Break the boundaries of tradition. Why must everyone look at a groundhog on February 2? Where does it say that women and black people shouldn’t be president of the U.S.? [This is one is getting a run for its money.]
A recent short story I had read for my Amer. Lit. class was entitled "The Lottery" by Shelley Jackson. It described a town which drew lots each year to decide which of their citizens was to be stoned to death. The entire town was supposedly in the drawing, because that was just the way it was. No one questioned the reasoning behind stoning a citizen each year. All thought that it was merely for the benefit of the town; and every person had a chance to throw a stone. [Which may have been a motivating factor for some people.] The only moments in which someone would begin to protest was if there name was drawn as the one to be stoned. A specific scene involved a woman, a wife and mother, preparing to be stoned; her children were present with stones in hand ready to hand their mother her fate.
What struck a chord with me is that no one protested unless they were the one to be killed. It reminds me much of the citizens in this country. Most of the time we do not protest action or non-action [whatever that may be] unless we are specifically being affected by it. At what point do people realize that there may be methods to quash a wrongness before it even happens to someone else? Is it possible for fellow human beings not to feel this compassion for their own kind?
Tradition is another interesting point that pops in to mind. Numerous are traditions which serve little to no purpose. What purpose is there in killing one citizen of this fictional town each year? There is no concrete purpose. It is based upon the comfort that comes from being taught that if one citizen dies the rest of us are in a better place. Translate this idea of tradition to matters involving U.S. government and elections as mentioned above. Until this upcoming election period there has not ever been serious nominees who are of color or a woman. We can watch this tradition start to tip into oblivion from our living rooms and offices. More and more people are realizing this tradition is not needed and has no value. I wonder what other traditions can be sent off into oblivion? Maybe, groundhog day because of the intensifying dynamics of our climate. What other traditions do you see disappearing in the coming future? Might newspapers be in the mix? or reporters? or big business? or, dare I say, digital social networks?
I just got the chance to start watching MSNBC’s live video of Gonzalez standing before the Senate Judiciary Committee [and article]. See here.
It is seemingly difficult to determine the U.S. Attorney General’s role in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys by his words. In response to multiple questions of how his chief of staff released communique regarding specific attorneys without his approval, the Attorney General stated, "I do not recall". In fact I heard this response from the Attorney General’s mouth numerous times throughout much of the questioning.
True, the committee is investigating the effectiveness of the Gonzalez as U.S. Attorney General. If he cannot control what his staff is doing how can he be effective? It may have not been considered as big a deal at the time to replace these attorneys because of other burdens looming over the AG’s office, this however is no excuse. There is no excuse for firings without professional cause. I believe the AG is stuck between having the burden fall on him for not controlling his staff and having the burden fall on him for not considering this matter to be important during the initial proceedings.
I have not made a decision as of yet on my stance in the case because, still, all of the facts have not been presented. As the case goes on I am sure that the truth will emerge and justice will be served whatever the direction.
[If you watch the video, Sen. Schumer is particularly adamant on Gonzalez resolving how the firing of Attorney Fitzgerald happened while in the middle of an impactful case; and Sen. Graham, in his usual drawl, struggles also to draw Schumer's answer out of Gonzalez.]
I am impressed! Which has been happening lately for some reason…
Wrike looks to be an extremely promising startup emerging onto the U.S. from Europe. It is an online collaboration tool to prioritize and streamline projects. Definitely of use to many managers our there who need to keep track of various projects and delegate them to various people.
It is email based which compensates for work on the go. [i.e. update items from your blackberry or the like] Check out their blog! They are beta testing– its free go try it out! [Tracked via Shel Israel - Thanks for the heads-up Shel!]
Of course it is not the only online collaboration tool out there. Others such as Basecamp offer a more community styled approach, also at a higher price. [any price is higher than free!]
I’m off now to find some more fodder for my writing bug. What with school and vacation I have not had time to discover worthwhile topics to implore you all with. Soonly…