When I decided to start this blog, I thought about why I felt I needed another place to share my ideas and thoughts, when I have already done so on FB, Twitter, Tumblr as well as websites I have created along the way.

It boils down to: having a place to express considered opinions without stepping into the combat zone that seems to exist so many places these days.

So with that in mind, haters –you know or should know who you are — are not welcome here.  Ideas, formulated reactions, thoughtful and constructive comments are.

When I refer to tolerance I am not suggesting that anything goes, everything is cool, if it feels good, do it.  Not at all.  I draw the line on lots of things.  For example, I am a fierce child and animal advocate.  I cut no slack to anyone who abuses either.

There are other moral issues on which I have a strong opinion and, I guess one would say, I am not particularly open-minded, like selfishness, violence, pornography – there will be more obvious examples as I continue posting.

But, for the most part I believe in compassion, sympathy, empathy, flexibility and understanding of what it is like to be in someone else’s shoes.  This is a big world and 7 billion other people have experiences that I cannot judge a priori.  So, while I draw the line in certain areas, in most things I try to keep an open mind, be patient, and listen.

However, I do want to emphasize consciousness.  If we have one purpose in life, if there is a goal that we can strive for that once attained should make the rest of life worthwhile, it is to wake up.  Many people will know immediately to what I am referring.  For anyone for whom this is unclear, I plan to talk about it as time goes on and where/when it is pertinent.

This is the background against which everything I will be writing about should be considered.

If you are a reasonable person who thinks before you speak, and who wants to share not react, vent, dump or attack, we will likely be able to establish common ground and I welcome you.

Anyone else,  I don’t think so.

It's your turn! I want to know what YOU think :-)

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