And So It Goes Janet Givens’ BlogMore on the Blog's name
And so it goes -- sometimes So it goes -- the lament that permeates Kurt Vonnegut’s classic Slaughterhouse-Five, addresses the notion that certain events are beyond our control. It honors fatalism, resignation, and the inevitability of death (among other things), and the consequent acceptance of our fate.
Just as Vonnegut tried to educate his readers to a greater understanding of the human condition, And So It Goes, the blog, tries to educate readers to a greater understand of the culture that, inevitably and unconsciously, molds us.
We do that by looking at cultures that are different than our own. And we pay special attention to the parts of those cultures that trouble us, that make us gasp, that make us turn away.
Here on my blog, we take the time to take a closer look, to chew on what we’ve been swallowing whole.
Adopting the existential notion that we create our own reality, we understand that that reality is also molded by our environment and perpetuated by our culture.
#3 Seen in the distance, problems sometimes appear larger and more ominous. But as we move closer, the solution appears.
I’m tempted to quote the “One Step at a Time” adage, but this is different. The lesson in this one for me was that my perception of danger (or risk) lessened as I got closer to it, as I got more information.
When difficult sections loomed ahead, I’d think, “This is where I needed Dave’s help on the way up; whatever will I do now?” But each time, as I got closer to that point, I could envision how I would go, where I would put my feet, what I could grab onto.
As I kept moving forward, toward what had at first appeared insurmountable, the path (the way, the answer, the solution) appeared.
Frankly, I think this is one of life’s more important lessons.
How about you?
Did you miss the earlier posts in this series? If so, here are the links: