I apologize once again for leaving my blog dry. Allow me to explain.
I am in the process of intense research, and as I do this I am discovering that I never like to write anything down until I have a full mental grasp of everything I would like to write. That means, when doing a research paper, I don’t set down to write or even outline my paper until I have a clear vision of where exactly it is going. The same goes for my blog. I am trying to improve the quality of my blog by improving my academic discipline in producing it. Below is my general plan.
I realize that hitherto my blog has been a bit self-serving, especially within the first several months of its creation. If anything, this has been a mark of my egocentric youth. Many posts have been about the frivolities of my own life, sprinkled with existential reflections and exhortations to an imaginary public readership. No doubt many of the readers have been my own family. But I hope to one day change all this.
This post is also just as ego-centric, but in a different way. I hope it may mark the end of that trend. Here I am establishing a precedent: I plan for the future of this blog to represent a more intelligent, more thorough-going study of all things important, ideally not just to me, but to Americans, or university students, or to the world. To be more specific, I plan to cover topics from current events in public policy to the history of capitalism to the theology of the Church, along with everything in between. In my opinion, everything in the world is important when you relate it to the lives of people, who give things their importance.
With that purpose in mind, I hope to be more scholarly in this blog. As of right now I hope to pursue a career in academics, so I should strive to practice academic discipline here. This is where my writing should appear most different. Whereas I had previously taken up a strong interest in theology, my theology was something very abstract and alienated (here I give a nod to Marx, my current subject of study) from the reality of the human condition and the history of the field of theology. I have now realized that only the rigorous study of the real and the finite will ever give rise to sound reasoning about the theoretical. Whereas my original ideas were the imaginations of my isolated mind, I now see the world in a clearer sense, one that has been prescribed in some sense by history, and now that I know that fact I hope to discover that history and perhaps our present.
Therefore, consider the majority of my previous posts as a very rough catalogue of my intellectual development and musings over the past two years. This blog will now take a new turn, which has already begun to happen in a few of my latest posts. As of right now, though, I am withholding any urge to post on the blog until I feel I have the intellectual framework to do so. And when I do, all I ask is that all the real academics and experts please refrain from laughing at me for my shortcomings. Until that day, I bid you peace, dear reader.