Monday, October 7, 2019

Some of the Things That Will be in the Mutant Mix.

Guns and Gear : My FAVORITE topic. I have been an avid shooter, collector, and gunsmith for most of my life. I am not your typical "Gun Nut"!

Food and Drink : Two of humanities greatest blessings are the sense of taste and the sense of smell. We love to have our pallets indulged by delicious foods and our thirst sated by fine beverages.

Philosophy : The key to understanding all other subjects, especially the human condition.

Cars : Fast, Cool, Sporty, Luxurious, or Utilitarian, cars say a lot about the person, a time period, or society.

Music : Music is the pinnacle of human expression.

History : The only true metric of human development, which is being revised and degraded by factions for political gain. History is not clean, pretty, or cut and dry. The only way that humans can advance is to know how prior generations dealt with adversity or to learn from their failings and missed steps.

Religion : It is the right of every human being is to practice their faith unencumbered by others, especially the State. I firmly believe that, but I also believe in the Triune God and the Great Commission. I will tell people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the path to Salvation, peace, and God's undying love, it will be up to them to accept or reject that message. I am Christian who follows the Orthodox Catholic faith as practiced in the Anglican tradition.

Economic Issues : A free market, unlimited by unnecessary regulation leads to the most successful economies. Though consumer protection from intentionally or maliciously defective or dangerous products is necessary.

Art : This topic has been a hot mess for the better part of a century. I am not what most people consider an art critic, but I will always give you my 2 cents.

Politics : My opinions on all manner of political topics, unadulterated and unapologetic. I owe no allegiance to any political party, PAC, lobby, or politician. Everything and everyone is fair game.

Culture : Take it or leave it, I will let you know where I stand on many aspects of modern media.

Vexillology : Nothing tells the World where you stand like a flag.

Literature : the dying art-form, quickly being driven to extinction by the rise of the Idiocracy.

Science and Engineering : There is real science, great marvels of engineering and then there is the politically weaponized pseudo-science.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Situational Mutant

Several years ago, a friend and coworker of mine first used the term “situational mutant” to describe my work life. He noticed that my daily routine was anything but, and I was called on to fill many roles during the span of one shift. I never really noticed until he mentioned it as I had adapted or mutated into taking it as part of an average day. Fast forward many years and the term resurfaced as a funny memory that also triggered some deeper thought on the subject. Aren’t most people situational mutants? Doesn’t the course of our daily lives cause us to adapt, navigate, and survive in a wide range of situations and events? Are most people even aware that they are mutating to divergent situations in varying environments?

During our average day we can be a child, a parent, a citizen, a mentor, a sibling, a friend, a producer, and a consumer, just to name a few. We make requests and take orders, we create, and we devour, we love, and we dislike, we can teach and be taught. There is no such thing as being static in the human condition unless we are comatose, either physically or mentally, stagnation is something that most humans find offensive unless we impose it upon ourselves. And it seems more and more that is precisely what a growing portion of humanity, especially in the “Developed World”. Is it because that life has really become that boring? Is it because we have dulled our minds and our senses with endless hours of electronic stimulation, hyper-sexualization, and rampant consumerism that we fail to see the diversity in our lives and existence? I feel that is what becomes of us, that we fail to see what is happening in our lives until someone else points it out to us, that we take everything for granted.

The time has come for me to open up about what it is to be a mutant, to journalize and share the experiences of being one person who encounters and adapts to many things, to have likes and opinions on a myriad of divergent topics, to share my experiences and tastes, and hopefully to impart knowledge and wisdom to others who are inquisitive or interested. I really don’t think I am “all that”, I just want to know and share what I am.

“The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.” -- Henry Ford

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.” -- Calvin Coolidge

“A mutation can create an alternative form of a phenomenon - a phenotype or trait - and we can learn a lot by seeing this alternative state.” -- Bruce Beutler

“Be ever engaged, so that whenever the devil calls he may find you occupied.” -- St. Jerome