April 26, 2009
Originally published November 14, 2003
I've noticed that readers really become passionate when I write about any one of three subjects. They are:
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.
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