“If you have an apple and I have an apple, and we exchange these apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”George Bernard Shaw
Ideas are important. The space of ideas, however, is often criticised for its lack of real world impact. This is a misconception. The known universe operates via cause-and-effect. The space of ideas, no matter how vast, still sits within that universe. Ideas have very real consequences.
You also care about ideas. Think about someone you like. What you really like are the ideas they hold within them. People are the vehicles of ideas. We do not have ideas, ideas have us. You don’t connect with people; your ideas connect with theirs.
The best and worst things that humans have ever done, were caused by ideas. Those ideas may have been due to gossip, religious faith or scientific knowledge. Either way, they were still ideas. This is why ideas are important, precisely because they work via cause-and-effect. Without due-diligence, there is nothing stopping poor ideas having undesired effects.
While some negative ideas may not be completely avoidable — such as grief or anxiety — how effectively we deal with them is not pre-determined, but a product of how they combine with our other ideas. I suggest acquiring good ideas as soon as possible and continuing to upgrade them, always. It will benefit both yourself and others.
I try to take the sharing of good ideas seriously. That is the reason for this very website. Here my goal is to share things that I think I have mostly correct, but am cognisant that my conception may be mistaken or incomplete.
I share my ideas because I want them to help those who are currently operating using unreliable ones, and because those who possess superior versions can criticise and give me feedback on my own. I learn from this.
I am most interested in the ideas that allow us to living a happy, meaningful, moral and productive life. The fundamental thing I see that unites all these things is truth. I see no way to achieve the aforementioned without it. Acquiring truth, however, is not easy. It entails the rational exploration of ideas and how they align with the reality. In the future I hope to become a master of this craft.