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© Ben Huot 1998-Present. Website designs and all content not marked with a specific license copyrighted from 1998-Present by Ben Huot. I am the webmaster of this network, which includes 6 different, but related websites.
These websites all serve different purposes or audiences, but all share one thing in common: they are all created by me and are about me and my mission/ministry. I am the webmaster, so that I not only create everything on these websites, but also have designed and done all the technical things, to make this site work well, on a wide range of the most popular devices.
I have worked on all this for 16 years now, while understanding that I would never make any money off of it, as my niche is too small.
Most problems we encounter, in the world, these days are solved by highly intelligent people, in elite teams. But the most difficult problems have to be solved by you, as an individual, often times without any outside help. The most difficult problems do not have answers: the solution is to manage the problems and not let them control you. These are the problems I deal with, on this website and in my own life. These are also the kind of problems our current world has to deal with, as well. Nothing less than divine intervention will save us; for the biggest problems, we need to enlist the grace of God. (more on my challenges)
I have spent a decade and a half studying the major world religions and world history, to try to find a way to explain who I am in a way that is both accurate and understandable to the lay person. The technical terms would be my unique philosophy combining Philosophical Taoism and Christian Existentialism, in order to find a way to understand the Bible better within its Asian and mystical traditions. I found along the way that Christianity first caught on in what is now occupied by Islamic fundamentalists, from North Africa and East Africa to Iran and Central Asia and has surprisingly close connections to Islam, in almost all of its practices and worldview.
I am now able to explain who I am in a few simple words. First of all I am very religious, I am very literal, I have Schizophrenia, and I have extremely bad luck. To deal with these challenges, I have leveraged my creativity, my attention to detail, and my inability to give up on anything, to live a happy life. I took many risks, when I joined the military, and came out of that miraculously well. I now choose to live a very carefully thought out life and take as few risks as possible. (more on me)
In my designs and my writing, I aim to be as clear, concise, and direct as possible, while still being polite. Do not assume that because I use simple words, to explain the ideas, that I talk about, that my writing is easy to understand. This site is based on philosophy, so there is little challenge in the vocabulary, but it requires you to think, to understand.
Our society tries very hard, to get us to not think, so it is not easy for most people. If you want to have purpose and meaning, in your life, it will require a tremendous amount of time, effort, and discipline. There are no shortcuts, to peace and happiness. You may not be able to change the world, but you can change the way you think and the decisions you make. You may be in a very bad situation, but no matter where you are, you can always improve your situation, by making good choices. (more on my missions)
I also aim to make the website and writing beautiful, but also responsive to the user in a fast and fluid manner, at the same time. I use bright colors, as those cheer me up, as I get depressed easily. I also color code many of my website elements, to make them easier to understand. My overall goal in the design is to re-enforce the messages in my writing. (more on design)
Unlike most web designers, my sites are all optimized, for smartphones, plus I still have a dedicated mobile website and even one optimized for dialup modems. Not only do I have a professional overview website, one for most of my non-fiction books and other content, one for my missions/ministry overview, one for my hobbies/fun, and one for my childhood.