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My Holiday Wish For All, Damnit [Dec. 22nd, 2009|02:57 pm]
The American Caliban
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Hi there.

As snowflakes fall on happy little upturned faces and the wassail bowl is flung down decked halls, our minds turn inevitably to how everything is going to hell on hot greased rails. Therefore, here's my holiday wish for the world:

1. Spend less time raging at the extremes, trolls, and obviously manufactured non-issues you see on the television. Shun Sarah Palins, ACORNs, that crazy thing about the President dad sent in email, and Michael Moore. Almost none of it matters, and the people repeating it have no love for you.

2. Instead, look around where you live. Find out what's right and wrong with your town and your neighborhood. Look up who runs things and get to know those people better. Find the local charities and political action groups and see what can be fixed or encouraged locally. It's way harder to be BS'd when you can see what's happening, and way more rewarding to see change.

3. Pay more attention to your local political representatives and their opponents. Encourage what's good and discourage what's bad to them, early and often. It's the best way to deal with the pain of #1.

4. Lose an argument now and then. No, really.

Ho ho ho,


From: besskeloid
2009-12-22 11:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you for yet another injection of sense & perspective.

(I read part of the first sentence as "the wasabi bowl")
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2009-12-22 11:04 pm (UTC)
a wasabi bowl sounds great

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[User Picture]From: purejuice
2009-12-22 11:22 pm (UTC)
i once knew a guy who was in recovery and who, when life got very difficult fell back on his original addiction, which entailed jail bait and trade so rough it was life-threatening.
he needed to avoid these things, and he is the one who taught me that when you start talking back to the TV it's time to turn it off.
your #1 is one of the, if not the, secret(s) of modern life. i have a 12 days of unchristmas post i recycle every once in a while and my #1 is no downers. i think this qualifies.
thanks and happy hols.
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[User Picture]From: maps_or_guitars
2009-12-23 12:41 am (UTC)
You, sir,

make me happy about the day I set up my EllJay account.

And you do it all the time. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: taskboy3000
2009-12-23 02:06 am (UTC)
Arguments-as-a-contest is the worst possible meme to have developed. Plato/Socrates used arguments in a more constructive way.

Maybe in a few thousand more years, we'll lose that part of our monkey brains that seeks only to throw poo at/rape opponents.
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