I’ve been in a bad way lately: physical problems, difficulties in managing my household, a persistent emotional trough, and low levels of energy and motivation. Some of that’s to be expected in a septuagenarian. As for the rest, I try to cope. Still, it can be very hard when the negatives gang up for a frontal assault. That’s especially so when I’m in a “what’s the use?” state of mind over the state of the nation. It’s affected my writing, here and in fiction.
So a reminder that that we might yet have commonalities with our adversaries, potential avenues by which to achieve some degree of reconciliation, is a valuable thing. Long-time reader and commenter Tim Turner, who’s also known as “furball,” chipped in today with exactly that. I present it here for the consideration of those Gentle Readers who might feel, as I often have, that America is going to Hell by the express route and there’s nothing to be done about it. Tim’s thoughts appear below.
Hi. I’m a newbie here as far as saying much, but I’ve been following Fran for years now. And I’ve noticed a subtext in his – and others of my favorite bloggers – recent missives that he’s grown old, tired, and he’s maybe said everything before.
Now, make no mistake. I’m old and tired and not nearly as cogent or sharp at seeing “stuff” as Fran.
Fran does say new stuff, but one can hardly blame him if he gets whacked out a little when he gets up morning after morning and sees the same zombie liberals and media stumble towards mindlessness.
So, apropos of no holiday or anything, I offer what I think of as a “nice thing.” Grace.
That’s “Graceland” by Paul Simon, and, if that didn’t work, here’s another pointer to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9M4XJXnCcw
Why speak so little now, when others are saying get armed and get lots of stuff like medicines, food, a go-bag, etc.? Yes, do that. It’s probably a good idea. I mean, if you can afford it, what can it hurt to be prepared? Better to waste a little money on needed stuff than be without.
Anyway, I’m not real religious, but I believe in grace. I also think things are getting bad enough that it’s time for us “readers of blogs” to add our positive voices to the mix.
Oddly, after being online for over 20 years – AOL, etc. – this is the first time I’ve ever come out like this.
But the voice I want to add is “Grace.” Which is (I think) humility, appreciation of the beauty before us, and even the willingness to actively bow down and be thankful of even the OPPORTUNITY to witness the imagination and incredible innovation and creativity before us, but to also see how listening/viewing that. . . reverberates in ourselves and helps us echo thanks and respect for . . . God, or our own lives, or whatever this is.
It’s simpler and less holy than one might think. Fran presents arguments from a logician’s viewpoint. I’m saying, “WOAH!” things are weird, but even a probable leftist like Paul Simon makes good music.
But everything I’ve said is trying to make us examine ourselves and attenuate our anger or sense of injustice at what the left has done.
As much as I want to . . . no. I can find things I *hate.* Is there still anything in my heart, that can make peace and form a nation again of shared values between me and the current left?
I ask you.