At heart, I am an explorer. I want to know things. I want to know where the trail leads. I want to know how the world works. I seek out new ideas. I love truth.
In the world of politics, where power is involved, truth is in short supply. In the past, this has caused me to retreat from political involvement and pursue other interests. Politics has never been my primary hobby. I only began researching the issues because every adult in my early life seemed to think it was my patriotic duty. I have better things to do, such as highlighting the good in the world or creating art. Unfortunately, just because I leave others alone, this does not mean others will leave me alone. Corrupt officials have harassed me before.
I first started The Understanding Project in 2010 to promote civility, unity, tolerance, compromise, pragmatism, and most of all, understanding. It was to be a safe place for those of different party alignments to dialogue and reach an agreement. By 2013, I saw that it was a total failure and I gave up on it.
In 2020, I decided to bring back the blog, but with some changes. I now offer it only as an educational service in how to analyze news media and discern truth from falsehood. There is a great need for this. Young people who have yet to build up biases will not know which news outlets to believe. When different news outlets accuse each other of lying, or when they don’t even cover the same stories so coverage can be compared, knowing the truth can be hard. It may seem overwhelming. I will use logic to explain how people can do their own research.