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There are some people that think that writing is easy and effortless until they attempt to link thoughts, ideas, language, prose, and a pulse that is identifiable as “rhythm.” All of these things make up the “voice” of the writing as the words are merely abstracts that can mean different things if the writer is not precise in all aspects of the above. Even when those parameters are followed, creativity is required to make it interesting enough to read, but not too complex to be understood. It all sounds so easy doesn’t it? Staring at a blank piece of paper and allowing the mind to congeal and spill forth contiguous and conjunctive thoughts that add up to some conclusion and/or moral of the story, if that is the writer’s intent and end result. I have some difficulties with a few people, and some young people in general that think when I present problems I am being negative and they don’t understand or comprehend what I am saying. One young site called Bright Future that I was posting my blogs on -without notice other than a matter-of-fact letter- pulled off over 8 blogs that you can read right here for yourself for supposed “negative attacks and general negative tone.” The one they left “They Should Have Built It On the F…… Sun” was the most negative one I wrote, calling the last three generations at fault for allowing government to abandon alternative energy sources-that one they left…..go figure…..I cancelled that one myself because that was the best example of a negative tone of any I could see. Here’s the list of censored blogs, if you can find those negative attacks, let me know:
The Road Taken (The Balance of Life Through Centuries)
A Life or Death Issue (Stem Cell Research book)
Mirror, Mirror, The Spirit is Nearer (The Science of Spirituality)
The Future Use of Digitization-Part I
The Future Use of Digitization-Part II Copyright and Issues
The Future Use of Digitization-Part III, Immortality
What is Really Hip? (Ecology)
“Please, Pay it Forward” was about doing things for people to help those in need. “What is Really Hip” was about the hippie generation initiating the groundswell of the environmental movement that I was a part of. What was I, negatively attacking myself? Absurd, and I had to really think this out as to how anyone could be that off-base.
Another wanted a more “rounded” approach, that translates to “make it pretty for the reader.” I got pretty depressed about for a day until someone whose opinion I greatly value said some very nice things and encouraged me to write for me and the hell with who wants what. This is what I wrote to her:
I have become very discouraged and about to give up writing blogs completely, as all the efforts made seem to count up to nothing and I am so tired of fools that just don’t get it, much less those who just don’t care. ……. I was never looking for fame or fortune, just a small group of people that enjoyed what I’ve written to make it worthwhile. I have tried to connect with a younger audience, but I have found that they think the world is just going to be a beautiful place with no pitfalls or reason to think about anything negative happening. They haven’t experienced half their ass being chewed off as “life experience” yet, so without me writing it up as a “pretty” piece with truth and justice for all, including dessert-I get cast as writing negatively. When I try to explain the Ying and Yang are what life is, that all decisions one makes can be cast either good or bad and can also be both “good” or “bad” at the same time if one can even classify what is good or bad- it just is, period. Inevitably any decision anyone makes will have it’s drawbacks and successes, and they just don’t get it.
And my friend commented: “I don’t think you’re negative. Like I said, I think you are brilliant and I respect you.” Of course, I could never take a compliment well, not that it didn’t make me feel better, so I wrote her back this short poem that came forth quickly and right from my heart:
Of what use is a song that isn’t heard
the sweet melody of a bird
The joy of painted scenes
where no one has ever been
Of course the artist’s art
comes from their inner heart
but no more grace does one know
when just one sees their show
for in the end, the artist…for all….it is indeed the ego.
Today is a new day, I feel better and who reads this, reads it; and who doesn’t-that is their loss. My perspective is that of what is and to deny the bad things of this world is pretending they don’t exist and the “Bright Future” website acts as if the world will all be wonderful with no suffering or struggling. Posing problems and solutions without including touchy- feely “happy” articles is not their forte. Without questioning from whence the problems came deprives any reader of what is really behind the problem to begin with and is not in my opinion negative but is seeking the truth. In situations where there are already obvious answers, posing questions is a moot point. Why bother? The detriment of denial is that the “solutions” become shallow and without deep reflection as to “why” the situation is what it is from the beginning to the problem’s present position. A problem is there because decisions were made and the past adds up to what is now. A solution requires the examination of the past to truthfully and definitively answer those questions without bias. Good or bad is irrelevant, action and reaction are.
