The Personal Website of Mark W. Dawson
Containing His Articles, Observations, Thoughts,
and some would say Wisdom (and some would say not).
Each of these items has their own web page. Please click
on the hyperlink to read my thoughts on these items.
(Sep 2018) - My personal experience and perspective
& Anxiety (Sep 2018) - My personal
experience and perspective on Depression & Anxiety.
(Sep 2018) - My personal experience and
perspective on Introversion.
Peace Be Upon You (Sep 2018) - The short and
long eulogies that I have written.
Illness (Sep 2018) - My personal experience and
perspective on Mental Illness.
& Prostitution (Sep 2018) - If prostitution
is the world's oldest profession, then pornography is the
world's oldest occupation. These are my thoughts.
Speaking (Sep 2018) - A guide to
overcoming your fear of public speaking from someone who has
accomplish this feat.
You may be
wondering about my qualifications to pontificate on these
subjects. For the above items I have had personal and intimate
experience with these issues and I based my observation on this.
I also believe that I am qualified because I am a thinking human
being. I utilize my knowledge and experience in life, as well as
researching both the facts and opinions of others, including
those with whom I may disagree. I then apply my reasoning and
logical skills to reach an opinion. And it is just my opinion
which I readily admit. I am also willing to admit that I may be
wrong, and if I discover that I am wrong I am just as readily
willing to change my opinion. Therefore, check-back every so
often to determine if I have changed my opinion which can be
determine by the date of the article.
light bulb has often been described as a heat source that
provides some light, given that a light bulb generates more heat
than it does light. In today's public debates we often find the
proponents of an issue providing a lot of heat and only a little
light. These observations are meant to provide illumination
(light) and not argumentation (heat).
Opponents in today's society often utilize the dialog and debate
methodology of Demonize, Denigrate, and Disparage their opponent
when discussing issues, policies, and personages. To demonize,
denigrate, or disparage the messenger to avoid consideration of
the message is not acceptable if the message has supporting
The only acceptable method of public discourse is disagreement -
to be of different opinions. If you are in disagreement with
someone you should be cognizant that people of good character
can and often disagree with each other. The method of their
disagreement is very important to achieve civil discourse. There
are two ways you can disagree with someone; by criticizing their
opinions or beliefs or critiquing their opinions or beliefs.
• Criticism - Disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or
• Critique - A serious examination and judgment of something.
Most people, and most commentators have forgotten the difference
between Criticism and Critique. This has led to the
hyper-partisanship in today's society. In a civil society
critiquing a viewpoint or policy position should be encouraged.
This will often allow for a fuller consideration of the issues,
and perhaps a better viewpoint or policy position without
invoking hyper-partisanship. We can expect that partisanship
will often occur, as people of good character can and often
disagree with each other. Criticizing a viewpoint or policy
position will often lead to hostility, rancor, and enmity, which
results in the breakdown of civil discourse and
hyper-partisanship. It is fine to criticize someone for their
bad or destructive behavior, but it is best to critique them for
their opinions or words. We would all do better if we remember
to critique someone, rather than criticize someone.
I would ask anyone who disagrees with what I have written here
to please keep this disagreement civil. I am open to critique
and will sometimes take criticism. I will always ignore
demonization, denigration, and disparagement, or point out the
vacuous nature or the character flaws of those that wish to
silence the messenger rather than deal with the message.
Please remember that if you disagree with the messenger it is
not acceptable to kill the messenger. You may kill the
messenger, but the message will remain. If you have any
comments, concerns, critiques, or suggestions I can be reached
I will review reasoned and intellectual correspondence, and it
is possible that I can change my mind, or at least update the
contents of these articles. This is why these articles are
dated. Whenever I make a change to these articles they will be
re-dated. So check back and see if any articles have been
updated (or perhaps I shall add articles).