Well, here it is, my own little public voice, my own little mark on the world. Now the challenge will be to say something intelligent, interesting, and important, which is what I aspire to do with this blog. My name is Daniel, and you might call me a budding young economist, which is how one of my economics teachers used to refer to me and my fellow classmates. Someday I hope to be a full fledged economist, but there is much work ahead. You could also just call me a concerned global citizen who wants to make sense of the problems that we face in the world today, particularly before they grow monstrous and uncontrollable. Making sense of the larger problems that face humanity is the first step to finding solutions. However, if it were easy even just to make sense of these issues, then they wouldn’t be vexing problems in the first place. My aspiration is a tall order, but I feel compelled to try.
I want this blog to be a way for me to explore complex political, economic, and societal issues, and also a way to get feedback on my ideas. However, I also plan on posting about some things that just have to do with my life and experiences. If I can identify information that I have that would benefit someone else, I will post on it. I will be happy if I can share something that benefits others.
A note about the title and web address of the blog: “Ourselves” could refer to the United States, some other country, humanity in general, or a political group. I think that as human beings, our ideas and our habits get us into trouble a lot; at times, collectively, we are a threat to our own vitality–and even our own existence. While we all do dumb things as individuals or small groups to threaten our lives at one point or another–I remember the time I obliviously ran a red light while talking to my wife-to-be across from me–this blog will generally not focus on individual blunders or family issues. The levels I wish to focus on are the societal and international ones. I want to look at problems in the realms of poverty, war, pollution, government, corruption, nationalism, inequality, disease, and so on. I don’t intend to be abstract–as I am being now–rather I hope to look at real-life issues; perhaps issues that regular people don’t care to spend much time reading about, but that nonetheless are very important to the survival of many human beings across the world.
For the time being I am living in Seoul, South Korea, as a junior Fulbright researcher, so many of my posts will deal with issues in East Asia. However, I am also interested in a number of other areas of the world and their corresponding issues, so I will blog on them as well. I will also occasionally blog on personal interest, or areas in which I believe that I can provide some useful information. I still feel new to blogging, as well as to the investigation of complex world issues (who doesn’t); so I am a little bit nervous, but I’m excited t learn and improve.