Gut Rumbles

November 14, 2003

blog topics

I've noticed that readers really become passionate when I write about any one of three subjects. They are:

1) Religion
2) Abortion
3) Music

Well, sex seems to provoke a pretty good response, too, but it's not as visceral as what I get when I write about religion or abortion. Music is a good topic because everybody has an opinion about what he/she likes and what he/she doesn't like in that arena.

People ask me, "How can you be an athiest and look around at the miracle of life on this planet? Something powerful had to create this world." I disagree. I believe that everything I see in the entire universe is an accident, caused by a combination of chemistry, physics and time. Roll the dice for four billion years. "Miracles" happen. What other people see as the Hand of God is nothing more than random chance to me.

I believe that abortion is wrong. I don't want to outlaw the procedure, because that won't stop wimmen from getting one. If we ever outlaw abortion, we'll accomplish nothing more than to create another set of "criminals" who aren't really criminals. But I DON'T beleve that abortion should be accepted blithely by society as a legitimate form of last-minute birth control. That's what it is today, and that's wrong. Abortion should be discouraged, not encouraged. Abortion should be rare, and it should be done very early in a pregnancy.

Goddam. What's so outrageous about expecting people to show some personal responsibility in life?

I am for legalizing drugs, too. I don't have to worry about a random piss-test now, but I'm still not doing drugs. I could get some if I wanted to, but I have no desire to do that. I am content with gin and white zin wine. I really believe that if we legalized drugs, the same dopers doing them now would continue to do so, but most people wouldn't. The only real difference would be the fact that the dopers wouldn't be "criminals" anymore and they could get better drugs a lot cheaper than they do now. They wouldn't be financing gangs and drug cartels anymore, either. The War On Drugs is as big a failure as the War On Poverty. You may as well declare War On Human Nature and hope to win THAT one.

But, I digress...

I know what kind of music I like. I listen to a lot of female vocalists because I really like the sound of a sultry woman singing a song. I like to sing harmony with them. I like John Prine because of the words to his songs. I like to turn the stereo up loud sometimes and listen to old rock and roll music. I enjoy acoustic guitar more than I do electric anymore, but I've got room in my life for both. I don't like rap or hip-hop. That's not music to me and a lot of the "new wave" bands leave me cold. I suppose that I am old and stodgy that way.

I know what I believe and I know what I like. I don't think that anyone ever is going to change my mind. These things aren't whims to me.

I know who I am. I spent all of my life getting to this point.


You digress, I ingress and "ditto".
wee-me didn't expect anything less
than the above.
:Passionate YOU on all subjects,
whether ya agree or disagree
your rants ARE well founded and
puts some sugar in MY coffee!

Posted by: Sallie on November 14, 2003 07:18 AM

Don't forget politics. That is another topic of my list of "do not discuss" with friends, family and co-workers.

Posted by: Anna on November 14, 2003 07:35 AM

Y'all heard 'bout the agnostic, dyslexic insomniac?.......

......poor guy, layed awake all night, wondering if there really was a DOG.


.....and there was the Spiritually Misguided Dyslexic......

...... dummy went and sold his Soul to Santa.


Y'all have fun, now!

Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on November 14, 2003 07:41 AM

I've long used the "dog" joke, but the "santa" one is new to me. Thanks Jim!

I have to confess, Rob, I skip over all your music posts. Not because I disagree, but because reading about music is one of the most boring things ever. If we were sitting around chatting and you popped in a CD, then told me your opinion on the piece, that would be great. Then we could have a conversation. But reading about it, if I don't know the song? I just can't do it.

I never learned to play an instrument, and I know squat about music. I never know *why* I like what I like. I go with the Montgomery Burns attitude: "I know what I hate, and I don't hate this"

Posted by: shell on November 14, 2003 08:11 AM

I have a hard time swallowing the "Miracle of Life" idea. It gets tossed about so often for so little, it seems, that for me it ceases to mean what it should.

Miracles should be unique. They should stand out for inducing jaw-dropping awe, and for their comparative rarity.

The Cubbies winning the World Series? Miracle.
The Bengals winning the Superbowl? Miracle.
The moon swinging around on its own accord so the dark side becomes the light side? Miracle.

Babies, however, are being born every single day, thousands of times a day all over the world. Ditto for puppies, kittens, cows, ducks, warthogs and all sorts of critters. We're all pretty much in the baby-producing business as a species, and that's as it should be. It's not a miracle. It's a biological necessity.

I know we're all proud of our children. They're all unique in their own little way, but as just another example of Homo Sapiens Sapiens, we are all basically one small part of a very