Dan is a Linux geek who still writes in BASH for fun, a scripting language used by UNIX & Linux to run back end processes. He has spent the last 20+ years actively learning and writing, about the self-reliance lifestyle.
Dan grew up in Toronto, Ontario and met his wife Carol of 25 years. They moved to the outskirts of Vancouver, British Columbia in the early ‘90’s where they raised four sons. Now a new grandfather, he is more than ever inspired to help APN educate people to properly prepare for emergencies.
Since Dan has joined the staff of APN he has developed the advertisement server, and is providing follow-up services such as updating and maintaining the state blogs, and working on new projects for the APN community. He’s written how-to guides, conducted research into GMOs, and worked with documentary film producers. He’s an expert information broker on any subject, distilling tech jargon into plain language so anyone can understand enough to invest in preparedness supplies, create an informed opinion or perform a task.
I hate labels, and the main reason is because I fail at living up to what other people think those labels mean. I have been called many names, not all of them nice, and some of which I tend to agree with at times (including the not so nice ones).
I try to live my life under three rules. The first has to do with the scientific method, the second with meme-matics, and the third with reciprocal altruism.
It is impossible for any claim to be invulnerable, in order for a claim to be true it must be able to propose a theory to explain the claim, and the theory must be able to test it to be true by experiment which can be repeated with future results the same. Although, observations can be made about reoccurring events allows us to create a theory which should also lead to making actuate predictions.
Ideas are the most useful and dangerous things, they never die, they evolve, and can be the greatest Enemies, or the best Allies. All knowledge is useful regardless of the source, it is the responsibility of the user of that knowledge to to good with it. One must seek a life which is full of wisdom and knowledge, become self-reliant, and learn to do with out.
Every action of another costs, and should be repaid in kind. This isn’t an eye for eye, but rather an equilibrium of cause and effect. Treat others as you want to be treated.
When it comes to political beliefs, I tend to lean towards what is good for the individual is good for society, rather then what is good for society is good for the individual. With that in mind, I find that the only political party that comes closest to what I think is best for the individual, is The Libertarian Party. However, I do see advantages to the Anarcho capitalism viewpoint. That being said there is one thing that sets me at odds with both, that is related to rule three above. We should all be self-sufficient, but some of us through no fault of our own can not live a quality, and equal life similar of others without people fulfilling their responsibilities to their kin.
Morals have been, and still are a big issue in my personal life. I have been known to ask people I meet for the first time, a set of test questions to figure out where they are coming from, a bit of social engineering on my part to set up an interesting conversation, and the one question I always ask is … What do you believe is the difference between Right and Wrong? I hardly ever get a unique answer to that. Many people tell me that they based the difference on what the bible tells them, what they were taught in church, or what society or the law says. To me every single one of those answers is a wash out. Because it isn’t what they based the difference on, but what some one else based it on, including God if you believe in Him/Her. I really do believe that the deference between Right and Wrong has to be personal. It can not be based on anything beyond your own ability to choose, and rationally think out for yourself. To me this translates into a personal idiom for me as, Right and Wrong are divided by Harm, weighed by intention, and balanced by responsibility. If you can figure out what I mean by that, your half way there.
Recently I came across a thought in my head that made me realize that you could say, that the ten commandments are variation on just one of theme. Thou shall not steal. And it has made me reconsider some aspects of my moral stance. This is the essence of the Libertarian mindset.
I call myself a “Traditional Christian”, which to be honest is a cop-out for “pantheist”, which in turn to be more honest is a cop-out for atheist.
To clarify, I view that the traditions of the modern Christians to have value in our society. Whether it be the morals, history, or even traditions such as Sunday School and Christmas. So I follow those traditions.
By pantheist I mean that if you were to define God as ‘all knowing’, ‘all powerful’, ‘omni-present’, etc. It pretty much describes the universe too, so I view the two as one in the same. This includes “Creation” in my view, if I make a fist, my hand isn’t less part of me. As for ‘Personified’, you’d have to clearly understand that I do view meme-matics as living things, and what greater meme record is there then the universe itself? This does mean that I am a “Intelligent Design” promoter, since having a bias, or even a world-view is something which blinds you to the truth, I prefer to see.
By atheist, just to finish this tidbit off, I don’t believe in the evangelical born-again christian view of god. Or any other organized religion. I do believe that any religious belief system that depends on keeping it’s members dependant on the church, treating them like children, or fuelling the belief via guilt, to be a cult. This would include all cults since I can’t tell them apart.
I was an Information Broker for close to twenty years. I left the business mostly due to a change in my political beliefs of which did not allow me to keep my then current client base. I also needed a career change from thinking 24/7 which is more stressful then painting a house.
Caravanner: Seasonal Work
When my wife and I were young, we wanted to travel. With the exception of working as an Information Broker in the Winter, we did. I didn’t make enough money in the winter to tide us over the full year, so we worked as season workers, and created arts and crafts to sell at flea markets and special events.
Before I was married, I worked for my Dad for a few years. I never finished becoming an electrician, but you may have noticed my references to trades and electrical work when I try to describe a chain a of thought in my writings. This is due to my weekly conversations with my Dad, and my time with his business.
I believe that charity is an important part of doing what is right, and full-filling our neighbourly responsibilities. This includes volunteering for a cause you believe in.
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Last Updated: Dec. 3rd, 2013