From: Chris Thompson
And greetings from Catalunya, where the sun shines a little too
I agree with your analysis - no problems there.
However, after I read your material, I was left wondering: What
now? What, if anything, does Bob want me to do now?
That was far from clear.
I attach a very short "parable" on our world as seen through other
Very best wishes
I enjoyed reading your parable and looking over a couple of other
essays on your website. It seems we both are looking at changing our
culture and how people think about things. It’s one thing to set out
how we think things ought to be different and why and quite another to
get other people to read what we have to say and behave differently
because of it. The world is inundated with people who are trying to get
their message out to people, mostly by people who are trying to sell
things, but also every left wing, right wing, libertarian, and
religious zealot and everyone else with a “cause”. I generally like to
work on understanding and describing what’s really going on in human
affairs, but I’ve never had much taste for or skill at promotion. So
that’s the biggest problem – how do we get more people aware and
involved? Ultimately I’d hope this or some similar approach to critical
thinking could become a recognizable component of public education.
While people in power usually have little interest in seeing people
think more clearly, I think teachers themselves would approve and might
help it to gather momentum.
What you could do depends on what you’re good and and would enjoy
doing. If you have suggestions for how I could improve my website I’d
be happy to try to incorporate them. If you know of ways to help the
site get more traffic that would be very valuable. If you know anybody
rich or famous who might want to endorse Responsible Thinking in some
form of course I’d love to have you get them on board! (A bit of a long
shot to be sure.) But basically I’d be delighted if you just found some
of these ideas useful in your own life or relayed them to others.
Thanks for your comments!
I suppose we do what we think we can. Ideally, this will have some
beneficial effect. At my age I have learned to expect surprises
(there's a bit of the Irish in me!). In other words, I do what I think
is my best, and I leave the rest to whatever powers operate in the
universe. To date, it seems to have worked.