I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allen Poe
The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
- H. L. Mencken
Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so
What I have been telling you, from alpha to omega, what is the one great thing the sigil taught me — that everything in life is miraculous. For the sigil taught me that it rests within the power of each of us to awaken at will from a dragging nightmare of life made up of unimportant tasks and tedious useless little habits, to see life as it really is, and to rejoice in its exquisite wonderfulness. If the sigil were proved to be the top of a tomato-can, it would not alter that big fact, nor my fixed faith. No Harrowby, the common names we call things by do not matter — except to show how very dull we are ...
-James Branch Cabell
January 31, 2017 - 12:15 p.m.
I'm starting this late and the blame all falls on Brianne. She and her friend Alan do the Falcon-Pack Podcast and the second to last episode was an interview with Mark Allen Berube. I hadn't listened to it yet because I couldn't get myself to set aside the time. The next episode coming out made me do it. I listened to that instead of writing. Now I don't want you to listen to it instead of reading this. I want you to download it now and listen later. I've known Mark a lot longer than Brianne has and have talked to him 1.73 zillion times. I still learned things. Listening to this made it clear why he writes the songs that I'd write if I wrote songs. Just remember that it's Brianne, Alan, and Mark's fault that I am writing late; especially Brianne's.
I'm now going to get meta and blog about blogging. Yesterday's entry took me hours to write. I wanted to make sure to write about every artist at the Folk Fights Back show. I made sure to include links and finding them is time consuming. By the time, I was finished it was too late for me to get bagels. For new readers, I make an hour and a half trip to get half-priced bagels on Monday. While I'm there I go to Trader Joe's. I went to Trader Joe's anyway but now I'm going through bagel withdrawal; I ran out a week ago. I didn't go last week either. I'm afraid I'll stop being Jewish.
I'm writing this to Bach harpsichord music. I thought that would be the least distractive and most conducive to writing. It also makes me feel bad as I lost my CD library which was had many albums. I never got around to ripping my classical music. I'm listening now on Amazon Prime. It's a sanity saver.
One of my core beliefs is that arguments should be based on reason, not emotions. That you shouldn't believe in something because it makes you feel good. That as in science you should look for alternate explanations and confounding data. I was about to write something about politics and society that I think explains a great deal. When planning what I was going to write I thought of alternate explanations and confounding data. I can't in write it now. I think it's right but it needs more work. I don't want to be part of the problem. I see people too often giving the explanation that fits in with their world view, not the facts.
It's tough writing about politics now. There are so many things happening at once and we are all on a hair trigger. It's like the entire country is walking through hostile territory with snipers everywhere. We hear shots and we fire in the general direction. This has put us all on edge. I don't want to fan the flames. We all know this is going on but we disagree on who the enemy is.
I don't want to not do constructive things to help. The causes are important. But I don't want to be angry all the time. That is not only not required but it's counterproductive. We must fight as Jedi, not Siths. I am a devourer of news but I have set my ground rules. I won't read about speculation. If an article or post says "Trump might do this" or "This is what Trump is really doing" followed by speculation, I don't read it. I won't read why this is a cover for that. We have enough real battles to fight. We need to give ourselves some rest. It will leave us mentally fresher to fight. We should work to make the world better to Bach, not make war to Wagner.
That's enough lecturing. I don't want you angry at me. I don't want you angry at all. Now for breakfast. It's a day for eggs Horvendile. I'm not going out today, well except perhaps to the Snug for dinner. I will get myself to work on some spreadsheets I said I promised to work on. It's preparing for the next round of congressional and gubernatorial elections. Hey I spelled gubernatorial right the first time! Appreciate your little victories.
Imagine Nation - February 05, 2017
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