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Alright, it seems I'm stuck in 'über-thinking' mode for the time being, so, as I delve into my sixth can of Fresca for the evening, I feel like rambling about some of the things that are on my mind, as of late.

Tina, you got me started on this, and, actually, I thank you very greatly for it.

Yes, everyone, I'm a liberal. I'm a conservative liberal, but one, nonetheless. I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't watch porn, I don't sleep around...hell, half the time, I don't SLEEP. I'm a lover of all things artistic who, occasionally finds himself waxing poetic...alright, probably more often than most people can stand. I've been told that I think more in 10 minutes than most people seem to in a week, and I'm inclined to agree. I write poetry, I write music, I sing, I play the {french} horn, I conduct along with my classical music CDs, and I sit in my home and, often, spend hours on end reading poetry, whether it's from the minds of the incredibly talented people in this community, or I just feel like cracking open Whitman's 'Leaves of Grass' and expanding my mind through that of the first true free verse poet. I study Tai Chi, and am a Tao Christian. I'm not a pushy liberal, and I don't think anyone has any right to push their beliefs on anyone else.

I argue for the sake of argument. I like to hear other opinions, other world views, then take them into my bank of knowledge and opinions and apply them as I see fit. I like making my opinions known, but only to those who matter to me. I'm incredibly antisocial, but I put up a decent front so that people don't realise until I'm gone that they know nothing about me. I hate hypocrisy, but, as a hypocrite, myself, I have a lot of self-appreciation issues.

I don't like the French, in general. I have a couple of friends from France, and I love them dearly. I don't dislike them because of anything to do with the war in Iraq, I hated them long beforehand. I don't like their language, I don't like their capital, and they take their cooking WAY to seriously. I'm not racially biased, and I think that anyone who is is ridiculous. I think we're all racist, but it's bigotry that gets us into trouble. I think the US should just up and declare the queen's English our official language. I think that, while immigration is a great thing for our country, and every country, we should put forth more efforts to close the borders to ILLEGAL immigration. Sanctuary is fine by me, but if you're going to come here for any other reason, get a visa or a green card...Honestly. I think that those who DO speak English these days should learn to speak it properly. Grammar in this country is simply atrocious.

I think that people need to get off their butts and do something about the state of the country, if they don't like it. We used to be disappointed in an 80% voter turnout...now, we're pleased as punch over 50%. This is ridiculous, people. I think that every person has a voice. Even a deaf, dumb, and blind kid can make a name for himself playing a 'mean pinball.' It's not only our right, but our responsibility to make our voices heard. If you don't vote, you have no right to bitch to me or anyone who DID vote about the state of things because you're as much or more at fault than anyone in authority because you had your chance to change things and didn't take it. I do, however, think that we have no right to be in Iraq, right now, but that's simply my opinion, based on what I think of the world around me. I have very close friends who are very pro-Bush, as well. I'm okay with that. I dig personal differences.

I think people need to realise the difference between argument and quarreling. In the estute, articulate words of the blokes from Monty Python, 'an argument is an organised procession of logical thought, put forth in order to establish a contrary position.' When I argue with you, and you take it personally, it's YOUR fault, not mine. I do not make personal attacks because you have a different, sometimes opposing, educated point of view. If you don't know something, you're not stupid. If you refuse to accept fact, or listen to another point of view, you are. All generalisations, including this one, are wrong. Life is a paradox. Get over it. Embrace it. Everything is for loving. Life is here for us to love one another, and appreciate contradiction. Our own continued existence is a paradox.

I'm a vegetarian, and I think the Atkins diet is a four-letter word. No, I don't miss meat. Yes, such a thing is possible. I started being a vegetarian because I was sick of being overweight and generally unhealthy. When I moved into the dorms here at the University of Oklahoma, I was 5'6" and 210 pounds. Now I'm 150 and dropping. I'm happy with this fact, and, in the meantime, I have picked up ETHICAL reasons for remaining a vegetarian for the rest of my life, however long that may be. I'm happy with it, and I don't want any more crap from other people about it.

