A New Perspective: Part 1
This blog has become an exercise for me, personally. I have learned to refine my writing and stretch tight muscles to give me some flexibility. I have touched on some wonderful topics that have crossed my mind and expressed how I see things. As each topic comes from articles and books that I have encountered, I select a topic that incites my passions and thoughts to write. My Muse comes to me in that singular moment of emotion and sparks the ability to bring the thoughts together in a coherent notion.
It is my intention to keep a perspective that is open to many ideas and allow these ideas to form an opinion. I associate it to the technique that is used in drawing that is called two-point perspective. If you look at the sketch of a block or building, the lines of the object move off into infinity to two points. This allows the object in relative closeness to the viewer to appear larger than the side of the object. The farther away the lines move to the points, the smaller the object becomes. It is the same with opinions. We draw from sources that seem to be small and distant until we pull them closer and build on them. Once the material is assembled, the object/opinion stands before you in a greater understanding. I seek to remind the viewer that without the distant points, the opinion will lose its perspective and quickly fall apart.
With this idea, I have also sought to communicate the importance of cognizance and liberality. It is with an open mind and a broad acceptance of differing opinions that we move past the ignorance and intolerance that are beginning to subjugate our society into a state that reminds me of the dark ages of the medieval times.
I have set the context of the opinion. I have explained the source of the opinion. Now, the continued mission is to show the opinion on each topic that comes along. As the title of the blog suggests, I Write Irate. It is a true irritation to see the policies around me become more and more intolerant and ignorant to the needs of the people as a whole. I will attempt to avoid a stance that is polemic, but it is bound to happen from time to time.
Often I see that we in the United States are caught in the debate over what our Founding Fathers were suggesting in their own writing. It is an examination of the stance that they were taking within the context of the times. If someone suggested that the idea of slavery being abolished during the times of the American Revolution, they would have to delve into the writings of the key leaders of the time. If someone suggested that it was the intent of the authors of the Constitution to promote a separation of Church and State, they would support that thought with the writings of those authors. However, I would also include in the research of this topic the context of times. One does not just read a quote from one book and understand every thought behind the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence.
I respect anyone that wants to wade into the mire that is a hotspot of the political debate such as the First Amendment. It is as follows:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. http://constitution.laws.com/1st-amendment
There are different interpretations to this single amendment as it becomes the first one in the Bill of Rights. It has been a source of great debate, Supreme Court case, and the social conflict over civil rights. It is a complex issue with an open arena of discussion and understanding.
Where I am going with this will likely take three separate posts. The plan is to explore the context of the writing. My background will not just let me take this matter at face value or leave it to the simple interpretation that fits into one’s agenda. Next, I will step into the thick soup that is the debate over the freedom of speech. It will not be an in-depth examination into the history of the debate, but current events will become the focus and how we debate the topic. Lastly, I will dive into the freedom of religion and its part in the ideal of separation of Church and State.
This is a project that I believe will take some time, so it will be spread out over a few weeks. It is not my intention to just slap up my opinion. I wish to give the audience a moment to step past the agendas in today’s political climate and understand more of what we Americans truly believe. I hope that it will be informative. I am excited to see what the response is.