The Razor is officially 5 years old this week.
Here are some developmental milestones for 5 year olds and my take on them:
1. Runs in an adult manner - I believe that The Razor meets this criteria thanks to the ease of posting through WordPress. The Razor was originally done in straight HTML composed in Dreamweaver. It then briefly resided in PHP Nuke for a few months before its content was imported in WordPress. WordPress has made writing a breeze, and allows me to focus more on content than format.
2. Hand preference is established – Although The Razor tends to the Left on certain issues (Gay Rights, Environmentalism) it does favor the Right on most issues.
4. Speaks fluently; correctly uses plurals, pronouns, tenses - Unfortunately The Razor suffers here thanks to my poor language skills. Although I love to write, it does not come easy to me and is often quite painful at times. I have occasionally wondered if I suffer brain damage in the part of my brain controlling sentence structure and word order. This problem is much worse when I speak – my speech being much more stilted than my writing.
5. Still confuses fantasy and reality at times – Absolutely. I regularly fantasize that the media is fair and balanced – until I pick up a newspaper or magazine and see articles glorifying terrorists and denigrating the military.
6. Distinguishes right from wrong, honest from dishonest… - The Razor has a strong moral compass and always has. For this I credit my mother who shaped my raw conscience into an accurate indicator of moral behavior.
6. Thinking is still naïve.I am incredibly naive – especially in social circumstances. If you want to play a practical joke on someone, I’m your fall guy. Perhaps that’s another reason why I tend to avoid social circumstances.
7. Doesn’t use adult logic – The Razor exceeds this milestone. Logic is the heart of The Razor – inspired by and named after Occam’s Razor, the single most useful intellectual tool one can own. It can cut to the heart of the matter, and expose the truth better than any circular saw. It is simply required for anyone who wants to live in possession of one’s own destiny.
8. Wants to conform; may criticize those who do not - The Razor fails this milestone. I have always been a loner and marched to a different drum machine – usually with a techno or industrial beat. I have no urge to conform – absolutely none – and distrust those who do.
9. Understands and names opposites - Let’s see… Nancy Pelosi vs. Dennis Hastert. The New York Times vs. Al Jazeera. Democrats vs. Whigs.
Oops! Those are all analogs. I guess The Razor fails this milestone.
10. Very interested in words and language; seeks knowledge - Here we find the core of The Razor. This journal is simply my attempt at understanding this world we share and communicating some ideas that I find interesting along the way. It’s a search for knowledge, and thereby a quest for Absolute Truth. It is a journey without end, one that began in the smoke of crashed airplanes and smoldering buildings 5 years ago.
As Harlan Ellison penned “I have no mouth – I must scream.”
This is my mouth, and I haven’t even begun to yell.