Letting It All Hang Out

After mulling this over for quite some time, I feel the need to share this within my weekly article.  The below piece is a bit of prose I wrote and posted on my poetry site, but I feel very strongly about it and frankly need to share it. I have tried to use discretion and not flood the lot of you with a copious amount of poetry or other writings as I know that they do not always yield highly on the entertainment wheel.  Furthermore when we started doing all the Bored Shenanigans related stuff I promised all of you I would always voice my own opinion regardless of consequence or outcome and seeing as how this is simply a meager little platform of self expression I will use it as such. I feel that by not being open and honest, I am doing all of our listeners and fans a disservice.  So, that being said I hope you enjoy or if you do not, let me know in the comments.

Personal Reflections

I find that the established ideal of patriotism to be nothing more than a skin deep dictum used to either sway or dis sway someones agenda. I know that comes off as the self righteous musings destined for some sort of justification, but that assumption is incorrect.
Look, the questioning of the established order is what life is all about, we are meant to call out injustice and unfair action when we see it. Blind trust in anything only leads to disintegration and proclaims your own ignorance. You are more than an easily conquered proletariat. You are more than an easily manipulated populace, pay some attention to the world around you. Read between the lines, open your eyes, and wake the fuck up. The misuse of patriot and countryman is merely propaganda from those who demonstrate none of these qualities. Distrust and disdain for sovereignty does not default a person into an anti citizen. Those who hold genuine malcontent for the multitudes or those who are too apathetic to oppose or side with an a governing body are the real evil. Indifference is the ultimate evil, yet we find ourselves so eager to wave a flag or watch a firework display to demonstrate the genuine nature of our love of country. If you truly love something you are willing to admit the faults it has, you are also willing to use the rights granted at its inception to ensure that those principles are maintained. You are throwing stones at the wrong people, at the very least listen to those with differing ideologies than your own.
I suppose it really comes down to this, if you are so eager to label someone a turncoat communist fascist, perhaps you should think of what those accusations mean. I would be hard pressed to think of a country that was not fashioned upon some type of rebellion or at the very least some intense diplomacy. For a nation founded on personal liberty, it seems that we are hellbent and determined to deny those things from our fellow citizens who do not fit squarely into our own fundamentalism.

Cody Jemes  is the mastermind and head complainer behind the Bored Shenanigans Articulations. Has his writing style got you all hot and bothered and you crave more? Check out his articles on the Dallas Mavericks at  Texas Fandom, watch him abuse poetry on his blog or if  you are tired of reading? Listen to the podcast he cohosts.  

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