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the ugly Ideologue

Most of the writing I have done recently, aside from personal/financial business, has been in response to other people’s posts. I like to write. I like the rhythm of it, but when I do it in a re-active mode, I think it does me as much harm as good. (I’m not sure why I think of writing as something inherently virtuous or beneficial, but that stands as my baseline assumption, and it comes as a bit of jarring dissonance when I see evidence to the contrary.)

Every now and again, I’ll troll the entries from my LJ friends and skim until I find something that pushes my ideological buttons and then let fly. Articulate on auto-pilot constitutes little improvement over rote sloganeering. Like pot, it provides a cheap and predictable buzz. Little risk of growth in unexpected directions awaits me along that path. Or at least I think so when I’m actually reflecting rather than simply finding some novel phrasing for a tired ideological track that I’ve worn in my metaphorical floor with my metaphorical pacing of my metaphorical cage.

Sumida has called for more photos. I took some today. I’ll post them soon.

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perspectivism
Jan. 5th, 2003 10:07 am (UTC)
nice!
Articulate on auto-pilot constitutes little improvement over rote sloganeering. Like pot, it provides a cheap and predictable buzz. Little risk of growth in unexpected directions awaits me along that path. Or at least I think so when I’m actually reflecting rather than simply finding some novel phrasing for a tired ideological track that I’ve worn in my metaphorical floor with my metaphorical pacing of my metaphorical cage.

Beautiful.

I've never used enough pot to get your analogy there, but otherwise my realizations completely match yours here.
tragemorph
Jan. 5th, 2003 11:37 am (UTC)
I have noticed this in you as well, and it has concerned me a bit, though I didn't want to say anything. I'm glad you noticed it.

I'd like to suggest that the next time you feel that cheap buzz running through your veins, try what I do sometimes, when I find myself letting my ideological buttons get pushed too much: On some anonymous account on some bulletin board or newsgroup, argue about politics and religion and the like, only play the devil's advocate: Advocate against whatever political side you've aligned yourself with in the past.

I've found it's quite interesting and enlightening to argue in favor of the death penalty, prayer in schools, the war on drugs, that Bush is doing his best to do what's best for all Americans.

Turn on your local conservative talk station and ignore all the blatant one-liners and low blows, and listen to when a really smart conservative starts analyzing what the problems are with what's going on in the left. See if you can, without agreeing with any of his views, realize something new that you didn't notice before about one of your own political beliefs. Ask yourself if thise conservative talk-show host would be so vitriolic about certain things if it weren't for the certain element or action that he says is causing all the problem.

Then meditate. Realize that nothing has changed... not a thing. And it's not even a surprise.



{oh, and i just spoke to the gods... they told me they'd forgive you for half a sack of embarassment, ten bushels of arrogance, and twelve empty pots of unreadiness if you offer them as ritual sacrifice three pieces of dogma, cut from the choicest sections of your mind. they told me it was all right if they were ones you didn't use anymore, just so long as they were really your own. apparently they'd heard yours were a rare delicacy, which is why they insisted you were not to go trying to give them someone else's severed dogma instead; that this would only incense them more than if you turned down their offer outright. i told them their offer (and choice in cuisine) was very perplexing, yet generous, and as they vanished from my sight they laughed a great belly laugh, reverberating throughout the heavens- the most infectious sort.}
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