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New Connections

Born into a republican family, I am now a left-leaning liberal, a lonely weight on a scale of reasoning countering more conventional, conservative familial coins. Most times the scale is not level, but to me, that hardly matters. I do not perceive such tendencies as I’ve nurtured into being over the last 15-20 years as a new thinking connection, since they feel more like uncovered clarity than something once tightly shrink-wrapped and forbidden. Yet viewed over the longer life, these thoughts are indeed new, in the sense that non-moderate ways of thinking are clearly a departure from my blood tree. Where is the line between what I think and what I was, albeit subliminal at times, taught to think? Are these thoughts truly my own or did I merely rebel against my parents well-intended guidance, or perhaps finally warmed to college’s relentless peer pressure influence on a late-forming mind?

As the days continue to clock-spin toward the inevitable, I do not suffer fools as easily as I once did. Nor do I possess a willingness to spend time foolishly as conveniently as once I did in days now distant in the mirror. I am aware of increasingly connecting to nature and knowledge, while disconnecting ever-further from the banal and temporary nature of simply being entertained. I gladly fall prey to the siren song of well-written verses, or luxuriate in watching a well-crafted documentary around a subject I know not enough about or yielding something new where I thought I walked expertly.

I continue to choose the path of connecting to learning and expanding awareness. Such new connections, be they people of interest (both aligned and opposite), or insights that cannot be left unpondered, or moments that bare emotions and bring new colors to living, are my foods of knowing and slakers of my learning thirst.


Writing Challenge:  NEW CONNECTIONS
  1. New Connections – Patti Larsen
  2. Agents and Rushing into Publishing – Nicole Williams
  3. New Connections – Rebecca Bradley
  4. Forging Threads – and New Connections – Annetta Ribken
  5. Getting to Know You – Rebeca Shiller
  6. Sole-Mate? – India Drummond
  7. New Connections: Social Networking and Writers’ Group – Ruchira
  1. Second Tuesday. 1. New Connections – Alberta Ross
  2. New Connections – Linda
  3. New Connections – Gary Varner
  4. Facebook Connections – Eden Baylee
  5. Tuesday Review – Kira Morgana
  6. Sunny Sings the Blues – Sunny
  7. A Nod to Glass Cases – Gale Martin
This post is part of a monthly writing challenge known as “Second Tuesday,” written by members of the Fellow Writers’ Facebook group. Click on any link above to read another “Second Tuesday” post. Enjoy!

4 comments to New Connections

  • An interesting way of approaching the topic- and a much wider perspective. I enjoyed reading this.

  • I’m in the same position of being the lone liberal in a family of conservatives. I think they all suspect it’s because I moved to Europe, that hotbed of communism. :)

    Great post!

  • Having been raised by two knee-jerk liberals (some would say Communists) I welcome you and India to the fold. In some respects, I think I’m even more left than my parents, and I long for the day where I can move to a country that has an active Communist Party. In the meantime, I am the token Marxist on my little island.

  • Great insight into connections for the sake of learning, and not just to be a voyeur or passive thinker.
    RE: politics – Canada is certainly not as scary as the USA. With the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, and FOX News spewing venom into the airwaves by the hour, I think the left leaning liberal in you must have a very hard time, and yet, it is even more important to stay connected because of it.