Do I have to title this?

I’ve got a full day ahead of me with not much time to post anything. I’ve read a bunch of things this morning that really disturb me and I’m having difficulty finding words for the things I’m thinking right now.
If you’re looking for something to read, go check out Charlie’s entries for July 4 and 5.

4 thoughts on “Do I have to title this?

  • July 6, 2002 at 10:23 pm
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    Mr. Sebold should stay away from Charlie Manson.

  • July 7, 2002 at 5:48 pm
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    I’ve already given that comment about Charles Manson more attention than it deserves. I’ve never thought about it, but the reality is that if anyone I know should talk to Charles Manson, it’s probably Charlie. He actually might stand a chance of getting through to the lunatic.

    I should have clarified a bit more. Charlie’s entries for July 4 and 5 were more gracious than I felt like being about the same stories. Those stories bothered me. Charlie’s entries did not.

    The garbage–no, it’s crap–in the Middle East really bugs me. The idea that a supposedly learned tribal council would hand down a sentence of gang rape completely disgusts me. And it bothers me that I’m not hearing more noise from the left-leaning human rights organizations about it. It’s almost like the people who should care about the plight of this unfortunate woman don’t, because she doesn’t help any of their other political agendas.

    I’d really like for someone to prove that sentiment wrong. I really would.

    And part of it is that I’m a moody person. I go from mountaintop to valley bottom very quickly, and sometimes very frequently. It rarely affects my work and my ability to function, so I haven’t sought to do much about it. The two times when the mountaintops disappeared and I lived entirely in the valleys, I got professional help and it was effective. The last incident was more than four years ago.

    Friday night, I was on the mountaintop, because I’d managed to capture the essence in video of one of the best nights of my life. For the first time in my life, I’d produced a two-and-a-half minute video segment entirely of my own material that I was happy with and eager to show other people. I had dinner with a couple of friends who couldn’t figure out if I was OK or not. I was in the same room with them, but my mind wasn’t. But I was fine. There just wasn’t any way I could take them where I was. There are exactly 43 people in the world who would have understood, and none of them were there.

    I should have stayed off the web the next morning. I didn’t.

  • July 8, 2002 at 4:26 pm
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    Dave, one thing we tend to forget is the concept that we are essentially amphibians, living partly in the secular world and partly in the world of Another. After breathing clean, cool air for a time, returning to the water and the muck can be most disconcerting…

    But, considering we grew up in this world and rely on it for day to day sustenance for our bodies, it is one we must deal with. …and perhaps the blend of the two worlds is what allows us take our experiences in the one and translate them into artworks and stories and music (and hybrids such as your video) to help sustain our minds. …and bring the news to others.

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