An Introduction and Welcome to “Wrest In Peace”

Wrest In Peace is the result of a passion I’ve had for many years.  Today, in many areas of public debate, most of the debate tends to be dominated by more extreme views, who rather than seeking honest debate and discussion, instead seek simply to silence all opponents and opposition.

Wrest In Peace is dedicated to a different proposition — that we can disagree with each other, and debate with each other without resorting either to violence, or to trying to shut up everyone who disagrees with us.

I’ll be honest…I love this title, “Wrest In Peace“.  First, because “Rest In Peace” indicates the end of a life; but here, it indicates the beginning of new discussions, and new perspectives.  And second, because it communicates a desire not for complacency and compromise, but for active struggle and effort — but to do so peacefully.

So the most important question is, “What are we struggling for?”  And my answer is simple.

Truth.

I have four principles in regards to this pursuit of ‘truth’:

Principle One — That there are many people out there who are sincerely searching for truth, who desire to better understand the world around them, and the principles that govern that world.  Of course, there are many who do not have that desire…but there are more than enough sites out there that already pander to that kind of person, where they are told simply that, “We are right, everyone else is wrong, you don’t need to listen to them.”  This site is for people who have a desire to understand, and to learn.

Principle Two — That nobody has 100% truth, that every single one of us has areas in which either our conclusions are wrong, or in which we have so little knowledge or understanding that we cannot even reach any conclusions.  And that, because of Principle One, they will be constantly seeking to gain further knowledge and understanding.  This means in particular that they will enter into discussions with others not just with the purpose to reaffirm or prove their own ideas, but to examine and learn from ideas that may contradict their own.

Principle Three — That one’s conclusions are only as good as the evidence one has to support those conclusions. If one’s evidence is incomplete or erroneous, then one’s conclusions will more than likely be wrong.  Therefore, many people today hold ideas that are wrong not because they are stupid or deluded, but because they have not yet had the chance to gain all the necessary evidence to inform their conclusions.  So the purpose of Wrest In Peace is not to tell people what conclusions they should reach, but rather to help them find the evidence to reach better conclusions on their own.

Principle Four — That one must be willing to change one’s conclusions based on the evidence at hand.  ‘Truth’ is not a destination, but a journey.  None of us will find 100% truth, but we can gain a greater grasp of truth.  That all of us are on that journey — and Wrest In Peace is intended to build a community not where everyone agrees with each other, but where people of widely divergent beliefs can feel a sense of commonality not in what they believe, but in their desire to better understand the world, and to find truth.

If you disagree with the above principles, then obviously, this is not the place for you, and we encourage you to find other communities which may suit you better.

But if you agree with these principles, then I welcome you not only to join, but to get involved.  Respond to blog posts with your own comments and questions.  Join our forums, where you can have further discussion with others on a wide variety of topics.  Or contact us about being a blog contributor, adding your own voice and perspective to the dialogues here.

There’s a lot more in the works, I’ve got some fairly aggressive plans for Wrest In Peace.  I am writing a book (also called “Wrest In Peace“) to expand upon and gain greater awareness of the ideas and principles I want to promote here.  I am planning on setting up some exclusive debates, where leading figures from opposing viewpoints will have the opportunity to explain their positions, while others can not only watch, but contribute their own comments and ideas.

I am just getting started, it’s going to take time to make people aware, and get them involved.  I hope that you will see the same value in this that I do, and will help out not only by joining, but by sharing this site with others, and helping us to get the word out.

Any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to write in the responses below, or contact me directly.

Optimistically yours,

John Lombard

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John Lombard

I am Canadian, but have been living and working in China since 1993. I am experienced in business (started two successful companies), in education (have taught in some of China’s top universities), and in philanthropy (co-founded a non-profit organization to help one of China’s indigenous minority groups).

I am the founder of Wrest In Peace, arising from my passion to create a greater opportunity for people of different beliefs and backgrounds to better understand and communicate with each other.
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About John Lombard

I am Canadian, but have been living and working in China since 1993. I am experienced in business (started two successful companies), in education (have taught in some of China’s top universities), and in philanthropy (co-founded a non-profit organization to help one of China’s indigenous minority groups). I am the founder of Wrest In Peace, arising from my passion to create a greater opportunity for people of different beliefs and backgrounds to better understand and communicate with each other.
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