Disclaimer: The following column is the expressed opinion of this cerebral hyperactive author and in nowise associates this site or its precepts to such brainy ranting. ___________________________________________________________
A wise man by the name of James A. LaFond-Lewis once said, “The fearless are merely fearless. People who act in spite of their fear are truly brave.”
There are some philosophers who purport that reality is relative, that it is perfectly normal for us to shape or bend it to fit one’s desires or circumstance. Just peruse through the numerous and I might add, humorous articles on, ‘Phenomenological reality, Ontology, Truth vs. Fact, Realism’ and you will likely be driven to near madness by the eccentric, mind-blowing theories presented.
While clicking through the ‘New Contests’ list recently on my favorite poetry website, ‘AllPoetry.com’ of which I am a member, I decided to checkout a few of the more shall we say, ’avant-garde challenges’ that this typically logical Judeo-Christian mind would otherwise hastily circumvent.
I will admit that while I have strict values and beliefs, I do try to stay tuned in to ‘ALL’ ‘controversial’ or ‘new trends’ or ‘musings’ that waft across todays literary/poetic realms. Romantic trendy vampires with less than two percent body fat, fashionable werewolves, cliques of young female witches, etcetera, etcetera ad nauseam.
Surely, life for these individuals is not all that boring that they would slip, or more so dive into a psychosis just to escape stark reality, or is it? In any case, it is clear that the preponderance of these deviant and duplicitous writers seem perfectly happy indulging in these frivolous fictional forays.
Even the book that I happen to read often, The Holy Bible, is thought of as fiction by many, as the stories of miracles and prophecies tend to challenge the ‘spiritually blind and immature’ as I call them. Sadly, not that many are beating down the doors of Christian churches seeking salvation or biblical knowledge, thanks to Hollywood and the media, who largely ridicule Christianity in favor of ‘more trendy religions’ or ‘beliefs’ often espoused by celebrities.
Now don’t call me holier-than-thou just yet because I am for the most part tolerant of all ‘functional, socially malleable alternative lifestyles’ despite my ‘expressed spiritual beliefs,’ but if I may be so bold, I am compelled to attempt a discourse which is twofold in that; it is meant to convey my hope of eventual, peaceful proselytizing, with willful acceptance, of the ‘spiritually and intellectually misdirected’ but I digress.
Back to poetry and writing, I have, and yet release my muse to entertain ‘thoughts of fancy’ now and again within reason; however I don’t actually allow such fantasies to ‘engulf’ my life. I fully understand how emotional hurts and the lack of social maturity can force the weak or disparaged into ‘alternate realities,’ sometimes practically severing all ties, immersing their souls in something darkly distracting.
To they who wrap themselves in fantasy like a thick comforter, who renounce morals that have served as boundaries for our society, who desert the company of others who hold them dear for fear that ANY challenging human interaction may draw them out beyond a superficial sphere, I say; “Dare to get out of your minds once in a while, and into life.”
I suppose I will garner a bit of wrath from the liberals who prefer to hide in their minds and forsake reality, and to these I say; my intention is not to deride or discourage liberty in any way, but only to plant a seed, in hopes that society would be nudged in the right direction.
Ever heard the saying, “Steel sharpens steel?” Well, there are those of us who have a little knowledge to share, a modicum of care, a capable heart and soul to shed some light on those who live in despair, and we are called, Christians.
So much for ‘self-aggrandizing cyberspace soapbox summations’…that’s my two cents worth.
To my shock, the original word count for this blog was precisely 666 words, until I added an extra word or two and this postscript…spooky huh?
Now watch the video blast from the past, “Stuck in the Middle with You” by, ‘Stealers Wheel’ and be entertained.
©Michael J. Donnelly 2011