First things first, I want to announce that as of this year I’m not only writing on Politics, for I’m intending to explore Edmonton’s local music scene which I’m constantly involved with to present some of the musicians and personalities of the scene to audiences that may be looking for some interesting entertainment in the midst of this urban atmosphere. So, keep an eye out for that (but, please, not literally).
Now, onto Politics, over the last year I’ve addressed many of the world politics news that have come up, including: the National Security Agency of the U.S.A. and its national and international conflicts, the Venezuelan Crisis, the U.S.A.’s economic shutdown, the Syrian Revolution, the Bosnian Revolution, the Ukrainian-Russian conflicts, and most importantly, for anyone that kept up with Twitch Plays Pokemon, the Rise of Lord Helix.
Last year, I got great responses to my approach to writing on these issues by being unbiased and by assessing all the various different inevitable biases found in media and studying them critically, along with introducing the historical background and analysis of the issues at hand; I present news in a critical perspective that leaves the reader to decide how it wants to relate itself to this object of thought. However, this sort of approach is not mine for me to take credit, for I am inspired by the great literary critic and philosopher, Albert Camus, who postulates his idea of the absurd as the impossibility of making rational sense of one’s experiences, as well as a newspaper idea he had which was a newspaper that came out a week after all the other publications; in this paper, the writers would analyze and criticize the previous publications in order to bring up all the different perspectives that arrive from the subjective nature of one’s association with their information of the world. Thus, I intend to put Camus’ approach to practice, and with influences of other existentialist thinkers, I intend to acknowledge that the human being is a being caught in a context, a place, and a time, at risk of perhaps misinterpreting the idea, a being-in-the-world (a technical term that belongs to Martin Heidegger) if I must call it such. And based on this understanding of humanity, I intend to present that these are human beings with lives, contexts and historical backgrounds, perspectives and ideas that are caught in the circumstances we dare to call political. In this sense, I intend to be post-modern in the sense in which I address the vast layers of perspective that exist over one event, and I intend to be existential in the sense in which I acknowledge that events and human beings are beings that are in something, that is their context, history, and the rest of the jargon I have already thrown out.
Now, about myself, I am a Philosophy major and an English minor who tends to study even as a way to spend leisure time; I dedicate my time and devotion to writing poetry, prose, philosophical notes (for I’m yet to venture into formal essays aside from my school work), music, literary and cultural criticisms amongst many other things. Yet, of course, none of these things cover the totality of my being, as I do not expect to ever know that of someone else – but, that’s alright.
I am always interested in discussing ideas with people, as well as current events, books, plays, and what not, so I shall extend my welcoming hand to you as a friend, a reader, but most importantly a human being, through this humble piece of writing. And though I’m relatively quiet when encounter the nothingness I simply know as a stranger, please, feel welcome to approach me and perhaps suggest me things to write on, or solely have a conversation and discuss ideas. With all of that said, I bid you farewell until next time, whenever and where that future may be (but likely, it will be here).