I'm a Democratic Socialist. How can that work, you say? They're two different ideas, you say? That means you don't know anything about the workings of a socio-economic system. Democracy is a form of government. Socialism is an economic system. Together, they make a socio-economic system. Get the picture now? I believe in a government run by the people, made of the people, and, most importantly, that actually works FOR the people. I do not, however, believe in a completely free market. I believe in centralised health care, I believe in centralised education. Yes, I think taxes are necessary for this because every individual is important and we need to make sure that everyone is taken care of. I think that the big industries, e.g. utilities and insurance, should be regulated by the federal government.

I think that a person's greed and desire for material posessions should not control his work ethic. Work because you help people, not because it'll buy you that shiny new boat. I believe that apathy is the single greatest cause of pain and strife in our world, not just today, but since the dawn of time.

I believe in the separation of church and state. I am a Christian, but I believe that 'Under God' should be removed from the pledge of allegiance, as long as Texas public school students are required to observe the US flag's pledge, the Texas flag's pledge, and a manditory moment of silence every day. I believe that allegiance does not expire at midnight, so you don't have to renew your vow every day.

I make statements, not always because I don't believe in something, but because I don't want to be looked at as a part of what I don't like about it. I'm much prouder to be seen as the one person in my high school who DIDN'T say the pledge of allegiance than as one of the mindless automata who say it every day in the same cadence, the same droning monotone, saluting a piece of cloth and neglecting the republic and the people who died for said republic that it represents.

I think the US should annex the moon. I think that all the coins are conspiring against me. I think that there's a conspiracy behind the number 27, though I'm unsure of who's behind it or why. I believe that science and creationism help explain one another. I believe in the Illuminati. I'm afraid of large dogs, heights, and sock puppets. I think that hell is not a physical pit of flame and eternal physical torture, but a denial of existance (how else can you be removed from God?) I'm a hopeless romantic. I play video games for hours on end at the same computer that I compose my next masterpiece. I believe that there are few things better in this world than a warm embrace from a close friend. I hate the XBox. I believe that somewhere out there, God's got her arms wide open for me, and looks remarkably like Alanis Morissette. I'm one weird dude. I listen to AC/DC on the same stereo as I do Wagner. I think that it's supposed to be pronounced 'jag-you-are.' I think that Comcast destroyed the best network on television in the US. I think that Jim Steinman is the only good side dish for Meat Loaf.

My eyes are brown, my hair is too. I'm 5'6", 150 lbs, and happy with my life. I have a four octave vocal range. I have TMJ. My favourite colour is earth-tone green. I own over 200 cds and almost 100 records. I actually know what a record player is. I don't believe in Peer-to-peer software. I don't believe in credit cards. I ALWAYS know where my towel is. I always have a roll of Duck Tape nearby. I help people with questions about computer problems. I'm a musician, a poet, a computer nerd, a physics buff, a lover of music history, a hater of normal history, a video game addict, and a love addict. I'm a patriot in my own right because I think for myself. I fight with honour for everything and everyone I love. I'm guardian angel to some, muse to others. I'm a sucker for blue eyes, great smiles, and British accents.

I don't tell other people what to do, what to say, or what to think.

I just tell people to do, say, and think.

I'm a human being. Aren't you? We all live and love and hate and breathe each other. Why can't we just get OVER ourselves?

Namaste,
William A. Corder

(If you're still reading this, then you have too much time on your hands)

------
'He who knows others is learned. He who knows himself is wise.'
-Lao Tzu

'Tomorrow will take us away,
Far from home--
No one will ever know our names,
But the bards' songs will remain.
Tomorrow, all will be known,
And You're not alone,
So don't be afraid
In the dark and cold
'Cause the bards' songs will remain.
They all will remain
In my thoughts and in my dreams
They're always in my mind....
Come close Your eyes;
You can see them, too.'
Blind Guardian,
The Bard's Song: Into the Forest


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