Category Archives: Discourse

Overheard at Trader Joe’s

So I’m in line at checkout. A vaguely foreign looking, fashionably dressed lady is checking out. Clerk is energetic, friendly, dutifully cheerful young man, making chit chat with the customers as he works. He notices her unusual blouse, and says, “I like your blouse.” She says, “Thank you. It’s my design. I am fashion-designer.” Her

Southern Accents

I moved to south Mississippi from Washington State in second grade, 1970. Hurricane Camille had blown through the previous year, wrecking the place. Hurricane Camille was just the most recent past thing that had happened here, whose memory was still so vividly felt, and whose reminders were still so visible. This was just an overlay

What you know, and what you don’t know.

There’s what you know, and what you don’t know, and how you feel about it. I feel pretty good about what I know. I know a lot of stuff. Tons of stuff I’ve learned or observed or memorized, almost all of it basically or potentially useful. Of course, it happens that something you think you

Two Twins

Two Twins. Men. Joel and Jesse or something. Identical. Finish each other’s sentences, folks can’t tell ‘em apart. They’re bright, likable, from a well-bred upper class East Coast family. Excelled in English and art. Both marry similar women, have similar kids. They work, succeed, make contributions,etc. Then one of them tragically dies — auto accident.

Myth, Science and Faith

The atheist and the fundamentalist share the belief that science and faith are incompatible. The atheist claims that the burden of proof of the claim that God exists is on the believers, not the skeptics. The fundamentalist claims authority that a true skeptic can never accept. Both are in error. I do not feel that

Mississippi History

#131 (Mississippi History), 30″ W X 36″ H,graphite & acrylic on canvas I’m the pleased owner of this incredible painting by my friend Ken Weathersby. Ken has produced a series of maze paintings for the last several years. This one had the unique feature of the Confederate Flag in the center of it, an unstable

Consciousness

How it’s all about consciousness. “god” is really just nature assigned a consciousness. Belief in the supernatural is all about the idea that consciousness pervades nature. How we as humans are set apart from the animals because of our supposed superior intellect, which is really just our consciousness. I think of consciousness as a matter

All Creation Involves Destruction.

Barney: All creation involves destruction. Ted: Yeah, man, for real! Barney: Art is therefore violent by definition. Art means making, and making means creating, which requires destruction, which is also the same as violence. Ted: Oh my god I never thought of that! Wow! Barney: Artists take risks, the best ones do anyways. And sometimes

What Works Depends Upon Conditions that Must Change

Fred: What works depends upon conditions that must change, therefore progress requires disruption of what works. Progress is inherently anarchic, and anarchy is inherently progressive. By “must” I mean both “should” for social/ethical/moral reasons, and also “will” in the sense that change is inevitable ultimately. Ethics can be seen both as a projection or imposition

Fear of Anything Was Fear of Death

I used to go around saying that fear of anything was fear of death, ultimately. Not many people listened to me. The few who did argued with me, saying things like “But some people are afraid of life.” I don’t know if I still think that fear of anything is fear of death. But I