Bridge at St. Remains

Notes and Rants from YouTube Comment Section


True, but I think many people do maintain a high level of integrity, and we should encourage everyone in that regard. However, it only takes one dishonest voice to start an avalanche of disinformation. As for it being even worse “the opposite way around,” governments and cultures that have strictly controlled speech and assembly by overtly censoring and brutalizing citizens don’t tend to last because that kind of control forces the people to act, to rise up, rather than just talk.

Hamlet: That I, the son of a dear father murder’d, prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell, must, like a whore, unpack my heart with words….

There are a couple of exceptions to the failure of that method, of course, like North Korea. But the best control is the babbling brook of excessive freedoms without due responsibility and regulation.

K. Shawn Edgar | Florid Fellow


Margrethe to Frederick

pic by k. shawn edgar

Margrethe says to never write anything down
Words aren’t statues, language not hard concrete
Remember to speak, she says, use your words
Meaning has to travel on air, so as it speaks true
There’s no understanding in symbols on stone
Stone is not flesh, is not receptive, is not us
A voice to an eardrum is blood to an eager brain
Frederick, she screams. The high ceilings echo it
Frederick, Frederick, Frederick, freedom to speak
Fingers will not transmit; their nature is apposed
Fingers want to manipulate, scratch, and poke us
So sing, Frederick, instead of scrawl, your desires