Irony in the name
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:17am

the enlightened William Black.

Epiphanies don't always occur on the other side of a pinpoint of balance and time identified. Sometimes they evolve more slowly and insidiously, where it is hardly possible to pinpoint exact spot of the shift.

What Black did, that O'Reilly et al seldom do, is think about it over time. O'Reilly heard the Michelle Obama words he wanted to hear, instead of what she said. Then again O'Reilly is in the business of talking, not listening.

We elect leadership and representation from how well they speak. When does how well they listen enter consideration? Should that not be first? The listening man is thoughtful when the speaking man is thoughtless.

Remembrance of history is one thing. Glorification or attempted resurrection of a dead cause is another. Nostalgia for those good ole southern days on the plantation porch sippin' mint juleps while the darkies is in the fields pickin cotton sun up to sun down, singin' spirituals about God takin' dem away in a chariot because dey know nobody know what trubble dey seen; old times der are best forgotten. Delivery by human hands was out of the question. Lincoln go down their Moses.

聽 Chinese character for listen. It is four quadrants of understanding. It all says, "When I hear with all my mind and all my heart, ten times ten in concentration and dedication, then I am the king of listeners."

  • https://www.vox.com/first-person/2016/9/30/13090100/confederacy-myths-lost-cause Interesting article from a historian with an intriguing personal perspective on the Civil War and neo-Confederates.... more
    • Irony in the name — Pikes, Thu Sep 14 11:17am
    • Lost cause?PH👎🏼👎🏼EY, Thu Sep 14 7:33am
      The cause was then as it is now. States Rights, Yankee imperialism, and hypocritical idealistic do gooders seeking to overthrow an economic order operated by the Southern elites that was already in... more
    • I will see it now... Thanks! (nm)Sia☺giah, Thu Sep 14 1:00am
      • telling us about how HE sees the causes of the war and what's happening with it now. That's certainly valid and worth reading, but it does NOT seem to be about the historical facts of the causes of... more
        • Granted...Amadeus, Fri Sep 15 10:12am
          ...it's an opinion piece, but his is a very educated opinion, considering his field. My condolences on your family's loss. It's been a tough year. Amadeus