by Brad Nelson 10/20/17
As I get older I learn. Sometimes reality is a cruel teacher. There are real enemies in the world. There are bad people who can harm us. But often our worst enemy is ourselves. Sticking our face in a fan and keeping it there is not smart. Hitting your head against the wall just because it feels better when you stop is not kind.
The daily news (The Daily Drama) is full of all kinds of crud and lunacy. Someone awakening even from as recently as the 1950’s would see today’s culture as quite possibly insane. I won’t list all the reasons. You know them by heart.
I started this site with the naive idea that if you smashed enough right-minded brain-atoms together you could create a nuclear chain reaction — a catalyst for reform — even if the chain was quite small. I’ve been proven a dope on just about every single point. I can see Mr. Kung grinning. He was cynical and world-weary before I was even born.
But I’m catching up. My first real venture into popular culture found me very ill-suited for it. To think that some small, non-profit internet site could only ever be more than the rhetorical bug in front of the politico-entertainment steamroller was hubris. And it’s not that I wanted to be famous. I just had this quite logical thought that if in a room full of lies you spoke the truth that suddenly lights would come on.
It doesn’t work that way. (Mr. Kung, stop smirking. One has to learn to walk before one can run.) What we have is Trump and the Establishment GOP. This is what the hot-blood of American culture has given us for reform or for the opposition. The daily news is polluted with lies and irrelevancies. Our school systems are a sham. Religion has gone vapid. Even our one escape — sports — has now become yet another outgrowth of our political insanity.
But I smile and thank God above for all the good things that we have. And it’s time that this site moved on toward investigating, enumerating, articulating, and celebrating them. (I’ve got a great brownie recipe I’m dying to share.) I know I’ve put out many a mixed message myself in trying to guide this site, but can you blame me? It’s truly crazy out there.
Although the metaphor of the gathering of The Smart Conservative Sages was a good one, it’s time to put that away and look more toward a Middle Ages monastery set on a rocky cliff as a metaphor. Delightful, insightful, but most of all, well-tempered monks gather to bake their proverbial bread and take pleasure in the small miracles of this world. So let’s have fun. Let’s be spiritually and mentally rich. Let’s count our blessings. Let’s enjoy the day. Let’s not be dragged down by the insanity and vulgarity of a culture gone cuckoo.
So that’s my frame of mind. And that’s where I’ll be steering this site. Oh, not that we can’t have fun with and ridicule the latest ignoramuses in The Daily Drama. When mosquitos land on you, you have to occasionally swat them. But let’s remember that the best advice is to put up a fine-meshed net in the first place.
I will not likely be accepting very many more strictly political articles…unless you can equal (or nearly so) the wiseacre style of a Mark Twain. But if you just sound like a screeching, broken record, you need not apply. Keep it light. Keep it fun. Be creative. Think outside the box. In the words of Frank: Get Happy. And if you can’t be happy, give a good approximation of it. Life is too short to stay forever within The Daily Drama.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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