Considerations: Your Input is Needed, Please

Lately I’ve felt I’ve outgrown the need for  “House of Goonery.” Maybe it’s because I am older, more jaded, or what have  you that I feel I’ve moved beyond the need for a space, or rather a title for a space, which points out my quirks to readers rather than allowing those quirks to shine through on their own.

My one overriding goal with this forum is to create a space where serious debate can occur, but one where humor is always near the surface of the conversation. In other words, a place where serious topics can be discussed while maintaining my sense of humor.

It’s also been something of a dream of mine to have some of my content shared far and wide anf have it taken seriously by all who read it.

People tend to take content serious if it originates from a serious sounding site, be it a blog or other news site.

“The House of Goonery” doesn’t easily lend itself to a serious conversation or site. In all honesty, I get frustrated with this forum, not because of the services offered, but because of how I’ve handled this platform in regards to the disimination of my ideas.

I have to wonder, is my writing style, my tendency towards self-depreciation as humor off-putting to some? Or do I just suck as a writer?

Betting it’s the writer suckage.

I doubt seriously any of this will happen, especially the shared widely part.

Still, weirder things have happened, right?

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And Then There Were A . . . Couple?

ATTENTION GRAMMAR NAZIES: This is a freewriting exercise. As such, there will be errors. Please get over yourselves and drink a coke.

There is this thing that often happens to me. Often it is embarrassing to the extreme. Sometimes irs funny, but often it hurts.

There are realky two things, since, you know, the title mentions two things.

What they areisn’tclear even to me since, you know, this is a greewriting exersice and I don’t care overmuch id it makes much sense.

If I cared i’d do something about it.

Yrs there are spelling and granmae isdues. But this freewriting stuff worked for William Faulkner. Have you read The Sound and the Fury? Piece of ill designed shit that is praised fpr veing a wotk about trasging the Englidj language.

Take a second to appreciate the irony in the last run on sentence.

Anyway, whatever i guesd im done here.

Off with yoh.

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EUREKA!

I found my password for this blog! Woot and huzzah’s all around! In case you were wondering where I went, that’s the reason: lost password. *sigh* But, now that I’m back, I will be trying to write about various things that I feel moved to expound upon as the mood strikes me. So, what shall I write about now? Hmm? Politics? Government? Religion? (Really who can tell ‘em apart these days, amIright?) How about I just chill and write what comes along into my noggin? Yeah, that sounds good.

I will be bringing back the Open Thread Thursdays, which were always popular back in the day. If you have a suggestion for topics, shoot me a line and let me know what it is. I shall be pleased to opine on a variety of topics, known and unknown. Far and wide. At great length or short proclamations.

I DO have time for jibberjabber!

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101 Things About Me: Part Sixteen

I am trying to expand my taste in music. Or at least bands. My Bride recommended a group called Within Temptation. They’re a great group. I’ve discovered, with the exceptions of bands like Metallica, Queensryche, and a handful of others, I prefer a woman lead singer. I’m not sure why that is, maybe I just like the sound of a woman’s voice more than a man’s.

Regardless, Within Temptation is a very good group and you should check them out.

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Kind of Excited

I’m kind of excited about the future. I’m optimistic that my goals, while still far away, are obtainable and if I just keep working hard to get there, I will. I’m going Monday to get some blood work done as well as a physical. It’s been far too long since I had a physical and I need to figure out where I stand and how to move forward.

I’ve not been this optimistic in a long time, which tells me that at least on some level, my medications are starting to kick back in. I was off them for a time, but now all’s coming back to the center. (Though I suspect my celexa is not as effective at fighting the depression as I hoped it would. I don’t really want to go higher with it (if, in fact, that’s even recommended.)).

I wish I could go into more detail, but I don’t want to do that yet until some other things occur first.

Anyway, thought I’d share.

~WG

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101 Things about Me, Part Fifteen

I know far too much about “Star Trek” and far too little about social conventions and interactions.

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Well. . . . Sorry.

Here I am. Once again sitting at the old computer writing about writing a blog. If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, then you know my posting habits are, well, to be honest, sporadic. I am sorry to those who want to read my stuff (Seriously, why do you torture yourself like that?) and all that. I have, of late, been dry for ideas and whatnot. There have been times when I wake up in the morning and am thinking of a really good topic to blog about. I can see me writing it out, making the most awesome points as I solve whatever social/political/moral/Lego problem that I happen to be focused on.

Then I fully wake up and return to being, well, me. I am not a philosopher, but I think deeply. I am not a guru, but I have taught. I have no great wisdom to impart. . . . Yeah. We’ll stop there. All I can think of is ‘but I fart’ and I don’t want that juvenile “humor” in my blog. I mean, this is a serious forum for serious discussion. Not some dick and fart factory.

Right?

In all honesty, since so much has happened since I last posted, Newton, fiscal cliff, the 113th congress already failing, to name a few, I’ve been busy working and I’m looking for another part-time job to supplement our finances. In truth, this leaves little time to devote to something I once held a great passion for. I love this blog and I want it to succeed (and by that, I mean regular posts and regular readers). To be noted for something other than depressing well-life-is-shit-woe-is-me posts. I’ve had enough of those and I think you (two? three?) readers have too.

I cannot with any certainty claim to offer interesting or insightful thoughts on anything. I cannot promise you’ll be entertained when you come here and read these words. I can only promise that I will do my best to entertain, enlighten, and, with any luck, make you laugh.

