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Banned

Banned

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“Banned” not a word I personally take lightly.  It has been thrown around so much, that many don’t understand the significance of the word.  It’s lost its original concern as a result.  “Banned”used to cause people to sit up and take note. These days we are desensitized to the totality of the meaning.

Back in the day, we jumped when we heard a book was banned, whether by a government, a group, political, religious, moral or less often commercial entity who had the clout to make any book article or newsworthy item, unavailable to the public.  In particular, removing said books from the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom because of its controversial content.

In today’s society, where everyone seems so incredibly “touchy”, anything said by one individual, another takes exception to and controversy quickly erupts.

Much information has to be read carefully in order to ascertain it’s true meaning and requires reading between the lines and cannot be taken at face value.

In some cases, banned books of the past have been burned and/or refused publication. Possession of banned books has at times been regarded as an act of treason or heresy, which was punishable by death, torture, prison time, or other acts of retribution.

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” written by Mark Twain,  was the fifth most frequently challenged book in the U.S. during the 90’s for example. James Joyce’s Ulysses was banned on sexual grounds. There are many others we could add to the list as the list continually changes and grows.

I feel that it’s a very important topic in today’s society when corrupt and unethical politician’s in particular, seek to stop the flow of information to the public about the tactics, antics and dirty pool constantly used to sway the public vote.

I suppose the import would be greatly increased if it relates to your particular interest whether that be religion, politics, or informative material.

Really interested in your take on the subject, so drop me a line, let me know what you think.  Where, who, when should a book or publication be “banned”.

This brings up a side issue, that of the internet, where information flows freely.  Sometimes, confusingly, as information can always be twisted to any particular viewpoint and certainly requires a great deal of fact checking to ascertain whether it is fact-based, valid, or an opinion or personal bias.

Thanks for reading my “rant”.  Take care, talk to you again soon.

 

 

Surface

Surface

We are all guilty of putting on a face for the world, even with family and friends and those closest to us, unwilling to admit what lies beneath.  It could be anger, angst, frustration, worry or concern.  Do we do it, suffer in silence, due to an overriding concern for those we love, a protective mechanism of sorts? Or because we feel it’s unacceptable to share our pain with others?

Possibly it is happiness, excitement and delight, but we hide it, waiting for an appropriate moment to share, spill the beans, explain, our joy barely contained.

It’s painful watching the struggles of family and friends.  You know them well, and on the surface you note a pleasant smile and calm relaxed demeanor.  Then you watch the cracks begin to form the tells begin to show; maybe it’s pacing, body movements like scrubbing their face, their hair or veiled anger in response to a question or something said innocently but a reaction ensued we weren’t expecting and which wasn’t warranted.

Those calm serene waters finally erupt broiling from beneath in an explosion of emotion.

Some use humour to defuse distract nullify that which we are unable to face either alone or with others.

Whatever the reason, should we not take the time to look beneath the surface?  See the truth and honesty and pain that may be hiding there?

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