in the absence of war

November 11, 2009 at 6:49 pm | Posted in blogging, writing | 14 Comments
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and idling with neither provocation nor criticism, two things will result. An attempt to escape into fantasy or the creation of some utopia in which everyone can say whatever they want and everybody can listen to whoever they want. It is however a dangerous idea. It would involve making a distinction between a representative democracy and a democracy. You end up in anarchy, a temper tantrum of Shakespearean proportions, a whirlpool of emotion.

At some point self-censorship is required. This is in order to preserve the species. Morality is, at its heart, born of necessity. It does not require any God. It is a simple choice to act or to be acted upon. And the only stasis is death. Cold and brittle. There is no honour in victory he coughs, only in struggle. And the primary struggle is with the language. It is slippery and disobedient. And sometimes I do enjoy a good full stop.



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  1. a temper tantrum of Shakespearian proportions, haha. I shall take that image and tuck it away for future flips. Language needs taming, everso.

  2. It’s the lot of the writer to speak out and then to face the consequences.

    It can be a dangerous business

  3. My new motto: I refuse! Self-censorship means not sticking one’s pen through another’s I. Look but don’t touch.

  4. A period of quiet is often good for the soul and the rest is necessary to regain the strength for future battles. You are right about the struggle and those slippery little suckers words and associated paraphernalia (full stops and the like).

  5. One rarely says what one wants — or rather one thinks to say it, but the slippery words pull meaning into unintended paths. You never know what other people hear. Listening is a filter. So the whole sheebang is very chaotic. Somehow, though, we bungle along.

    There’s an old saying about two ships passing in the night…. and a cynic would say that perhaps much later they run aground. Mind, I didn’t say that.

    As always, very thought provoking words here, Squires. And image provoking too.

  6. excellent, it made me lol when he coughs. u r way 2 brilliant

  7. as always, so awesomely stated. I love this for a multitude of reasons, especially the “tantrum of Shakespearean proportions”.

  8. I’ve been hanging out for ages with people who engage in tantrums of biblical proportions, so Shakespeare makes a nice change. Good one!

  9. Language is very punctual. Possibly its greatest virtue?

  10. one could say that the absence of war, provocation or criticism is the perfect terrarium to grow up the society of the specatacle. me, myself, i prefer the ranking full stop.

  11. You speak truth, sir.

  12. Wise words, Paul. You speak to me of the wisdom of choosing one’s battles, something I’ve learned a great deal about over the course of my life.

  13. This would have to be one of my favourite Paul Squires pieces. The first para is almost political pamphlet, the second para more playful. All wise.

  14. You, more than most, cut straight to the wisdom Paul.

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