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            Wednesday, March 12 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterCulture wars - 7 (Last in series)

If it's true as claimed here on Monday that it's no longer a matter of Communist dictatorships versus relatively free-market democracies as it was through the cold war, the temptation now is to think it's the liberals versus the conservatives. Those are easy categories, labels, those of us who think much about philosophical or political scientific or sociological issues fall into using, and even wearing. I do it all the time.

I've swung from considering myself a liberal Democrat (though it was for all intents and purposes in a previous life, before I was even eligible to vote), to hardcore conservative, whatever that means, to being convinced neither has much to offer and doesn't deserve much loyalty. I have laughingly boasted that I was one of the rare people who voted for both Barry Goldwater and George McGovern for President (though in the latter case, I knew he had not a snowball's chance of winning and I had decided Richard Nixon had earned my no-confidence vote, at least).

Though the most popular conservative pop culture icons (broadcasters Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly) strike me as more slick products of the media that turned them into household names than for-real role models, still the people who advocate the kinds of reforms and support something approximating my worldview go by the conservative label...Bill Bennett of Empower America, Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal, Michael Medved on the Hollywood beat, William Buckley of National Review, and others.

But it doesn't all come down to conservatives versus liberals; all good isn't on "my" side, and the other side is not all evil. In the broad march toward social goals, we may have to put our allegiance with one side or the other, but it's often the better part of wisdom, as the saying goes, to keep your options open. As a final thought on this topic of Culture Wars, I leave you with an insight by one of my favorite contemporary thinkers and writers, one whose greatness is appreciated by both conservatives and liberals and neither can claim:

If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

—Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918 - ), The Gulag Archipelago

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

 Ten Best Things To Say If You Get
Caught Sleeping At Your Desk
(part 2)

5. "I was doing a highly specific yoga exercise to relieve work-related stress. Are you discriminatory toward people who practice yoga?"
4. "Why did you interrupt me? I had almost figured out a solution to our biggest problem."
3. "The coffee machine is broken..."
2. "Someone must've put decaf in the wrong pot...
And the #1 best thing to say if you get caught sleeping at your desk...
1. "...in Jesus' name. Amen "

—Sent by Judy Rose

Lenten thought for the day

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger

—St. Patrick, 387-460 AD
From his prayer, "The Breastplate"

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