Thursday Aug 28, 2008

Think for Yourself

The air is ripe with politicos, promises, and planned futures. In the melee, let us remember to be vigilant concerning our own thoughts, understandings, and conclusions. Let us not repeat slogans that we do not understand or venerate those who have not earned it. True leadership promotes independence.

With deference to our feathered friends, let us not parrot words. As those reading this blog may have noted, I encourage abstinence from such weak filler words as hope and wish, and the dangers of obvious are often not apparent. 

Here is an apt repost from July 3, 2004:

We the People

In the Declaration of Independence, we read: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The ink that would soon turn blood red and now flowed black from Thomas Jefferson’s pen did not write: We hope these truths are obvious.

To its credit, there is not a single utterance of hope or any other passive word in this magical document that the Founding Fathers bestowed upon posterity.

Remember what the master from India said: “It is better to live in fulfillment than in hope.”

I’ve been reading about hope and obvious on your blog. After this post, these words are now definitely on my s**t list.

Posted by Jon on 08/29 at 05:15 PM.

the tragedy is that Obama says ALL the right things, but after he wins, doubt he can do (or ANYONE, to be perfectly clear) 15% of what he says.

he is a very conscious being, but cannot do this and after election, many will indeed have hope, only to be disAppointed severely.

the problems run far, far deeper, and the United States is toast, stuck in a juvenial infantilism disconnected from sustainability, gravitas, and constructive action and any inking of valuing personal connection.


instead we value our robust capital markets, profit margins, privacy, autonomy, media surrogate fulfillment, and much else of vacuous significance off in a vast cybernetic white heat death.

Posted by David K, Seattle on 08/30 at 11:38 PM from Seattle.

The concept of a democracy was based on a well-educated and informed population of citizens. Can we say this is so now with a straight face?

Otherwise, we have the tyranny of the masses—as David from Seattle has pointed out.

Posted by Eden on 08/31 at 06:34 PM.

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