Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Speak Up

Last year's words belong to last years language and next year's words await another voice.

T. S. Eliot
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Think of this. You, yourself may be the voice of the next decade. We certainly need one. Too many people are adamantly committed to old ways of thinking and old ways of expressing what they think. I envision a herd of humans inside a large mental corral, with a lush pasture and no need to challenge the fence, or a woman washing out the same old rags over and over again and calling it fashion. You might as well keep a buggy whip in your Toyota, just in case.

I love some old things, old gadgets, old works of art, old tools, old ideas. It's fun to go into the museum and look at them, or see them show up on the Antiques Road Show or to consider them in my mental historical society. And it's true the "new and improved" aren't necessarily improved. There's nothing much we can do about that except to hold the manufacturers and purveyors of the new accountable for quality. But where, oh where, is it written that we must take the old and worn out idea, dust it off and try to use it again.

I recently heard sa woman say that the new, proposed health care plan is one step closer to Marxism. What this woman doesn't know is that this nation passed Marxism many years ago and left it in the dust.

TV is no help here. Most shows are still stuck in the myth of good and evil, characters in white hats and characters in black hats, except for a few programs in which all the characters are in black hats. (Keep the pasture clean.)

The nations who can afford it are building bigger and better attack weapons and calling it "defense." We have car alarms to frighten the dog when it pees on the wheel. Unregistered guns are killing people in class rooms and churches. People are still beating the broken drum about this being a Christian country. (I wonder how many of those people would go to the stake if it came to that.) Many people still believe, because they believe the TV commercials, that big business really has the consumer's interests at heart. Some folks think the exploration of space is a waste of time and money and a few still believe we've never been to the moon. (And the holocaust never happened and will never happen.)

The world is changing very fast and most of our brains are not keeping up with it. The "Naughties" are over and we are fast approaching the "Teens" and where is the voice to speak for it, the voice that will speak the truth and be listened to by those who are still listening and hearing?

We are going to need a new voice, with new words and a new language. So speak up.

DB - The Vagabond
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I'm getting a lot of interesting mangled cliches so I'm leaving the quiz up for another day.

"A stitch in time is worth two in the bush."

Your assignment is to take two or more grand old sayings, cliches, sage saws or famous quotes and cobble (clobber) them together to make a new and wiser adage or utter nonsense as in the above.

Enter as often as you wish. The decision of the ornery, biased judge is final. Actually if this keeps up I may need some help judging. Any volunteers?

Good luck.
DB
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3 comments:

Gerry said...

I am always thinking about new ways to go since it is hard to live among people who are not inventive enough to keep life interesting. It seems necessary to test people's capacity to accept the need for change, so I make my rounds, sometimes finding stimulation in unexpected ways. We impact one another in so many ways, often not positively enough for that person to respond, but not giving up seems to be the key. If I see possibility for thinking I can connect to, I keep checking back once I have discovered the link. If that person is a thinker, a connection may evolve eventually that will lead to more. Thus we get to know how a person thinks, especially one who is distant that we are accessing on the Internet. That has been very interesting to me as problems of distance have to be addressed. It is almost like communicating with a spirit passed on. You will never see this person. But is it possible to still have a meaningful dialogue with them? Well, we who use the Internet are constantly tested by the limitations to come up with a connection that is nether the less still real and exciting. Patience is required to layer and build the connection which is why reciprocation is so important. Men seem to have more trouble with reciprocation than women. My sons have more trouble with it than my daughter. I cannot work very hard on a connection to a male who has too much trouble reciprocating. Even if it is nothing more than a little mumble signaling he was there, not always expecting me to connect to him. He is reading my thoughts.
I think this is caused by the predominance of men taking aggressive visible roles in our society. Women don't get these opportunities as men do. We are still trying to become more visible. Sadly this results in men not trying to control their bad habits 'for a woman.' So many times I have encountered that attitude in a drinker who thinks better his relationship with a woman is not an important enough reason to quit drinking, so he will continue to violate the relationship with alcoholic behavior until the woman is forced to give up on him or he has killed himself. He can be reason enough for the woman to control her excesses. He is not likely to be able to tolerate them. But he expects her to tolerate his. I will not follow any male thinker all the time if I am capable of leading at times myself. If I am to respect his thinking he must respect mine and show it. Otherwise I have to give up on him. I see that characteristic in males as one of the main reasons thinking and progress shuts down.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

One can only hope that the next voice that is heard is that of the people, the rational ones that really want to make our country and our people better, not the ones out for "what is in it for.." them.

salemslot9 said...

well, I guess
you'll have to
put an expiration
date on your
contest at some
point...
I can't judge
because, I entered
at least, you
got what you
wanted...
alot of participation
right?