This homepage message is going to be brief as I just want to say welcome to my personal website and blog. This site is for me to record my personal thoughts, beliefs and opinions on all matters from chart music to religion so, as you can imagine, there will be plenty of opportunity for people to disagree with me. That's fine. I've never been the kind of person to believe I cannot be friends with someone who sees the world differently; in fact, I thoroughly enjoy making friends with people from many different countries and cultures. However, if you're interested enough to want to take a look around my website, please be respectful and remember that my opinion is just that. If you think you're going to be offended by frank and open discussion of religion and politics, then please feel free to leave now as I have no intention of upsetting anyone. Emilism is a place for both the serious aspects of life and the fun aspects, sometimes even both at the same time. Over in my blog you can find me nattering about work and friends and life, in my challenges section you can watch me striving towards my next goal, and in the recreation section you can find bits of just about everything. I have a lot of random thoughts so you can bet this will be one random site.
I came up with the name "Emilism" when I was a pretentious young teen who knew everything and thought the world was ready to listen. And now? Well, I won't make the same mistake of pretending that I'm enlightened because I've reached a certain age and have started paying my own bills. And I won't spread some socratic egotism and claim that I know nothing, true or not, because anyone who's ever read the story about the Oracle at Delphi knows that "I know that I know nothing" is synonymous with "I know nothing, therefore I know more than you". Are you still reading? Wow, you must be a masochist.
"Emilism" is obviously taken from my first name but it's an old idea that I started to write about when I was just a young kid, questioning my beliefs and who I was as a person. I decided I didn't like organised religion or organised politics or organised anything really, life is chaotic and so am I. Therefore, I realised that I wasn't simply a Christian, a Jew, an Atheist, a Conservative or a Liberal - I was not so neatly defined that I slotted neatly into any predefined category. So instead I decided to call what I was "Emilism". It seemed so obvious that I couldn't understand why everyone didn't do a similar thing - and then I grew up and realised that they did, they just didn't all name theirs. The international stage is anarchic because we are all very different, but the problem isn't difference, the problem is a lack of respect for difference. This is why I endeavour to learn about and understand other people's ways of thinking. This is why I would choose the power of knowledge over the bliss of ignorance every single day. This is why I would always take the red pill.