Part of the problem with taking time away from the blogs is finding your voice again, especially when that voice has changed. The purpose for taking time off was in hopes that the voice would change, but now what? I guess I’ll start from the beginning. George Will was recently on the Colbert Report and he said that political parties serve a purpose of unifying people based on what they hate. That thought stayed with me and as I examined my own reasons for becoming political I realized that they were originally based on hate as well. Hate of those that turn a blind eye to the suffering of others. That underlying emotion tainted my perspective and approach to political change.
Through the actions of others I have been able to see the negative effects of someone who is so committed to a cause, lifestyle choice, world view that they lose their perspective due to hate. So rather than explain the small details I’ll describe the ripple in a larger sense. Background: A man I expected to not get along with based on a neighbor’s opinion proved to be amazingly enlightened, talented, quick and appreciative of the work. The person that gave me the opinion has proved to be no help and a constant drain on my time and resources.
Viewing fellow Americans as the enemy will only cause communities already in distress to fail even further. Having a tainted view of someone you barely know based on one or two aspects you do know is foolish. The clarity of political passions quickly lose their focus when overlaid onto the reality of experience. Fortunately we have the opportunity to gain the reality of experience everyday of our lives. So a word to writers that just write, artists that just paint, musicians that just play, etc…you are cheating yourselves everyday you choose not to experience life. You also run the risk of losing perspective with yourself, your neighbors, and your community in the larger sense.
There are no enemies, there are issues that need to be explained through the perspective of experience. Think Mark Twain, think Woody Guthrie, think George Carlin, think about how you can get involved in a positive way, it’s a great summer to do it.
I missed you all and will be on again when I get another break due to the weather.