…And herein lies the oppressiveness of institutionalized irony, the too-successful rebel: the ability to interdict the question without attending to its subject is… tyranny. It uses the very tool that exposed its enemy to insulate itself.
You are not your professional façade. You are not your paycheck allegiances. REMEMBER?
Finley Peter Dunne wrote that the job of the writer and journalist was to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”
As a writer, my place is pretty modest, but I think I can do that.
Once upon a time in a mythical land, the men did all the important work, like arguing over competitive sports, or debating what country theirs should fight in a war… while the women did the less important things, like balancing the checkbook, teaching the children and tending the vegetable garden
“If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster.”
“Near the day of Purification, there will be cobwebs spun back and forth in the sky.”
“A container of ashes might one day be thrown from the sky, which could burn the land and boil the oceans.” – Hopi prophecy
“I conceive of God, in fact, as a means of liberation and not a means to control others.” – Baldwin, James. Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son. 1961.
“If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him.” – Baldwin, James. The Fire Next Time. 1963.