New Beginnings Start Here

Welcome. This is our new site for 2020.

What can you expect?

We believe content is gold, and therefore we will work to create or curate content that will make it not only worth a first visit, but many more. We’d love your thoughtful feedback.

What are we looking to provide?

 Value.  Meaning.  Stimulation.  Guidance.  Motivation.  Peace.

How can we, together, get the most from this site?

From the site-owner side, we work to maintain high standards and do our best to humbly provide the best content we can. “Humbly” is key, because we can’t know everything (which we believe is important as a content provider to understand), and we want you to be intellectually challenged by our content. Challenged to think more deeply, or differently, in order to gain a perspective that is more aware of the complexity of the world we live in, and better equipped to make good decisions and to develop the best ideas, products and services. You should be encouraged to challenge yourself and others, too.

“ The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

– Socrates

As a reader you are part of the community. We believe that a community is very important, and feedback is essential. We believe it is our responsibility and your responsibility to oversee the community, and our collective right to be able to manage the content and interaction on this site. You have the right to say whatever you want, but we have the right, and the obligation, to keep things civil. We support different perspectives, but not when communicated with disrespect, hate, racism, bigotry, or irrationality. See the “Always Be Civil” section below.

As you probably have found, it is easy to read something initially with one interpretation, and then later realize it could be interpreted in more than one way. People do this all of the time. Sometimes a truly brilliant and thoughtful comment, elegant in its presentation, is totally misunderstood. It may even sound stupid on the surface, but is meant to delve into the non-obvious, complex aspects of a topic. We have our own history and beliefs that make it so. We will delve more into this subject because it is important for so many reasons. The key point is this: if we take the time to reflect on not just the initial impression we have on someone else’s comment or post, we make both an effort to understand what they truly may have meant, and to expand our ability to think rationally and compassionately.

Always Be Civil

Always Be Civil (from discourse.org)

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions ”” avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.