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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
redwitch Feb 2013 #71
Curmudgeoness Feb 2013 #72
defacto7 Feb 2013 #77
mac56 Feb 2013 #78
Martin Eden Feb 2013 #79
radiclib Feb 2013 #80
Shankapotomus Feb 2013 #82
jazzimov Feb 2013 #84
Mister Ed Feb 2013 #85
A HERETIC I AM Feb 2013 #86
cry baby Feb 2013 #90
Left2Tackle Feb 2013 #91
BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #92
EndlessMaze Feb 2013 #93
calimary Feb 2013 #94
JDPriestly Feb 2013 #95
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patrice Feb 2013 #98
Enrique Feb 2013 #100
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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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Response to SidDithers (Reply #20)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:03 PM

89. Guffaw!!

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:43 PM

73. Own any purple suits...?

"others take their joy elsewhere..."

By pissing on different forms of joy they themselves do not approve of; but in a completely defendable manner, done with a back-handed compliment, and just a hint of arrogance... much like many televangelists.


Own any loud, purple suits that look good on a Sunday morning podium...?

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #73)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:55 PM

76. the poster felt it necessary to piss on people who didn't like his little commercial by calling them

 

joyless (because they don't like a fucking commercial????) so i don't give a rip.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:24 AM

21. If the axe grinders, complaint mongers & perpetual outrage farmers ever really start to get to me,

I'll take a break or use the iggy feature, which I have up to now studiously avoided.

Until then, like the Dude I will abide, with the help of the old Prankster Maxim "Fuck Em If They Can't Take A Joke"



Gotta keep your sense of humor. There are lots of good people, lots of funny people, lots of positive, bright people on this site. I'd be lying if I said I didn't think that some of the abuse, the bullying, and especially the bullying and abuse done under the rubric of rooting out bullying and abuse (untangle that knot, Gordo!) hasn't taken a toll. It has. By the time the post election gun troll season was underway, to quote Dr. Gonzo, "The fun had drained out of it".

But, the place is what we make of it. I. refuse!!! to give in to dourness.




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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #21)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:24 PM

65. Well put Warren. Thank you.

See my sig line.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #65)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:01 PM

88. Dig It.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #21)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:36 AM

96. well said as always.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 03:36 AM

22. A few advantages of age:

1) You don't give a damn what other people think which brings with it a wonderful level of freedom.
2) You realize the vast majority of things you've been worrying about are truly insignificant in the great scheme of things.
3) Whoever it is that you're mad at has, most likely, forgotten the incident long ago.
4) You are accountable to no one but you so be kind to yourself.

Peace,
LTH

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #22)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:46 AM

31. Great post LTH. nt

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #22)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:26 PM

69. I'm going to print this out.

I have had a hellacious week, because of the inability to do #1 and #4.

These are words I need to learn to live by, if I don't want to die from stress and/or depression at a too-young age.

Thanks for this.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 05:04 AM

25. Fatalists at DU

They seem intent on making others into fatalists. I feel sorry for them more than anything. A joyless existence, how very sad.

I refuse to get sucked in and I really appreciate your post on the matter.

Julie

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:00 AM

26. I found out long ago that I can withstand only short dips into DU anymore.

And because of that, I am quite irrelevant here now.

You are paying the price for staying in the saddle here.

And I admire you for it.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:08 AM

27. In my Favorites

That is why this link is also in my favorites. Sometimes the haterade gets deep and wide around here. Hard to have a good day in the middle of a minefield.


http://www.cracked.com/

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:53 AM

28. "Dont stand in the way of our joy" - Doris "Granny D" Haddock

http://www.grannyd.com/speeches/sub-speeches/dont-stand-in-the-way-4-30-03.htm

After Granny D admonishes those (too many of us here at DU) about always judging and applying "precious political standards" to all candidates and officials, she ends her speech with the following observation:

(snip)
This is great work. Did you, as a child, hope that one day it would be in your hands to save the world? Then rejoice. Is it not indeed joyful to find yourself embarking on a life of great meaning? Yes, that is the great peace march smile we saw on the streets of New York and Washington and San Francisco and a thousand other cities and towns, is it not? Aren't we joyful for this moment, when all is at stake? We are, we are. And do not stand in the way of our joy.

For what is life, if not a theater of the soul where we might take our part for good or ill? What better thing do we have to do in these months ahead than save the world? We will, we will. And do not stand in the way of our joy.

(snip)

Great advice, from a woman who lived for a century and witnessed all the good, bad, ugly, evil, tragic, and glorious in it.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:59 AM

29. The pleasure of criticizing takes away from us the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things.

--Jean de la Bruyere

One of my favorite quotes.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:10 AM

30. Yes. DU's cranky civil libertarians and anti-war activists are very similar to 2nd wave feminists...

humorless and without joy.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:50 AM

32. I really enjoyed reading this.



DU Rec.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:52 AM

34. "and in the end....."

you know the rest. Good post, Will !

