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In The Run Up To A General Election [Mar. 22nd, 2005|12:02 pm]
Tony Grist
We are beasties, smart beasties, but still beasties.

We move in herds or packs. Herd Leader says "follow me into that valley because there's good moss to eat there," and we follow.

Even if past experience suggests that the moss will be scarce and the wolves plentiful.

And when Herd Leader says, "herd member X is unpleasing to me and needs to be driven out," we turn on herd member X and butt them in the ribs.

All of us together.

We disgust me sometimes.
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[User Picture]From: dakegra
2005-03-22 04:42 am (UTC)
let's ignore the herd leaders, and go to the beach instead.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-22 05:42 am (UTC)
if only.....
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2005-03-22 05:15 am (UTC)
There are still a goodly number of those who go their own way out there, thankfully. The stragglers, the ones on the edge of the herd, who look at a distance hill and wonder what is beyond.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-22 05:44 am (UTC)
The stragglers, the outliers, are our hope- as they always have been.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-03-22 06:07 am (UTC)
I took an English class a few years ago with some undergraduate students. Almost to a one, they were conservative, what we refer to in this country (and I with derision) Republicans . Not that there is anything wrong with being a Republican.

But the person I remember most is Josh Coffman. He must have been brought up by hippie parents. He went to WAshington to demonstrate against the WTO (and lost two teeth because of it. ) He wanted to be a lawyer but he was going to a different kind of law school.(hm...)

I thought of him when you mentioned stragglers and outliers.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-22 07:21 am (UTC)
When I was a kid it was fashionable for students to be left wing. Now it seems to be fashionable for them to be conservative. I don't suppose this represents anything more than a mechanical swing of the pendulum.
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2005-03-22 06:26 am (UTC)
You are one of those, I have no doubt, as am I. We are our own hope, and each other's.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-22 07:14 am (UTC)
I would like to think so.

I was quite conservative as a young man. I grow more radical and anarchistic the older I get.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-03-22 08:37 am (UTC)
I sometimes catch myself giving in to the common denominator, but then I catch myself. It's the radical and anarchistic people who change the world, I think. LIke the squeaky wheel, the burr under the saddle...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-22 10:40 am (UTC)
We're suffering the build-up to an election. Watching politicians tout for votes brings out the misanthrope in me.
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[User Picture]From: hepo
2005-03-23 02:25 am (UTC)
'It's the radical and anarchistic people who change the world, I think. LIke the squeaky wheel, the burr under the saddle...'

Well said.


HePo
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-03-22 08:54 am (UTC)
I grow more radical and anarchistic the older I get.

I'm glad you think for yourself, and your ideas often give me new ways of seeing things.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-22 10:37 am (UTC)
I've just been watching the episode of Star Trek TNG in which Mark Twain gives his opinion of the human race. I found it highly congenial.
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[User Picture]From: scathedobsidian
2005-03-22 10:34 am (UTC)
Damn straight, my friend.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-22 11:05 am (UTC)
Thanks Bill. Boy, but am I in a grungey mood tonight!
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-03-22 12:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks Bill. Boy, but am I in a grungey mood tonight!

Anticipation, no doubt.

Just lose yourself in Bridges of Madison County and the travel will be over before you know it.

I agree with you - and Mark Twain.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-22 02:33 pm (UTC)
You've hit it exactly, I hate going away.

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[User Picture]From: hepo
2005-03-23 03:27 am (UTC)
I've been defined as the grey mare. Trained by a nervous, self righteous government, I stood alone on the outside of society ever watchful of danger, and when ordered to do so, hunted the wolves.

I was more a demon than a beasty, but thankfully that was a long time ago.

HePo
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