I'm starting this blog as an outlet for some critical thoughts I often have when following up my personal interests in 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 speech, article, or video that I come across. 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, and will not muddy the waters even further by trying to discern motive 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 this blog 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.