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calendar   Wednesday - August 03, 2011

never mind what you say. watch what you think as well.

We are the world?

The whole world has changed since you and I were youngsters.
And not I think for the better.
And a whole lot worse since 9/11.

I read 1984 when I was very young and I know many of you did as well, because some of you have said so.  But I thought at the time that is was just good fiction and scary fiction at that.  But fiction nonetheless.
Well, times sure have changed.  If the 2011 version of 1984 isn’t political correctness, I guess I’ve lost the thread and don’t know what is.

In Norway, after the murders of all those people, the prime minister called on the country’s leadership to “show restraint” in their public speeches with regard to immigration and related problems.  It’s been suggested that he was referring to the often (as elsewhere) heated arguments on that very touchy subject.

In an address to his parliament, he suggested that after the mass killings of July 22, people needed to reflect on … “what we have thought, said and written.”

Uh huh well.  Things are getting scarier by the day now.  Yeah, I suppose folks need to be somewhat smarter then me when suggesting ways of problem solving.
But somehow the message I got from his remarks were less to do with the sort of uncivilized thinking and solutions as championed by folks like myself, and more to do with what I think is his deep seated liberal desire to actually control a person’s thoughts (or alter them) and the speech that might follow those thoughts. And the same with the written word.  In short …. please let us not be too critical about immigration legal or otherwise as it might incite and inflame.  Lets not talk out loud about the things that bother us, as it may bother the sensitivities of some minority or other.  Think pure thoughts and write kind words. Lets all hold hands and sing …

“We are the world”


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