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Understanding this website – July 1, 2014

Also see: Your assistance needed at this time – relaunch, recommit and refocus

Even though I avoid labels nowadays, I still try to be clear about what I believe. Principles are part of the picture, but we need to see the picture for ourselves.

I believe that readers are interested in trying to figure out the world in general and need as much information as possible to do so.

I present third-party media (articles, books, podcasts, videos) when I feel the content has value. Even when I’m sympathetic, it’s not possible to endorse all the views expressed. Readers are urged to investigate and think for themselves.

In many other cases, I am not sympathetic to the authors or speakers at all, but I am presenting their views so that we can better understand the world we live in.

We build on the basics but I feel that we need to be in learning mode much of the time. We have to avoid falling into the trap (often literally a trap for the mind) of just reading the comfortable views of our own “camp” and ideology.

In most cases, I realize that readers can find the topics overwhelming, very challenging and difficult to digest.

We can all benefit from shared information, and one of my goals in future is to try to nail down as many useful facts as possible.

But no two people are going to see things the same way. There is no “expert” who is correct about every detail.

The truth is that we each need to investigate topics of concern and think for ourselves in order to be convinced of any conclusion. This is the kind of conviction that will make a positive difference in this world.

Another issue has to do with faith. I’m using the word in a general sense. Are we just trying to get through this life (it’s short anyway!) without any effort to change things? Are we just going to waste away and let things slide? How can we do anything constructive in this life when there is so much evil? Beyond all the lies and weaknesses, fears and poisons, is there a larger reality that we can stand our ground on? Is there an attitude or spirit that we can adopt that empowers us to cast away fear and live meaningfully? I think there is. If you catch a glimpse of it, grab it and hold on to it.

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  1. Hello Alan,
    I am sorry I can not offer any financial support at this time. I am a 50 year old woman who is currently supported by my husband. He and I have spend what seems like our entire lives together, but since I woke up and distancred myslef from fake reality, we can’t talk. It always ends badly.
    Please be sure that I am not looking for anybody to love or take care of me, as I do not intend to leave my husband or be in any way disloyal to him even now. I keep hoping that truth will prevail, though I can’t imagine how a person so resistant to it, so wilfully blind, will ever want to open his eyes.

    I am writing to you because you seem to be here, in Alberta. I live in Calgary and am looking for an opprtunity to help with the cause, if any need arose. Even just meeting and talking to like-minded people occasionally would help me get through this.

    Hope to hear from you,

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