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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Anti-Magnet.... 

To me it seems many of those magnets you see proclaiming patriotism are just to make people feel superior to everyone else...."I'm a good American...look at my magnet of red, white, and blue...and it's a magnet...so it's not permently attached!"

So I offer a link to the anti-magnet site...


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Monday, January 17, 2005

Contemplating.... 

I bought the new John Mellencamp CD not long ago, and as I'm listening to it I have the realization of how lucky I am to have the parents I had growing up....

When I was a child my parents listened to the Oldies station and alot of John Mellencamp...in fact when we first got MTV my dad spent alot of time recording Mellencamp videos...

However, at my house my parents didn't just listen to the songs, they EXPLAINED them to me, told me what they were all about, let me know that many songs actually told a story about the world. They explained the views expressed in songs and when my parents held the same beliefs, they explained WHY they believed what they believed. My parents also explained to me that these were THEIR opinions and that other people had different opinions. They told me that as I got older I would have opinions of my own and that was fine as long as I understood the reasons behind my opinions and to look at both sides.

My parents taught me to think for myself, they taught me to question....which sometimes put them in difficult postions...parentally and politically. Questions regarding Vietnam were generally vague, "It was a war. Some people thought we shouldn't of been there. I had friends die over there. Some questions I just can't answer."...this may be why I studied it so much.

I've had people tell me I'm a liberal because my parents raised me that way, but I don't think so. True, my parents have some liberal views, they have conservative ones as well, but what my parents truly taught me was to think for myself and not follow blindly. My parents actually told me, "Don't have these beliefs just because we have them, find your own reasons, just make sure you back them up."

I hope if I ever have kids I can raise then to think for themselves, too many people just follow blindly.

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