There is some fun in a fight especially when we agree before not to use any serious weapons, no blood and no name calling. I wish our government would understand this. I love showing on my blogs the current project that I am working on, how I shape the metal or splash paint but when I do this I only get three or so comments: "good job Jerry, nice work, beautiful" I know that! Those kinds of comments don't tell me anything about you! I want to know what you are doing on this planet. Just visiting?
Now when I get a fight going, state some kind of position, argue with my Art History friend (I hope), or just come off the wall entirely and say something crazy, Then I get a response! A conversation. Your ideas, and I know we are alive! I mean, really, who in the heck would buy a butterfly covered in oil??? That would be pretty stupid. On the other hand...and there are two sides to every argument, what can artists do to help the world right itself? Is it enough to paint pretty pictures? Maybe we are that tired.
I have been pretty convinced most of my life that it is difficult enough to control myself, and sometimes, just making me better is all I can do. Of course I try to persuade my close by circle of friends. We influence each other. But this NET thing, the Internet is making our circles larger. I am now aware of things going on in South Africa, or Australia, or Iceland or India, and all over the world. These are more than news stories.
They are the result of having conversations with you! They are personal stories about your life, your art, your struggles and when you succeed I get that too!
The function of any good fight is to make friends. Well, it should be. Find out who is on your side and maybe shake hands with the others and apologize. I just wanted to know who you really are. And maybe solve that problem that all writers face, what the heck should I talk about anyway? AND I have maybe a fun idea!!! It would require a little bit of honesty on our parts because it wouldn't be so much fun if we cheated
and compared blogs before we wrote our own. What might it be like if we all wrote on the same topic on the same day? This could get a conversation going because we would have to talk. To each other! In order to "play" this game we would have to come up with a topic and a time, say a month from now? It doesn't have to be political at all, even though you know I am a far left of center extremely conservative independent businessman, self employed for the last 40 years, with a Cadillac Health Insurance policy who just got cured from cancer at a cost of over $130,000 which cost me only $1,000, who is very in favor of National Health care (NOT insurance) kind of guy! Whew! It doesn't have to be about my distaste for academics, my cynicism or anything controversial. We could talk about anything! from the best restaurant ever, saddest day of your life, happiest!, fear of failure, mile high club for those who are members, to anything! Let's pick a topic. If you encourage this on your blogs we might get a hundred essays all on the same thing. A hundred points of view! That would be some horizon!
That is the whole point of a party. The dullest parties in the world are when everyone is in agreement, and they are always short with everyone going home before ten pm. It is winter now anyway and we are struggling with new thoughts and ideas, some kind of energy. Although maybe it is summer in Australia?
I just discovered they are a whole day ahead of us! That's right. They already know what will happen tomorrow!
If you are really bored, THIS will get you into all my websites.