Hate, Love, My life, and a Three Year Anniversary!!!!!!

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If you didn’t notice, last year my blog came to a grinding hault…..

Between working on three books (Yes! Three books!!!) and all of the responsibilities of my day to day life…it was virtually impossible for me to find the extra energy to write a 900 word article each day.

This week marks the three year anniversary of my little blog…..and despite some rough patches where I didn’t think I would ever be able to keep it going……It is still here!!!

The first year I started writing my blog I didn’t have a clue as to what I was doing, and three years later it seems like I still don’t!!! But thanks to the many people who commented on my articles, those comments helped to guide my writing so that I was able to develop a voice that resonated with a wider array of people.

Because we live in a day and age when people are tyrannized in their thinking by hardcore ideologies, blogging can be a bit daunting. The average person in Western Culture is no longer what we would refer to as a “moderate”. Instead, the typical person is either very far right, or very far left, in their political, religious, or social views. This makes blogging a rather strange experience, since people on the Internet (and in real life!) can demonstrate so much vitriol towards writers they disagree.

My uncle Bob always told me that “when the truth is first presented it is always rejected”, and that is merely what I remind myself when someone writes me an especially over-the-top email or comment. It saddens me that so many people are unaware of how indoctrinated they are by the ideologies that they have bought into.

Nonetheless, I am very thankful all the people that still read my humble little blog, and I actually love all the comments….even the ones by people who entirely disagree with me!

I’ve never been one of those people who only hang out with people who agree with them. Truth be told, the majority of my close acquaintances are people who have very different beliefs than I hold. I’ve always been leery of only hanging out with “yes” people….and much prefer hanging out with people who aren’t afraid to say, “you’re wrong!!”

In celebration of the three year anniversary, the release of my first book, The Culture a dystopian novel, will be released a month early!!!!! March 1st is the formal release date for the actual paperback copy, and for those who prefer the E-book you can preorder it now and it will be available March 15th.

Thanks to the earlier than expected release date of my novel; my second book will be coming out in April, a non-fiction book and will be a compilation of many of the articles I’ve posted Online, as well as a ton more that I have written for private consumption.

With everything I write; my blog, and both my novel and the nonfiction book, the goal has been to discuss the subject of life and culture. Too often religion and politics focus on the subject of how we live in very radicalized fashion, and people end up fearing the conversation.

How often have you heard people say, “We can talk about anything except for religion and politics”?

My writing has been an attempt to demonstrate to people what my everyday conversations with people at coffee houses are like, and how it is possible to talk about religion, politics and culture without everyone getting their noses bent out of shape.

I’ve been hanging out at coffee shops since I was 13 years old. When I turned 13 my father decided I would work full time for him in the summers, and right down the street from his office was a little coffee shop that I would walk to. Initially I hated coffee. I would dump a ton of Hazelnut syrup in the coffee in order to drown out the taste. Somewhere between the age of 14 and 15 though I started to love everything about coffee and coffee shops.

A lot of the Master’s degree philosophy majors from a local University started hanging out at my little coffee shop, and even though they were nearly ten years older than me, they would let me sit at their table and listen to their discussions. At fifteen years old I started learning how to discuss philosophy and more important subjects by some very kind college kids….it was an education I will never forget.

Stay tuned throughout this week for more information about the upcoming releases.

Each day I’ll try to provide new information related to the upcoming books.

Thanks for reading!

 

 



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19 replies

  1. Will be reading… Felicidades! 😊

  2. congratulations.

    It is easy to disagree but hard to come up with good arguments and self made opinions. And create a good conversation. in which both try to understand.
    Pick a side any side. or be your own side that keeps evolving after more discussions.

    I am looking forward to even more years of the culturemonk as they open up my mind and heart for new ideas.

  3. Congratulations on the three year mark…I have truly enjoyed your journey over the years! Glad to hear you are publishing….awesome!

  4. “Instead, the typical person is either very far right, or very far left, in their political, religious, or social views.”

    Funny, I will be posting about this subject on Wednesday. This current presidential race is a major case in point! I think this polarization is because we are so disconnected (in spite of social media) and we don’t bother to actually engage with people and hear their stories, to find out what we have in common. We let the 24-hour news channel pundits think for us. So we stay stuck in our ideologies instead of the messier real world.

    • “This current presidential race is a major case in point! I think this polarization is because we are so disconnected (in spite of social media) and we don’t bother to actually engage with people and hear their stories, to find out what we have in common”

      People in the old world were much more interested in discussing theology, politics, etc. They cared about those subjects. Now, too many people would rather zone out in front of the Internet and TV rather than have important conversations with other adults.

  5. Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

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