Paradox and the ability to put both in
Play without undue offense to one’s
family and peers and colleagues might
could be worth the price of tuition in
my courses, I say presumptuously
though it’s a bitch to “teach” and make
folks comfortable with the two.
walk into a bar. Fly on the wall. Will
they just get along? Collaborate? Will
Larry Logic and Reyna Rational, our
institutional darlings, arrive and beat them
ridicule? Who’s to say? You. You say.
the whole, domesticating all our wild
words and notions on paper and in air
to Siamese Twins:Carl&Larry,
the less. What isn’t? All a crime. S’all
good. Criminal. Salvational.Rip-off of
the whole if not the holy, yes? How
could it be otherwise? Natural selection.
It’s the denial & cover up that raises my
outrage, shock and dismay at this or
that—the this’es and that’s vary of course:
we celebrate diversity But the outrage is
the Same old Same old across the board.
EquiValence, my detractors call it, a
false equivalence in their eyes as if some
Oh-My-God’s are more worthy than others.
consternation: don’t matter the token
horror, aggravation, moral compass
violation, moral sense disruption:
absolutes whatever the relativities, not
to diminish the relativities, not to eclipse
the absolutes. Need we argue?
on breathing). I contemplate: sit and
wonder how if not why, assuming it
all makes sense and wanting to get
some sense of it; me: dumb founded,
stunned stupid. I preen a bit—grateful
for my privilege, how I’m not like other
myn—ignorant, biased, prejudiced,
fearful angry, greedy,inconsistent,
contradictory self-serving—on the
wrong side of history. . .
can’t stand up & compete next to the
nice and the good and he right side of
history, the appalled and outraged.
going on not to mention waffles and
wine and sunsets. robins on the lawn,
wedding dresses and cowboy boots—
somewhat ugly as niche and brand
understandably neglected: a gesture
toward whole-ism and always the need
same time be liked, be really liked.