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Tuesday, January 17, 2006 

Plainly speaking

Some call being 'plain spoken' a virtue. It's something i've been accused of more than once. As for it being a virtue, well, that depends. If the intent of speaking plainly is to 'dumb down' your audience, then no, it is not a virtue by any means. And certainly not my intention at all.

However, I feel that it can be a virtue if the intent is allowing someone to know that mastery of a form is possible, which, to me, enables a mind to wonder. Be it in regard to philosophy, science, or even the arts. I do not purport to be masterful in one, or any, of those things, but i'd like think that speaking 'plainly' about them gives a mind, my mind, your mind, a chance to roam freely through reality (the universe) if it is so inclined.

Understanding philosophical jargon or mathematical formulas might seem akin to learning Esperanto or hearing staccato clicks and beeps. Surely, there is a great deal to be said for earning one's ability to understand these things. Though, I happen to be one for leaving a crack in the door so inquiring minds can see what all of the fuss is about. After all, wonder and amazement allowed me to become who I am today.

When it comes to children, it's a travesty that so many minds are poisoned before they really have a chance to ask complex questions; giving the world more Christians, Jews, Muslims, and the like. If only atheism were more of a recognized foundation for thought in today's scoeity. If only...

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