From: Alfred Lehmberg <Lehmberg@snowhill.com> Date: Wed, 03 Jun 1998 06:39:05 -0500 Fwd Date: Wed, 03 Jun 1998 21:25:44 -0400 Subject: Alfred's Odd Ode #250 Apology to MW #250 (For June 3, 1998) I'll have my protestation on the dying of the light. My own I've yet to learn, my friend, in the coming of a fearful night. But where we throw ourselves too forcefully into gods we've manufactured, we erode communication, and are rendered, smote, and fractured! Tolerate the hoaxist and _encourage_ the behavior that will deepen your confusion and distress. Make a hoax a crime, then -- a disturbance of the peace. What's left, then, is the _evidence_, and we put it to the test! But claims beyond the *ordinary* are requiring greater *proof*? This is what you hide behind to stay contrived -- aloof! This is not the way to check the merits of a claim! This is pseudo rule-ishness! It corrodes and rots your brain. This is not a metric that you use to measure merit! This is mere red herring -- a prevaricating carrot! On its face it *sounds* a good rule, but it's lacking all the guidance that a paradigm must have for _use_ -- validity, reliance. _Who_ decides the magnitude of the *proof* that's needed then? Who of us decides enough -- the evidence that's in? Who of us will make the choice to say enough's enough -- all I need is me, my friend, and I call my culture's bluff! How can all these good folk be recounting all these tales -- of abduction, or their sightings, in such similar detail? Explain to me the footage, which I have in my possession, that I've looked at very closely -- it _provokes_ concerned obsession! What about these lights that flash, then drift across the cloudless sky -- nothing like I've seen before with open mind, or well trained eye. And I was raised by scientists, and I bought into their reason -- the scientific method (!), else fell short, and out of season. And the little that they reasoned that they had not figured out <g>, they left to just one jealous God we _won't_ know much about!!! But I have come to find there's _more_ than culture's letting on -- that science, all alone, is not _enough_ to carry on. That God's interpretation by a scurrilous elite is the glue that keeps us mired in continuous defeat! I've discovered that our systems are to keep a status quo that the landed better live with while they shovel us with snow! Autonomy is here at hand, of that you can be sure! The power found is limitless; O'leary's seen the cure! One fell swoop (!) you're off the meter, and you're standing on your own, just think what you can _now_ give back -- _respect_ is on the PHONE. The man is not the man alone, he knows he'd come to find. That's why he keeps you guessing, keeps you stupid -- keeps you blind! Lehmberg@snowhill.com I point my finger -- _knowing_ I point three back at myself! Voltaire and Mill were dead on right, and everybody knows it -- for a little more of the ol' broad brushed hyperbole. I wonder what they saw in _their_ skies. My Thanks to Jean Van Gemert for the thought in the third paragraph. Restore John Ford. -- Explore the Alien View? http://www.fortunecity.com/roswell/arecibo/46/ "I cleave the heavens, and soar to the infinite. What others see from afar, I leave far behind me." - Giordano Bruno, while burning at the fundamentalist's stake.
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