Saturday, April 15, 2006

I Love America

There. It's kind of my Get Out of Jail Free card.
Now whatever I say inherits the properties of that first declarative title. Got it?

I just want to add my voice to the conversation. And taking this step -- to do so publicly -- is surprisingly scary. -sigh- So certain of my opinions, yet so afraid of criticism. -cough- But the Web medium allows me to be more honest in expressing ideas, because I'm not afraid of offending people I can't see. And maybe learn to take criticism better, too. Or not...

Although I do expect to learn from others and change my views in response to new information or perspectives, this is not really about changing anybody's mind. It's about publicly trying to make up my own... exploring difficult ideas and topics, *writing in the hope that these verbal formulations and reformulations lead to increasing clarity of vision*. If anybody agrees with me, well, I really believe we all agree on some basic levels, and our challenge is to find and build on those. But if you think I'm full of shit, well, sometimes I am, and it's good to get called on it.

2 Comments:

Blogger whoami123 said...

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We work like a horse.
We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
We can be as quick as a cat.
Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
We can be as proud as a peacock.
A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
But I'm having a whale of a time!

You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
Who has erected the beauteous
fabric of the universe, our minds
must necessarily be ravished with
wonder at this infinate goodness,
wisdom and power.

Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Whoami


P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."

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