Ignorance is bliss: This assumes that we can leave all intellectual activity, and all political responsibility, to somebody else and live our lives as vegetable beneficiaries of the moral and intellectual virtue of others.
This brings the reduction of the citizen to an object of propaganda, private and public, is one of the greatest dangers to democracy. The prevalent notion is that the mass of the people cannot understand and cannot form an independent judgement upon any matter; they cannot be educated, in the sense of developing their intellectual powers, but they can be bamboozled. The reiteration of slogans, the distortion of the news, the great storm of propaganda that beats upon the citizen twenty-four hours a day all his life mean either that democracy must fall prey to the loudest and most persistent propagandists or that the people must save themselves by strengthening their minds so that they can appraise the issues for themselves.
Upon first read, it could be assumed that the above was written by a deep thinker of today and, depending on your political leanings, influenced by either the right or the left. Either side will see the mirror on the other, and see it as truth. My point in printing it is that we all need to take a step back from the ledge and to peer through the window on the other side; throw aside the propaganda yolk and think for yourself. Ignorance is not bliss; it is an abomination of free thought and civility.
And just for perspective: the second paragraph cited above was written in 1952 by Robert M. Hutchens, Chicago University.
Briar, son of Patch, is perfectly happy working as a low-level scribe for the Church of Ubel, spending his off time painting seascapes, walking on the beach, and being alive.
That last one is put in imminent danger when the Church hierarchy determines the god Ubel has gone insane. A delegation is gathered to journey to the Oracle of Hiephi so they can learn what must be done to cure the psychopathic deity. Briar, very much against his will, must accompany the group, ostensibly to chronicle the journey for inclusion in the official Church archives.
During their adventures, horrific visions of an angry, scowling teenager plague Briar, and he soon learns there is a deeper, darker reason behind his inclusion in this insanely dangerous quest.
Facing the likes of bloodthirsty pirates, a bloodthirstier gnome talent agent, and The Slobbering Hound of Chaos, Briar slowly, and oh so unwillingly, learns his place in the world. He might even manage to become a hero. If he survives.
Paul and I are at one of our favorite coffee shops today. After the usual catching up BS and bitching about the political climate, we will hopefully have a productive day of writing. The plan is to work on three projects: the next Spade Case Files, “Ship” book 3 and a movie project we are currently working on. Of course there will be coffee and alcohol involved – so all in all a good day. Cheers! Steve and Paul
Hula girl is helping with our next book. For those of you who don’t know. Hula girl took a trip across country with Gary and I; ending up in Joshua Tree California. She became a hit and people wanted to see more of Hula Girl’s adventures. So her exploits will become a recurring theme. I will also post some of her past travels so you can get an idea of just how cool she is.
Below is an example.
She enjoyed California but didn’t much care for the gas prices.
This is Paul and I today. For us, it tends to go better later in the day. YMMV.
And commercials: My bologna has a first name…. you’re welcome.
This is how they were shipped from the factory. There have got to be some of these sitting around somewhere – I would love to get my hands on one. Of course, so would a lot of other people, who have way more money than I do.
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