This site is inaugurated on 26th September 2007, the first day of the rest of my life. That's just a worn out, but accurate way of saying I'm now retired!
The purpose of this site, in a nutshell, is to transfer some of what I have seen and learned to the next generation. The reason I think this site's content might be useful to the next generation is that I have come to realize,
I'm going to try to counteract that here.
The central theme of these pages is the longtime focus of my research, indeed my search as a human being: how can people of different generations interact with each other in a way that benefits both. For reasons that I will explain throughout (and that hopefully make sense at every level), I will focus on the interrelationships of boys and men. I trust that insightful women will parallel my efforts with discussions of how girls and women can benefit from interacting with each other as they develop. The possibilities of positive cross-sex interactions -- girl-man and boy-woman -- also need discussion, and I invite other scholars to address these topics.
Using the terms "interactions" and "interrelationships" to describe my theme for these pages will raise some red flags in the minds of some readers. Details of my position will be found elsewhere at this site. For now, here's the bottom line: I advocate complete abstinence from sexual contact between adults and minors. I believe that unacceptable harm to all concerned is virtually inevitable under the customs, values and attitudes of our society.
I am personally responsible for whatever is posted here, but not for any material found at other sites to which I have linked.
My plan is to spend the next 20 years or so building this site, then spend the remaining time after that sitting in a rocking chair somewhere reading it (or having someone read it to me!). In the meantime, perhaps others will find it instructive, interesting, maddening, helpful, amusing, silly or even worthless. I promise it will be all of that.
The developmental psychologist Erik Eriksen (1902-1994) described for us eight stages of life, the seventh of which extends into our middle-60s and is characterized by either the failure of stagnation or the virtue (success) of generativity. I believe this virtue can be realized through parenting, community service, philanthropy, writing and any number of ways of giving back to the culture the tangibles and intangibles that one has acquired in living life. This is not always easy.
This "Exit Interview" will grow in several sections, subject to change, and presented through links as separate Web pages:
Visit occasionally; visit often.
Gerald Jones, Ph.D. [firstname.lastname@example.org] --
this site was updated on 7 January 2015