This is a good time to revisit a conjecture on p. roman xiii of the Introduction of my “Do Ask, Do Tell I” book, 2000 printing (originally 1997).
“My central question on personal values is this: do we believe in the principle that every adult person is totally responsible for himself or herself?” I play Devil’s Advocate with my own conjecture there immediately.
It’s pretty obvious from some current events that this doesn’t seem to fit the real world. The most obvious example in the past week of course is the gun control debate after the high school attack in Broward County Florida. I won’t revist here all the proposals in the past week (as on the CNN Town Hall with the wonderful high school students on Wednesday, February 21). As an abstraction, a libertarian would say that only the shooter is responsible. But arguably the weapons industry benefitted from a laxity in the law that endangered civilian minors in a school setting (let alone many other soft targets, like Aurora, Las Vegas, Pulse in Orlando). So did a whole political sub-establishment, mostly on the right wing.
There’s a similar problem with gratuitous public speech. We can’t rehearse all the details right here, but obviously a foreign element has leveraged well-intended speakers (maybe even me) to sow political resentment among groups of economically less well-off people. Furthermore, the permissive speech environment has led to many other problems like cyberbullying, revenge porn, terror recruiting, and (especially in the news very recently) sex trafficking, especially of underage females, much of it overseas. Various developments, such as recent bills to undermine Section 230 with respect to trafficking, a recent court opinion regarding embedded hyperlinks, and the end of net neutrality can, in various ways, threaten the previously undeterred capability of speakers like me to find an audience on the web with little hucksterism or little need to actually learn to meet customer’s real personal needs. Add to this, some private businesses faces considerable “populist” pressure to cut off ties with various speakers whose activity is seen to be enabled on the backs of children or the less well off.
I guess one way to summarize this: you have to watch your karma, or you will have to watch your back.
Let me reiterate, for the present: I want to do my own work and retain independence: to publish the “truth” on the web, which is nuanced, and to prove that I can finally finish and actually sell a novel, a movie idea, and get some of my life-long music professionally performed. The effort continues. I cannot bargain away my own self-defined purposes to meet the demands of any special interest agenda, no matter how compelling the needs of people in the group may have become in the current political climate. Yet, it is a fair question, why don’t I “care” about “real people” enough to want to bond with them. I can’t resolve that here. If I had the skills of a Dr. Shaun Murphy, the dilemma would solve itself.
In the next few weeks (probably by the end of March) I do expect to resolve some legal questions as to zoning, business licenses, reporting, and other formal matters in my new living environment. Renting a an office could be a possibility. I have made some progress in gathering the information but cannot disclose all of it yet, but expect to do so by April.
(Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018 at 9 PM EST)