Some who visit here may have noticed I have stopped writing new posts and understandably, some might suppose that I have abandoned the ideas I espouse here.
I would like to immediately correct any such notion.
I feel almost as if this blog were a child of mine. I feel a sense of pride whenever I look back through the archives.
After nearly 100 posts, consisting of close to 60,000 words not including any of the comments, I’ve created a book-length body of work that covers all of my main points.
To go further could only dilute my main ideas and take up unnecessary space.
Furthermore, concluding this project has allowed me to turn my attentions to other writing projects in which I’m actively exploring new ground. I certainly haven’t stopped writing. I don’t think I could if I wanted to.
As a writer, I think it important to avoid the temptation to become stuck on a single issue and to always try to grow.
This is not the only reason why I will not make a career out of any one project.
I have a basic misgiving about many communities that gather around a grievance or discuss a specific problem indefinitely.
These sites tend to end up with a community of people united by victimhood. This kind of environment isn’t likely to help people progress. More likely it keeps them paralyzed right where they’re at.
I would like those who happen upon my writings here to use them to move forward in life. I don’t want these writings to be a final destination. I want this site to be a waystation to give a needed reprieve and show the way onwards to a powerful kingdom of our own.
The blog itself is about the formative steps I’ve had to go through, the life philosophy that formed as I progressed from a lost teenager full of self-loathing to an adult with a positive identity by which to define myself and a purpose to strive towards.
I would hope to discourage the formation of a new victim identity, the favorite response of nearly every ‘identity’ faction that feels slighted in our age.
I believe victim ideologies set forth a message of passivity and weakness. Pleading for concessions and claiming helplessness is not a positive outlook. As such it can never lead to the achievement of productive long term goals.
To get things done, one has to approach issues from a position of pride and strength, not of helplessness and victimhood.
I believe that discovering pride in oneself and forming a positive group identity with kindred spirits accomplishes infinitely more than focusing on “oppression.”
In this vein, I must note that there has been a new trend in writings about introverts.
When I first started writing this blog, most of the very few books out there treated the subject of introversion almost as if it were a disease.
Even books supposedly about introverts were clearly written from an extrovert perspective and were mostly about how not to be an introvert.
The latest books are some of the first I’ve seen that actively affirm that introverts have unique virtues and disproportionately make certain kinds of contributions to society.
This is a big step in the right direction but I still perceive a pervasive victim message.
I feel like this new discourse is still trying to be as non-offensive as possible.
Every time a virtue of introversion is noted, an equal praise of extroverts usually comes after a couple of sentences after or a deft apology that says some variation of “but the world needs both extroverts and introverts.”
Perhaps this is so, but these frequent disclaimers tell me that these new thinkers are highly insecure about their message.
They are still tethered to the orthodoxy and constantly looking back over their shoulder.
In this new sentiment, we still see worn, innocuous anecdotes of ‘shy’ introverts struggling to overcome their shyness. Serious issues are carefully disarmed by being made cute and humorous as in the popular Atlantic monthly article about an introvert’s daily frustrations. This article is a good article, but like the new, more sympathetic books, it shies away from the stark emotional reality of being an introvert.
You won’t see too much focus on the reality on the ground.
-Probably much higher suicide rates
-Living with the constant threat of being ostracized from society.
-The challenges of living through extreme social isolation and loneliness.
-The anger, hatred, and self hatred, the feelings of worthlessness that come with being thrown away like garbage into an outside place, a Void.
-The utter terror and emptiness of wondering if you’re the only person like you in the whole world.
To name a few.
We must be the change we wish to see and so I intend to step in and say my piece.
I am currently transforming this blog into a kindle e-book.
Some have interpreted this post perhaps differently than I intended, so I will clarify:
My work at the Kingdom isn’t done yet. I’ve yet to compile it into an easy to browse kindle book that will be far more accessible and logically put together than the blog.
And I’ll certainly be adding new content in the process.
I think writing about how to accept oneself as an introvert and counter all the negative messages society gives us is just a first baby step.
I believe that it is the calling of thoughtful, Subtle introverts to rise and exert influence. To claim our rightful place.
Ever since I’ve done most of my writing for this introductory blog, I’ve focused on asking fundamental questions and challenging established ideas in an effort to get some idea of a core philosophy and the basis for a system of economic, social, and political thought that suits a more detached, reflective sort of people.
I’m gradually encountering like minds through my blogs and it is my fondest hope that one day there might be a thriving community of outsiders pursuing concrete aims.