Addendum

A couple of recent posts have resulted in a lot of personal comments to me both in person and in places where I post links to the blog such as Facebook and others. I thought it best to make just a couple of notes here in regards to those comments.

First in regards to the Morning Caress post, I am humbled by the sheer number of people who pointed out to me blues and greens are not warm colors. In fact, as I now understand it fully blues and greens are indeed considered by artists as cool colors. I am sure somewhere back in the very short art class I had in junior high or high school, I learned that fact. Further, I should point out that my art teacher had a rough furrow to plow with me. It was worth noting her husband was the computer science & physics teacher and always up to a good scientific, computer, mathematical, or just logical discussion most any day. And in fact, despite having no children I think to this day I am still considered son number three or four (I moved up in the ranking when I had long hair and a full beard, or so I was told).

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Save Historic Perryville

Save PerryvilleI have had a recent personal conflict come up, I am not completely sure just exactly where to plant myself in regards to the issue. At the center of the issue is the preservation of Perryville versus that of the individual property owner. I have mentioned Perryville before, but for those that do not recall or do not otherwise know – Perryville is the small town nearby to the largest American Civil War battle that took place here in Kentucky. Continue reading “Save Historic Perryville”

Repeal of Prohibition

Prohibition EndsOn Friday, December 5th, just a few days ago, I found myself heading out for a bit of a relaxation to my favorite place to do so. It has been more than a rough week or two and I ready for social interaction with some of my friends that I might run into and at least acquaintances. As I entered I noted big banners proclaiming the 75th anniversary celebration of the repeal of prohibition. I was more than happy to assist with the celebration of such, especially given that I think any kind of laws passed at an attempt to morally tell someone what they can and can not do is wrong. Continue reading “Repeal of Prohibition”

Seven Deadly Sins

Bosch's Seven Deadly SinsI had this thought that just would not let go of me for some reason this eve as I drove from the gym to the office for a bit of work. The thought was just how I probably hit at least four of the deadly sins over the weekend. The more I thought about the more I realized that even in my corrective action for some of the number, I probably transgressed another one. I was probably put in this mindset by the french film I saw yesterday that starting with a viscount commenting about the only sin left to an old man was that of gluttony, as he devoured a chicken leg. The more I thought about it, the more I really thought it would make a good blog and so here I find myself at nearly 4:30 a.m. in the morning contemplating not so much my ability to check the big ones off, but rather contemplating how hard it would be for someone to not, if honest with themselves, transgress at least one or two on occasion. And quickly, while I am thinking of it, the small image above is of Hieronymus Bosch’s The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things. Continue reading “Seven Deadly Sins”

All I Really Need to Know…

If you are at all familiar with you know the whole of that quote is “All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten,” which is the title of a book and a fount of wisdom by Robert Fulghum. I have always felt a little slighted by such a book title, as where I grew up there was not a county/state school system kindergarten and it did not become a required thing until some number of years after I started school. I have always joked, knowing the basic contents of the book, that it is no wonder I don’t like to share and am not good at playing well with others – as I didn’t attend kindergarten. I had a realization this morning as I attended church, which was the first time in a long time for such an occurrence mind you. My realization was that the kind of things that were being taught in kindergarten Continue reading “All I Really Need to Know…”

Happiness

First, my sincere apologies. I know there is a silent hush and even a gasp or two that I did not continue my huge running record of eight days in a row with at least one blog posting. Sorry folks and my apologies. I will try to make up for it some today. I had, to say the least a rough couple of days lately, and while I am sure some of that will come out more here shortly, it doesn’t necessarily all need too and it especially doesn’t need to be in this blog. That is no excuse though and had I not gotten distracted for a good bit with emails and such at around 11:00pm yesterday, when I sat down to compose this, I would have probably keep day nine in a row intact as well. Speaking of records, one was set here yesterday, the most pages viewed here at the Mephistos blog ever!

On to the subject matter. I was talking to a friend today and was told it is hard to be happy oneself if one’s own happiness is tied totally to another person. Now maybe that doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it did kind of too me. I am very saddened by a recent turn of events and I admit that I was about to completely lose it – just what exactly it is, I am not sure, but I was about to lose it at the time of the conversation. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that while a HUGE part of future dreams, goals, ambitions, and just things to do, things to have, were being built around a person, not all of them necessarily are. There are huge holes in those dreams and goals that, well, really can not be accomplished without another person. And frankly, I think those are important dreams and goals to have. But, what I wanted to do was list some of the goals, dreams, or just general things that will bring me happiness without that special person. And just so anyone reading knows – I do think any goals achieved with someone to share them with are all the more special and apt to bring that much more happiness.

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Not the Man…

I am not the man I used to be. That comes with a large amount of obviousness to anyone that is observing, but sometimes it takes oneself a bit to realize things like that. Thought it would make a short little blog to make a note of some of them here.

