It fired--I think I have reached blog overload. As much as I enjoy the spectacle of a good fisking, I am honestly coming to believe that there is a down side to blogging. Deconstructing an argument by looking at it line by line; making allusions to the bloggers education or credentials; making silly rhetorical arguments with respect to specific statements--these are the things that characterize much of blogging today.
I am NOT sure thats a good thing. Sometimes I think we should consider the impact and intent of the entire work without deconstructing it. Imagine how a blogger might look at these words" "We hold these truths to be self-evident. Endowed by a creator with certain inalianable rights.....etc."
Jefferson (and Locke and Hobbes): "we"
Anonymous blogger: who is we--he doesnt represent the mainstream--look at the most recent polls...... etc"
Jefferson (Locke and Hobbes) Endowed by a creator...
Blogger: Creator: whose creator? the big bang? mother gaia? this is intelligent design and should not be taught in classrooms....yada yada
Jefferson:"....with certain inalianable rights?"
Blogger: Inalieanble? all rights are inalianble--it's part of the political process....Rights? our rights are determined by.....
Anyway--you get my drift.
I guess I am having a bad day where we really dont think about what I like to think of big picture stuff: Response to Religious Extremism; threats to Civilization as we understand it; without resorting the the petty little process that results in inane deconstruction of the IMPACT of the totality of the statement being made.
OK--I am going to search out that last remaining grey cell and kill it