Usually first thing in the morning, I check emails and comments. Today I’m going to comment on comments. I have received thousands of comments from around the world and many countries. According to stats from web manager, my articles go to 80 countries. I’m extremely grateful to all those who read my articles and take the time to comment.
The manner in which my website was designed, there’s only space for listing five comments on the righthand side of my site. I read all comments but out of the thousands only post a few. And for some reason, I’m unable to click on comments posted on articles, to respond. However I wish to address a couple of comments and questions. At the bottom of each article is my email address.
In the past few days I’ve received comments with questions. These questions come from Italy, Denmark, Poland and other countries. Frequently asked question is whether or not the reader can quote in parts from articles or post entire article on their website. The answer is yes, as long as the name of the article and my blogsite, octogenariansblog.com, is given credit, either in the article or a link.
Another question asked from time to time is whether or not I accept guest articles from other bloggers to post on my site. I will be happy to consider after reading content of article, and is sent to me via email. Depending on the subject matter, once in awhile I do post guest articles. All articles are sent to my associate editor for posting and editing.
Today I received the following comment from Poland, Film on line. “The core of your writing, while sounding reasonable in the beginning, did not work well with me after some time. Someplace within the sentence you actually managed to make me a believer, but only for awhile. I still have problems with your jumps in assumption, and you would do well to fill in those gaps. In the event that you actually can accomplish that, I would surely end up being amazed.” This comment was on the article titled, “Wikileaks-Jullian Assange-story continues,” posted December 21st, issue 490.
An interesting comment and so appreciate the writer taking the time to read and comment. I may be having the same problem as the writer, because it’s unclear as to the nature of the gap to fill in. If I knew exactly what I said, or didn’t say, I would gladly try to answer.
Inasmuch as I’m unable to speak specifically to a non-specific statement, I’ll try to answer generally. Asking a specific question would help me in responding.
I’m aware, a language barrier sometimes presents a problem, for all of us. But believe there are fundamental Principles which are Universal, interest to everyone.
Secondly, there is a difference in the basic elements of political governments around the world. Here in the United States the government was formed from the basic belief of the founders, there are fundamental individual, inalienable Rights to Life, Liberty and Happiness. And we learn from the writings of the founders, many meant Life, Liberty, and Property, however differences in opinion relative to the word Property, the word happiness was used instead. In spite of that, it was understood from the beginning, we have a fundamental Right to ownership of Private Property. Inherent in The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
Because we must own property to exist, beginning with the ownership of ourselves. We own that which we control, take responsibility for, has a boundary and can destroy. By our nature we destroy to exist. Eating a hamburger is owning and destroying. Chopping down a tree for heat is controlling and destroying, and etc. To understand this concept of property ownership, many questions to ask and answer. What is the difference in ownership and property? Is there a difference in public versus private ownership? Who is the rightful owner of what? Can it be defined? Can it be explained and understood?
The subject of ownership seems to be quite perplexing for many. Consequently the question is, what constitutes ownership? Who owns what and how much? Within the question of ownership, comes a question of control and boundaries.
I spent many years studying the Philosophy of Freedom, and understand it. In most if not all the 490 articles I have written, there’s an underlying premise of this philosophy. Regardless of the subject matter, whether its political, Principles and value judgments, grandparenting, Capitalism, Socialism, history, voting, money & banking, or thievery, expressed or implied, my underlying theme is freedom.
With reference to the specific article about Julian Assange you commented on, I have written ten articles about Wikileaks. I begin with the premise, he has a right to Free Speech and Free Press. And the documents he has posted were presented to him, he did not steal. We have a right to express ideas, and communicate ideas of others. There is no concrete evidence from anything I have read in the news that he has harmed anyone. However, a lot of hype conjecture. A lot of threats on his life, even calls for assassination. He is not a citizen of this country.
Ours is supposed to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people, with a notion that we are entitled to Transparency, in governmental affairs. Even the President promised transparency in his campaign speeches.
In my articles, I try to write with simplicity to understand, as near as possible support conclusions with facts, spot inconsistencies in ideologies, trying to understand why people act as they do.
In your comment you state, “You jump in assumptions, and you would do well to fill in those gaps.” Any assumptions, for the most part are based upon assuming that the material I read and hear over the news has some validity to it. Trying to separate the wheat from the chaff in those areas of apparent inconsistencies, reported on TV and other news media.
I write frequently about ownership of property, because I firmly believe that’s the basis of Individual Freedom.
I frequently state, I have never been able to prove anything to anyone, but can sometimes present proof. It is not the purpose in my writings to prove anything, but to present information and express ideas, which might provide some enlightment to another to stop and think about where we came from, why were here and where we are headed, at this time in global upheaval. Plus, from my personal point of selfishness, I write because its quite carthartic for me. Being a retired person, I do things I enjoy doing, gardening, reading, art, playing with my 5 year old grandson and writing.
We as individuals live in different countries, with different language, different political governments, different customs and values, under different circumstances, but I believe we have some fundamentals in common, the most important being, we all have a Right to be free, and Freedom is self-responsibility and self control. And this Right is inherent and comes from that which created us and not from another being nor political government. We have a Right and a responsibility to govern ourselves.
And because no political government has anything until it takes away from someone, it’s a system of thievery and government cannot legislate morality.
In this connection I have covered much of this subject matter in other articles still posted on the internet. And hope this additional information might help you understand. Feel free to ask any questions, via email, at the bottom of each article.
Thank you for taking the time to comment.
LET FREEDOM RING