About Russ — Philosophically

Each day, I aim to know more about the world than the day before, and to lessen the bad suffering of others, expecting to pass through this world but once, so neither deferring nor neglecting, for I shall not pass this way again.

I am simply your fellow explorer, your teammate, in the search for truth and in the renunciation of falsehood.  I do my best to ‘seek, first, to understand. And I believe that we should let honesty–courage and humility–guide us to letting truth create and destroy whatever it must, while remembering: Life’s currency is time; its current is love.

Whenever someone contradicts me, and is right, then I gladly give way: after enough argument, the better idea becomes mine, regardless whether the winning idea allows that I stay my course or requires that I change my previous perspective.  If you think that I am allowing myself to assume what is not true then you should interrupt and challenge me.

Furthermore, among my strongest personal priorities is to act with the character explained in the following quote:

Expect to pass through this world but once;
so any good thing you can do,
any kindness you can show,
do it now: do not defer or neglect it.
You shall not pass this way again.

But, plenty have said, and reasonably so, that, by the critical tone of much of my writing (and conversation), I do not seem whatsoever to have a priority towards kindness for others. However, I believe that I offer a great service for people: I offer up many things that they need to hear, despite what they want to hear; and this service comes at a price: initially, most people focus on the things that I say with which they agree–and typically they are variously impressed and delighted with me. Yet “Een Niz Bogzarad”–This, too, shall pass: eventually they come across criticism against their own sacred-cow, and what delighted them, when turned to their foes, enrages them, and so they wander off. Still, in staying true to “Know your enemy”–I do not flatter people, not matter how many friendships or acquaintanceships I may lose. And I have lost hundreds, if not thousands. All the same, my main aim, in friendships, is well-explained in the lyrics to my song Flattery Must Be Transitory:

Thankfully, I’ve lived to see how transitory flattery must be. I cannever last.
Thankfully, I’ve clearly see how transitory flattery must be. I cannever last.
So I will not tell a lie
to keep a friend
who, in the end,
would fall away anyway,
because then what would I be left with but a tendency of hiding behind flattery?

I have too much respect for you
to tell you lies,
no matter that–at times
lies can seem quite comforting

And I have too much respect for myself
to tell you lies,
no matter that–at times
lies can seem quite comforting.

And so while I agree with:

Expect to pass through this world but once;
so any good thing you can do,
any kindness you can show,
do it now: do not defer or neglect it.
You shall not pass this way again.

However, I choose the role of being the person who likewise believes that, “To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart, and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.” And so the kindness that I show is to be the one to ask questions and make the statements on behalf of those who cannot or would not but wish they could or would.

On gender

In matters of gender, I reject the indefensible superstition of biological determinism.  In matters of lifting, running, fighting, lying, nurturing, and anything conceivable–a trained person will outdo an untrained person, regardless of genitalia.

On race

In matters of gender, I likewise reject the indefensible superstition of biological determinism.  Where discrepancies exist that are seemingly race-based, I seek first to know whether race, as a factor, is simply junk-science.   It has always been–every time.

On religion

Religion is a crutch.  That being said, it would be impossible to reasonably argue that such a crutch is not understandable: the world is a frightening, confusing, frustrating place.  Religions, at their best, simply aim to make sense of this god-damned world.  The religious should be considered in context, and treated with patience. That being said, I reject ENTIRELY our culture’s widespread, indefensible idea that you or I “should not judge someone’s religion.”  If anything, religion is the one thing about a person that you should judge!  Religion is a collection of ideas; to judge a collection of ideas is entirely appropriate.

6 Responses to About Russ — Philosophically

  1. steve says:

    nice blog man, keep up the good work.

    What do you do for a living? Odd question I know but I am curious.

    • Russ says:

      Right now, I am not making a living. I was a stay-at-home parent, but that went very badly in the end. I do have several services that I can provide; I’ll be adding a page about it soon. For now, though, I do freelance journalism.

  2. Nigel says:

    What would you say to someone who has learned to despise one’s self since birth, and believes his life may end in self destruction of some sort?

  3. A girl says says:

    Do you enjoy talking about what you love or what you hate?
    Which defines and which disguises?
    Are you a real sarcastic or a sarcastic realist?
    You know,
    Girls are capable of pure, open introspect, but will I still be capable of this when I am a ‘woman’?
    Hm, I hope you enjoy questions as much as I do 😀