Oh, it's on now!
The re-recorded Yardbirds tune came onto my Walkman just a few minutes ago. I do feel like I've been taken over, under, sideways and down the past 12 hours.
I had a talk with Alice that lasted about six hours yesterday, then we had a phone convo that lasted more than an hour. Relationships! Well, I'm glad we did have it; I am NOT sharing the lurid details, because they ain't nobody's business but our own. Suffice to say, things needed to be talked about, and it's all good.
Now...my attempts to edit "Silk Road Days" got about two pages, as I was diverted by other things. Always something.
OK...I have been castigated as a hypocrite! Can you believe that shit? Apparently, my good friend Riz, she of the "Letters from the Disgruntled Fringe" blog has caused the hairs inside the butt of a "Christian" to stand up on end, and oh boy is he up in arms!
He's not too happy with me, either. Yes, I must be a Visigoth in his Catholic eyes; Riz and I, among others are those who have ground the fine principles of fairness, morality and probity under our Pagan Wheels!
Well, ain't that a muthafuckin' bitch?
This all comes from Riz and her posting on Facebook about that Wall Street Journal writer, bitching about YA novels and what pervs us writers are in general. I wrote about this in yesterday's blog, "The First Duty."
The Catholic fellow was mostly going on Riz, and I will say he might have a couple of pretty good points. He did however go off on a rant, more than once about Riz's points of view, and on my blog.
He was right, it did go off into a rant, but that is how I write on the fly. Add to it, I was focusing on a specific part of society, which really is out of touch with the world about them.
This guy is a little out of it, too, in my own opinion. This goes back to another of my recent writings about Child Worship and Child Obsession. He I fear is far too overprotective of his children; far be it from me to say he is a bad parent, because I honestly do not think he is. He is doing the best he can, with the tools at hand and what he feels is right. I can't say ill of that.
I just think he's a bit too obsessed with molding his kids in his own image, and not letting them be children, and also not letting them be the human beings they will be.
We try too damned hard to turn our children into images of ourselves; some parents, and I see a lot of 'em here where I live, who have become so obsessed and paranoid that they become a detriment to their own kids' development.
It's not their fault, again with what tools one has to work with. You have to realize though...people are gonna leave the nest and be what they'll be. Is it not better to allow your child to open his/her mind and let them think for themselves?
I don't think a lot of parents do that. They are so obsessed with controlling every aspect of their kids' lives, then they wonder why the kid flunked out of college, or if they did graduate, why they're back home living in the room they grew up in, unable to find a job beyond the third shift at Wal-Mart, or with thousands of dollars in credit card debt (all of these are actual individuals that I know personally)...and the folks wonder why.
Look in the mirror. You're all trying, yes, but too hard.
Too often I see parents totally living out their dreams through their kids. They make their kids what they wish they could have been...they make them play sports, make them go to dance classes, shove them into theatre, slam them into youth ministry and church activities.
Because THE PARENTS were failures at one or all of these, and they fantasize that the kid is THEM.
Hey, if a kid expresses interest and an aptitude for these things, then wonderful. If you as a parent can help them along and facilitate this, more power to you! Just remember: you cannot be Stage Mommy or Daddy...DON'T use your kids, let them be kids.
This all gets back to the fact that a lot of parents are so megalomaniacal that they monitor every second of their children's lives because they fear there's a pervert around every corner that will warp their fragile little eggshell minds.
As I said to that individual, and this is based on my own interactions with my folks: the sooner you learn that life is hard, not fair, the better a person you will be.
As a kid, it was hard to get it at first, but I did soon after. No harm, no foul, no one hurt.
We are also constantly trying to find the BAD in everything! Everything we don't understand...where's the bad, the evil, the negative, the wrong? Can't see it, it MUST BE THERE SOMEWHERE, WE HAVE TO FIND IT!!!
I suppose we all are too quick to judge, and rip on each other. Sometimes, I feel I cannot do but hit back, because I have been called so many things when it comes to what I hold dear.
"I defend your right to (believe in God), but please know that you're wrong!" -- Jim Jeffries
One opinion...me, it makes me laugh.
I don't agree with Jim on that, but my beliefs are not so simple...but, I know Riz's debate partner would probably say I'm wrong, or worse.
We worry too much, folks...waaaaaayyyyy too much. We worry about everything we see in the media, we attack what we don't like, and in extreme cases, we try to destroy.
