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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:19 AM

A DU Lament...

"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes." - Walt Whitman

You may have noticed an edge of irritability, or even outright hostility, in some recent posts of mine. This is the product of a compounding of issues that all boil down, for me, to a simple and unfortunate truth: I am incapable of functioning without at least a fragment of joy in my life, and that apparently stands me at odds with a great many people whom I would otherwise call allies.

Far too many of those who populate this and other forums seem to function in an absolute void of joy. There is nothing that cannot be torn down, knocked over, insulted, denigrated, criticized, or pruned of even a single molecule of goodness or pleasure. Everything must come with its pound of flesh duly taken, weighed, and judged.

For a very, very long time, I was very, very angry every moment of every day. I am still angry for large swaths of the calendar, but have managed to carve out a small space where I can simply enjoy something without calling down the fires of Hell and damnation. This is a world where it is virtually impossible to avoid being a hypocrite...a fact I wish to underscore to the Most High And Righteous among us, who ply their woe on computers made from components dug from mines in African war zones, which are then shipped upon disposal to Chinese landfills and burned, creating toxic smoke and water pollution that cause horrific birth defects in the children who live nearby.

This is fact, so ye purists among us, heal thyself.

I saw and enjoyed the Paul Harvey "Farmer" ad during the Super Bowl. Is it contradictory to enjoy an ad about farming in a world run by Monsanto? Sure, but I am going to do it anyway, because I will have a small space in my life for simple joy no matter how much it rankles your sense of nobility. I will be contradictory, because I am vast, and contain multitudes...and I strongly suggest you figure out a way to do the same, or you will wind up with an ulcer the size of a car battery, muttering to yourself in a corner and utterly useless to the world you seek to save.

As always, if my demand to find some joy in my daily life puts your nobility in peril, feel free to deploy the Ignore function at your pleasure. Otherwise, know this: I will not be judged by those who make judgment their sole purpose for existing. It is, above all else, bottomlessly boring, and serves nothing other than the ego of the self-appointed judge.

Have a nice day.

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WilliamPitt Feb 2013 OP
DainBramaged Feb 2013 #1
solara Feb 2013 #23
CaliforniaPeggy Feb 2013 #2
bluestateguy Feb 2013 #3
nolabear Feb 2013 #4
LarryNM Feb 2013 #5
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #7
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #36
freshwest Feb 2013 #99
GoneOffShore Feb 2013 #64
tblue37 Feb 2013 #67
quinnox Feb 2013 #6
Rowdyboy Feb 2013 #8
DollarBillHines Feb 2013 #12
RudynJack Feb 2013 #9
DURHAM D Feb 2013 #15
VWolf Feb 2013 #87
Beartracks Feb 2013 #10
Hekate Feb 2013 #11
freshwest Feb 2013 #13
pacalo Feb 2013 #19
OneGrassRoot Feb 2013 #24
mykpart Feb 2013 #14
pacalo Feb 2013 #16
JohnnyLib2 Feb 2013 #17
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #18
SidDithers Feb 2013 #20
Chorophyll Feb 2013 #33
Hissyspit Feb 2013 #42
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #48
Hissyspit Feb 2013 #51
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #58
Hissyspit Feb 2013 #59
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #62
FailureToCommunicate Feb 2013 #81
hfojvt Feb 2013 #101
Codeine Feb 2013 #89
LanternWaste Feb 2013 #73
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #76
Warren DeMontague Feb 2013 #21
GoneOffShore Feb 2013 #65
Warren DeMontague Feb 2013 #88
lumberjack_jeff Feb 2013 #96
Le Taz Hot Feb 2013 #22
Mojorabbit Feb 2013 #31
AngryOldDem Feb 2013 #69
JNelson6563 Feb 2013 #25
FredStembottom Feb 2013 #26
4Q2u2 Feb 2013 #27
DinahMoeHum Feb 2013 #28
LisaLynne Feb 2013 #29
Luminous Animal Feb 2013 #30
Chorophyll Feb 2013 #32
RagAss Feb 2013 #34
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #35
Logical Feb 2013 #37
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #38
Logical Feb 2013 #43
LanternWaste Feb 2013 #75
Logical Feb 2013 #83
GoCubsGo Feb 2013 #39
Earth_First Feb 2013 #40
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #44
Earth_First Feb 2013 #45
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #49
Blanks Feb 2013 #61
rustydog Feb 2013 #41
Butterbean Feb 2013 #46
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #50
Butterbean Feb 2013 #52
erinlough Feb 2013 #47
eppur_se_muova Feb 2013 #53
whatchamacallit Feb 2013 #54
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #55
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2013 #56
AngryOldDem Feb 2013 #74
ananda Feb 2013 #57
4Q2u2 Feb 2013 #60
virgogal Feb 2013 #63
GoneOffShore Feb 2013 #66
AngryOldDem Feb 2013 #68
WHEN CRABS ROAR Feb 2013 #70
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Martin Eden Feb 2013 #79
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Mister Ed Feb 2013 #85
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BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #92
EndlessMaze Feb 2013 #93
calimary Feb 2013 #94
JDPriestly Feb 2013 #95
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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:20 AM

