Sunday, January 29, 2017

America the Blind

The Right wing says America is filled with fake news, CNN and other Mainstream media lie to enhance the liberals at election time.  The Left Wing says that the Right use false evidence to make their case.  A large number of Americans see the world, not with honest eyes, but with biases that cannot be changed.  America is a house divided against itself. 

But the leaders are blind, as are the people.  Each side uses the information to make arguments that their side is right, rather than, as we should hope, to find the truth. So we've all become blind to the truth, because it is less satisfying than being found right or superior to another person.

LUKE 6:39
Jesus also told them a parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?"

An Indian Myth
Rewritten for the western mind
by John Godfrey Saxe

IT was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

The First approached the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
"God bless me!—but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!"

The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried:"Ho!—what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me 't is mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!"

The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:

"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
Is very like a snake!"

The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
And felt about the knee.
"What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain," quoth he;
" 'T is clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a tree!"

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: "E'en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!"

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Than, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
Is very like a rope!"

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!

So, oft in theologic wars
The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of what each other mean,
And prate about an Elephant
Not one of them has seen!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Crisis world

The world, someday, will die.  And should we fear the inevitable?  Yes and no. 

America and the world around it have witnessed a US president making choices that are far different from the previous 8, and even some say ever, years prior.  We can witness the outrage, the discontent, and the fear surrounding the decisions.  But as Jesus said as to our need to help the poor, "there will always be the poor"(paraphrased), the problems being faced remain the same.  War, Disease, Starvation, and Pollution.  Global warming beckons, immigration crisis looms, slaughter of the innocent goes on, forever onward.

So we have no excuse to ignore the poor.  It will be here, whatever we do, so let us address it. I do not altogether agree with or support the president's acts.  They are overreaching.  They are war like.  But they only point with an ardent focus to our failing world policies.  America continues to orbit between two ever widening poles of views.  America spent the last 50 years being the police man of the world, since we chose this position, with the nuclear weapons used in Japan.

I do think that Trump is different than Obama.  As Obama was to Bush.  The complete insanity of the system that divides Americans every 4 years, and beyond that for certain every 8 years, we get nothing permanently done.  Thus, we are in a negative cycle where creative efforts at problem solving need to be used for an escape from the cycle.

We cannot turn our back to the needy.  They will always exist.  So we have no excuse.

Unless you prefer War, Disease, Starvation and Pollution.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Answers to email Questions

I answer questions from friends and readers usually via email or messaging, depending on the site and the messaging tool.  But some questions make for fruitful discussion.  So here are a few answers to questions.

What poets do I read?  Ezra Pound.  Lord Byron.  Percy Bysshe Shelley.  Homer.  Virgil.  Dante Alighieri.  Ovid.  Horace.   Marcus Aurelius.  William Carlos Williams.   E.E. Cummings.  Robert Browning.  Alfred Lord Tennyson.  Emily Dickinson.  Edgar Allan Poe.  

Over there on the facebook I spoke about issues with my thyroid.  As a result of sharing there on my friends only page, I received a couple emails, deeply concerned that I had cancer, from people not on my friends list.  I do not know yet if I have cancer or not, I will need to have biopsy and treatment, regardless.  I was sleeping long hours, unable to get warm, I would eat normal portions and gain huge amounts of weight.  I knew something was wrong.  The same doctor that discovered my first cancer found this.  She is a wonderful doctor.

I was asked if I will do more comic book work in the future.  My written work is in limbo outside of poems for my blog, works in edits and formatting for print, and the occasional post such as this, due to my health.  I am sick and haven't been able to get healthy.  I will say, I want to improve on my art work, and I do wish I could do so quickly.

A friend who is on the left side of the political equation asked my views on Obamacare.  I hate it.  But I hate it because it left as players Insurers and For Profit Hospitals.  I believe in single payer.  That answer would shock a great number of people thinking that I am a conservative, but I am not of the American template of conservative.  I believe in the state being responsible for the citizens' safety, well being, and defense.

What stuff is coming out I was asked?  I have two books coming out.  One is a long look at who I am, what it takes to be a poet, and what does it even mean to be a poet?  The other is about war.  Enter Oblivion is about past wars, how we view it, how we seem to love it, and why do we love it. 

In one email I was called a reactionary.  I am not.  I simply said if a person has a fence around their home, but says a border fence is racist, that they were being a hypocrite.  The concept that we should give our nation's assets freely but be able to keep our personal items as private and our own is a very large cheat.  I don't believe we need a border fence if we make our borders to mean something, and we don't give out citizen benefits to others who are not citizens.  Why bother to go through the process, the long and perhaps frustrating process, if you can get all of the benefits without the paper chase. That said, I do believe in immigration being open and fair.  I don't believe in quotas being used against the "brown" people or the disadvantaged.  I simply think we need to enforce our laws and do the right thing thereafter.

An emailer suggested that I am secretly a Trump voter.  I might not despise him in ways the Democrats I know despise him, I have only contempt for him as a person.  I suspect he might not be as full of shit as some believe, there is some merit to the idea of running government as a business, which is what my father, a life long democrat believed.  He also owned two Trump books and believed Trump would have made a great president.  My dad didn't live to see Trump.  But as foul and despicable as Trump is, I think my dad would have voted for him.  I could not.  While I am not a fan of Trump, Clinton scared me in other areas.  As I've noted prior, BHObama or GWBush would have womped the shit out of either of these two.

What would my greatest so far unrealized project be?  This is hard to answer more than any other question because it points to my flaws as a creator, to the secret projects I still have brewing, and hopes and failings that haven't yet occurred.

I want to do a couple or three big question anthologies that ask questions to smart people in any field and allow those who respond to go in any direction they might.  The question asked would be about a single area of history, or culture where one thing happened or famously didn't and then follow the consequences of that.   I don't want to be the editor.  I stink at that.  I want to write it, but I am not great at prose.  And the people might do it are not highly recognizable so, in order to make it work I'd need money to make it happen.   So I think this project is D.O.A.

I have some skills still in art, and I would possibly like to do 20-30 pen, ink and watercolor paintings, and write stories and poems to create a book of moody work.  However, my arthritis is worse with every passing day.  My skills erode and what little talent I had, ever, has flown.  So I think this project is D.O.A.

I want to do a comic with Jason Moser.  He is a very talented artist and I love him as a person.  He and his wife are wonderful people.  This is one of the three items that I think could happen, maybe after the thyroid is dealt with we can write a script or something.  ASYLUM INK is Jason's site.

Thank you for reading this.

I'll try to post more of these in the future, as I have many answers to questions I can give.

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”  
Albert Camus 

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