I haven’t posted since April 26th, the longest since I started this blog back in September of last year. The reason is that I’m burned out — I’ve delved so deeply into the “conservative” mind that is so prevalent in the religious right that I’ve started to become tarnished by the narrow-minded, ignorant and hateful bigotry that is so common among the ideologues inhabiting that world. After posting the penultimate post, Fair Taxes and Tea Parties, I went back and read it over and over again, astonishing myself each time at the depth of bitterness that it reflected. I started this blog because I was extremely alarmed over the phenomenon of Sarah Palin and I’ve educated myself and hopefully I’ve educated my readers about what she represents. It is clear to me that this country, which, according to Abraham Lincoln, once enshrined the principles of “government of the people, by the people and for the people” has mutated into a government of the wealthy, by the wealthy, and for the wealthy. I am immensely distressed that a very substantial majority of Americans are enablers, in a thousand ways, of this state of affairs but I no longer have the energy to tease out the strands of how this has happened and what might be done to re-energize the progressive movement in this country. The election of President Obama is a small step in the right direction, but it will take far more pressure than he can exert to defeat the powers of the financial elite that has destroyed this country. The resources for educating yourselves to accomplish those aims will remain in the sidebar categories, but I will be devoting my energy in the future to more satisfying and nourishing fields of inquiry.
It is time for me to move on and get away from these narrow-minded anti-government hate mongers and refresh my spirit in the waters of the arts and the permaculture movement, which, other than a few posts on sculpting at Touchstone and my property in Floyd County, you weren’t aware of my interest in.
For the time being, I’m going to take a break and catch up on the issues of The Sun Magazine, Permaculture Activist, Yes!, and Orion Magazine that have piled up in the months since I began this blog. I also want to read some books that I’ve bought on themes that I’ve uncovered while doing research for previous posts. This is a time of retrenchment and reflection for me. I’ll be back, but I won’t be posting as often as I’ve done in the past.
I’ll part, for the time being, with this wonderful introduction to Permaculture: