Tom Tries to Save the World.

I’m not sure what I’m trying to accomplish here with this here writing. The decision to write was inspired by a lot of things, but I think what finally spurred me to start writing was the news. I follow the news with some regularity, maybe a little more than the average person. And if there’s one thing I’ve been reading/watching/hearing about a lot lately, it’s how America is on the verge of a violent collapse. Or at least, that’s what it seems like many news programs and personalities want us to think.

When you read it written so sensationally, of course it sounds ridiculous. But when you’re actually consuming the news in whatever form, you are probably like me, where you just release a deep sigh for the fate of the world and shake your head about what seems like an avalanche of unstoppable problems.

There is good news, though: that’s not at all what the world is! In reality, most mass news outlets (outside of public broadcasting) are just looking to make a quick buck, and they know that we’ll pay attention if they are always talking about what new threat could kill us next. The solution? Turn off the TV, radio, phone, computer, etc. and just un-plug. Step outside and see the world for what it really is. Interact with the people around you. You’ll find that when you put things into perspective with your everyday life, most people are pretty normal and sane (except for anyone on public transportation). Of course there are a few assholes and some — let’s be honest — plain ol’ dumb people out there. But the majority of people are like you and me, regardless of who they are or where they came from.

So I think if anything, this blog or whatever it is is intended to find some sort of relief and stability in a world you are often times told is chaotic or crumbling. I want to try to find common ground on even the simplest things in a society where we seem to be eager to disagree and find difference. Yes, there will be political ramblings and unsolicited opinions (this is the internet, after all). But I make a promise to always be open to your arguments and really consider them instead of continuously telling you that mine are “right” and yours are “wrong.” I’ll also probably sprinkle in some personal happenings in my life. But the overall focus of this blog will be to try to improve how we feel about and interact with the world.

So when you’re ready, re-plug in and read my blog. And give me money.

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