When I was in Year 11, I participated in a mock parliament. It was our first day as a group, nobody knew anybody and I was somewhat on the social outer anyway, so I found myself seated in the corner, as far away from the Speaker as you possibly can be.
I rose to make a speech. The poor Speaker, doing her best, announced “I recognise the member for… the member for… I’m sorry you’re too far away to read the tag and I don’t remember your name- the guy out the back has the floor!”
It’s a moniker I’ve liked ever since.
My parents taught me from a young age that ideas exist for people, not people for ideas. The ideas we have and the power structures they imply will build people up and they will tear people down. I don’t want to be loyal to a school of thought, a tradition, a political party or an institution. Blind loyalty produces unforeseen results, and those get people hurt. I want to follow the facts wherever they may lead, and present them as winsomely as possible. Maybe a voice out the back can carry a long way, even without a microphone.
This blog is a practice range for that. As my blogging grows you’ll probably find posts on practical philosophy, society, religion, books, education, politics, history, board games, movies, technologies and maybe hobbies like 3D printing or model railways. If we’re very lucky, you’ll find regular posts.
PS: As for the “boring” personal details: I’m a high school teacher from Western Australia in my mid-twenties. I became a teacher because I love seeing that light come on when someone “gets” something for the first time. Outside of work, I love reading, musing, strategy games both digital and traditional, and quiet days with friends.