My reasons for creating this website are most easily stated by examining the famous quote from George Santayana’s book “The Life of Reason”, 1st Edition (1905) Volume 1 Page 284
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”
I believe this quote to be obviously true, as true as any I have ever heard. I have kept it in the forefront of my mind for most of my forty-eight years on this earth. I have recorded my observations and I have attempted to learn from them. But until this point I have never shared my observations with others. It is my hope that others will learn from my observations of history.
This website is my attempt to share my observations with the world. I’ll try to put my thoughts out here as quickly as possible, but I’ve got about 30 years worth of observations to document.
Here is the first, in the modern world, information flies toward us from all directions and in a myriad of ways, television and radio from hundreds of sources, and the written word from thousands of others. Radio and television, while quick and popular are somewhat “Raw” and cannot be easily refined into truly memorable observations.
Film and Video tape is somewhat better, but it still hard to edit and beyond the capacity of ordinary people to refine. For us ordinary people, only the written word can be refined to high quality observations.
Our history is packed with high quality written observations of ordinary people. For proof, just look at the Anne Frank’s Diary or the Diaries of Civil and Revolutionary War Combatants for their relevance and value to our modern world.
But in our fast paced modern world, fewer and fewer people are taking the time to refine their observations, if they are even recording them. Just look at the diaries and letters of our time, our online blogs, chats and email, we don’t even take the time spell them correctly. Modern newspapers and web sites are filled with grammatical errors and poorly formed thoughts.
In order for observations to be valuable to future generations, we need slow down, take the time to clearly refine our thoughts, record them, publish them for others to read and digest, and finally let the world know of their availability. What follows is my attempt to do so.