Monday, August 07, 2006

Bumfuzzled

<--I have no idea who this is but it's what I got when I googled "pensive mood" trying to be funny.



[Warning: This post is not really a post...it merely suggests a post.]

Lately, I have been pensive about the topics of southern high and low society cultures/ideas of "conventionalism"/politics/moral issues...I mean A LOT on my mind- lots of questions, lots of things I see that make me say "EW". Just hashing and re-hashing in this head of mine but if I sit down to write about it I type 2-3 sentences...deleeeeeeeeeete, type 2-3 more sentences, deleeeeeeeeete, and then conclude I have no idea how to say what I feel/think because I don't know.
I would like for you to know that I really want to write something inciteful that I could title "My Beliefs", but I can't - and it is frusterating. And most of the feelings I am having could only be told in person...because to write them down would only make me sound something I don't think that I am.
However I can leave you with the quote from "Freakonomics" that stirred up this "this":

John Kenneth Galbraith said this about "conventional wisdom,"
"We associate truth with convenience, with what most closely accords with self interest and personal well-being or promises best to avoid awkward effort or unwelcome dislocation of life. We also find highly acceptable what contributes most to self esteem."

Maybe one day I'll be able to write with out fear my interpretation of this.

4 comments:

Mary said...

For some reason that quote reminds me of the Al Gore movie Lane and I saw a week or two ago about global warming probably because it was called An Inconvenient Truth. This movie really shook me up about how we treat the environment and what we are doing to it. BUT, everyone I try to talk to about it just makes up some crap about how they don't believe in global warming (eventhough I know for a fact none of them has done any actual research on the subject). I think that is just the easiest thing to tell ourselves so we don't feel like we need to change anything. We are more likely to accept "truth" that is in our own self interest.

Good post.

Laura M. said...
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Laura M. said...

Nick and really want to see the Al Gore movie. There is a list of things that concern me about this world and the environment is a BIG one! I don't know what it is about that quote that stuck with me...it just really strikes a chord with me on a LOT of different levels. It is interesting to me the differences in interpretation, like you thought Global Warming, and what has been on my mind lately is the "bubble" that I see people (partially myself included) living in that includes fear of thinking outside the box, materialism, living within,under,OR over your means...just stuff like that. Thanks for the comment and feel free to keep it open...

Jason said...

Good Post ....I talked to this friend of mine about global warming and he said its just the natural cycle of the earth. It is going to happen. He would not admit though that we are helping this "natural cycle" along with our gross consumption of natural resources.....I want to see that movie also ...Good talk everyone!!