Why am I doing this ?
* I think I can do something that (for me) is interesting, and
will generate the kind of stimulus that I need to develop my ideas
further. I hope it can do the same for others
* I want to express myself more.
* Maybe this will generate work and employment for me in future.
Why am I doing it in this way ?
It is important for me that I think as clearly as possible, and
encourage or challenge others to do likewise. Often, there are
a number of truths available, and I hope to select the "most
useful" truth and then to apply it. I hope to communicate
this in a way that does not infringe on the identity of others:-
- I offer my thoughts as something for consideration
- I offer them as what I think is "the most useful approach",
or the best I have found yet.
- To be clear about thoughts and ideas, you have to examine
and analyse them, but this examination is often negative and
destructive. This is not my intention - I hope to find and encourage
a positive analysis.
- I apologise if I cause offence to any of your beliefs, whatever
they may be. I personally avoid belief as much as I can, and
1. what I have experienced for myself,
2. what is my current "best working hypothesis" to
3. what more 'progress' can I make in future
4. what future directions for me seem to have most potential,
as best I understand it.
However, I understand that other people are different, and some
like to have beliefs …….. and in that case I may unwittingly
cause offence. Sometimes this is unavoidable, but this is certainly
not my aim.
- Everything on this site is 'work in progress' - it is easy
to criticise it, but can you offer improvements ?
- You are a grown-up, you must make up your own mind as to what
is best for you. If you use my ideas yourself, you do so at
your own risk ! If you use my ideas in print or other medium,
please give me a citation and link ! (or money !)
- If I have misrepresented someone else's work in any way, failed
to give a citation or whatever, then please let me know and
I will try to rectify it.
- I have set up a bulletin board, because I want to encourage
a process of mutual debate, discovery and understanding. I declare
this to be a process-oriented website !!
I have not written all of the text especially for this site -
most of it was already written for other purposes. Setting up
the site has encouraged me to make a little bit more effort and
put it on here.
Much of what I have done is 'reframing' the work of others, most
of whom are fortunately dead. I am not going to consult a spirit
medium to try to contact them for their permission to use their
works. I have tried to contact the living to give them a chance
to respond, and where I have not succeeded in this or not even
tried to do it, then I try to give a citation or a link, or both.
As a generalisation, I think anything which is printed or on the
internet is in the public domain, and it is open for summarisation
and quoting. I want to do this correctly, and have the same done
to me - please let me know of my failings
Sometimes I am 'flying a kite' to see what happens, sometimes
I am trying things out, sometimes I have written something for
a 'sort of amusement', and sometimes I can't remember.
I must confess that I have an unusual background - technology,
steel industry, new age, theosophy, psychology, community, industrial
auction organiser, translator, environmentalist, 'old' co-operative/socialist,
red/green …….. and, I am now living in my 5th country - England,
Wales, Scotland, Germany, Belgium. All of this makes a difference
to my perspectives.
In places I am trying to include academic references - in some
fields the thoroughness and validation techniques used by the
academics are very helpful. In most of the 'spiritual domains'
this type of thoroughness is lacking. I am coming to this academic
approach late in life (and also without much thoroughness). I
would be very grateful for more interesting references, especially
from the internet
I try to take the most useful perspective depending on what I
am trying to deal with. I do not see any virtue to trying to force
myself into one position. There may be many contradictions in
what I have written, but they don't matter much to me - I'll try
and sort that out later !
Though I've written about a lot of topics, I am not usually interested
in them all simultaneously ! I am not some superman keeping all
these topics going at once.