I can see almost any argument from both sides. It’s a gift and a curse, I guess. On the one hand, I can be compassionate and understanding about sensitive issues. On the other hand, it makes it difficult to passionately take a stand.
See what I mean? I’m doing it right now!
In these days of political correctness, it’s rare to find someone willing to stand up and say what they really believe. I think that’s a shame and it’s something I’ve resolved to be better at.
When I see an opportunity to speak out about something I truly believe in, I try to take it every chance I get now. That’s one of the main reasons I started Advanced Riskology. I want my biggest ideas and most important thoughts to be heard.
I want a platform where I can take a stand for something I care about and find other people that care as well.
I’ve been writing here since June and I think that I’ve done a pretty good job of letting you know what this site is about and what my mission is. However, I don’t know that I’ve really done a great job letting you know who I am – who I really am.
That’s why, today, I’m going to take a big risk and tell you. These are the ideas and philosophies that shape the person that I am and I’m going to go out on a limb and take a stand for them.
Some are political. Some are ethical. Some are purely philosophical. Whatever they are, I can practically guarantee that you will disagree with at least one of them. You might even disagree so strongly that you decide to unsubscribe and never read this site again. It’s a risk I’m willing to take so that you can know who I really am and what I believe in.
The next 16 statements are the real me. They’re my most honest and truest opinions about life, work, and humanity in general:
- People miss all the best opportunities in life when they try to play it safe and I’ve made it a point in my life now to remove comfort and safety from most parts of my decision making process. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.
- If you have enough money to buy dinner and sleep safely tonight, then you owe it to society to help those that don’t. A part of my income every year goes to helping those less fortunate than I am. I believe that there are people that take advantage of that, and I also believe that’s a terrible excuse not to do your part.
- Adults should not live with their parents. Maybe there are a few exceptions to this, but getting out on my own was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. Self-reliance is the most important skill a person can learn.
- You do not owe it to anyone to do work that you hate. When you work on things that don’t inspire you, you do a poor job. It’s better to quit finding excuses to keep doing it so that you can move on to something better and let someone else that actually cares take over.
- Anyone is capable of creating the life that they want, but not that many will. I don’t buy the argument that if everyone did what they wanted, the world would fall apart simply because I don’t believe that everyone will ever do that. Maybe someday they will. In the mean time, I’ll just keep working on myself.
- Every business should do what’s right for humanity before what’s right for its shareholders. I don’t know how we got to the point where we have to choose between what’s right and what makes money, but I, for one, am interested in reversing that process in my own little way.
- If your marriage sucks no matter how hard you work at it, you should get a divorce. People make mistakes and poor choices and feeling like you’re forced to simply live with them doesn’t actually make the world better for anyone.
- Governments should keep their laws off of my body (and anyone else’s). Don’t tell me what I have to put in or on my body to stay safe and don’t tell anyone else what kind of life-changing decisions they have to make because you have an opinion on the matter.
- Religious dogma does more harm than good in the world. As long as the dominant religions of the world rely on their masses to follow a strict code of conduct rather than make decisions for themselves, we’ll continue to see wars and inequalities propagated onto the many by the few. I’d like to see that change.
- If we let the earth fix itself, it will do so by eliminating us. No, we don’t have to clean up our mess. Mother Nature will do it for us, but we won’t like her solution.
- Never leaving home is the biggest culprit of xenophobia. People are only afraid of what they don’t know. If everyone knew just one person from another culture, we could take a lot of power away from those that want us to fight each other. Nationalism is a disease.
- Homosexuality is biological, and every person deserves every right that anyone else does. However someone decides to live their life that doesn’t directly harm someone else is fine by me. All the debate over who deserves what makes me sick.
- The world does not need me to save it from itself. It needs me to help where I can and get out of the way when I don’t know what I’m doing.
- The water you drink, food you eat, and air you breathe should never be allowed to be owned by a private party. We can trade what is rightfully ours for money and simplicity, but we won’t like what we get in return.
- A person is happiest when they’re doing meaningful work, not when they’re relaxing. The idea that happiness is sitting on a beach drinking a margarita is mostly a myth.
- You can’t build a bomb that will protect you from ideas that are better than yours.
That’s me in a 16 point nutshell. I hope it gives you a little better insight into my personality and what drives me and my agenda for this site. If you read through that list with disgust, then I won’t be upset if you decide that we’re not right for each other anymore.
More likely, though, you probably agreed with some things and disagreed with others. This is our opportunity. We probably won’t ever see eye-to-eye on everything, but that’s no reason we can’t learn important lessons about risk taking from each other. That’s the common thread that binds us here.
I hope you feel a little more connected to me, and I hope to see you again on Monday. If you’re new around here and you want to learn more, feel free to sign up for free updates.
Now how about you? Is there anything you’d like to take a stand for today?
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