"I would like to say 'This book is written to the glory of God', but nowadays this would be the trick of a cheat, i.e., it would not be correctly understood."--Ludwig Wittgenstein
"Talk to me about the truth of religion, and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolation of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand."--C.S. Lewis
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
I'm actually an inordinately shy person. Ask my oldest friends; if they're being honest, they'll tell you what a recluse I am, left to my own devices. Were it not for my wife, whom I met in high school, I'd probably have long ago vanished behind a shield of invisibility woven by my reluctance to be known for who I am.
And of all the things I've ever written here, some of which I'm rather proud of when I look back on them, my anger over Harvey is what's going viral.*
Damn. No, seriously. Damn. Anything I say about it will sound like false regrets or fake concern or a tacit disavowal, or even false modesty. No, I wrote it, I own it; but shit.
I really do hate attention. As long as all it brings is people following links to that post, it'll be fine. Maybe. We'll see.
I just don't want to be known as the "angry guy." Although, considering my usual behavior, I've probably earned that reputation, too. Hell, I don't want to be "known" at all. You can know me when I'm dead; it won't concern me then.
I only mention this because if this gets any more popular, you won't hear from me until the attention is over. Really, I gotta tell somebody: "viral" is my worst nightmare.
*probably a gracious exaggeration rather than a proper description. I'm looking at my stats on blogger, and "viral" is not what I'd call it. Actually, I hope I don't have to ever call it that.
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A lot of less worthy things go viral. Look at what Google is doodling about today.ReplyDelete
Rmj, I confess I may have contributed to the popularity of your post by sharing the link on Facebook with my friends there. I'm sorry if I was out of order. I shared because I thought yours was a most excellent post and very much to the point.ReplyDelete
I still haven't recovered from Katrina and the federal flood in New Orleans, and I don't even live there. The place where I grew up and lived till my mid-20s will always be dear to me. My anguish about Texas is quite real because I saw the wreckage in NO first hand, and Texas is the same, but on a larger scale.
The First Draft bloggers organized a group to gut a house in NO under the auspices of the now defunct Acorn group (Thanks, to the perfidy of James O'Keefe), so I know what it's like to strip a house ruined by floodwaters. It's filthy work, but the house is now rebuilt, and a family lives there.
Nobody's at fault, least of all you, June. And "viral" is a loose definition. Last I looked the post was in the low four figures; very high for me, but "viral" to me means at least 5 figures of viewership.ReplyDelete
If it hits that, I'm going into Witness Protection.
In my defense, it was a public post. :-)ReplyDelete
"If it hits that, I'm going into Witness Protection."
Yeah, but who's gonna protect you?