1. Hear hear

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:43 AM

23. I second this

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:23 AM

2. Damn right, my dear Will...

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:25 AM

3. I'm a rebel

because I embrace American popular culture.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:39 AM

4. Absolutely. Joy is an absolute necessity. Else why bother.

The fact that I think this old world rocks and it's inhabitants are largely lovable in no way minimizes my concerns or efforts on its behalf. And I appreciate folks who feel likewise.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:45 AM

5. Some People Didn't Care for the Farmer Ad

Your Post is a projection.

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Response to LarryNM (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:47 AM

7. If all you take from this is "the Farmer ad,"

you're missing the point.

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Response to LarryNM (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:07 PM

36. Look! There's a "Woooooshhh" at 50,000 feet!! LOL!! nt.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #36)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:03 PM

99. Hehehe

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Response to LarryNM (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:20 PM

64. "Squirrel!"

Bright shiny thing!

Whooosh!

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #64)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:35 PM

67. Don't forget:

OMG!! Ponies!!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:47 AM

6. understood, and there are a lot of duers who focus on the negative

 

but I think that is also a sign of caring and idealism. I bet many of these duers are personally comfortable in their financial and living situations, but they care enough to know that there are many others who are struggling and so they focus on that, which is in one way a focus on the negative but in another a sign of compassion and empathy for their fellow man. That said, yea, there also those who seem relentlessly negative to the point of humorlessness.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:53 AM

8. A wise man once gave me some good advice..."Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke"

Thats how you should approach those who have no joy. Its their problem, not yours. Since I'm not overly self-righteous I enjoyed the farmer ad too. Sometimes life just happens....let it....

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Response to Rowdyboy (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:30 AM

12. Same, here

Followed by:

"Every Day is just like Christmas."

Al D Hennessee

The coolest guy I have ever known
DBH

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:01 AM

9. Judgment seems to be the currency here...

Did Beyonce whore up the Superbowl? Or was she a strong talented black woman? is Obama a decent President? Or is he a murderous dictator in the same vein as Bush? Is meat murder, or is it a rational dietary choice?

It seems any issue will be argued on the extremes, and god help anyone who disagrees with either side - they're trolls, they're puritans, they're newbies who are here to disrupt. Or maybe they're long-term infiltrators.

Like Clinton in '16? You're a DLC shill (does the DLC even exist anymore? I don't think so). Don't want Hillary in '16? You're a misogynist hater.

The middle ground is a magical, mythical place here.

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Response to RudynJack (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:53 AM

15. LOL

Thank you.

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Response to RudynJack (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:51 PM

87. Honestly, I think all discourse, online and off, is going in this direction

All arguments are becoming binary as we lose the ability to see things from the other side. There must always be a winner and a loser.





Oh, and if you don't agree with me, FOAD!!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:13 AM

10. You are a righteous dude.



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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:28 AM

11. I think we understand each other in this, Will

I have managed at last to carve out a few hours of joy each Friday, when I pick up my grandson after school and keep him overnight. I read and read and read to him. In the past couple of weeks it's been the Just So Stories, and I actually felt myself channelling Mehitabel the Cat when reading The Cat Who Walked by Himself, which was a remarkable experience.

