be questioned)

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By Rich Kozlovich

Truth will very patiently wait for us.  Ben Franklin


The mind follows the heart, so the search for and defense of truth is an unending task that must be a lifelong effort for those who write about issues, and my goal was has always been to search out what's true, publicize it, and be prepared to stand against the slings and arrows of the liars and corrupt self promoters, but, I never trained to be a writer.  

When I started writing so many years ago I dealt with issues involving the structural pest control industry, as I challenged the claims, lies, and tyranny of the environmental movement and their catspaws in government against the use of pesticides, most of which only appeared in the newsletter I created for our local pest control association called Nuf Ced, which was sent out to the members, along with an e-newsletter I called Green Notes.

I created Paradigms and Demographics in order to be able to expound more fully, and continued my efforts to defend the use of pesticides and fertilizers.   Here are my commentaries on  DDT, pesticides, the Endangered Species Act, and the list goes on, but P&D was still foundationally a "green only issues" blog.  

Once again I expanded deciding P&D should be a pro-humanity blog .  It was increasingly obvious I couldn't discuss green issues without discussing leftism, as "green" is a sect of the secular religion we call leftism, which I've demonstrated in my commentaries.   Being anti-green is being pro-humanity, since to be green is to be irrational, misanthropic and morally defective.  

In the beginning, and for some time, I struggled with dotting every "i" crossing every "t", spelling, grammar, etc, all the things writers are trained for.  While I lacked those skills sufficiently at the beginning, there were skills I excelled in.   What I didn't lack was the ability to see patterns, and see them more quickly than most.  To understand, logically define, and explain those patterns.   Those are all personal qualities, but all that only works if you  know the historical importance behind those patterns, and that takes work called reading.  Also, along with good intrinsic analytical skills, I spoke well.

A great many professional writers fail in all those skills, and entirely too many are infected in ideologies that prevent them from acquiring those skills.  Talent without character is wasted talent. And I'm convinced the vast majority of them never read a history book.  Writing skills can be learned, that's mechanical.  But the rest require integrity, and the willingness to follow the facts no matter where they may lead. 

Speaking and writing go hand in hand, and yet they're not the same.  Speaking well only requires good information logically presented.  Writing requires skill, so, I've worked hard to get as good at it as I can, and I've been complimented on my clarity of thought and how well I present information.  An old and good friend recently commented, "you really are an organized thinker".  I found that particularly pleasant is he's a nationally known entomologist who I've known for a large part of my life, and watched my "editorial" struggle.

I've often said over the years I see farther, deeper, and wider than most everyone else.  Not because I'm so much smarter than everyone else, but because I read so much more than everyone else.   When you've taken advantage of reading the many writers who are really brilliant, and the many writers who are really dumb, you get a much broader perspective.  And you have to read the dumb ones as well as the brilliant ones because you can't find out who the idiots are unless you read them, and you can't overcome their idiocy unless you know what idiocy they're promoting.  Furthermore, you need to keep reading the idiots because the foundational sand of their logic is always shifting, not to mention their "facts".  That's a truly unpleasant task in perseverance, and I hate it, but it is what it is.  

Much of my writing is devoted to trying to see below the surface and behind the curtain all the while maintaining a 30,000 foot perspective on issues.  Not only for my readers, but also for me.  If I can't do that, I have nothing to say worth reading.  That's time consuming, and it's not easy.  

My approach to writing has been molded by some brilliant people.  Thomas Sowell for one, who I consider one of the finest thinkers in the world today.  His ability to take amazingly complex problems and simplify them so that anyone can understand them is absolutely brilliant.  He's in his 90's now, and his passing will diminish the world.  

He once observed in 2005: 

"Some ideas seem so plausible that they can fail nine times in a row and still be believed the tenth time. Other ideas seem so implausible that they can succeed nine times in a row and still not be believed the tenth time. Government controls in the economy are among the first kinds of ideas and the operation of a free market is among the second kinds of ideas."

Defining capitalism versus socialism, and tyranny versus freedom in one paragraph.  How brilliant is that?

I read a lot of history, and I find a great many really good historians aren't really good story tellers.   Victor Davis Hanson, who not only has a great depth of understanding regarding historical events and people, he also has the ability to present information in a way that's not only informative, it's interesting.  Here's an excellent example.

He understands history is the story of mankind, and must be presented as a story, not as an audit of a ledger sheet.  I strive to do that with the understanding that you can't make an impact on people's minds unless you can touch their hearts.  If the heart believes, the mind will find a way to justify that belief.  

Conservatives win the battle of facts, we always have.  Leftists win the battle of emotion, they always have. To win the war you must win the battle of facts and the battle of emotion.  History is king, and time and truth are on the same side, that's foundational, not ideological, tying past events into the issues  impacting people's lives now, and the war will be won. 

Read a lot, and take to time to read history books, think about what you read, and work to correlate that information with what we see going on in the world, as the patterns repeat over and over again.  

Articles are great, but a writer can only put so much in an article, understanding requires reading books, and articles are great at pointing you in the direction to which books to read, and that's necessary if you really want depth of understanding.   

Good reading to us all!



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