My daughter came home from college overnight. She’s leaving again today. Today she told me I was “post modern”. I said, “What does that mean?” She said, it’s a period of time that began about 1970. According to her most post-moderns are obsessed with death and they don’t trust the government.
I love my daughter, but I don’t like being “pigeon holed”. I’m conservative in some things, progressive on others, libertarian on others. I’m orthodox about somethings and unorthodox about others. I don’t really think that I’m much different from most of the other folks on this earth. I’m opposed to capital punishment and inclined to pacifism. I’m pro-choice. I’m neither Republican or Democrat though I once was a member of the Republican National Committee and was once a registered Democrat. I don’t think it’s a sin to be gay. I believe in hard work. I’m a member of a labor union but I’m not an apologist for unions. I’m pro-business and pro-family even if both spouses are gay. I’m slightly xenophobic. I’m a mystic and contemplative and an unorthodox Roman Catholic. I love God and I try to love my neighbor. I don’t agree with President Bush most of the time, but I think he’d be a great guy to get to know. I think his wife is very pretty. I wish we saw and heard more of her and what she’s trying to accomplish. I hope our next president is a woman. I think that would be good for our country. Women presidents are long overdue.
I’m deeply religious and very profane. I read Thomas Merton and love George Carlin. I don’t think there is a “war on Christmas”. I think we should have a “war on bullshit.” I think the Christian Right is actually the Christian Wrong. I love animals. I don’t hunt. I live on the edge of the “hundred acre wood.” I love to visit monasteries and stay in quiet places. I like Gregorian Chant and I like Jimi Hendrix. I love my wife and family and I miss our children being away at work and college. I’ve enjoyed being a blogger this year. Next Friday I’ll be celebrating the 36th anniversary of my 18th birthday. December 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mary holds a special place in my heart. Blue is one of my favorite colors and though I carry a Rosary frequently I only pray it occasionally.
Am I postmodern? I don’t know, you’ll have to decide that. Last weekend I watched two movies and enjoyed both of them, “Inconvenient Truth” and “Glory Road”. The next book I’d like to read is Bob Sutton’s, “The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t.” I’ve worked with a lot of assholes and maybe Mr. Sutton has some ideas worth sharing. The title alone is worth a read.