Who Am I
In the grand scope of things, I am nobody.
But within the small slice of this universe that is my life, to those I love and rely on, those who love and rely on me, I am the most important person in the world. ~Ghost
My name is Chuck, but I write under the names, C.H. Coutts, The Ugly Truth Project, and Ghost. It really depends on what and where I am writing. All of my sayings (pearls of wisdom) poetry, songs etc. are written under Ghost, my blog is written under The Ugly Truth Project, and C.H. Coutts is reserved for the online media companies I write for, and stories. Just making that connection to avoid any confusion later.
Who am I?
Well, right at this time, I am 54 years old this year and I hail from Texas. I have been married to my lovely wife for going on 17 years, I have a 15 year old daughter, and a son who is 30. I also have two step sons who are grown as well.
I work as an industrial maintenance mechanic (that means I fix really, really big machines) for one of the last privately held international corporations in the world.
I am union... I am the working class.
I am a realist. And I do mean... I am a realist. I have no time for misleading or manufactured bullsh*t of any kind.
If it can not be proven through documentation and other verifiable evidence then it is not the truth, period. Anything that is claimed as an alternative to the truth (what can be proven) is a lie. It is as simple as that. Perception is not reality until it is put into perspective.
I also believe in self accountability and taking responsibility for ones words and actions. I have no time for, or interest in playing blame games. 9 times out of ten it is our own decisions that put us in the line of fire, whether it be a good or bad situation. If one is honest with themselves and looks back over things, one will see that I am right.
This is called in treatment "taking the cold hard look in the mirror". Many people try and fail because the hardest thing one will ever do is to face themselves, and take responsibility for their life. It is far, far easier to blame all of ones shortcomings and failures on someone or something else.
Especially when you have people in authority telling you that that's ok. It is not ok. Its incredibly self destructive.
You do not have to have been an addict either, this is simply a great example of how I think. It is also the path I walked during my own struggles with drugs and alcohol so I am speaking from experience.
In order to truly beat addiction one needs to ground themselves in absolute reality. Trying to escape the cold hard reality of who we really are is what we are actually addicted to, drugs and alcohol are simply a means to an end. That is why so many people fail. One can stop using and get past the physical addiction to the chemicals, that's the easy part.
After that we have a decision to make, fix the real problem, or spend our lives treating a symptom. Which any addict knows is an endless cycle of failure. The problem is that the hardest thing for people to do, is to accept responsibility. To look back and recognize that everything they have gone through can be traced right back to their own decisions. (as with everything else in life there are exceptions to this rule)
One is not a drug addict because society took a giant dump on them, they are a drug addict because they choose to use drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with it. They have other options, drugs and alcohol are not the only choice it is just the choice they make. That is the reality an addict has to accept before they will ever beat addiction. The fact that they have no one else to blame but themselves.
This is how I think, this is how I see the world around me, and it is the logic I use in my writings. I strip away the emotional attachments and establish truth through what I can prove through verifiable facts and nothing else.
My motto in life (one of them any way) ...believe half of what you see, and none of what you hear, verify everything.
Am I politically Correct?
No. Political correctness and absolute truth are incompatible.
Am I religious?
No. I believe in God and have studied many religions. But as a realist I recognize that religions were created by people, for people and are in essence another form of collectivism. Except in certain circumstances like the military where it is necessary, I despise collectivism. I have no problem with anyone's choice of religions. If it gives them hope, and makes their life better, then it is the right thing for them. I have my own belief system, and its the right thing for me. In my mind the fact that people have faith and believe in god at all, is more important then how they do it. Religion has been even more divisive to society and culture throughout human history than even politics has.
None. Like religion, I see political parties as just another form of collectivism. Before the great division of 2016 by the Marxists (progressives, and socialists on both sides of the isle) I was a centrist. Now apparently, I am a far right wing conservative since that is the designation for anything right of absolute left today. I actually used to be a democrat before the Marxists took over the party, and I also considered myself a liberal. But my beliefs were focused on classical liberalism, the teachings of John Locke, Adam Smith, and Voltaire. All people who influenced the writings and thinking of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and the other Founding Fathers of the United States who saw the wisdom of a balanced, mixed economy. Having grown up during the cold war I understandably had no interest in Marxism, so I became a republican. I eventually became disenchanted with them as well and settled right square in the middle as a centrist. Too liberal to be a conservative and too conservative to be a liberal.
This is just a basic little bio to give you an idea of who you are reading, how I think, and my methodology in my writings. They are never conclusions, they are my opinion based on the verifiable facts provided in the piece itself. If you disagree with me then debate me. But you better bring more than a bunch of tired old MSM talking points and unverifiable sources/facts with you. I won't even bother otherwise. I may add to this later if people ask me questions, but I have always believed that understanding the writer makes it far easier to understand the writing.
I am not for everyone that's for sure.