I was angry at Bush et al. for 8 solid years, and it is hard to climb out of that hole. Too much dust and ashes in the mouth ends up choking a person. That bunch is not worth giving up my life for.

Nor is it worth giving up the time I have left on this Earth living in constant anger over the shortcomings of .... well, everything. As a depressive, it's already hard enough to carve out that small space just once a week.

Good post, Will.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:32 AM

13. Sad sacking gets old. I come here daily with a glad heart and expect the worst now.

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Misery is easy to create. It's the tool of the maliciously lazy. Happiness takes work, it is the reward for a life being well lived. Make the choice to not let others steal your hard earned joy. ~ Anon.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:01 AM

19. Happiness is truly a *choice* we make.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 04:24 AM

24. Awesome message, freshwest



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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:39 AM

14. Will Pitt, I have loved you for years.

Can I adopt you?

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:56 AM

16. Glad to K&R -- I agree 100%!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:59 AM

17. Thank you, Will P and Walt W.


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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:00 AM

18. if manipulative commercial propaganda makes you joyous, feel free. others take their joy elsewhere.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:04 AM

20. Oh, Hannah...



Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #20)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:52 AM

33. Double...

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #20)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:23 PM

42. It was a shit commercial.

All kinds of other things to be happy and joyful about besides it.

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #42)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:35 PM

48. You are correct in that shit is a by-product of all farms, large or small....

....but I enjoyed the commercial, too, and just for the almost nostalgic images it projected.

And I can be happy about other things at the SAME time! Imagine that!

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #48)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:43 PM

51. So can I.

Lousy argument for telling people off about pointing out the shit.

Yeah, I liked the pictures, too. How could they have done the commercial BETTER and more honest?

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #51)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:01 PM

58. "Telling people off"?? Really? Wow. nt.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #58)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:05 PM

59. Did I miss something?

"As always, if my demand to find some joy in my daily life puts your nobility in peril, feel free to deploy the Ignore function at your pleasure. Otherwise, know this: I will not be judged by those who make judgment their sole purpose for existing. It is, above all else, bottomlessly boring, and serves nothing other than the ego of the self-appointed judge."

I like Will Pitt! But, jeez, don't tell me he's not telling people off there. Come on.

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #59)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:06 PM

62. No doubt.

I am telling people off...but not people who had a problem with the farmer ad. I used the ad only as an example, but could have used a dozen more. Post about my daughter-to-be turns into a long avalanche of darkness about overpopulation and the idea that bringing children into the world is an act of supreme selfishness. Post about my dinner turns into ten verses and a chorus on how the food I've chosen to eat is an indictment of my character. I chose to make an example of the farmer ad. Of course it had vivid anti-labor overtones. And there was an unavoidable racial angle. And it was a fantasy about a life that is being driven out of existence by massive agribusinesses. And those trucks are pollutive as hell. And Paul Harvey was a right-wing mouthpiece.

See, I can know all that - every last inch of it - and still enjoy the artistry and photography of the ad, and feel as well a nostalgic twinge when I remember the sound of Harvey's voice filling the sun-soaked kitchen of my childhood as his little five-minute "Rest of the Story" vignettes came from the radio tuned to WBZ in Boston.

That's the fragment of joy I mean. I can hold both in my mind and heart at the same time...and again, the ad is just an example. The people I am telling off are not just those who went postal over the ad; of course not. The people I am telling off are the ones who peddle darkness, glumness, doom, shame and recrimination with every living breath.

Cheers, Hissyspit.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #62)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:07 PM

81. +1 for sun-lit kitchens, listening to WBZ... or WERS...or WBRS

"Fragments of joy" indeed.

Don't let DU get you down, Will: Butter daze are comin' by and by, lord, by and by

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #62)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:27 PM

101. does it really turn into a "long avalanche"

or just a few replies that turn into subthread flame wars?

perhaps that is one of the pitfalls of getting so many replies

I might find some joy in getting a reply or two http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022314253

you seem to get long avalanches of KNRs too.

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