What is None of This is Right?

I’ve been at this site for over two years. I’ve missed a few days in there, but this week I will hit my 700th blog post.

I feel like that’s quite an accomplishment, but there is still a long way to go. When I started writing this blog, I thought it would focus on a certain topic. I started trying to lay out what it would be, but then I found I didn’t gravitate towards that as much as I thought.

The title has always meant the same thing to me, that there is plenty of room in the world for taste and opinion. That not everything has an answer to it. I could have just as easily called it All of this is Right. Of course, that’s ego-centric, and what happens when it turns out you are actually wrong?

It gets hard to keep going.

The title was partially meant to be a motivator to myself. That just because I may be wrong, doesn’t necessarily mean I should be quite or keep to myself. That debating, pondering, thinking, reading and writing are the necessary steps to grow as a person and as a society. I still believe that.

Today, the tone of this blog has become a bit more clear to me. I have training in engineering, so I believe in being accurate, backing things up in fact, running the numbers, and being confident in your predictions. However, my personality runs counter to that training. Everywhere I look, the biggest problems and challenges have obstacles that aren’t something that can be solved with an equation. These are the challenges that get at the heart of being a human. A challenge that many people shrug off. A problem that is going to be exacerbated in the coming years as technologies like software, AI, self-driving cars, robots, and more push us to find more and more of the work that is human and can only be done by humans. There may come a point, when anything that has a definitive answer will be handled by technology, and only uncertain things are handled by people.

That’s what I’m aiming to show people. Where are the spaces where people can do the work? Where can people be valued? Where can people live and do things they are proud of? Where can people have dignity? Where can people engage with others who are also interested in the same things?

None of this is Right is a blog about taking a chance, using creativity, making tradeoffs, finding a place in the world that is uniquely for you.

P.S. I got more out of writing this blog than you did reading it. After about 700 posts focusing on others, I hope that’s okay.