Over the last several years, many people have asked why I have not written a book or published my thoughts in a more canonized venue than what I have on Facebook. I have always struggled to express my feelings concerning my lack of desire to do so, and I typically respond that I simply do not have the time. This, however, is not true. If I would lend even a partial amount of time to writing a book that I have given over the last few years to commenting on Facebook, I would have a volume of text written and published by now.
It wasn’t until I read a quote from Hugh Nibley that I finally could put words to my feelings.
I refuse to be held accountable for anything I wrote more than three years ago. For heaven’s sake, I hope we are moving forward here! After all, the implication [is] that one mistake and it is all over with. How flattering to think that [in] forty years I have not made one slip and I am still in business! I would say about four-fifths of everything I ever put down has changed. Of course! (“Of All Things” p.229).
I am not an authority on much – or anything at all. I have given a lot of time and effort to studying, research, and learning principles of the gospel, history, the atonement, philosophy, the plan of salvation, reality, and a host of other topics. I feel fortunate enough to have gained a testimony of many simple things, although I admit my own weaknesses as my views have dramatically changed over time. Because of my weaknesses, I have felt inadequate to stand as any authority on a particular topic – let alone topics – in any canonized form.
I have recently seen the value in showing a pattern of knowledge and change – even if it is my own. I, like Nibley, refuse to be held liable for anything I wrote two or three years ago (although there are many things that I have written more than two years ago that I still adamantly believe are true). As an author, I reserve this right. I therefore put a disclaimer on this website:
Hopefully such a disclaimer will help maintain a level of consistency in this thread, and for whoever should read it.
In a personal desire to become more organized in thought and message, I have started this blog (and eventually a podcast) where I can organize and categories thoughts that I have been incapable of doing so before. I have become increasingly distanced from Facebook, as that particular medium of discussion does not move beyond haggling over the same issues time-and-time again… For the time being, I have deactivated my Facebook account. When/if the time comes that I activate it again, I will use this blog to answer the many “arguments” that I have had on Facebook.