We obsess too much about things that don't matter in the grand scheme of things. We fear the gov't is out to get us; Christians live in fear that non-Christians and Atheists are out to get them; too many people are busy attacking left and right.
We need to get off our high horses, and start thinking a little bit. I know, that's hard, and rational, logical thinking is difficult for 99% of our nation, but well...
As human beings, we need to GROW UP.
We need to start seeing each other as human beings. Now, this is gonna blow your brains, but think about it:
1. CLOTHES DO NOT MAKE THE PERSON. I don't give a fuck what you wear or don't wear. I don't fucking care if you wear a suit or blue jeans; I don't care if your kid wears a school uniform or cutoffs and a t-shirt; and I really don't care what anyone wears.
I make jokes about stuff like that all the time...I certainly am not a fashion plate, nor do I care to be. You must NEVER judge a person by clothes, hair, skin color, tattoos, whatever.
People for years...my family, one of my old bosses, and others have said my image lends people to feel numerous emotions about me: fear is one of them. "You scare people," my old friend Bob once said. Maybe I do, but if you're gonna judge me on my looks, then I'm sorry...I really don't want anything to do with you, if we have never met.
2. YOUR RELIGION IS YOUR OWN DAMN BUSINESS, AND SHOULD STAY THAT WAY.
I don't have a problem with people having faith. It's when you misuse it that I get offended.
I am a Buddhist and a Wiccan...the parallels are very much the same, they really are. But I'm sure some of you will see me as some chanting hippie or a Satanist. Your loss.
I DO NOT see all Christians for example, as hateful, obsessive individuals who attack others publicly. I know many Christians who walk the walk and talk the talk as well. They go by the belief that Jesus walked about in this world in a quiet manner, and did not attack and assault others. His anger in terms of tossing the moneychangers out of the temple is one thing...an expression of anger, as Thich Nhat Hanh might say, is using it when it is required.
Taking care of Anger...it is an emotion that is a part of us...you must take care of it as you would yourself. It doesn't mean you can't feel anger, or express it. Just do not let it explode.
I have to be fair...my car has a Born Again Pagan sticker on it. Some people ask me what it actually means, and I'm glad to tell them. So to be fair, I don't care if people have Jesus or other religious stickers on their car. Your business.
It's when people leave notes on your car about how "wrong" you are, or veiled threats about repenting, that's where I get ripshit. Also, I despite people who justify hate and worse at people because they are not "just like them."
3. SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT HOW EVERYONE IS OUT TO GET YOU, PERSONALLY.
25 years ago, I believed things like that. As you get older, you do indeed mature, and I've seen the world in a different light. I am stunned to see so many people, normally who would be among the nicest, most interesting and intelligent people I know, suddenly go off the deep end.
The Rapture...Obama is a Muslim...Black Helicopters...WE'RE BEING WATCHED BY THE GOVERNMENT...the Pagans sacrifice children and animals (yep, I've heard that one)...THEY'RE OUT TO GET ME.........
GROW THE FUCK UP!
The government has more important things to do than worry about some damned unemployed sap who's glued to Fox News and Rush Limbaugh 24/7, the soccer mom who's obsessing over their three kids and their theatre/soccer/MMA practice (joking a little), and the religious wingnut who's stocking an underground bunker with three years' supply of canned goods and bottled water (I know one of those, too, yes I do...we were on jury duty together!).
4...(um, where were we?)
Oh yeah...I'm having to laugh right now. This has been fun to write, because it helps clear my head, and I surely hope you might be able to do that yourself.
Breathe, peeps...not every YA novel is going to corrupt your kid's mind...DIDN'T YOU WANT THEM TO READ INSTEAD OF PLAYING VIDEO GAMES, DAMMIT?!?
Not everything Lady Gaga says or does will kill you or your children. Glenn Beck is not going to preside over the end of the world, unless you choose to follow him. Obama is not sending the Men in Black to your house tonight (unless of course, you publicly threaten him).
Let's stop worrying so much over every little thing. Let's open our eyes and see the world for what it is...and let's stop fighting over which God is better than the other...Steve Earle wrote, "God is God," and really it's all the same.
All things are the same, just as they were in the past, just in different forms. Stop being so tight-assed and so paranoid. We're not all gonna die, not yet; none of this is the end of the world.