“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.”                                                                          ~Richard Feynman

Good morning. Welcome to Aimed Inward.

What is Aimed Inward?
Above all, Aimed Inward is a blog about questioning assumptions for the purpose of discovering a happier, more fulfilling way of life.  The fundamental position of this blog is that deference to Truth will inevitably lead to well-being.

Aimed Inward scrutinizes held assumptions under the light of contrasting lifestyles, and validates them using objective reasoning.  See Experience and Explanation.

No single lifestyle, nation, or culture can provide a complete worldview.  All are subject to hidden biases.  Universal substance is sifted from provincial style by comparing beliefs within different cultural perspectives.  See [Substance and Style].

[Universal acceptance], however, is not enough to ascertain Truth.  There are errors in judgment that we all make.  Objective reasoning, or intellectual honesty, must be satisfied. In practice, this means denying conclusions held for their intuitive appeal.

Only if a belief is found to be universal, and it fits into the model of Nature, will it then be advocated as True.  And it is upon Truth that a bounteous worldview can be constructed.

Who is the author?

Solo-nomad, iconoclast, Naturalist, madcap.  I was a kid [lucky and unlucky] in just the right ways.  Disillusioned by my narrow status quo, I abandoned it to discover a more robust outlook.

Traveling exposed me to the breadth of human experience.  And critical thought enabled me to confirm my explanations for what augments quality of life.

Why do you care to read?

Because no one in this mad world lives entirely True.

Everyone holds beliefs that contradict reality.  Those beliefs manifest as behaviors which cause friction in the form of struggle.  That struggle is a drain on energy, on happiness, and on the improvement and progress we all want to realize in whatever form we define.

Aimed Inward examines common assumptions about the self, about people, and about society.  And it offers dispassionate claims, beliefs of substance, that might remedy kinks in a reader’s worldview.  Albeit uncomfortable and inconvenient at times, their value lies in their adherence to Truth.

I’ll also write about ideas that aren’t unanimously true, but that I deign widely beneficial through my own experiences.  These I’ll make sure to clearly emphasize as beliefs of style.

Ultimately I can only tell my own story.  I can only offer insight into how I’ve let the world dissolve my own cultural and personal biases, and how I’ve let it foster Truer qualities in their place.  But because I am human, I will occasionally err in making broad claims that only apply to a few.  Forgive me in advance.

That being said, the principles I write about are universal.

Who are the readers?
Aimed Inward originally launched with the lost and broken as its intended audience. I wanted to chronicle my own journey out of despair with the hope that it would help others.

But as the blog evolved, the ideas became relevant for more than just the forlorn. The insights offered became useful for enriching quality of life, not just salvaging it. So now Aimed Inward is for anyone who seeks to understand a little better the mad chaos of life; who seeks to live in greater harmony with reality; who seeks a more deliberate, empowered, self-directed life.

Feel free to write me for topic requests or discussion.

Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoy.


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