It’s Too Late To Stop Now

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19 Responses to “It’s Too Late To Stop Now”


  1. 1 alexadiaz27 February 25, 2013 at 11:48 am

    lovely.

  2. 2 mieprowan February 26, 2013 at 3:00 am

    Since I’m up and surfing and we don’t have an open thread here, I’m going to leave this here:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/nicepeople/

    This is a subreddit that was created some months ago by someone who wanted to set up a subreddit that was about not being mean. It has sixteen readers.

    • 3 Pat Shelton February 26, 2013 at 9:39 am

      We always have a choice in how we behave, even if we seem unable to control how we react.
      There is no need for meaness. There is great need for empathy.

      • 4 mieprowan February 26, 2013 at 8:05 pm

        True, true. And how are the goats?

        • 5 Pat Shelton February 27, 2013 at 9:25 am

          No more goats, but horses, chickens and ducks. Check out my facebook: I’m a real estate agent and property manager now. I think of you often.

          • 6 mieprowan February 27, 2013 at 11:21 am

            I’m having software problems that make Facebook close to unworkable. I am glad to hear you got your employment situation better worked out.

          • 7 mieprowan February 28, 2013 at 5:28 pm

            Also, Pat, I did try to find you on Facebook, but you share your name with many. 

            Please feel free to email. I never wanted to be angry at you. I think we had one hell of a communication breakdown. I’m really sorry that I didn’t understand that you were feeling dissed. You should have said something, instead of keeping it all in. 

            I did find you overwhelming. But your energy is magnificent. Maybe I just felt overshadowed. Like I couldn’t keep up with you. Pat whom all the boys like, Pat who knows how to do all this stuff I haven’t bothered to learn how to do. Pat who was probably on some level trying to impress me, and thought she failed.

            Oh, no, Pat. You never failed. You left your mark on me. Do you have any idea how long I’ve been wanting to tell you that your willingness to take action, is one of your finest qualities?

            everybody: you were only waiting for this moment to arise.

            Bluenred: I was looking for a Waterboys quote and found a Beatles one. Neat.

            Alexa: true love will find you in the end, if it hasn’t already, because you are just such a stellar person. You deserve bunches of true love.

            And don’t ever, ever let them tell you that you’re not a planet. 

      • 10 mieprowan February 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm

        Also, unless this one king hell of a coincidence, which I seriously doubt, I’d like to take this opportunity to say that I never properly appreciated a rare quality in you – your ongoing inclination to actually do something, instead of simply sitting around obsessing on stuff and whining about it. That is a stellar virtue indeed.

        Bluenred and Alexa are both stellar people with their own virtues, whose acquaintence I made years ago on Daily Kos. Alexa and bluenred, may I present Pat, who knows how to do everything from building buildings to growing gardens to raising animals to making pottery to sewing stuff, and many other things as well. We go back a ways.

        • 11 Pat Shelton February 27, 2013 at 9:34 am

          That is so kind of you. I wish I could do everything! Some of what has been posted on the blog is so very deep, and had been so carefully thought out. Reading, I felt like I did at Streeters in Austin, standing and presenting my poetry, their reaction to me was that I was not ready to be there.

          • 12 mieprowan February 27, 2013 at 11:27 am

            Well, there are many ways to blog, and no captive audiences. The Internet has many ways of using up all our time. There are some good writers around, but they can be hard to find. I probably would never have found bluenred if he hadn’t been posting on Daily Kos. I have found a few other interesting people there.

            • 13 bluenred February 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm

              The interent is a pale failed substitute for talking face-to-face.

              It is valuable insomuch as “all the lonely people,” from all over the planet, can come to touch one another.

              And that is Good.

              But the internet, it is still a problem, in that humans have evolved so that 80% of all essential information, even in face-to-face conversations, is transmitted non-verbally.

              That’s where we currently are.

              And evolution just doesn’t move that fast.

              So, at some point, we have to meet face-to-face. Or resign ourselves to living in the essentially Non-Real.

              • 14 mieprowan February 27, 2013 at 2:15 pm

                Yes, it is a sadly ersatz substitute in some ways. But unless one lives in a good university town, it can be difficult to find anyone who is capable of holding a real conversation, though it is not difficult to find people who are looking for audiences.

                One of the things I like about the Internet is that it is so much easier to gracefully exit a conversation when necessary.

                The worst things about it are that one cannot touch each other, or make dinner together, go for a hike, etc.

          • 15 alexadiaz27 March 2, 2013 at 2:20 am

            Pat, very nice to meet you.

      • 16 mieprowan February 26, 2013 at 9:42 pm

        Also, check out Daniel Johnston’s “True Love Will Find You In The End.” Best minimalist love song ever. I sing it to myself a lot.

        “True love will find you in the end
        You’ll find out just who was your friend
        Don’t be sad, I know you will,
        But don’t give up until
        True love finds you in the end.

        This is a promise with a catch
        Only if you’re looking will it find you
        ‘Cause true love is searching too
        But how can it recognize you
        Unless you step out into the light?
        But don’t give up until
        True love finds you in the end.”

      • 17 bluenred February 27, 2013 at 2:06 pm

        Interesting duality.

        I like to think I am of empathy. But I know I can also be a mean motherfucker.

        Which, in justifying it to myself, I become—the mean mothefucker—in the interest of empathy.

        But how does that make me different from, say, Dick Cheney?

        An interesting puzzlement.

        • 18 mieprowan February 27, 2013 at 2:19 pm

          Where people fail is in being sensitive about brutal matters, or brutal about sensitive matters.

        • 19 alexadiaz27 March 2, 2013 at 2:26 am

          i’ve known some mean motherfuckers (clerkship was gang-bangers, white militia types, and random murderers and AWB.)

          they have some common characteristics, but empathy isn’t one of them. not one has anything in common with you, my very good abejo, too often misunderstood.


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