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Abstract joys of bliss and malevolence

I shouldn't write. I've written too much tonight and I'm well into my second bottle of wine.

The other day I wrote this. And I don't regret a word of it. In fact, words diminish it. Sometimes you can find pure bliss where you are.

While I wrote that, I was in the midst of what I call a "cabin in Montana" moment. Sometimes, I have the desire to abandon civilization. Just say fuck it, pack up only the things I need (rosepurr is among these things), and live on love and some books at the foot of some mountain, standing purple and mighty against the blue sky above some serene log cabin. Sometimes I feel like my career is meant to be a means to an end to that dream. As I was thinking about it, I was listening to John Denver (despite his kind of nerdy reputation, the world would be a better place if more people listened to John Denver). Of course, listening to John Denver contributes to that thought.

I'm going to rant for a second. What the hell is the goal of this culture? Pulling down 100 G's and pretending to be swank? Shouldn't we aspire to more? Is the ultimate goal in your life to appear on American Idol? Or is it hitting the lottery?

What do you really want out of life?

I think about such things. I do. I can't help it, and wouldn't want to.

Where are we going? As a people? As a nation?

I find stupid things incredibly satisfying. Loving my woman. Cooking a healthy meal. Reading a book that makes me think about things bigger than my stupid little life and its petty problems.

Despite that last thought, let me just say something. I'm sitting here, listening to Toby Keith's "Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)." Having read some interviews with him, I appreciate that he captured the anger we all felt at September 11. We had a legitimate grievance with Al-Qaeda, among others, and the world would have supported us. The Bush administration has destroyed that. We had legitimate anger, and he squandered that for his personal agenda. Somebody should pee on his head while his daughters (and many world leaders) watch. We probably had the greatest opportunity in human history to unite the world and it was pissed away.

If there's any justice, Bush and Cheney will burn in hell.

Fuckers. I want my country back.

If I thought I was electable, I'd run for President. I think I'd do a good job. I'm a good, thoughtful guy. I don't fuck around. I don't lie. I'm old enough now. I'm trained as a lawyer, for what that's worth.

If anyone of sufficient means reads this, I'd run with enough support.

JIM KELLY FOR PRESIDENT!!!!

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thndrstd
Jun. 27th, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC)
I'm 5'11". Is that in range?
alstaria
Jun. 26th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
I'd donate to your campaign!

I think that we need a way in this country to non-condescendingly reintroduce intelligent conversation and culture. The pervasive message in the media right now is smart=evil, good=dumb. Certain presidental advisor types have been busting their butts to do this.

This dumbing-down of the culture is on purpose. It serves the neo-con agenda well to have ill-informed, un-inspired, scared masses to preach their doomsday message to. Anyone remember what one of the points of the Protestant Reformation was? The Church was resistant to put the bible in a language other than latin because, oh my god, the people might actually read the damn book and start paying attention to the man behind the curtain!

We need to encourage kids to read the classics, maybe tweak curiculuums? We need to help the arts flourish and make them accesible to everyday schmoes. Good theatre, good art, good music should be for all to apprciate and contemplate, not just us intelligensia.
thndrstd
Jun. 27th, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
WOOT! Thanks for your generous contribution.

I agree with you on so much of this sentiment I can't tell you where to begin. This country has strived for an egalitarian model but the simple fact is that won't work (oh, there go those votes). Not every idea is as good as any other and pandering to the bottom gets you mudflaps with naked women on them as the national flag.

You are correct about it being a neo-con agenda to keep the masses dumb so they'll stay at their crappy jobs with no health insurance. Plus they'll get their way.

To paraphrase one of my favorite writers, the Middle Ages are not over.
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thndrstd
Jun. 27th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
I LOVE that story. Actually in the Law & Literature I taught (and took), we read that one.

Vonnegut rules!
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