Thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha’Tara
That reminds me of Douglas Adams’ book title, “So Long, And Thanks for all the Fish” only this isn’t about fish, it’s about pink elephants, but I’ll get to that.
OK, I’m not saying, “So long” – at least not yet… I like blogging, such as I do it, and learning day by day by following a lot of other blogs and practicing the great art of flattery which is imitation.
First I’d like to say, once again, THANKS FOR ALL THE LIKES, AND ALL THE COMMENTS. Hopefully by watching carefully, and engaging periodic skirmishes with Akismet, (and no, I’m not talking about the conquest of Jerusalem, just the fight over spam) I get most of your comments, and comment back in turn. If I don’t return a comment, let me know, or fire another over the wall, I might respond with more alacrity knowing I’m under siege…
That being said of first importance, here’s a secondary matter that needs saying… again. Some bloggers get frustrated with me. I think it’s the way I state things as if they were facts, written in stone. You spend enough time in politics, whether environmental or social, and certainly in organized religion, you develop a certain amount of “declared certainty.” When you are making a point on a public forum you can’t afford to be wishy-washy about it. Either you know what you’re on about, or you don’t. Most of the time, I do know what I’m on about. Or, I do, but it’s only MY PERSONAL OPINION, ALL OF IT unless it’s a reblog from someone else. All of what I write is wide open for re-interpretation.
So listen here, before you lose any more sleep over my fiats, I’m not stating, or claiming, that I’m right. Being sure isn’t the same as being right. Stating something in a way it comes out as if it was a fact does not make it a fact and I’d be the first to laughingly admit that. Actually I don’t care if what I say is right or wrong: there is no right or wrong here. There’s just a point or two being made using words as props. Unless I’m losing my mind and memory I don’t recall ever defending a point of view, ‘cause one’s point of view is either self-evidently “right” or it’s out in left field. More often than not when it’s more philosophical than “factual” the same point of view wanders happily from left field to right field to the open fields without being in the least bothered. That’s true freedom of expression.
So no need, or point, getting one’s thong in a knot on this blog. This is an opinion/rant place. Not just for me, but for anyone who wants to just “Like” or agree or disagree. Just give me (us) a good argument for or against, hey? But let’s forget the right or wrong of what we think about something. I’ll tell you this, I believe that Unicorns exist, as do flying pink elephants. I’ve never seen either, but then I’ve never seen Donald Trump either (maybe I should be thankful from what I hear?) but the point is we can discuss things that don’t exist in some particular dimension if we realize that when we mention these non-existent “things” we bring them alive, but in a different, usually a private, dimension and context. My Unicorns won’t crap on your birthday cake if you fail to fight for their non-existence.
I say flying pink elephants exist. You say they don’t exist. Philosophy goes one better and says, can either of you use the concept, pro or con, to make your own life, or your world, a better place? Does the idea of a pink elephant help or hinder your life’s goal, or purpose, or are you just being childish by insisting such exists, or such does not, cannot, exist? That’s the bottom line, isn’t it. All our ideas, thought, verbalized and finally acted upon, should they not all serve but one purpose: to make ourselves, and our world, a better place for all?
That’s where the “right” and “wrong” comes into play: my (your) interaction with others. To help or to harm. To protect or abuse. To give or to steal. To take responsibility or act irresponsibly.
As Forest Gump would say in his inimitable simple way, “That’s all I gotta say about that.”