Everyone should read more Tony Pierce. Really I should too. Oh, it can be thick at times, but now and again in his ramblings lies some of the more astute modern American social commentary of our time, and for this he can’t be linked enough. This isn’t just blogger hyperbole — or at least I don’t think so — there are some people in the world who have a good understanding of the way of things, and I think Pierce is one of them. And he gives this to you free of charge, daily.
Unrestrained by any Editor, he, like most bloggers, is completely free to say anything he wants. But unlike many bloggers, who waste this freedom on complaints, he is willing to try to answer the questions he encounters. I can link you to a thousand blogs that do nothing but complain. Dozens of newspapers and magazines too. But I can’t link you to all that many guys like Pierce.
could howard get on the mic and shout vitrol and hate on the mic every morning? of course. could i type my little ass off saying whitey did this to me, the president did that to me? of course. and it would be boring and a waste of time and youd never come here again. the test is to find that edge and skateboard on it.
The order of the World is not discovered by the whiny. It is found by those who directly ask the questions. The World is not shaped by those who only react. It is shaped by those who work to find the answers. Among writers and speakers of the World, there needs to be more people who are willing to call it like it is and work with it, rather than to merely complain about it, scream invective about it, preach about it, or otherwise react to it.
The human condition is a complex one, and it seems that there are very few these days who are willing to put in an effort to try to understand it. There is a functioning to the world that defies the kind of easy answers that a lot of people would have us believe are the correct ones. Many bloggers and/or journalists I have read do not seem to get this. But more importantly, the people who run our nations, to varying degrees, believe what we say. The media we produce, mainstream and otherwise, shapes political thinking more than many realise.
I’m not talking about the navel-gazing bloggers are famous for. I’m talking about the rants. I’ve read the most brilliant, eloquent rants that defend nothing, explain nothing, advance nothing and solve nothing. I’m talking about the output of a gifted thinker being wasted in a rant which doesn’t ask questions it needs to ask or provide the answers it needs to provide. All bloggers do it. But many do it all the time. Many do it in the name of a cause they know not what. I’m probably doing it now.
Nobody is bemoaning free speech here; but I will bemoan the lack of substance. So many are tied up in the glory of free speech that they forget to at least try to produce free speech worth the time to read it. One of the many possible ways for this to happen is to start to actually think about the questions instead of reacting to the stimulus. Of course, I don’t know what all the questions are either, but at least I am willing to ask that question.
So I am promising to myself — in that navel-gazing way that bloggers do — to react less, think more, question more, and answer more. Basically all of the things found in the outstanding post I linked to above.