I would like thank General Cucumber for reminding me of a few things, before I quickly burn myself out in this blog game; before I even get started. This. All of this writing and dialogue, and back and forth in the end is intellectual masturbation, or a vain act of desperation. I always seem to forget this lesson and catch myself trying to convert everyone to my way of thinking, with one carefully thought out argument. Forgetting that conversion may not be possible, or even necessary. Like the general reminded me: Politics is corrupt bullshit, and we’ll find more truth in art and culture than we ever will in trying to dialogue with the egos of (he says cretins, but I will say others.)
Now that there appear to be a few readers stopping by here at the Flame, I will try my best to find nuggets of wisdom, both from my own brain and other places, that may help us all figure out what it is we are trying to achieve through our political discourses, when we do have them. I do not and cannot sit here and call people names and try to argue simple political arguments with people who ar enot ready to have them. If people out there think that the US is a force for good in an ever morally decaying world, who am I to tell them that the opposite is true. This kind of awakening will take years of education. I can only share news as I see it and hope that I can chip away at the ignorance that runs rampant in the world. In the process, I hope that some of my own ideas can be clarified by leanring from others. I would love to have intelligent correspondences with either like-minded people, or with people on the other side of the divide who are open and mature enough to accept the possiblity of alternatives.
Since not one person, who left a comment on my previous post, left a suggestion on how we could help bring people together, I hope to show readers a few examples in the next few weeks through posts on this site.
In closing, I think it is important to not stagnate on politics alone. So, I hope that other aspects of life will also help us “get there” as the general says. Thanks again for reminding us that art, culture and humor can do more to change people’s perceptions than hours of political debate.
Peacemaking never depends on the other person. Peace is made in our own hearts, and nowhere else.
I try to remember this quote by Norman Fisher, whenever I get to carried away with politics.