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Euphemisms

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This book was thought-provoking and aims to start some very important discussions relevant to today's political atmosphere.

Synopsis

This book is a series of short essays about responding to issues in our polarized culture in a productive manner rather than resorting to name-calling and vitriol. The author once published a weekly community newspaper and wrote award-winning (state press association) editorials during the 80s. The premise is that we will never overcome hatred with hatred. If we have any hope that our society will restore civility, it must happen in the first person. A few essays have a local focus, but all are universal in application.

        Euphemisms: Softer Answers to Grievous Questions or Name-Calling Solves Nothing…and Other Miscellaneous Thoughts by Rob Woodfin is a collection of short theses about the state of world politically and religiously with respect to humanitarianism, empathy, religion itself, and political ideologies. Woodfin touches on subject matter ranging from abortion and immigration to free healthcare and racism. While the tidbits themselves don’t bring any answers to any of the big questions, they do start a discussion and pose some thought-provoking ideas.

               Each topic of discussion is about a half of a page to a full page long, some written as poetry and others as prose. Each poses an existential question and ideas to go along with it. When talking about abortion he brings up the idea of contraceptives while questioning if it makes him evil to believe in such a thing. He asks why taking care of our fellow man is so wrong in his statements on free healthcare. Each short essay, in place of a better word, is its own separate idea while contributing the overall message of love, humanity, and taking care of our fellow man.

               The style of the writing was a major highlight of the collection. It utilizes poetry, prose, and journalistic stylings depending on the type of message that is trying to be conveyed in each short snippet. This makes it very easy for the reader, if they are interested in politics that is, to read through a style they may not like a much knowing it is a short bit of the overall collection. You may not enjoy poetry, but it isn’t all stylized that way; you only have to deal with a short page or so before it gets back to prose or to the stylings of a newspaper article. It can be engaging to any kind of reader.

               Overall, I did enjoy reading each piece. There was no novel ideas or epiphany moments, but it created a nice tool to find a way to get people to start discussing these ideas in a calm and empathetic way. The pieces were not aimed at being judgmental but questioning and opens a great avenue for discussion and introspection. 

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Synopsis

This book is a series of short essays about responding to issues in our polarized culture in a productive manner rather than resorting to name-calling and vitriol. The author once published a weekly community newspaper and wrote award-winning (state press association) editorials during the 80s. The premise is that we will never overcome hatred with hatred. If we have any hope that our society will restore civility, it must happen in the first person. A few essays have a local focus, but all are universal in application.

Our flag salutes free speech


There is so much bombast recently vilifying people who protest inequities of one kind or another which happen in the shadow of our flag. When injustices are sanctioned by principalities and powers, or simply ignored by those in authority, the flag sometimes becomes the focus of the protest … especially when the principals in charge have wrapped themselves in the flag and belligerently refused to listen. It is not our honored dead who lie under the flags at Arlington that protestors are challenging, it is the arrogant abusers of power in the gated fortresses under the flags at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue. And who among us doesn’t honestly understand that?

I never wore the uniform. I registered for the draft, but they stopped calling numbers before they got to mine. I surely appreciate and respect our service men and women, and I don’t pretend to speak for them. I certainly did not earn the empathy to speak for those who died. But I wonder, did any of them die for the flag? I know they died under the flag ... with the flag ... showing allegiance to the flag. But I’ve always assumed it was their neighbors around the flag that they gave their lives to protect.

Christ didn’t die for the Jewish flag ... nor the Christian flag ... nor for any symbol ... not even the cross. He died for humanity. When we castigate those who protest injustices in the world and put more value on symbols than people, we devalue humanity. 

It is certainly your right to disagree with people who are protesting. But loving symbols more than people is offensive ... not to me ... none of my business who you love or hate. I sincerely believe, however, that loving symbols more than children of God, no matter how disagreeable you may consider them, is offensive to God.

We have not become so polarized, so divisive, so angry by chance. Our brokenness is by design … carefully, skillfully, methodically brought about by those who benefit from our divides; not those in uniform, not those on the assembly line, but those you and I never see; those whose only interest in the flag is how it can be used to bolster their enormous wealth and power.

Our flag is never more desecrated than when it is used by aspiring plutocrats to usurp the republic for which it stands.

About the author

Rob Woodfin is a printer. His father was a printer. His grandfather was a printer. For several years, like them, he also published the local newspaper. These essays are similar to the editorials he used to write, but perhaps a bit more thoughtful since they were typed with much older fingers. view profile

Published on September 20, 2019

Published by Parson's Porch

9000 words

Genre: Inspirational

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