I might try to explain a little about me and hopefully make some principled point along the way. Even if it seems consistently dull, there is a good reason for it.
Some people may wonder why I occasionally put up music on a pretty partisan political blog? The answer is a little complicated. But I confess both are personal interests.
No, besides interests, I also like to use music sometimes to make a political point. I confess to doing this. I know it doesn’t always go with the point very well. I prefer to think of it as punctuation like a period or exclamation point at the end of a good sentence.
This doesn’t mean the music goes exactly with the text. It is an aid. But it can accentuate the text. Some people would like to marry politics and music. That repulses me. However, there are times music can make a political point, if there is some deeper meaning to it. So I normally frown on conjoining the two.
The other issue is music and politics are both a part of our culture. I am not a creature of popular culture and do try, except for basic traditions, to avoid being sucked into the cesspool of popular culture. Some people prefer to swim in it or dive into it as a rule.
But I admit to succumbing to music, lots of kinds, even if it is seen as popular culture. That’s because I see it as an art-form or expression – not for cultural exploitation.
For example, you could be surprised how anti-culture I am. I still do not have a cell or mobile phone, which causes me problems anymore. I still use a PC computer instead of a laptop or a mobile device. In fact, normally I am among the last to join any trend, say on doing certain things. All of those may cause more problems than it avoids today.
I don’t particularly wear my politics on my sleeves or talk about them much in public. There are exceptions. I stay out of popular culture battles except where the social, political and principled points are on the line. I admit that can be frequent. So I am a bit of a counter-cultural warrior.
I believe in living out one’s faith as best he or she can against a tide of social and cultural woes or norms that make it unpleasant. And I will not let inconvenience or blowback for it deter my path. Actually that is society’s way of influencing one’s beliefs using popular criticism, culture, or political correctness.
With all those things, you can assume in many areas that is swimming against the tide today. But it should be a healthy swim rather than a reluctant, tiring one — else they are winning. ‘They’ meaning the left and their popular conceptions of current culture. I accept that, if objectively weighed, they do appear to be winning the battle in the short run, just as fake news seems to daily .
It is the closer look at things I am more concerned with. I hate the idea that knee-jerk reactions determine narratives or even events. I believe people should be, and generally are, smarter than that. And doing so is to fall into a trap.
I think and expect the right – whether it is a political side or moral principle – will eventually win. I think it is our job to pursue that right. So I believe a valiant effort is necessary in trying to achieve it. I think that effort also has a value.
I believe that the Declaration of Independence says eventually our battle is necessary to correct the current politics and an out of control system itself. Immediate correction cannot be practically expected. It did not happen overnight. It will take energy and effort to correct it, even if that is only a goal. It is still a noble one.
So I may be guilty of delving into the culture of music. But it is not cultural to me. There are still lessons to be learned by exploring it without falling prey to popular culture. I have seen one concert in my life. I am not a Grateful Dead, or any, groupie.
I am also not a movie buff. I haven’t seen many classics. I never had time to watch them. I appreciate comedies though also see those more as an art-form and not of popular culture.
Now those could all make me a boring person by some standards. Maybe it seems boring but makes a statement. I like to try to read intent or purpose into something as much as possible. Practicality can be a virtue.
Enough right there to put me at odds with most popular ideas today. Yet it is my retreat and sanctuary. I believe it has far greater value, at least to me, than following popular trends. But I do write about those trends to critique them. I find them funny and of little lasting value. Some are curious.
I believe one has to find and seize a (greater) value from not conforming to trends. Politics also appears littered with popular trends today. For instance, socialism uses popular trends like a tool to manipulate the mob. That makes it dangerous.
All this is why I detest mob mentality and rule so much. Our founders understood the threat in that. Does this often make me a loser, or at least seem like one? Yes. I would rather be considered a loser by others if a winner is being part of a socialist mob club.
And for these personal reasons, I believe that is what makes conservatives such a target because they have strong independent beliefs. But there is a great untapped power in the consensus of conservatives. We should all work harder to that end by joining our efforts.
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