I have spent my entire life learning everything I am able to learn. I have sacrificed comfort, pleasure and financial security in order to be able to write about what I have seen, as if I have any authority - as if anyone has any authority. I have wondered at history, learned the ancient languages, continually studied and mused the thoughts of thinkers of different kinds and perspectives. I wanted to be able to say something substantive, something valuable, and perhaps I have reached that goal partially...only to chat with you who have been available throughout my time.
We had better collect all of the material possessions we are able to gather for mere survival. There will be only you and I in our future.