It amazes me how so many have absolutely no sense of humor. Close to a hundred years past the Victorian Age and we still have a great host who look with scorn at lightness and brevity.
All I can say is, “Please lighten up.” Step back and see why you are getting mad or peeved or why rage fills you up to the point where you lose all sense of rational thought. I see those who proudly seek diversity and tolerance turn like light switches and be filled with bigotry and intolerance.
The best thing is to step back and take a deep breath and not to take life too seriously.
All comedy is the process of observing the absurdities in life and there is a lot of comedy out there!
We can fight it or laugh at it.
My little rule is, “Is this worth dying for?” Once you strip away the confusion of life, is there a stand or point by which you will not give in? Once identified, then all else is of less serious importance. You don’t have to win every fight but you must win the war in the end for your very soul.
The Literary Festival highlighted William Lloyd Garrison this last weekend. This guy, run out of Newburyport on a rail, if he was alive; would have been run out of Newburyport on a rail today. That’s because you couldn’t shut him up after he identified and recognized where he could not compromise – if more politicians could understand that, more voters would not be so disgusted with them.
DON’T COMPROMISE YOUR CORE PRINCIPLES.
The P. Preservationist blog is all about projecting great information on Newburyport and I may use humor in many different shades and even tolerate some give and take but there are certain core objectives and principles where I will not bend. Why? Because they have to do about securing our present and, a good life for posterity. Giving in by not just me but others would spell certain doom to Newburyport. At the very least, we cast doubt on a dreary and sad future.
As William Lloyd Garrison said it so aptly:
“I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or to speak, or write, with moderation. No! no! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; — but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD.”
So too, historic preservation for Newburyport.
PS. Everything I do on my site is to advance Newburyport through advocacy, education, promotion and just plain encouragement. I am not an historian but if revealing history promotes Newburyport, then I will use history. I am not an educator but if knowledge promotes preservation, then I will teach away. I am not a politician but if political action promotes our historic city, then politicking I will do.
The profundity of organizations in this small city is staggering – we are not a city of disconnected people – the citizens in this city care very deeply. Unfortunately, so many groups are unaware there are others working hard to help too. That is why I list so many on my site.