So That My Son Could Be A Poet – Fake News

More accurate quote attributed to John Quincy Adams

 

Seeing Is Believing?

I like this quote.  It isn’t an accurate quote, at least I don’t believe it is, but I still like it.  It is easy and it fits what I believe.  

“I am a warrior, so that my son may be a merchant, so that his son may be a poet.” – John Quincy Adams

I like a lot of things that are easy and fit my belief system.  Seems reasonable, right?  For example, last night at about midnight, the rain and lightning were keeping me awake.  I pulled out my handy dandy mini computer (you know, my phone) and checked out my weather app.  It said the current weather was sunny and fair.  For a quick moment, I mean really really quick, I thought perhaps I should step outside because what if it wasn’t raining and we just had some sort of leak making water noises from all the previous rain. For just the slightest moment I was able to consider that perhaps my phone knew some truth that I couldn’t see for myself.

It happens, give me a break.

It happens to all of us.  Perhaps we should all give each other a break.  It can be understood how we could believe things that fit into our value system, even if what we actually see doesn’t fit.

If we refuse to give each other a break, some benefit of the doubt, then how are we possibly going to communicate?

Is All Of Life Political?

So, not that anyone will see this or care, right now I have several projects that I am working on.  The purpose of this blog originally was to follow the startup of a business I have been working on.  I have made as much progress on my own as I can, regarding the technical aspects, and so have found a “pathfinder” to help bring together the technical team.  Meanwhile, I have a little more time to do the parts I know how to do, and to learn about the specific ways I may ultimately market, more of the financials, research, policies and procedures, etc.

And, (so fun)  I suddenly have a little more wiggle room for down time, reflection, and writing.  That means I get to start writing a story, just for fun.  It doesn’t matter if anything comes of the writing, because I am enjoying the process.

I am writing the story from two perspectives.  That of a young woman running away from her past and of a child growing up in the mid seventies and 80’s, reaching adulthood in the 90’s.  The woman leaves home with her 2 children in tow and a secret she doesn’t want to share.  She leaves in the midst of Hurricane Agnes, during the early ’70’s, and subsequently creates her own hurricane.  She meets someone, ends up quickly pregnant, and they create a life together.  Early in their marriage, they maneuver through the turbulence of Wall Street during a crash in 1973-74 which changes their relationship, as well as changing how they navigate their own life journeys.  Meanwhile, the child’s perspective tells the story of what was learned growing up, albeit accidentally taught, and how his trajectory was altered due to secrets.  Then tells about an economic crash stemming from automation, and how life changes with a new understanding of what is important.

So, my downtime gets to include all of my favorite subjects.  Love and life, how we manage both romantic and non romantic relationships, parenting, the stock market, business, and how the political landscape impacts society…and vice versa.

It’s the politics part that is super duper incredibly annoying to me, even just in my own writing.  I mean, by this point in history, aren’t we supposed to be at a better place?  Aren’t we supposed to be all artsy fartsy? Haven’t we learned the lessons of history well enough to understand what fighting does?  Especially fighting amongst ourselves.  Weren’t we supposed to go from fighting to science to poetry?  I thought John Q. Adams made great points.

 

The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.”

John Adams, Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife

I Think Maybe We Are Missing The Point

I don’t know about you, but I am pretty dang sure that “more” is not equalling more connected and more understanding.

More TV channels, more social media, more information, more choices, more readily available everything.  And yet, what the heck, we aren’t actually communicating.  

On social media, we stay in our own little bubbles, hearing what we want to hear.  But, I think, maybe we are mostly just saying what we want to say.

I have 2 work FaceBook pages, plus my personal FaceBook, a work Twitter and a personal Twitter, 2 work Instagram accounts, and a private Instagram account.  Plus blogs.  Plus SnapChat (however the heck that works…).  What I see is that each account has a little different “feel” to the threads.  I gotta say – I most prefer one of my work related Instagram accounts the best! It is positive and supportive of families and has a lot of sharing of ideas. This is the one, if you are interested in following. https://www.instagram.com/babysittingcircle/

I think I like it so much because of new finds for me, including Parental Pivot and The Analytical Mommy and Fake Adult Mom and Dr. Aimie . Plus old favorites, including Mama Smiles and Janet Lansbury , and my all time favorite (especially since so many of my friends learned so much there) Sunflower Creative Arts .  My own values typically align with these kinds of pages.  It is my comfort zone.

Still, sometimes I have to get out of my comfort zone bubble pond. Be places in real life and online where I am challenged and can respectfully disagree while still learning from others. It is the sharing of ideas that brings me so much hope for utilizing social media as an avenue to actually communicate. 

Whatever the case, however things continue to evolve, I think lots of life has to do with politics.  We are creating our nation (and our world, for that matter) by making our voices heard.  We need to be certain that we are being heard and represented.

But mostly, we need to be certain that we are listening to others, respecting opinions, discerning truth, and choosing leaders we are proud to follow.  It is a big frickin’ deal.  Our leaders need to understand that we depend on them to first and foremost act with integrity for the combined interests of the people.

We need our leaders to reflect our values, so we better be showing what our values truly are.  It is about personal responsibility first.  

Because, in your heart of hearts, don’t you want to help create a functioning society where fake news isn’t the phrase of the day, and perhaps your children can focus on things other than fighting?

PS. Do you love the featured image?  I love the paintings by Joel.  http://artistjoelrjohnson.com