We see things not as they are but as we are. - Anais Nin
Stopping for a cup of coffee at a fast food place last week, I noticed that one of my fellow customers had one of those infamous bumper stickers on the rear of his vehicle, proudly proclaiming (warning?) that “The South Will Rise Again!”
Well, you can’t fault someone for enthusiasm, I suppose.
Still, you sort of have to wonder just wonder where this person has been all of their life.
I guess it might be easy for someone with a permanent chip on their shoulder to imagine that the southern part of the United States is still thought of as a mix between Mayberry and Deliverance, but only if . . . and you pretty much have to emphasize this . . . only if they are totally unaware of life in the 21st Century.
Between poets, singers, writers, politicians, great scientists, captains of industry, sports figures and military heroes - just to scratch the surface - the South is pretty well represented in modern American culture. Yet on a regular basis, some grim yahoo will pronounce, “The South will rise again!” as if their audience is every bit as pig ignorant as they are.
And yes, Obeisant Reader, I realize that this is the point at which I am expected to begin listing said Southern heroes. Well, I ain’t gonna do that, because no matter who I name, or how many, there is always somebody in the back of the room who is going to cry out, “What about______? No list is complete without ______! Snob!”
But I think that by this late stage of the game that enough of their names have drifted by on our individual and collective radar screens that I don’t need to. Suffice it to say that the South “rose” quite a long time ago, and continues to do so, so long as folks strive for excellence in their chosen fields.
So there, all of you idiots with those moronic license plates.
Coralie Koonce: Models, Myths, and Muddles: Thinking Toward Survival
Can Humanity survive stone-age thinking? That’s the question posed by Fayetteville writer Coralie Koonce in her excellent book, Models, Myths, and Muddles: Thinking Toward Survival. Koonce, who many may recall from her days writing for Grapevine, has written an engaging work that is both challenging and entertaining.
We ignore what this book says at our peril.
Quote of the Day
“To the Batcave!” - Batman (Adam West), Batman TV series - 1966