"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

May 8, 2011

Thank You

Just wanted to offer my sincere thanks to anyone who's taken a moment of his or her day to read or comment. I'm humbled, grateful and vain enough to admit that I'm gratified.

I don't always get right back to an excellent reply because I'm often at a loss for words. I don't want to write what I don't mean, or haven't given enough thought to call my own.

Not that anyone's wondering or worrying why it may take me a week to reply, but I appreciate the patience.

Thank you.


senecal said...


I always sense a struggle going in you, Jack, between the dark and the light, and I hope the light wins. So I probably shouldn't be forwarding this: but it seems to be such an epitome of human evil that it needs to be stored somewhere. Sorry.

Jack Crow said...

I don't accept the manichean division of the human mind, Sen.

If there's a single philosophical quibble to which I'm attracted, it's the dispute over dualism - and you can put me firmly in the monist camp.

Dualism has no proof. It has no merit. It has no value. Not as dialectic. Nor as paired opposites. The cosmos does not seem content to neatly divide events into twos. Nor does the human brain, for all the recent attempts to reinvent Descartes fundamental error.

We do not think in a base two, because we readily conceive of more than yes and no, light and dark, right and wrong, valued and worthless, good and evil.

We humans do quite well with all that we don't know, all that we might know and all the myriad gaps in between.

Soma said...

Jack, you have the moxie that keeps me reading. We need people like you, to speak truth of and to power, with the perception of large, shadowed social structures.

Jack Crow said...


Thank you.

Randal Graves said...

Hey, let us non-excellent repliers thank you for writing quality stuff.

Jack Crow said...

Heh. They're all excellent. It's equal opportunity, equal outcome anonymity.

Brian M said...

Another in your legion of fans, Jack. I may not always agree but you always make me think.

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