Warmest Regards,
WonderGoon

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A Philosophy of Sin

So, according to Christianity, I’m a sinner. In order for this to be true, I must accept 1.) Christianity is the one true religion, 2.) that sin itself exists, and 3.) that I am incapable of avoiding acts that are sinful.

In my philosophy, I do not acknowledge sin, as the very concept is one designed to force you into compliance with a stated dogma; Christianity. It relies on guilt, shame, and fear to be successful. It requires the supplicant to prostrate oneself before the altar of a god that may not even exist in the first place.

Therefore, I reject Christianity as the One True Religion, since no religion of any stripe has the full truth. Is there truth in Christianity? Some. Is there truth in Islam? Some. Is there truth in Judaism? Some.

Should we define our laws to conform to one religion or another? Absolutely not. Religion is an extremely divisive issue and, clearly, not everyone follows the same set of beliefs. Some don’t follow any beliefs at all.

In my view, and I state this only for myself, I do not know if there are any entities which can rightly be called gods. If there are gods, they are as unknowable to us as we are to an ant. They would exist on a plane so far above our perception, that it is pointless to even argue about it. We simply, as mortal beings, cannot relate to them in any real meaningful way.

Oh we can add human characteristics to ‘divine beings,’ but the truth remains that they are so far above us that such anthropomorphic classification is pointless.

I know this is an unpopular view. I don’t care. I don’t care if you’re offended. I don’t care if you think I’m going to your imaginary hell. Think what you want. But think. Don’t let some crappy book tell you what your beliefs are. And don’t listen to me, either. Find out for yourself.

Since I have rejected Christianity as the One True Religion, and since I have rejected the concept of sin, I clearly cannot accept the concept of committing sinful acts. Therefore, for me, sin does not exist.

I am sure there will be someone who will drive by post about how wrong I am and how I’m going to ‘find out at the judgment.’ Do us both a favor and keep it to yourself, okay?

Thanks.

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The Damage of Secrets

Sometimes I think having and holding secrets causes us some damage, psychologically. I mean, how can it not? Here I am holding on to a H.U.G.E. secret that could change the course of my life and its tearing me apart.

It’s caustic in the extreme to not shout this out and tell everyone, to scream it to the highest point in the land! Gods you don’t know how much I want to!

But, now, I’m not in a place to let it out, yet. I’ve hinted at it before, of course, but never put the words out there to be seen and read by strangers.

I know, though, if I should tell, then this will fundamentally alter friendships and change the nature of my place in the social fabric of my circle of friends. Some will, undoubtedly, no longer wish to be friends, if, indeed, they were in the first place. Some will shrug and say, ‘Meh, whatever.’

I feel like I’m going to bust. I just want to jump up and down in frustration.

I don’t know why I’m putting this here. I guess just to vocalize my feelings and get the thoughts out into the Universe. I can’t show any physical displays here, but I can write out my feelings, somewhat.

Ah well. In time I’ll share everything. Hopefully that day will be soon!

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Feelings and Such

Sometimes I think I’d be better off purging myself of emotion, like Mr. Spock from Star Trek. Become a creature of pure logic. That philosophy is quite attractive to me, to be honest, but it does have its limitations.

I enjoy feeling love, happiness and joy. At times I enjoy feeling depressed, sad, and even fear (under controlled conditions, such as a movie). I love movies that make me emotionally invested in the characters. These are few and far between. The closest one in recent memory was Love Actually. This movie inspires me every time I watch it. In some fashion, I can relate to almost every character in the film. This is a rare thing.

Of course, The Devil Wears Prada is also a good one for getting emotionally invested in the characters. Yes, I like romantic comedies and so-called “chick flicks.” What of it? I make no apologies for my interests. Nor should I.

“Chick flicks.” I’ve always disliked that term. Just because a film, or book, is targeted to women, doesn’t automatically mean that men can’t enjoy them, too. For that matter, I’ve always disliked the appellation “man” as it applied to me. I’m not even sure what makes a man a man. A penis? An outlook? A set of ideals and opinions? A mode of thought? Or a combination of these things? Looking at that list, I only qualify for the first one, I have a penis.

If the sole criterion of Man is a penis, I think that sells men short. I think being a “Man” is a set of thoughts, or thought patterns, and behaviors. We see this very clearly when shopping

Most men I know dislike shopping for shoes or shopping with their wives/girlfriends. I enjoy shopping for shoes and doing so with my wife. If this is a criterion for manhood, then I am not a man.

Most men know what they want from a store. They walk in, find the item(s), pay for them, and leave. I enjoy looking around and considering other items. If this is a criterion for manhood, then I am not a man.

If liking sports, particularly football, is indicative of manhood, I am not a man. Women like sports, too.

If objectifying women as sex objects is and indicator of manhood, I am not a man.

If not showing emotion, except anger, in public and not talking about emotions is an indicator of manhood, then I am not a man.

So, if the penis is not the only indicator of manhood, and all these other criterion are needed, well, I guess I’m not a man.

So, will I become more like Mr. Spock? No. I enjoy my emotions, and while I’m reserved in public, I don’t mind showing emotions other than anger. I enjoy shopping, particularly with my wife. And I enjoy romantic comedies and female targeted movies. I love a good tearjerker.

If this makes me less of a man by societies standards, then I’m less of a man and I will gladly accept the role. I’d rather be myself and hated, or disregarded, than live as something I am not.

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