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:02 PM

35. One of your best posts, and very sound advice....

....I guess some folks like getting wrapped around the axle on every issue, no matter how small or large.

I would also add that the real world is made up of an infinite number of shades of gray with none that are purely black or white.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:14 PM

37. You expect 1000s of members to all agree with each other? Why are you here? n-t

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Response to Logical (Reply #37)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:15 PM

38. Is that what I said?

Live up to your screen name and try again.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #38)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:24 PM

43. "Far too many of those who populate this and other forums seem to function in an absolute void"

Of joy?

Well some people will disagree with every topic! Unions, immigration, etc. So you want to login and read some posts where there is no disagreement? Makes no sense to me on a discussion board. And some topics they will agree on. Normal behavior.

Maybe your reaction to people arguing is the issue. I can disagree here and not be unhappy. And the DU is not 1% of my life!

Maybe a discussion board is not your deal.

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Response to Logical (Reply #43)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:48 PM

75. Observations are two wholly separate concepts and words...

Observations and expectations are two wholly separate concepts and words with wholly different meanings...

Maybe words are simply "not your deal"

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #75)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:25 PM

83. LOL, hit a nerve I see. Funny. n-t

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:19 PM

39. Thank you.

I am forever grateful for the "Trash this thread" function.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:20 PM

40. I won't judge, I admire your resolve to your postion...

However mine still stands firm in that the ad was subtlely steeped in tones of anti-labor divisiveness.

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #40)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:25 PM

44. Of course it was.

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 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 it isn't just that ad I'm talking about. It's far more than that. The ad was only one example. I could name a dozen more.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #44)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:27 PM

45. Well shit yeah, then...

The production value of this 2 minute ad was phenomenal!

Here, here!

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #45)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:37 PM

49. :-)

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #44)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:03 PM

61. I used to enjoy Paul Harvey too.

We listened to him over lunch hour when I was putting up hay over the summer in high school.

He wasn't so much a right-wing mouthpiece at the time as a guy who seemed to appreciate rural life. Perhaps I just wasn't very aware at that point in my life.

I liked 'the rest of the story' too, but I didn't feel like the Dodge commercial accurately represented the current farmer, and looking back on Paul Harvey's work it seems a little corny.

I agree that it's hardly worth throwing a shit-fit over.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:21 PM

41. K & R and seconded!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:28 PM

46. I have to ask (I think this is great, btw)

has this come about since your daughter was born? I know having kids was a real life and soul changer for me. Just wondering if she was a catalyst at all.

Anyway, I'm a happy person most of the time. I've been a chronically angry person before, and it's a really bad place to be. I really don't ever want to go back there again. I much prefer to be this way.

Good on ya, Will.

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Response to Butterbean (Reply #46)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:41 PM

50. The lady has not arrived yet.

End of March.

And you may be on to something.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #50)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:44 PM

52. D'OH! My bad.

Why did I think your wife had already delivered? Sorry, brain fart. Anyway, advanced congratulations.

My kids changed a lot about me, it's amazing how it happened.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:35 PM

47. I agree with all of this.

I recently retired and looked forward to being able to keep up with events more completely but found myself becoming overwhelmed with negative news and developments all day. I remembered that when I was overwhelmed with GWB, during those years, what kept me going was The West Wing. I have been watching it again on Netflix. It gives me hope even though it is fiction. It makes me think of what could/should be. I liked the farm ad too, but the little Clydesdale.....too good.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:44 PM

53. I call your Whitman and raise you an Emerson ...

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. --Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)

(Used as a sigline by at least one DUer)

Consistency is overrated, and accounts for the undeserved success of some really crappy operating systems software, among other things.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:44 PM

54. Don't worry, be happy

Really man?

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Response to whatchamacallit (Reply #54)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:45 PM

55. If that's what you took from this,

I don't know what to say.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:50 PM

56. Sometimes after reading DU for awhile, I feel like everything sucks

because the general suckitude of pretty much everything is beaten and flogged and ranted about to the point where I just want to slump down the basement stairs, crawl behind the water heater and drink cheap gin right out of the bottle.

But I don't do that. Instead, I fold up the laptop, open my iTunes library, pet the cats, eat some chocolate and forget that the Internet is a world full of gloom and doom. The real world has its great share of that, too, but there also is plenty to make us joyful. So when it seems like he naysayers and doom-floggers on DU are shitting in our cornflakes I just leave it and look at flowers.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #56)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:48 PM

74. Because according to some here, everything does.

DU never disappoints. Outrage over an ad paying tribute to farmers. Farmers!

I'm surprised there haven't been similar posts bashing the Sarah McLachlan ASPCA ads. Maybe that's because they don't run during the Super Bowl, which is another reprehensible part of our culture.

This crap does get old. Going to log off and sit with my dog for awhile.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:51 PM

57. I am a hypocrite.

I drive a car, though it is a hybrid.

