January 04, 2012
Paucity of Posts
Visitors to this space may not help but notice the growing rarity of literary wit or prose on these here virtual pages. I could obviously cite any number of convenient excuses, much in the same way I can concoct reasons for not dragging my growing figure to the gym. But the reason lies more in frustration than apathy or inconvenience.
In the case of Carmichael’s Position I don’t really attribute the growing dearth of cognitive essays, to laziness but more to lack of motivation. It is this motivation I intend to change. Of late I have been more reticent to express my opinion, choosing to hold my tongue (or fingers in the case of CP) in a misinterpreted impression I was being more balanced, or understanding. The proverbial “Don’t speak unless you can improve the silence". I find without outlet, my mind stirs with each absurdity our world seems to generate in the way a nauseated goose creates flatulent fertilizer!
My trouble lies in my lack of self assuredness. I know, to many who know me personally describing me as anything remotely close to insecure would be like accusing Obama of being humble! No, follow me here, I have been reading excellent prose from spectacular writers and thinkers, ranging from George Will, Peggy Noonan, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Sun Tzu, Stockdale and his motivative mentor Epictetus. When I compare my composition, or syllogistic methods I come up painfully short. Who wouldn’t? I know. It would be like me comparing my photographic works to the likes of Ansel Adams, or Charlie Waite. Which is what got me to thinking… Like in my photography, I use the works of these paragons to better challenge my own quality. I know I will never be Ansel Adams… but then again the world has already had one. So I can simply be John Carmichael, aspiring photographer, writer, commentator. Maybe my words will raise the discourse, or maybe not, they may just land like the feces of the sick goose… but they will be my words and thoughts, and once again… CARMICHAEL’s POSITION! My words may not “Improve the Silence” but they certainly cannot harm the din!
More to come… fortunately it’s an election year, and I suspect there will be no shortage of idiots regurgitating bromides and platitudes in an effort to sway an electorate!
I will not sit on the sidelines any more.
Not to worry there will be a continuing smattering of my more tame, artistic impressions on these pages as well, just because I plan to expand one facet does not mean I plan to curtail the other… besides I am going to the gym again too! … new leaf and all that…
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