Aug 202014
 

Lately, it kinda feels as though the wheels are coming off the bus, doesn’t it?

Psychopaths openly voicing deranged and bigoted nonsense are a growing voting constituency, have hijacked one of our political parties, and are fighting madly against such evils as equality and health care and contraception, fer chrissakes.

Maniacs are murdering their way across swathes of the Middle East…including one such entity which is a major beneficiary of US taxpayer support. Cops are out of control and killing people–especially black and brown people–on a whim. A man who millions knew as fundamentally decent and warm-hearted and generous kills himself, and voices from said aforementioned crowd of psychopaths stand up and cheer.

Oh, and one of the most lethal diseases ever known to humanity is loose in West Africa, where it doesn’t make the front page most of the time because…well, you know…Africa.

And then there’s the carbon thing. Enjoying the hottest summer on record, are we?

It’s all pretty dispiriting. Even though great progress has been made on some fronts in recent years–and overall violence in the world is down considerably from, say, a century ago–the past couple of months have made reading the news something you have to psych yourself up for. And then go take a shower, or wash your eyeballs with bleach, or something.

It’s outrageous. It’s all simply outrageous.

And I think that’s why outrage is exactly the wrong response right now. The bad actors in most of this mess are the ones who specialize in outrage. They’re the Anger Kids, and we have to be something else.

It’s hard, I know, to see the fear behind the awful behavior, and find empathy for it. Doesn’t mean we should be any less firm about opposing the behavior, but for pity’s sake let’s turn the heat down rather than up, shall we?

Somehow?

At publication, the Dragon was APPALLED

As from a long sleep…

 Posted by at 6:23 pm  Musing
Aug 192014
 

Well, tipplers and taverners, it is many a long month since The Green Dragon last opened its doors: not since last October, in fact. The blog has gathered dust and you, I am sure, have found other venues for bending an elbow and an ear.

I was unwell, and I’m still in the final stages of recovering. Nothing life-threatening–or so I hope!–but enough to put me back on my heels and radically reduce my ability to write, create, and engage with many of my erstwhile interests. So the Dragon has been asleep.

But there is good news! Those lights you see on in here mean a new cask of summer ale is tapped and the stools are off the tables. I’ll be posting again–probably infrequently at first–and as the joint starts hopping again the old atmosphere will, I am certain, reassert itself.

There’s a new section now, “Atheopaganism”, which is about the godless religious tradition I’m building with many of my friends. Check it out if that sort of thing interests you; the concepts and conclusions of the tradition have arisen after nearly a decade of soul-searching and research on my part, and are of deep importance to me, for what it’s worth.

In the meantime, come for the beer and stay for the conversation. Knowing me, I’m certain to have some things to say about the hot-button topics of the day, which are likely to be entertaining if nothing else.

Welcome back!

At publication, the Dragon was WAKING UP