I am starting this blog as an outlet for critical views relating to social justice, politics, and current affairs. I do not expect to be propounding any of my own opinions outside of a review context, for example of an online article or video that I come across or to which I am referred by friends. My guiding philosophy here is very much in line with Francis Bacon's advice on studies:
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. (source)
Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man; and writing an exact man. (source)
My only hope is that I can stay true to these principles, both when engaging with the subject matter that I select, as well as when discussing these topics with readers who may disagree with me. I realise that there are very few certain things in human affairs, so I will not muddy the waters even further by trying to discern motives for the people behind the arguments I am considering. I hope my self-discipline is up to the task of remaining as objective as possible whilst not losing touch with common sense.
I would like to use the articles on this blog firstly as an intellectual exercise — to find out more about my own strengths and weaknesses in argumentation and analysis. In addition, if I am able to contribute in any small way to a wider discourse on the topics I address, that will be of no small gratification for me.