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Welcome to Tales of the Poet

Welcome to Tales of the Poet

Some of us were destined to be sages. We can discuss possibilities and plausibilities until the end of time. The rest of us will find it easiest to just try the shoe on so we can see if it fits.

Tales of the Poet

Update:

Hi, this is Matt from 2018! In school, I was told that writing should follow a specific structure. Introduction: Tell them what you are going to say, Body: tell them what you are saying, Conclusion: repeat your main points. I don’t always follow that template around here, but I probably should have at the beginning. It seems like my writing never really got past the introduction part. I guess I was just stalling until I knew what I really wanted to say. I’m glad that you’re here. I can’t promise that there is much wisdom in these legacy posts (but then again, who’s saying there’s any in my later content?). I put this here as a reminder to myself of where I started from. Feel free to keep reading, just know that I don’t (as of now) plan on finishing these series.


I have always loved music. I am also learning to love knowledge and wisdom. But something funny is happening as my love of knowledge grows. As I read the thoughts and expressions of great minds, I am coming to realize that I need the expressions of simple folk if I want any balance in life. There are rogue philosophers all over the place – arrogant men who fight heavy battles for truth like knights trying to rescuing a damsel from distress. I almost became one of those men when I started this journey. But something funny happened. Every time I learned a great truth and began to feel superior, I would read an old book or hear a familiar song and realize that I only had learned to articulate what I already knew.

This is why the Tales of the Poet excites me. I’m not just here to present large, unwieldy arguments. Sure, I am writing Tales of the Sage for balance. But it’s just that. Balance. Many of us will benefit more from looking closely at what we believe than we will by setting out to find absolute truth. Some of us were destined to be sages. We can discuss possibilities and plausibilities until the end of time. The rest of us will find it easiest to just try the shoe on so we can see if it fits.

They key to an open mind

Again, I’m not claiming to be a relativist. Two opposing truth claims cannot both be true. Either one is true and one is false or both are false. There is no middle ground. But it shouldn’t stop us from using relativism as a tool in order to find what we are looking for. If the shoe fits, it may very well be because it was designed to fit. If it wasn’t, then we will have to ask the question: is there a benefit to living as if this were true? This is the way our culture thinks already. I’m just writing it down. Once we find that relativism itself no longer fits, we will leave it behind as well.

All of this to say, I want to have an open mind. If I believe the truth, and the truth I believe is leading me into the best and most satisfying life that I could possibly live, then what do I need to be afraid of? I know that you may not be able to approach these different belief systems with complete objectivity. But remember – these are beliefs, not people. Christians led the crusades. The Nazis tried murdered everyone who wasn’t a part of their evolutionary superior race. Muslim extremists committed terrible acts of terror against the West. Corrupting your beliefs and being corrupted by them are two very different things. If you link the belief system to the people who believe it, you will never be able to become objective. We can factor believers back in once we understand the belief itself.

Jump right in!

I still need to get the blog formatting linked in to this page (sorry for the mess 🙂 ). In the meantime, here is a list of topics I plan to cover. Please subscribe if you want to catch the latest updates as they happen. Thank you for being here in the beginning of all this.

  • Is anything true?
  • Am I important?
  • What is the point of living?
  • Why are some people so bad?
  • Am I a good person?
  • Why do bad people bother me so much? Where is justice?
  • How can I make the world a better place?
  • I’m rich but I still want more. Can I ever be satisfied?
  • What is religion? Do I need it?
  • Do I have to be known to be loved?
  • Will the world ever be a perfect place?
  • Why do fairy tales make me feel so happy if they aren’t real?
  • Why is death so scary and painful? Is there hope?
  • Why don’t the good times last?
  • Is there anything that I can do that will make me truly happy?
  • Conclusions: What I chose to believe (and why I chose to believe it)
  • Bridge to Tales of the Sage: What about objective truth?

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