Wow! What a fantastic trip this has been! I can’t possibly explain all that this has been to me, and all that this has done for me. I pray that this humble blog has been a blessing for those who have read it. I can’t believe I’ve written 8,700+ posts! Well, I didn’t write them all. Indeed, the far right number in the pic is mostly to the credit of our friend, Hank. As I recall, it was a post on Marcott’s idiocy.
The broad base of topics of this blog is one of the things I’m most proud of. It’s probably the thing I’m second most proud of. But, hands down, without question, the thing I am most proud of, regarding this blog, is the quality of the individual readers. I’ve never been associated with a brighter, good hearted, group of people. What I’ve learned from the commentators here is immeasurable. It isn’t just the brilliance from the people here, but, also, the insights, and obvious desire for the well-being of their fellow man.
This “blog” had actually started because I wanted to have a place where I could post some graphs and data, in order to have them readily available for discussions on other climate blogs. Months later, it sorta morphed into basically a private conversation regarding the manner and way satellites calculate our sea levels (it’s FUBAR … BTW)….. then, it grew.
Essentially, this blog started as a climate science blog. But, because of the broad, semi-ambiguous relative implications of the climate issue, it is only natural to discuss the overriding implications and impacts on other schools of thought and issues, such as economics and energy.
It’s a horrible irony. I find that mankind, left to his own devices, is the singular greatest driver towards the advancement of humanity. Resources available, climate, condition ….. all of these pale in comparison to the ingenuity and spirit of man. Sadly, I also find mankind is the singular greatest detriment to the advancement of humanity.
It is with shock and dismay that I see people actively working against the advancement of humanity. There are millions, if not billions of people who don’t wish their fellow man to be prosperous and free. This blog has opened my eyes to the degree of which this occurs. Before this blog, I thought they were few. In a sense, it has jaded me. But, I’m better for it, being jaded in such a manner.
I don’t know what to do about it. But, I do know something more than this blog is required. The enemy is upon us. The enemy is within us.
I suppose it couldn’t, then, be a surprise that this blog has mostly turned to a political blog. Politics, after all, is simply an expression and application of people’s thoughts towards advancement of humanity, or, the sinister desire to suppress humanity.
Most importantly, this blog has reinforced my knowledge that mankind cannot advance without God and godly people. I’ve always known this, but, now I get to see it in another perspective/dimension. It’s awesome! It’s horrible.
I’m not done, yet. But, I’m done. I will never tire of conversing with the regular commentators, here. Indeed, they lift my spirits! I haven’t done enough conversing with you guys and gals! You reinforce my faith in humanity! And, it’s much needed.
Through the few years that I’ve actively blogged, I’ve scoured the internet for issues to discuss and thought about ways to articulate my perspective and to entice dialogue. It’s heartbreaking. I can’t avoid the evil in this world. Perhaps it’s me, perhaps there’s some morbid and macabre part of me which can’t help but see, watch, and document the train-wreck this world is engaged in, seemingly, intentionally so. Simply put, I can’t deal with it, anymore. While I have no problem being the modern day “wailing prophet”, I have a problem with the world repeating the same idiocy over and over, again. One wouldn’t know it by the last several months of this blog, but, I am a positive person. I’m not the person to say someone should help, I am help! While I am not hope, I can certainly try to guide people to the only Hope!
For all of the words, and all of the knowledge, the thousands of posts, the million views, the words and knowledge in the near countless comments (~110,000) ……. all of this, all of the topics, all of the data, all of the perspectives, and we come back to know we can’t live without God, and we can’t get to the Father without Christ. Which is essentially what Solomon told us in Ecclesiastes. Isn’t that fantastic?!?! I’ve learned something which was written thousands of years ago. :| And, yet, this journey has taken me far!
If this post sounds like I’m saying goodbye, it’s because I might be. I don’t want to. You people have been a part of my life, and in a most positive way, for the last few years. I look forward to your wit and humor, thoughts, and knowledge, and faith, every day.
Yes, I will continue to post the “Gems” series for as long as Jeanette will write them ……. at least to the end of this year. And, for now, I will continue to post when I think something needs stated. And, I’ll try to provide an open thread for a while. I’m going to take about a week to decide how or if I should move forward on this blog.
In the mean time, I would appreciate if the commentators would post the addresses of the blogs and other places they often converse and haunt. I think I may wish to be a commentators, once again.
And, lastly, for the tech savvy people, tell me what I’m missing. ……… videos on the internet no longer give me any audio. My audio works fine, otherwise. I’m listening to the “Archies” as we speak! But, I can’t hear it on “youtube” or any other site. No, it isn’t unique to any particular web browser. Opera, Chrome, Firefox ….. all the same. I’m still using XP, but, it is the same on my Win 7 of my dual boot. MS told my XP that I needed to update my IE but, then, told they weren’t going to update it because they don’t support XP anymore. I’m thinking it’s my Flash or Active X, but, I don’t know what to do about it. I could roll back but, I’ve found this rarely helps and it’s a time consumer. Any thoughts?