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.