My name is Russell Newquist. I am a software engineer, a martial artist, an author, an editor, a businessman and a blogger. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science, but I'm technically a high school dropout. I also think that everything in this paragraph is pretty close to meaningless. I work for a really great small company in Huntsville, Alabama building really cool software. I'm the owner and head instructor of Madison Martial Arts Academy, which I opened in 2013 less to make money and more because I just really enjoy a good martial arts workout with friends. I'm the editor in chief of Silver Empire and also one of the published authors there. And, of course, there is this blog - and all of its predecessors. There's no particular reason you should trust anything I say any more than any other source. So read it, read other stuff, and think for your damn self - if our society hasn't yet over-educated you to the point that you've forgotten how.
There are no men like me. There is only me.
Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one. — Henry David Thoreau
A more accurate but less feelgood version of the original quote:
Any man who is actually right when his neighbors is wrong constitutes a majority of one.
And the corollary:
Any man who isn’t actually right but insists that he is a majority of one is just an asshole.
The world seems to have a plethora of people in the first and third categories. It’s unfortunate that we have so few in the second category.
Whoever said that violence never solved anything had no connection to reality. While it is not quite so that violence solves everything, it is a readily observable truth that violence does, in fact, solve rather a lot of problems. What we should be telling ourselves instead is that it’s a bad solution.
But sometimes – just sometimes – it is actually the least bad solution.