…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger,
on behalf of all of us
A child at four years of age is, according to the experts, expected to “ speak clearly using more complex sentences*, count ten or more objects, correctly name at least four colours and three shapes, recognize some letters and possibly write his or her name, understand the concept of time and the order of daily activities, like breakfast in the morning, lunch in the afternoon, and dinner at night, have a greater attention span, follow two- to three-part commands, recognize familiar words, such as “STOP“, but what is expected from a blog of that ripe age? (Yes, last Sunday it was our birthday, have you missed it? Again?)
So how are we doing? As far as complex sentences are concerned, hmm; lunch etc very much yes; follow commands, no; and STOP? Not bloody likely. We may leave physical development aside as irrelevant, though some of us, proudly and depending on the state of sobriety, can “stand on one foot for more than 9 seconds” and most of the time “dress and undress, and brush teeth”.
There is a jungle of blogs, the jungle as in nature, red in tooth and claw, mostly red, then pink and putrid green, where a decent carnivore struggles to survive. Still, we managed about 1,900 ‘posts’ and if there is any regret, it would be a mini one over promises, promises, promises of contributions we received at the beginnings. Time pressure, health and possibly egos have been interfering. Aware of Ronald Reagan quote “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit” we did not care and yet… Humanity.
Sometimes we have doubts – are we diluting the message? Should we leave it to, say, Mark Steyn? Or, hopefully, are we introducing diversity? Real diversity of thought, and of expression, not the PC uniformity masquerading as such. Only time will tell. We are amateurs and somehow proud of that. We love what we do and we don’t do it for remuneration. Consequently, we refuse to accept that the fact that somebody, who coerced, by means of foul or fair, or the combination thereof, somebody else to pay, invariably not out of his pocket, for his or hers outpourings, is necessarily better simply because of that. (*/ How’s that for a complex sentence?)
More serious doubt is – are we repeating ourselves?
The Fog‘s very first article Our Great Green Hope was actually written in February 2009. Do read it again. What has changed? Has anything improved? Unfortunately, the article is as relevant now as then.
“I shudder to think how cynical will be our youths, when they discover the polar bears had not drowned. When they discover that a rock concert hardly ever solves anything. When their rainbow bubble of greenhouse gases burst. I am afraid they will not turn against those who lied to them, but against those who were right. …
…Regrettably, a great part of our youths suffers from incredible ignorance coupled with fanatism so naïve, that even Hitlerjugend leaders could be proud. It ought not to be surprising after years of propaganda of which Goebbels would be ashamed, directed predominantly to school age children.”
Five years later, many still stick to that sick sect, which has nothing to do with science. (See video in Hillary’s voters yesterday) Some seek the solution by joining the Islamic horde. Others, more intelligent, toy with the ideas and ideals of the NeoReaction [Why Leftist Fear Neoreactionaries 13-3-2015; some Nrx outlets http://theden.tv/ or http://www.socialmatter.net/].
Obviously, it is not the time to give up.
“The Spartans do not ask how many are the enemy but where are they.” - Plutarch, Sayings Of The Spartans
Finally, our best wishes to Rudolf Vyborny, one of the original Fog of Chaos troika, currently in a hospital.