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Jan. 22nd, 2008

Dear Young Ones to Whom B.C. equates to Before Computers, or Before Cellphones:

Texting on your cellphones is a place for, understandably, using lots of space-saving shorthand, including no capital letters, no punctuation, and phonetic spelling instead of the actual English language spelling and syntax, all in an effort to save time and space (not to mention your fingers as they type on those tiny little keypads.)

Public forums on the internet, such as group interest journals, email groups and listservs and the like, ARE NOT. Please do show everyone you are not complete morons (as I despair of much of the public being these days) and show off your use of good English and punctuation. Or, barring that (perhaps I'm expecting more than is possible) at least **attempt** to create complete sentences and use capital letters where appropriate. Then, possibly, it may be readable enough to understand for those of us who grew up speaking and reading English instead of Cellphone.

Civilizations create common grounds in many things for, ultimately, survival. If we were all to ignore the framework of our language and simply say/speak/write however we wanted, our communications would grind to a halt in short order. Imagine if we were all to wake up and decide to ignore the rules of the road and create our own ideas of how to drive and manage behind the wheel....oh, yes, I suppose that's happened already, hasn't it? I see morons on the roadways every day who don't know how to drive and don't understand the framework upon which driving safely and defensively is based.

Yes, yes, I forgot...we have no viable school system in this country anymore (unless you pay for private school) so it's no wonder we're turning out "graduates" who don't know basics.

Wow, yes, that's pretty depressing, isn't it...but yes, our culture seems to be sliding down that slippery slope toward third world status very quickly. Everybody will have a cellphone and a computer as they get there, so it's all okay in the end, isn't it?

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jimpage363
Jan. 23rd, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
I applaud your rant.
I sometimes fear we will see our culture communicate entirely in little sound bites, the way they did in one of the ST:NG episodes.
Hell, I still write in Palmer Method!
sundara
Jan. 28th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
I think I'm turning into Rodney...more and more I sound just like him. And when I read him ranting at the morons in stories, I find myself perking up and loving it. Oy.

But...but...what else can one *do* when one finds oneself surrounded by idiots but simply give in to the inevitable and admit the truth of the matter? (That they're all morons!!!)

Really, I do have to remind myself that while they may *be* morons and completely brain dead, they're still God's children and, while their personality level may be past redemption and I'll never enjoy *that* part of them, I can still love (in the greater sense) their spiritual aspect and know they're walking their path like all God's creations.

Just...can I have my path a little further away from theirs, pleeease?
jimpage363
Jan. 28th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
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<Really, I do have to remind myself that while they may *be* morons and completely brain dead, they're still God's children>

In my tradition, we believe that every person is created b'tzelem Elohim, in the image of God.

Who knew that God was so darned annoying?!?!
sundara
Jan. 28th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and in the image of God refers to their higher Spiritual aspect, the Soul and Spiritual Man that spawns the "us" we know, the personality (lower mental/emotional/physical) level.

Christianity emphasizes that God has given us "free will", and yes, the personality does have autonomy in choosing its actions and making choices.

Just...if the personality is far removed from connection to its source, the Soul, then the choices made tend to be idiotic and destructive on one or more levels.

Hence...idiots. Morons. The walking dead, divorced from connection to the higher and its information/advice/wisdom/knowledge.

Who knew Rodney was, at heart, so spiritual? *eg*

Edited at 2008-01-28 08:18 pm (UTC)
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