How many of us can say we really have a solid foundation for our thinking and values as we go out to shape our world by our lives? Until very recently, I could certainly anwer that question with a humbling and resounding “no.” Now, I can say that I am a discerning work in progress.
This is not to say I didn’t understand the issues that I wrote about and spoke about. In fact, on a lot of issues I’m passionate about, such as Islamic jihad and sharia, abortion, first and second amendment rights, the necessity of universal natural law, and other topics, I was and am quite knowledgeable.
But is that enough? I would say that without a firm understanding of why we think, we will never be able to argue what we think using our full potential.
What are first principles?
plural noun: first principles; noun: first principle
the fundamental concepts or assumptions on which a theory, system, or method is based.
Though many of us may understand this idea best through the lens of our political beliefs (or, in my case, my recent conviction in my latent religious beliefs), the concept of first principles can theoretically apply to everything we believe.
We all posses, at some level, first principles – but for so many of us, we get lost in secondary arguments and lack an ability to articulate them. This raises another question.