Monthly Archives: July 2011

WiNiP – The Ebb of Decline v7.11

What I Noticed in Passing….

“The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.”

In the closing line of his poem, “Loss and Gain,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow crafts a remarkably intimate sense of outcome. In the grander sense of his complete verse (which I include below), his words refine the totality of possible error to which one may be a risk if looking only to the past as a mechanism for predicting the future.

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Citizenry: Transitions of Conscience

“Time it was not so long ago when what I thought and believed was based on what it was I knew; so it appeared. The ring of sound, the maize of imagery mixed amid the references that transfixed as if certain then came to be as it was, then to be that it was so and thus the norm as it was to be.

Quite assured of itself the process was and I listened intently taking notes even as I would remark to myself with delight that a venture such as this be undertaken and that I was to be afforded companionship along the way with the many pulling in accord and in common to that which seemed the norm.

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Shared Sacrifice & Nausea

It’s moments before the President’s scheduled news conference; the world is in peril, the economy teeters on the edge of collapse and a people in search of leadership drift toward the nearest CSP. Thank goodness for the Ministry of Communication who only months before, in responds to The Committee on Media Harmony’s issuance of Social-Justice Mandate – SJM # 319, installed Community Sooth-Ports (CSP) in an effort to reach the growing number of state-sponsored ascension-zones(CZ). CZ’s are being developed through Federal block-grants administered by the Environmental Thought-Transparency Forum and we are told that the public appreciates their utility.

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In Search of Representation

 “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,….”  

An often overlooked component of the Declaration of Independence due a closer look; it is the enabling mechanism of the rights as described in the statement which precedes it. Implicit in its affirming fringe the declarants announce to the world the birth of representative democracy. 

“…deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,….” 

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July 4th: Not a Given

“The resource of life lies within the soul eager to find its way, willingly in tune yet tethered by silence and apathy unresolved. At times it is fought for, tirelessly pursued and then squandered; still a gift to be tendered, a reward for valor but not a given.” 

As I recall it date was July 3rd, 1967; a lazy summers day for an eight year old boy born and raised in small town southwestern Pennsylvania. Named for a Revolutionary War General the “burg” bears the name Greensburg, the General: Nathanael Greene. Folks were busy preparing for the annual 4th of July festivities placing flags on the poles lining Main Street and excitement filled the air. Greensburg is American History and as a youngster I was surrounded by it; Bushy-Run Battle Field, Ft. Ligonier, Gettysburg and so on.  

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