And you shall lead a live uncommon
I have been encouraged and comforted by seeing people moving away from "All those people who voted against what i want are stupid/crazy/ignorant/evil" and trying out the idea of respectfully listening to what other people have to say, meeting them where they are, searching for common ground. Thank you. That so many people are moving in this direction after such a divisive election gives me real hope for humanity/the future.
those of us on the left must DISMANTLE its notion that the 'values' voters are just plain crazy [...] they are not. they are passionate, respectable people who care about their country so much that they will stand in line in pensacola as long as those in cleveland - and in greater numbers. they are intelligent, they are hard-working, and they love their families. those that voted for security, did so because they thought about it and found gwb's aggressive foreign policy made them feel safer. those that voted for 'values' did so, because the left has done nothing but make them feel unwanted and anachronisticMelinda adds her own thoughts:
our public discourse right now, is all about ridicule. rather than debate one idea against another, it has become more effective, thus more important, to cut the bank upon which the other stands. this does not serve our discourse. it does not serve our democracy.
-Kevin Quigley (via Melinda)
I think that I'm coming around to the realization that our fight isn't about... well, fighting. It's about listening and encouraging real discourse and working to understand. It's so easy for us to talk to each other... to have civilized conversation with people who already agree with us. The challenge I've been having is finding any way to relate to or understand the people whose ideas oppose mine. That's what I've been struggling with here. I feel alienated and paralyzed because I don't understand half of my countrymen. And this is something I have to change if I'm going to have any part in helping to shift the direction this country is going in. I have to talk to people who don't agree with me. Not lecture to them or try to poke holes in their logic, but actually talk to them, without getting defensive of my own ideas and beliefs.Interesting: electoral map in shades of violet.
wisdomeagle talks about state-marriage and i am reminded of jacklemmon et al and state!porn.
A feel better meme, from scribbulus_ink:
In your journal, rec a story that you re-read for comfort when you need to feel better because it gives you warm fuzzies, a story you read recently that was scorchingly hot, and a long story that you re-read because you can lose yourself in it. It can be any pairing, any rating, any fandom.This morning i was thinking about how my Bible paper would probably work as my 10-page writing sample for grad schools, and then it occurred to me that i could totally talk about parallels to Buffy and turn it into my 20-page paper for UPenn as well. Yeah, that was my uber!dork moment for the day.
Have i mentioned that my adviser is the cutest thing ever? /exaggeration He’s writing something about representations of despair (article? book? i don’t know) and i had told him about Sandman so he was asking me if there were specific stories that focused on Despair, so thanks to oyceter and neil_gaiman i got a nice list, which i then e-mailed to him. His response, in its entirety: THANK YOU!
I e-mailed different people at UC-Davis and Illinois-Urbana this afternoon after having gotten unhelpful or nonexistent responses from people earlier this week and i got responses within hours. Helpful ones, no less. Joy.
I almost didn’t go to UMass class today, but i’m glad i did because Le Thi Diem Thuy was actually really interesting.
Walking back to the bus stop after class i was reminded that although i enjoy t-shirt and jeans weather and heavy layers are annoying, i really love the seasons changing.
Thanks to athene for the link to songs from Firefly. (Do Ctrl+F for [ Monday, March 29, 2004 - 23:55 ] for the full mp3 list. See also here.) Meredith, did you ever get an mp3 of “The Hero of Canton”? This has the clip from the ep plus the DVD feature.
Listening to some of the clips (there are dialogue clips as well as just musical interludes) is making me damn sappy, though.
I don’t even know who started this meme:
If you happen to be working on some creative writing project, fanfiction or NaNoWriMo or what have you, post exactly one sentence from each of your current work(s) in progress in your journal. It should probably be your favourite or most intriguing sentence so far, but what you choose is entirely your discretion. Mention the title (and genre) if you like, but don't mention anything else -- this is merely to whet the general appetite for your forthcoming work(s).
I have umpteen unfinished works, but here are the 3 things i’m working on at the moment:
= River’s voice echoes in Jayne’s mind at odd moments, and sometimes he wakes in the dark, certain that she is standing in the room with him.
= He would wonder later if this was part of why their parents sent her to the special Academy.
= The fact that his body didn’t seem to be radiating any heat should have been disconcerting, but in the hot and sweaty Bronze it was actually comforting.