  1. Most folks that know me well know this first, but just to make sure. I spent most of my life being sure I wanted to get away from the small farm, the hard work, the dirt – so many more that could be listed. I accomplished that. I got a degree in computer science and have worked mostly laid back desk jobs. However since almost the time of that accomplishment I have longed to return to the simpler life of the farm and hard work that it would entail. Continue reading “Not the Man…”

Libertarian vs Agrarian

As I have identified myself with both, I felt it important to explain my thoughts, how I see both of them as being ideas that can co-exist, and maybe a little bit of how I arrived where I am. There are probably a lot of people who see those two things and think that they can not be the ideas of the same person. However, I will hold up Thomas Jefferson (a later blog posting coming – look for it) as an example that it can. Though he did not use the terminology, there is no question he was extremely libertarian. Perhaps one of the most libertarian idealists of our founding fathers – which in a general sense was a huge driving force for our American War of Independence from Britain when you get down to it. Further, Jefferson felt strongly that our country should largely be made up of yeomen farmers, who worked the land, in passionate ways.

Now some of you are probably already jumping to the idea that a large part of the agrarian movement has involved both agriculture and deep Christian religion believe and thinking that is not Jeffersonian in nature. I don’t necessarily hold that agrarianism has to have christian believes as some do. Further, a large number of folks who label themselves as agrarians do not believe that is required either. I tend to define agrarianism as being a good steward of the land, and through sustainable and natural practices, leaving land that is in better shape to the next steward of that land when your time is over. I do believe that there is a tendency, with that deeper connection with growing things, both animals and plants, as well as seeing the miracle of life happen all the time, for agrarians to move toward a deeper spirituality – but I don’t necessarily think that such spirituality necessarily has to be Christian in nature. That would hold well with Jeffersonian ideas of true freedom of religion incidentally.

The libertarian holds the view that individual freedoms and rights should basically trump those of everything and everyone else, until those individual freedoms and rights begin to interfere on someone’s ability to enjoy the same. In other words, in its most basic simplistic form, I can do whatever I want to do so long as I don’t keep you from doing what you want to do in the process. Now obviously, for the function of society and to keep it from being total chaos, there has to be some simple rules and agreements, or limits to define when my rights exercised begin to interfere with your ability to exercise yours. Hence the obvious ones – stealing and murder are bad. A few more are going to be required, but generally they should be limited in both scope and function to as simplistic an application as can conceivable be gotten away with. This of course leads to the idea of very small government being required, which is a good thing as well.

Now put the two together. Agrarians are by some definition farmers. Farmers have generally almost always been a go your own path and support yourself – take care of your own and live and let live basically. That fits in nicely with the idea of liberty above. Problem is that most farmers are so independently minded, and even more so the agrarians in my opinion, that we can’t ever agree on any one way of doing things. And if we ever did, there would be someone who would up and do it their own way anyway. Of course, having said that, I use that term farmer lightly given the nature of corporate scale farming that exist in a lot of places today – that are readily looking for the next support payment from the government in order to survive.

Working the other way, the individual freedoms that you can have on a farm that is truly your own is probably the one place in America you can still have such and extent to freedoms on how you want to do things. And if you just think in terms of not only those around today, but those that will be here on the morrow after you are gone, it is easy to see how the agrarian thoughts of sustainable (and hence likely) natural practices will be readily adopted.

Right to Bear Arms

Brown Bess The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution has been up held today in a narrow decision by the Supreme Court. At issue in the particular case was the right of residents of the city of Washington, D.C. to own handguns or not. The case was brought forward by a number of the defendants, but the named defendant was Dick Heller. His action was motivated by being a security guard (apparently armed) and not being allowed to bring said arm home with him when not at work. The case was brought forward by Robert Levy, a libertarian lawyer, who obviously felt that the laws in D.C. were a restriction of individual freedom explicitly granted by the amendment.

There were a number of other defendants in the case, one a woman who had her life threatened by drug dealers when she lead a neighborhood watch program targeting drug dealers. This particular aspect largely shows how gun ownership restrictions only leaves such weapons in the hands of criminals. Sure, the laws in D.C. allowed this woman to have a rifle or shotgun for her defense, but only with trigger locks, unloaded or disassembled. Think about the drug dealer that breaks in seeking revenge and how long it was taken to unlock the trigger, load, and protect oneself.

At the core of the issue, was the interpretation of the amendment and whether it applied to the right of a state militia to bear arms or the individual people to bear arms. I think it is clear as day that it applies to both groups and that the federal government can not (nor can local governments) take those rights away in a reasonable sense. This is the first ruling in over 70 years on such an issue and it is a clear victory for the individual. It will have an impact on several other local gun bans, such as the those found in Chicago. It is worth noting that this will likely not affect things like the restrictions on machine guns, felons ownership rights, and such as that – as just like the 1st Amendment rights to free speech, there are limits (yelling fire in a crowded theatre for instance).

(Yes – for those wondering, I went from an average of 1 to 2 posts a week for the month of June, to now 4 in less than a 24 hour period!)