“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

I am determined not to give in to Facebook and Twitter. I write to think, to roll ideas around in my head, to try to express the wonder and absurdity of the world I live in and it’s just not possible to do it in 150 characters or less. I do NOT Tweet. The very image that twittering, tweeting, and otherwise making bird noises conjures to me cannot be in any way taken with an ounce of seriousness.

And I am a serious person – even about my humor.

It’s an Irish thing, this seriousness about life.  Just listen to an hour of traditional Irish music and you will get the picture. At the end of an hour, you have either set your jaw or put a gun to your head – it doesn’t really leave room for any gray area in between.   Life is something to be borne with grit, and when it cannot be borne, well, that’s why God (in his most infinite and merciful wisdom) gave us whiskey.   Even our frivolity has a grim determination to it.  Happiness, when it comes, is a blessing, but it is certainly not a birthright.  At least not to the Irish.

This blogging thing is no different.  It must not be done by halves or dashed off with quick abandon.  It’s irresponsible.  It’s frivolous.  It’s inherently un-Irish.  We are, after all, the land of bards and poets, and all the historical weight of the literary world that goes with it.  It’s a blessing and a curse.

So rather than go about half-arsed, I simply haven’t gone at all.  If I am to wallow in my own self-pity, by God, I will do it the Irish way and I will wallow alone and when I am done, I will write a song about it.  Or, according to my personal inclination, I will blog about it.

Pass the whiskey and God Bless All Here.

November 24th, 2009 at 2:09 pm
8 Responses to “Benign Neglect”
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    Kat Says:

    Yay you. I’ve been so disappointed by the abandonment of the blogosphere by those escaping into the Facebook/Twitter realm. Like eating nothing but Reece’s Pieces when what you really want is a nice pot roast. I FB & Twitter, sure, but I’m paid to do it.

    Thank you.

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    charlotte Says:

    I like the way Will posts to his blog, and then posts a notification on FB. I would do that, except I have one family member that I made the mistake of adding to my FB that just won’t shut the F up on my FB every time I post…and I simply don’t want her having access to my blog. Problem is, I can’t really remove her now that she’s on it – she is one of THOSE family members, and it would cause more grief than leaving her on it. Sadly though, most of my readers on my blog are also on my FB and don’t know when I post to my blog anymore. It’s a horrible circle.

    I think I shall have to kill her. Muahahahahahahah.

    I could get away with it claiming it was the pregnancy hormones, right?

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    Sara Says:

    I love this about you.

  4. 4

    I’m with you guys. I fiddle around with facebook occasionally, but I’d rather read, you know, a written essay.

    Hey Charlotte: you read me, but no link? *sniff*


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    charlotte Says:

    Will – Sorry! I just never thought about it. But alas, you ARE linked now! 🙂

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    Deirdre Says:

    I refuse to tweet. it conjures up images from the Music Man. Love the musical, but don’t want to be one of those ladies that “pick a little, talk a little, cheep cheep cheep…” etc.

    not my thing.

    it is refreshing to know that there are others who refuse to tweet.

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    Artie Says:

    You know… if Twitter isn’t your style you can still try Woofer which has a 1400 character minimum per post.

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    charlotte Says:

    Yay! I just found that Facebook has a cool feature. I CAN put my blog web address on it…and then block it from specific people seeing it! So you know, “that family member” won’t be able to see it under my info. COOL!