This is the third attempt that I have made to write an essay for today. At one time the previous two attempts would have reached the waste paper bin, but these days failed attempts are simply cremated before they are born.
I thought about writing about Europe, and then thought again. I thought about writing about the snow, but my ideas about the snow were, like the snow on the pavements, rather stale and icy. So I decided to write about the fundamental point about this blog, which is about ideas.
Ideas come first. If you get an idea, grab it, test it, and share it with others until you can define it. At that stage the idea may be ready to become a rational concept. In order to shape an idea into a rational concept you must make it into a logical self contained statement.
If you get that far you must then take the concept and see whether you can prove it. There are many ways of proving a concept, but whichever you if you can properly prove a concept you will have discovered whether the concept is true.
If the concept is true it becomes useful, because you can then recommend action based on its truth. If a concept is not true then that is also useful because you can discount recommending action based on the untruth of the concept.
Over the past four and a bit years of writing these essays I have written more about climate change than any other topic. The ideas that I have had about climate change have in some cases developed into concepts, but I have been unable to prove or disprove them, like everyone else who has grappled with the concept of climate change.
In that case I have to fall back upon my perceptions, which are the result of my study, my education and my environment and the product of a thinking reasoning mind which has its reasoning inevitably affected by bias, prejudice and emotions. Perhaps that is no bad thing and perhaps perception requires this kind of distorted amplification of reason.
I cannot be sure, but I am much more sure than unsure that climate change is happening at a far more rapid rate than humanity has ever experienced and that the reason for this rapid rate of climate change is the stuff that humans put into the atmosphere and that this climate change is irreversible. That is my almost truth, from idea to concept unproven but honed by perception, and I hope to goodness that I am wrong.
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