Back in December, I joined TPOH as a contributing writer to share my life experiences and knowledge in a forum dedicated to searching for workable solutions to our nation's problems. I had been involved in places where ranting and raving was common, but true solutions were few. Starting at TPOH represented a new chapter in my social media life, and I mean that very sincerely. In just a few months, I've found that I have grown so much as a person through my writing, and also through the content shared here.
If you've seen anything written by me, odds are it's something related to economics. It's a particular area of study that I just love to geek out on. Yes, I will go to YouTube and search for videos of Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell, or Friedrich von Hayek holding lectures and interviews. When I find something particularly important, I've shared it here.
In the process of doing that, I've expanded the amount of economic knowledge that I have. I've read books on economics before, works like The Road to Serfdom, Economics on One Lesson, and The Law, but even just a simple 10 minute video can open up my mind to a new area of economics I never thought about before; when I absorb that information, it helps me to make more informed assessments of the ideas that are being debated in our government.
I've even found some content about the opioid crisis as well, and have shared some of those insights. One of the articles I often discuss with people when the topic comes up is one I wrote in February of this year. Dr. Jeffrey Singer of the Cato Institute discussed several myths about the crisis, some of which I believed myself. Lo and behold, upon further consideration of new evidence, I had to reassess my view!
Some may call me a hypocrite or inconsistent, but how can a person view it that way? Wouldn't it be closed-minded to refuse to analyze my own opinions when presented with new information? That's not being inconsistent, if anything I want to consistently devote myself to the search for truth. And that may involve correcting opinions I have that are not correct.
Along with my own writing, the content put out by TPOH itself is often incredibly fascinating. Several articles over the past several months have really caused me to think very deeply about these problems.
For example, TPOH published a story on how the next major health crisis is already here, and the issue is not heart disease or cancer or any of the usual suspect, but loneliness. Imagine that, loneliness being considered as a health issue.
After reading that story, it made me go back to my days of undergraduate school, studying Aristotle's Politics. Right at the beginning of the book. He states that by nature man is a political (social) animal. By design, we are supposed to be communing with other people on deep levels, and that's with family, friends, neighbors, and even with strangers on occasion.
Additionally, there was a story about how social media could be killing our ability to think critically. After I read the story, I was like, "of course it is!" It's making me rethink how often I ought to be on social media, if at all. Yet here I am, still online, for the time being.
There are a lot of ways that simply being here has changed my perspective on many social problems, the above ones being just a glimpse into that. The key here is that my mind has been affected by the presentation style as well as the content itself. There's no railing about petty personal conflicts here, or the ridiculous things that so often dominate sensational headlines. Just pure solution-oriented thinking about the real issues that our communities face.
This is the kind of online dialogue that gets results. I hope that more people will join us in time, and that we can share what we've learned from life so that each of us can better pursue a happy and satisfied life.