What the “Things We Used To Say” series is about:
I’ve been a bit overwhelmed trying to get a handle on today’s culture of Conservatism. I grew up conservative but today’s version isn’t recognizable to me. The word has become shorthand for “Selfish, short-sighted ideological bully” and I’m not even sure it has language in common to explore the difference.
Back when I was writing the DOF blog, it occurred to me that a few, almost-forgotten aphorisms, which once defined what it meant to play a constructive role in society, are overdue for a visit. I started writing them down on index cards that I carry, and here they are. Recently I re-started the series on this blog.
“Those Who Cannot Remember The Past Are Condemned To Repeat It”
“There, But For The Grace Of God, Go I” (DOF blog)
“Don’t be a litterbug!” (DOF blog)
“A Stitch In Time Saves Nine” (DOF blog)
“If You Can’t Stand The Heat, Stay Out Of The Kitchen” (DOF blog)
“You Get What You Pay For” (DOF blog)
- The DOF blog is now archived as a static HTML site. I keep it up on the web because it represents 10 years of my writing, and as a reminder of the changes in my thinking during that time. Writing changes how you think, or at least, it should.