Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Plenty to say, but

Not a lot of time to say it. As you've probably figured, life trumps blogging for a while. Might have a post up tomorrow or Thursday. In the meantime, feel free to use this as an open thread.


Gino said...

dont know bout y'all... but i'm really missing the Clinton adm's 88 cents for gas.

W.B. Picklesworth said...

Went out on the town in Sioux City, IA for my lovely wife's birthday dinner. We talked about living in a place where it's prosperous days are in the past, but where vestiges clearly remain. How does it compare with living in a prosperous place such as the northwestern metro (suburban/exurban Minneapolis.) There is a certain depression right at the surface of the former, but it's the latter that I actually find personally depressing. I'm not sure if there's something about the nature of prosperity that is empty, or if it's modern (suburban) prosperity in particular. Out in the country, on the other hand, there are still generational ties. People in the church have great-great grandmothers in the cemetery. Roots are a form of prosperity that are painstakingly slow to acquire.

Gino said...

Roots are a form of prosperity that are painstakingly slow to acquire.

home truth.
much of who we are is a result of who we came from from.
when firmly grounded with a sense of belonging and identity of who we are and where we want to go... all crisis become managable.

economic depression is measurable. spiritual depression is fatal.
you need to avoid the latter if you are to survive the former.
thats the way i see it, anyway.... FWIW

Night Writer said...

I like the line in the Avett Brothers song that goes "And your life doesn't change by the man that's elected."

Yes, the philosophy in power can do a lot of damage economically, which affects people's confidence and focuses people on temporal things. Spiritually, however, my life hasn't changed, and may even have grown deeper as I become more aware of the needs of people I come in contact with and use my resources fearlessly (almost) to help when and where I can.

The difference is it is my responsibility to do as I am led, and not the government's to require it and misuse it. You can lead a society through inspiration, but it is much easier (and too common) to control it by depression.

I elaborated on this concept several years ago with an essay entitled "The Perspicacity of Hope". http://thenightwriterblog.com/2008/10/22/the-perspicacity-of-hope/