It's really easy to make a fool of myself. Really. I do it on a regular basis. (I'm sure this is not news to any who have been paying attention!)
But I must say, it's fun and enriching to do so, and that is why I continue this pursuit.
The more I explore and the longer I live, the more I find life and reality and all to be dichotomous. For instance, I've been heard to proclaim that "rights" don't exist and even go so far as to imply that anyone who believes in them is a fool or some such gentle and tender mental lashing about the ears and skull. But note this: the reason I feel that rights don't exist is that some part of me believes that I have a right to live in a world which makes sense, with people who make sense. Ain't that just a HOOT! And the funny thing is that I really do believe in both of these contradictory ideas. Not only that, but I'm silly enough to proclaim this insanity publicly.
Don't ask me what it all means. But let me tell you one thing that I do know, it stimulates some really great conversations (that's the polite phrase for some of these encounters) and challenges me to examine my very core, which is a pursuit I find well worth the time and effort.
(And notice I didn't say "faith" once in this post!) (Well, except for there, of course.)
So here's to poking and prodding for fun and enlightenment. We're all just silly human beings, so what's to worry about if we have it all wrong, we can go about fixing it if we find the broken parts.
And as Eric Raymond (in The Cathedral and the Bazaar) quoted someone as best as I can recall, "You have to throw one away." Meaning that the first time you try to build something you'll royally screw it up and have to throw it away so that you can learn from the mistakes you made, so just count on it right up front. Also, someone else said, "Release soon and release often." I think this applies to life views and philosophies as well as software. Ain't it all software anyway?
Enjoy! (or get the hell out of the way so the rest of us can...)