I also know how to have fun much of the time,
and I understand the grace of forgiveness.

I mean, if someone does something forgiveable,
what's the point of forgiveness?

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Response to ananda (Reply #57)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:35 PM

60. Simply Devine

That was a simply Devine answer!!!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:16 PM

63. You are living in a world populated by humans. Humans aren't perfect. Life

can be tough for all of us.

Stop the whining and lighten up.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:26 PM

66. Will, as always you cut to the chase.

As Mrs GoS says:

It's important to enJoy every moment.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:24 PM

68. K&R n/t



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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:33 PM

70. Remember, it's all a cosmic joke. HA HA HA HA

None of us are getting out alive, so enjoy and appreciate what you can.
Don't let fear rule you, spread joy.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:42 PM

71. I hear ya Will.

Somedays I don't even come here because I don't want to feel bad about my fellow humans. I intend to keep dancing and allow myself joy, I wish everyone would.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:42 PM

72. When they get you down, check the pets group.

Unless someone just lost a pet, there is a celebration of joy there.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:58 PM

77. You're a great writer, William.

and I appreciate the honesty and straightforward attitude very much. I also agree with you and maybe some of us have learned a thing or two from your post; I know I have.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:08 PM

78. There are many who are not happy

Unless they are not happy.

Bravo, Will.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:15 PM

79. Their is no joy in Mudville.

But if hope springs eternal, joy is possible.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 08:33 PM

80. Hey, Will---ya know what?

You're a pretty good writer. You oughta do somethin' with it.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:10 PM

82. People and lamenting go hand in hand

Ultimately it is useless to implore others to cooperate in our individual idea of happiness. It just leads to more frustration. Judgement from others will continue no matter what we say or do, and usually because we keep involving others in our saying and doing. We are not going to find undisturbed happiness on a forum loaded with different and contradictory perspectives.

If you want to be perfectly happy, all you need is yourself. Unhappiness takes teamwork.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:30 PM

84. An old friend of mine said something to me

about a particular person, but I have found it applies to several people;
"If the world were perfect, some people would complain because they had nothing to complain about."

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:32 PM

85. I was almost going to reply with...

"Nice Post, Hitler!"

But, although I'm sure you'd get the joke, I couldn't bring myself to do it. Instead, I'll just echo your sentiment:

Have a nice day.

(It's not a cliche when it's uttered in sincerity)

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:34 PM

86. This thread deserves a doobi dooo

DOOBIE DOOBI DOOOO!







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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:48 PM

90. I liked the farmer commercial, too.

Many of my ancestors were farmers.

I'm proud of that fact...joyfully proud!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:58 PM

91. Hear Hear!

We each have to find a way to put some joy and happiness in our lives. It's good for digestion, after all.

And for me, I enjoyed the halftime show. Dead animal skin and all.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:14 PM

92. very good essay and thanks for putting into words

the fact of contradiction and the need for joy. We do our best to do the best. Even if we don't meet the standards of the Most High and Righteous.

I didn't watch the Stupid Bowl ( ) but I still appreciate what you've said here. Very eloquent.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 11:18 PM

93. To farm/garden is joy

Thanks Will,

I look out for joy every chance I get. I get a lot of it when I read what folks are up to at DU. I get your post, because last I looked, life is worth living.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:08 AM

94. Ah, Will,

You made me think of the time I interviewed Jonathan Winters, and among his many witticisms: "certainly beats the ol' dirt nap." Every time I find myself upset, I try to haul that one out (when I'm not upsetting myself too much to remember it, that is), and give myself something else to think about. Always helps me snap out of it.


LOVE the Whitman quote, btw!


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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:22 AM

95. Loved the Farmer Ad. Love the Banker take-off even more.

Loved the Farmer Ad because I am from the Midwest and my ancestors were farmers. That is why I love gardening so much.

But when it comes to politics, I sometimes am happy and sometimes very, very disappointed. It's a mixed bag for me.

Therefore, I love the Banker take-off even more.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:38 AM

97. So So True.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 01:20 AM

98. The greatest poets, like Walt Whitman, understood a great deal about the perfection of imperfection.

I wonder, sometimes, though I suppose there are those who'd say that I am not qualified to do so, whether that trait of true poetry has to do with the fact that some cosmologists say that if we were capable of referring to a prime mover, the first cause of the universe, that reference to the creator would have to contain the notion of imperfection, because the conformity of absolutist unity would be too sterile to create anything, let alone the music of the spheres that all true artists sing.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:16 PM

100. the dissenters give me joy

If you or any given person chooses to submit, that is perfectly ok, I completely mean that.

But if everyone submitted to it, it would be totally depressing. There was a guy at last Monday's staff meeting that expressed his indifference to the Super Bowl, and I said THANK YOU!!!!! When he did that, it made me HAPPY!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:41 PM

102. So true...

 

Nice reminder to enjoy life.

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