I believe it was Albert Einstein – but correct me if I am wrong – who said that if you do the right thing and if you tell the truth, you do not have to recall every single action or detail of your life. However – and as my readers may have figured out already – I am not the type of person to have qualms about being open and transparent. Thus, aside from providing these blog posts and this information voluntarily, people are welcome and should feel free to ask me questions about anything that comes to their minds. After all, if my goal is to one day research and teach at a university – which it is – then I should be open to questions from the broader public or from people who are in government, and I am totally open to questions from any direction.
Another tip for those who may wonder how a person can excel as a writer comes from Plato, who said: “If you want to be a writer, write.” You cannot be a writer if you hesitate to write what is on your mind. Perhaps the famous “writer’s block” – which many people in the Western world complain about – comes from a deep-seated hesitation to be open about what it is that they actually want to say. There is perhaps a difference between what one thinks should be said, and what one has to say. Everyone has an actual story to tell. Some people choose to tell their actual story, while others divert their own attention as well as the attention of others to issues and things which are not actual or pertinent.
Everything I have shared on this blog up until now has been from actual experiences and actual knowledge which I have garnered over the course of my life. Thus, actual, real-world, and lived experience is a legitimate methodological tool for pedagogy and research in the social sciences, in addition to empirical tools, data, facts, and information. Moreover, there is a long-standing debate in the Western world as to whether experiential and phenomenological methods and tools for pedagogy and research supersede empirical methods and tools, and I am in favor of experiential and phenomenological methods and tools as the primary ones when it pertains to the social sciences. Physical sciences are a totally different ballgame, and I will leave the assertions pertaining to the physical sciences to the experts in that particular realm.
Thus, as the old adage goes: “The past is prologue.” It was perhaps necessary to examine my own past in order to ascertain and decipher international affairs, given the experiential, existential, and phenomenological methods and tools that supersede empirical methods and tools in the social sciences. Also, an examination of one’s own past – in addition to enabling one to make sense of what is going on at the present moment – enables one to have foresight and intuition as it pertains to future events and occurrences.
My foresight, intuition, and “sixth sense” have been passed on to me from my late maternal grandmother. Even though she lacked a formal education and was widowed at a young age, my grandmother’s foresight, intuition, and sixth sense were exceptional and extraordinary. And quite frankly, the only times which I actually let myself down was when I failed to act on my own instinct and intuition, and when I failed to act on the advice of my late grandmother. Moreover, anxiety and paranoia set in when you fail to act on conscience, instinct and intuition. But fortunately, I have been able to overcome anxiety and paranoia by blogging. The best therapy I have ever gone through was blogging.
And in the bigger scheme of things, predestination beats out free will. Although voluntary work ethic and spirit are major determinants when it comes to achieving goals and rendering outcomes, there is also a “master plan” of sorts which overrides all individual plans. Thus, everything comes down to actually knowing what this “master plan” is, so that in the end, our individual actions, thoughts, and words can conform to this master plan.