It is the questions that are not answered or not easily answered that pose the complexity of reality and allow stimulation of the human mind. I am disappointed there are younger people whose intent is good but their focus is so narrow as to not allow the freedom of expression other than “happy” news with simple and/or obvious solutions. The real mature thought process of science and the arts doesn’t just solve problems, it theorizes and postulates while stimulating others to question as well. The Ying and Yang, the process of BOTH SIDES of life remain regardless of one’s personal wants and accompanying censorship to force their “un-negative” idea of what really is. If there is any problem to be solved, someone or something has to be causing that problem. To deny that, is to deny reality. To call history and events “negative” is childish. On top of that every deed done, every action taken has both good and bad effects relatively for the human race, -always has, always will.
While we look at the touchy-feely, the warm and fuzzy, there could be negative and/or evil standing right behind you and your touchy-feely, warm and fuzzy may be the damn cause of it. You refuse to want to see for the sake of wanting the world the way you want it, sterilized of “bad” things. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This theorem just doesn’t apply in physics, but to all in the physical world. Ignore it at your peril.
Dedicated to the late William N. Hilderscheid (Billy)
There comes a point in one’s life when looking at obituaries and seeing your parent’s friends and acquaintances through the years changes gradually, and those names you are reading become your friends and acquaintances and the mild emotional twists in your gut become major ones. You begin to hear the internal clocking ticking and your steps are more cautious, less risky as the body is not as lithe and the time for healing longer-and more painful in all aspects of life-financial, physical and mental.
Jackson Browne’s lament “Running on Empty” from the early seventies seems a tad over-reactive worrying about such things at such a young age, but he was very aware of what the future held. Unfortunately, no one expects the “salad days” of youth to disappear, even when one writes and sings about it.
“In sixty-five I was seventeen and running up one-o-one
I don’t know where I’m running now, I’m just running on….
In sixty-nine I was twenty-one and I called the road my own
I don’t know when that road turned onto the road I’m on…”
And then there’s the great lyricist Robert Hunter:
“The wheel is turning and you can’t slow down
You can’t let go and you can’t hold on
You can’t go back and you can’t stand still
If the thunder don’t get you then the lightning will”
Great artists see things that the general population does not. They destroy their art to create new art. They may be tortured souls with the information that they discover, that most have no time or inklings to ponder……..but sooner or later will have to deal with, as the ravages of time move forward and Mother Nature clears the forest for the younger saplings to survive. The question is-Do you have any drive or wants to “pay it forward?” Do you want to give something back to humanity to counter the greed, fear, avarice, and selfishness of the world and begin to sow seeds of kindness, confidence, selflessness, and the surrender to the forces of the fate and spirituality? Do you want to even try and give something back before you dissipate and your temporal being vanishes from the planet? If you do, then do it now. Don’t wait to tell someone you care, don’t wait to lend a hand or give someone an unexpected positive boost. What is it that you are you waiting for? Is it because no one did for you? Is it the bitterness and the rejection of youthful dreams because it “just didn’t work out?” Time is short, don’t wait until you are alone in the world sitting or laying in a nursing home with a stranger wiping drool from your cheek. DO IT NOW! You might make a huge difference in someone’s life, even if you can’t make a damn difference in your children’s or your own. The circle goes round, you can’t go back and you can’t stand still……………..best to give of yourself and whatever you can, while you can. It will feel good to watch the change occur as the same investment you make takes hold, just don’t expect anything back and keep on, keepin’ on. Give back in any way you can, be it holding a door open for someone to handing a sandwich to a starving homeless person. No one’s asking you to open your bank account and clear it out, although those who have made more money than Croceus do for the most part set up foundations and trusts to help their fellow humans. Do what you can, when you can. It’s not hard and it’s contagious.