Home PageJump to Jonal EntryHumorInspirationUse this address for help with your membership.Home PageJump to Jonal EntryHumorInspirationUse this address for help with your membership.
Good Morning Nanty Glo!
               Thursday, October 10 2002 

Statements made for effect

In Monday's postcard I made a statement that isn't true but was made "for effect." In describing how Jay Leno jokes about President Bush and Al Gore, I concluded that this is how those public figures are seen "in Leno's jokewriting manual." So far as I know, there's no such thing as a Jay Leno jokewriting manual, and there probably isn't. Most readers of newspaper columns and commentary will recognize this as an example of something that fits the premise and isn't required to be taken, or meant, literally.

I was inspired to write on this general topic of exaggerating to make a point, making statements not necessarily true "for effect," and "tongue in cheek" while doing my series on road rage, age rage, and rage analysis last week, realizing that a number of statements in those Jonal entries weren't meant literally. An over-reaction to one of the entries (someone taking me too seriously) made me think in this direction. For beginners, I said road rage was the most likely thing in my life to push me over the abyss into mayhem or murder. Of course I don't really believe this...or more accurately, it may be the "closest" thing, but certainly far from ever producing such an effect. Unlike one of the writers who responded off the record to the series, I have never even left my driver's seat to walk back to the car behind me and express my rage, much less wield the tire iron that always comes to mind when I may want to be more expressive.

I also wrote that self-analysis is a fool's approach, but I don't believe that. It seemed to fit in the context, thinking of the old bromide, "anyone who acts as his own attorney has a fool for a client." However, I really believe that the unexamined life is hardly worth living, and "self-analysis" should be taking place constantly. "Know thyself" is to the point. On the other hand, concluding that you can do everything as much or as well as a professional analyst could would be foolish. So "both/and" would seem appropriate. It would be foolish to believe that you can do all that's needed for your reformation through your own analysis, but it would also be foolish to give up analyzing your own thought patterns, motives, and actions.

Again, I wrote: "make me stop unexpectedly for no necessary reason, call me to try to sell something I'm not shopping for, and you'll see smoke curling out my auditory canals." I think this requires no defense. Of course no one has ever seen literal smoke curl out my auditory canals. And an example of exaggeration for effect: "Everyone hates old crochety drivers who go at a snail's pace." Obviously this is an overstatement, as there are many such drivers on the road, and who would accuse them of hating such as themselves?

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

The positive side of life

• Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.
• Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us.
• Happiness comes through doors you didn't even know you left open.
• Birthdays are good for you; the more you have, the longer you live.
• Ever notice that the people who are late are often much jollier than the people who have to wait for them?

—Sent by Mary Ann Losiewcz

Thought for today

We seem to think every artistic expression by a Christian artist, to be valid, must end with an 'altar call.' It's the equivalent of saying every valid football play must end in the end zone. (Thus), many of our efforts are so philosophically aggressive that they read more like war propaganda than entertainment, effectively limiting our audience to only the most committed faithful. The end result is that our work and our worldview have little or no impact on the broader culture. We've effectively taken ourselves out of the game.

—Phil "Bob the Tomato" Vischer, cocreator of Veggie Tales
Sent by Terry Mattingly

Top daily news stories linked from our sister webpage
Xnmp, news that signifies
The Nanty Glo Home Page and all its departments are for and by the whole Blacklick Valley community. Your feedback and written or artistic contributions, also notification about access problems, are welcomed. Click here to reply.

When subscribing or unsubscribing to the list, use the email address to which you receive mail.
No message text or subject are needed on the email.

Nanty Glo Home | Blacklick Township Page | Vintondale Page | Jackson Township Page