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Just when I was feeling gloomy about my blog becoming one of those abandoned sites that someone stumbles upon, thinks, "Hey, this is cool!" and then, "Oh, well, never mind. This person hasn't posted in two years," I was tagged with the THINKING BLOGGER AWARD by someone I really didn't know too well, Rod from Inside Rod's Head. My thoughts are still reaching other thinkers, and my thoughts haven't stopped. It's just that I've been finishing a semester of grad school, finishing a school year of teaching American Lit to 11th graders, and laying 3 1/2 tons of sod in my front yard . . .
It hasn't just been a matter of being busy, though. I've also found myself growing discouraged about my own abilities to remain peaceful when I look around and feel like SO MANY PEOPLE JUST DON'T GET IT!
I went rolling in the muck with some swine who called Bill Moyers a "disgusting, left wing, hack propagandist" and compared his recent special on Buying the War to the work of Goebbels. So I got into one of those pointless Internet arguments that stir up this latent desire to fight in me. Barbs were traded, insults flung, and in the end it occurred to me that no matter what facts we looked at, I was going to see them my way, and this bombastic crowd was going to see it theirs. And despite the breathless titillation of checking back and seeing who has responded to my latest fusillade, there's just a sickening, filthy feeling beneath it all -- nobody wins one of these fights.
There's so much anger out there, and there's anger I hadn't recognized in here, inside the shadowy parts of my heart. But I've got to look at it, to admit it's there, to even take it out and throw it around from time to time, if only to bring it into the light a little. It occurred to me that I can think back, way back, in my life and remember a number of incidents in which I was humiliated by someone bigger and stronger or angrier than myself, and how a desire for revenge festered and festered, eventually dropping out of consciousness, but never being neutralized. That's what builds the SHADOW, and the SHADOW, as Jung told us, is what drives most of the madness in the world.
So, to make a long post shorter, I'm glad to get this kick in the ass from Rod, and now I've got to link to five blogs that make me think. I'm not ready to do that right this second, so I'll make an aim to do it tomorrow, and to start posting daily again. I know I've got at least a solid handful of regular readers out there, and I so appreciate all of your comments and encouragement. Despite the anger and resentment out there, the tide does seem to be shifting. People are starting to realize that a foreign policy of swaggering domination just doesn't work, and that there must be more practical, economical, sane, and yes, peaceful ways of dealing with our differences.
Longer Peaces Articles for Leisurely Reading: This is where I put longer posts so that they won't clog up the Peace Meme page. I hope you'll take some time to leisurely peruse these articles, as they represent the philosophical underpinnings of what I'm trying to do with this site.