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Today is: Dec 13, 2017
Post From: Nov 24, 2017

Welcome to the Honor Blog!

Well, having set out to write a book describing the way I understand honor, I thought it would be worthwhile to provide a place for an ongoing discussion about the concepts. So . . . this is the place!

I have made other efforts at writing a blog, so to a certain extent, this represents a "reset". After working on another version for a while, I decided to go back and start again. I think I have a better idea for the tone I want to set, so I am pulling out a clean sheet of paper and starting again. If anyone visiting here read that other effort, I apologize (I think that audience probably is limited to my daughter, my wife, and my mother . . .). I do plan to pull out some of the items that I liked best from that other blog, so look for them to appear again.

Anyway - for my first entry into this new endeavor, I am reflecting on the book itself, on the process of writing it. Because the truth of the matter is that I second-guess myself at every step. I don't really have any greater claim to understand honor than anyone else - no greater claim than you do, who are reading this. And at every turn I wonder whether my thoughts really stand up to scrutiny - philosophers seem to focus on so many more esoteric things . . .

All of that leaves me uncertain. What has driven me to keep moving forward is this: When I look at the world, it appears to have taken leave of its senses. There are so many things happening which simply fly in the face of common sense - they are obviously wrong, obviously nonsensical . . . and yet they happen.

That reality affirms my goal. What I am setting out to do, here, is present the concepts of honor and virtue in a simple, basic, plain manner. The thought experiments are accessible to anyone - no training in philosophy required. They are simple and common-sensical. All they require is a basic recognition that what humans feel is really important. From there, I think the logic is strong - I hope it is strong. Because I believe what the world really needs is to set aside the "sophisticated" arguments which seem to be turning common sense on its head.

It takes a truly "sophisticated" person to make lunacy seem like good sense.

Perhaps it is foolish of me to produce this work - perhaps the sophisticated philosophers will tear it to shreds. But I hope it will serve as a simple reminder of what common people know to be common sense.

I am hoping to release this book into the public domain after a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign. I think that approach to publishing has a tremendous amount of promise. I think that, perhaps, we are only beginning to see how disruptive the Internet has the potential to be. If you want to know more about that idea, follow this link.

Read more at The Honor Blog.

About Charlie Collins

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Dr. Collins received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the College of William and Mary in 1989, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude. He went on to pursue a doctoral degree in Physics at MIT, with a focus on Theoretical Astrophysics, receiving his diploma in 1996.

To begin his professional career, Dr. Collins went to work for ACI Worldwide, a software company best known for its on-line transaction-processing products. There he performed a variety of technical and market research functions. Upon leaving ACI, he re-connected with the field of education, first spending a year at his high-school alma mater (Mt. Michael Benedictine in Elkhorn, Nebraska), then spending twelve years teaching information technology at a local college. Currently, Dr. Collins serves on the faculty at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, where he teaches Mathematics.

In addition to those endeavors, Dr. Collins spends as much time as he is able pursuing a variety of writing projects. Many of those are reflected in these pages: Take a look at the Books and Publishing page for information about the fantasy trilogy The Roc and the Griffon, as well as for work which is under development. In particular, please look for information about Reawakening Honor - not only is this book worth learning about in its own right, but Dr. Collins hopes to use it as a way to experiment with alternative approaches toward publishing.

About Creative Impulse

Creative Impulse is a very small (microscopic) publisher located in Omaha, Nebraska. True to its name, the company works in a variety of creative areas - web design and development, speculative fiction, and a little bit of philosophical discussion. Feel free to explore the site and learn more.

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