Thursday, December 7, 2017

Incoherent Thoughts About Politics

While I have made valiant efforts to be non-partisan, the truth as I now see it is that one's ideology is very likely to match with a particular party. Even if an individual does not explicitly support that party, there is a good chance that one has a higher percentage of "like-minded ideas" compared to the others. The likeliness of there being an equal percentage of compelling ideas across the board is questionable if not impossible. As for me, I'm just about at that point where I'm coming out conservative, though I have much learning to do about what it means to be a conservative, among other things, so I'm trying not to be too hasty. Then again, I kind of seem to be guided by feelings and intuition more than reason so there's that...

Shane Claiborne keeps on taking shots at Donald Trump ... especially when Franklin Graham praises him. I'm with Claiborne insofar as thinking that Graham's praise for the president is bogus, but this theology policing strikes me as being rather silly, perhaps even self-righteous. The two must have some common ground when Graham is the CEO of Samaritan's Purse. I don't understand why a social activist like Claiborne would be so quick to criticize another man who has devoted much time to philanthropic efforts. Then again, emergent Christian and a conservative Christian...

And I don't understand why anyone would support socialism or communism in the 21st century, especially in small-city Saskatoon. The Socialist Students Association has a (thankfully) meager following on Twitter, but to see that U of S faculty - not to mention my department - follow this account is, to me, appalling. I wish more of those enamored with socialism and communism would follow after their thought leader, Marx; at least he contented himself with being an armchair philosopher, rather than some goofy, violent social activist...

Alright, to be fair that Tommy Douglas guy seemed pretty decent...

And may we not forget that megalomaniac idea from New Left thinker Herbert Marcuse published in 1965, "repressive tolerance," where "[r]evolutionary minorities hold the truth..." and any ideas not of this kind must be suppressed. This idea is still alive today, as manifested through the 2017 Berkeley protests. How open minded...

I wonder who I would be if I didn't know God? And how pompous I must sound saying that I know God! Do I instead only mean here that I think I know God? I doubt but I'm not really proud of it like some Christians seem to be. Revolutionaries almost have the zeal that religious people do. But they don't have the stained glass windows or the cross, only the sickle and the hammer.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Jazz June - Falling Asleep on Lincoln Drive

Trying to think of a statement that's not cliché to describe how beautiful this song is.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017

Mediocre Ambitions

If tomorrow comes, I will be deleting my Facebook account. I believe that I will be more sane without it ... then again, I have deleted my Facebook account approximately twenty times in the past and returned like a dog to its vomit. Though I have felt better without it, I return for reasons of keeping in touch with others. But the sad, introverted truth at the moment is that I don't keep in touch with that many people anyway, not to mention that I can keep the Messenger application on my cellular phone up and running, not to also mention all of the meaningless content I see in my news feed, not to also also mention the meaningless content I myself feel provoked to share.

This book thing is happening! I have approximately 80 pages of content, so I'm not too far off from reaching that 130 page goal. I'm trying to (sort of) take my time on this and think that it should be published by sometime next year if it's ever to see the light of day. So far, I have much more prose than poems, but I'm aiming for 50 poems. Writing poems is tricky and I'm finding it useful to re-write.

I forget what that other thing I wanted to tell you was. Oh yeah, I'm already not pleased with my current blog layout, HOWEVER, I am telling myself that I won't tinker with the design until 2018. I'm hoping that in 2018 I'll only have ONE blog design. Ah, I feel impossible to please in this regard.

Wish me luck.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Sup the Chemist - Gaiety

"Swimming in a sea of mental activity / sucking in wisdom like oxygen / travelling with no set destination / moving without the need of my participation..."