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Me, by Jenn

Fourth of July Walk

Posted on 2007.07.04 at 10:16
I walked. I talked. It's what I do.


mythicvictory at 2007-07-04 15:23 (UTC) (Link)

Stand Up and Cheer!!!

Not to sound too fangirl, here, but that was totally awesome!!

For a bunch of land-owning, middle-aged white boys, they got it right.

I have always felt that to really get citizenship, one should live in a foreign country, friendly or not.
If you don't come home really getting the point, you never will. I don't mean any disrespect to other countries, I mean that when you are abroad, you are seen as a living embodiment of your country, on some small level. In that position, you are forced, willy nilly, to examine the basics. For most of us, then, the light goes off, and we really get what you just said in your video. Thanks for the forthright inspiration!!
Hold your heads up High, true believers!!

Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-07-04 21:52 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Stand Up and Cheer!!!

You know, I think having lived in what was then called West Germany for six years formed a huge part of my attitudes, so I have to say, I think you're quite right.


Oh, and...

Hold your heads up High, true believers!!

Wasn't he great in the nwe FF flick!?!?!?

Face Front and Excelsior!
808 at 2007-07-04 15:47 (UTC) (Link)
I think Washington was one of the better of the founding fathers, actually. Jefferson and his crew were the assholes. :)
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-07-04 21:53 (UTC) (Link)
My favorite, of course, is Benjamin Franklin. A smart-alecky fat man, older than his contemporaries, with an eye for "a well-turned ankle." Boo-ya!
tajareyul at 2007-07-04 15:58 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. Not saying that we don't have any room for improvement--and by "we" I do mean all of us--each individual and the lot of us as a group but there are some things we get right.

Perhaps because the parts that we get right shine so brightly, that makes it so much easier to see where we stumble and fail.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-07-04 22:00 (UTC) (Link)
I don't have a good patriotic icon... But I agree! I think we get an awful lot right, and now that we're within sniffing distance of the end of the current Coup d'Etat-installed Junta, I anticipate a lot more being done right, a lot more accountability and a return of a lot of civil liberties.

And I agree as well, that it puts our stubles into sharper relief.

That's a problem, because...

Well, I'll let J. Michael Straczynski tell you:

There is a sense in people more or less in our age range and a little bit older that somewhere in the last 20, 25 years, we fell off the merry-go-round. That we stumbled. And that we stumbled in Vietnam, we stumbled with John Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy and King. We stumbled in Korea. Wherever it was, or maybe it wasn't any one thing. It was a series of stumbles.

And the problem is, when you stumble a lot, you look at your feet. You look down. And what science fiction television specifically, and television in general, must do, I believe, is to make people raise their eyes back up to the horizon.

Because when you do that, people discover something extraordinary. That they're part of a grand parade that is building the future. That behind us are our ancestors looking to us to say, make our lives have had meaning. Make it so it wasn't for nothing. And ahead of us are our inheritors and our children, saying, build the world we're going to live in. And that it isn't just a question of having a job, and coming home in the evening, and watching television. You're building the future. That we have come to this place through two million years of evolution, struggle, and blood, and that the culmination of all of this is not Beavis and Butthead. There is more to come.

And that's the obligation of television, and science fiction, to tell that to people, and say move on. Build the future. If you want it, and you make them want it now, they'll build it tomorrow.

-- J. Michael Straczynski, creator, writer, and producer of the science-fiction series, Babylon-5 [from "One Step Beyond" radio program, 7/24/94, KDHX-FM, St. Louis. Chuck Lavazzi, producer.]
tajareyul at 2007-07-09 17:38 (UTC) (Link)
I had intended to reply to this earlier, but with the Ren Faire and stressing over the wait for my passport, I forgot.

First off, love the B-5 icon. I really didn't think I would like an SF show that wasn't Star Trek. Babylon 5 showed me that my assumption was wrong. It also ruined me for a lot of other shows. I could be wrong, but I thought I read somewhere that Straczynski (and his team) had the entire story arc of the show plotted before they even started (obviously allowing for smaller stories to be woven in on that framework.) That kind of vision guiding a TV show is rare. As people have seen with shows like Lost, it really helps to at least know where you are going to end up.

I loved the Declaration of Principles for the Interstellar Alliance. I would love to have a copy of that document. Perhaps there might be something in there that could inspire leaders in our time period to get their heads out of their anal cavities.

And yes, I agree with Mr. Straczynski on the role of SF in our world. It is the genre of hope. Even the darkest of post-apocalyptic stories have at their core that grain of hope--the worst has happened and we survived. "We" may be unrecognizable as humans, but something of humanity and human culture has survived.
herrbgone at 2007-07-05 00:18 (UTC) (Link)
Excellent post and even better comments! I wholeheartedly agree. Oh, and congratulations on another mile.

I’m HerrBGone and I approve this post – even though I’m not running for anything and this is Leviathan’s blog. ;-)
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-07-06 14:46 (UTC) (Link)
Someday, not too long from now, the nightmare will be over, and we can start rebuilding our relationships. We can be again the nation we ought to be.
xedra at 2007-07-05 19:00 (UTC) (Link)
*squishes you* :D
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-07-06 09:37 (UTC) (Link)
I love being squishy.
Jenna: fomerly chocolate_coins
jennashaped at 2007-07-06 14:14 (UTC) (Link)
Great post, Jonathan. As usual your words of wisdom are highly valued. I know you and I share similar political values, so it doesn't surprise me that I couldn't agree with you more.

And, as always, congratulations on your mile walked. I'm proud of you.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-07-06 14:43 (UTC) (Link)
I keep walking my miles. It takes discipline, but I hope it's worth it. I did it again today, and instead of listening to musice, found and bought some ringtones for my phone. (I wish I could find drivers so I could load my own on there.) One frined is now the "Mission Impossible" theme, and another from far away is "Interstate Love Song."
Jenna: fomerly chocolate_coins
jennashaped at 2007-07-08 15:53 (UTC) (Link)
Interstate Love Song. That's a good one, isn't it? ;) STP FTW.
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