ERROL CASTENS: Metaphors, media fasting and minutiae

By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal

Worth repeating from Daniel Henninger in the Wall Street Journal, regarding those who took baseless potshots at conservatives over the Tucson tragedy: “The divide between this strain of the American left and its conservative opponents is about more than politics and policy. It goes back a long way, it is deep, and it will never be bridged. It is cultural, and it explains more than anything the ‘intensity’ that exists now between these two competing camps. (The independent laments: ‘Can’t we all just get along?’ Answer: No.)”
Henninger goes on to discuss how the left came to view the right as so inferior as to be almost subhuman.
• Quick, somebody pass a law. Last Saturday’s shootings make it clear that we’ve got to take metaphors out of the hands of the average citizen and limit them to trained government officials and their licensees.
Words and phrases like “target,” “aim,” “battle” and the aforementioned “potshots” must be used only by government agents. Don’t listen to those right wing nut jobs in the National Metaphor Association and their tired excuse, “Metaphors don’t kill people; people kill people.”
• The constant rancor of the news has me hungering for an information fast.
Abstaining from food for a time is a way to refocus on what matters. In our media-saturated world, unplugging from all sources of news and entertainment can be even more refreshing.
Try it: Set aside computers, phones, videos, TV, radio and newspapers for a time – maybe your church day, to start. Prayer, conversation, singing, games, classic reads, exercise and even sex can reclaim some of the fourth dimension that media saturation has taken over.
Like abstaining from food, a media fast is unnerving at first, but if you give it a fair chance, it’ll grow on you.
• This is my 20th winter in Lafayette County, and until last Sunday I had never seen more than two inches of snow at my house. So it was nice to have a snow that could be measured in inches of depth, not hours of duration. One of the best parts was watching the chickens fly over the powder but then tumble because the squatty birds need as much running room to land as to take off.
• Not that this has anything to do with anything, but I just figured out how I’m going to make my fortune – selling dehydrated bottled water: Just reconstitute and drink.

Contact Daily Journal Oxford Bureau reporter Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or errol.castens@journalinc.com.