Month: December 2006

Tuesday

I have the stirring of vague thoughts rumbling around in my head; much in the same way that certain foods will cause my stomache to growl as if I haven’t eaten in a week. And I’m not sure where they’ll lead, so I’ll set them out here and see what works… The thoughts, not the foods… Of course, I’m my own worse critic. The last post seemed so darned reasonable, and well thought-out and executed, when I posted it. Now, it just seems a bit silly, especially in the execution aspect. Of course, I could always re-edit it, and in some ways it’s a good idea to let things sit a bit and age before putting it out there. How else to know whether what you’ve written is any good, or if it was more a byproduct of a bad ‘taco grande’ than the logical thought processes…? But I also feel that a product very much belongs to it’s own time, and as I’m not preparing a submission to some scholarly trade publication, the best …

Wait for the answer…

Is it just me, or are we losing any pretext at the ability to communicate? I ask merely for clarification… It seems to me that we no longer know just exactly what it is we’re saying to one another. For example… You’re in the store, on the street, finding your seat on an airplane. Someone comes up to you and, if you’re lucky, asks if they may get by. They usually just muscle on by, without a single word, as if you didn’t exist. Of course, that’s where any pretext of courtesy on my part ends…

Let’s get rolling…

I’m currently sitting in a hotel in London… Ah, London… Home of bitters, ale and all things British… Pity about the food, though… I had always thought of the British as, well, if not a shining example, at least a slightly less tarnished example of what a society could be if people would just try and get along… That, of course, was quite a few years ago… Since then I have had the blinders lifted, to some extent… I have always despaired of America, of our inability to put aside our own un-enlightened self-interest in order to work for the common good… It just seems so much worse lately… I have come to believe that there are some very real problems with America’s system of government… Voter intimidation/theft/fraud (pick your favorite) to rival any third world nation… Policy decisions based upon what’s best for the corporation, not what’s best for the people… Politicians who only care about remaining in power, who care more about winning than they do about being right… The constant and quite …