At some point, won’t you be forced to face the fact that, even if you are the perfect patriot, fortified with all wisdom and diligence, the corruption in your own party runs so deep and wide as to reduce your influence in it to something nearing one big, well-intentioned zero?Continue reading What Would REALLY Make the Difference that Needs Making
“If a man has good corn or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.”
Ralph waldo Emerson, (1803-1882). Journal, 1855.
Must I be the peddler of my own wares,
Chasing the masses down that slippery slope
And begging them in their native Marketese
To want what they do not, but should?
Books and books could be written about why I believe what follows, but I have forced myself to keep it very brief. And if you want to understand my reasons (beyond the tidbits of reason that are interspersed with my predictions below), you’ll need to contact me privately, or get busy reading my writings on such things. (Almost no one ever does.)Continue reading Jack’s Quick Predictions for America in 2024
He will tell you,
Just as certainly as he tells himself,
That he has set out on a righteous quest of principle
To right the wrongs that plague us all.
And he sets his sights on politics
Or religion―or perhaps on both.
You are, yourself,
Caught up in the very
Artifice and scheme of which
You are warning everyone else here.
If it is so important that they all
Should be warned about it
And I’m not saying that
It’s not, mind you―
It is not equally
You to be
Whoever shall we blame
When the neglect and cheating
We have been thus far content to tolerate
Have grown insufferable and
Too big to ignore?
Why do some rush to fix
Something so great as country,
Being yet unwilling to fix even themselves?
There are three particular things I will not suppose, and one that I will.
I dare not suppose I can fully understand from my American home in this “New World” the perspective of those who live in the old country―for whom our one or two handsful of American generations would seem but a cute beginning.Continue reading The New Old World
I’m sorry that I don’t have statistics for this, because I know that impressions can be inaccurate. Even so, it seems to me that I am detecting some important and troubling society trends that need the immediate attention of an increasingly inattentive society.
It is my impression that in my youth, there were a great many people here who could not only make a phone call to get directions, and write them down, but also follow them successfully to the destination, and then show up on time, ready to be a functioning part of whatever group was meeting.
Today, however, it seems increasingly rare to find a human who can successfully follow a hyperlink to your About page and read it for comprehension. Rather, they will message you with the questions that occur to them, but it does not occur to them that they should naturally need to know the general information you have written for all your customers to know.Continue reading The Decline of Care and Personal Responsibility in This Consumer Age
She is so tired of conflict
That she wants none of it―
Not even in the case
Of standing up for what is right
And not even alongside her peers.
She is down for the count.