Honestly Kid

by Daniel Damkoehler


Desk Scraps #3

Another calendar quote unearthed itself today: Who forces time is pushed back by time; who yields to time finds time on his side. - The Talmud  

March 16, 2012 | 2nd thoughts,Peregrinations

Radical Converts part 1

For my money, the Radical Convert is where the action is. These include people like Che Guevara, St. Augustine, Tom Cruise, Chairman Mao, Ghandi, and John Coltrane. All of these people could point to a day or even a moment when everything changed, each one saw the light and knelt down on their own personal road to Damascus. Recovering from that blinding insight meant changing themselves and everyone ... +more+

November 12, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Peregrinations

Privilege: The Other Cancer – 2

Ten questions about the nature of privilege:

  1. Is it a privilege to question privilege?
  2. Is privilege an inevitable part of civilization?
  3. Is privilege inherently corrupt or corrupting (like power)?
  4. Can someone truly eschew privilege since having it in the first place is, in fact, a privilege?
  5. Does living in a wealthy 'developed' nation make one inherently privileged?
  6. Is freedom a privilege?
  7. Are human rights a privilege?
  8. Are political rights (citizenship, the right to vote, etc) a privilege?
  9. Who is
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October 29, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Peregrinations

Privilege: The Other Cancer — 1

The following post is taken from notes I made January 3, 2007 (ho-hum and garment rending are duly omitted)

“’What is the Third Estate?’ asked the title of the most celebrated pamphlet of that winter, by the renegade clergyman Sieyés, ‘Everything. What has it been until now in the public order? Nothing. What does it want to be? Something.’ Anyone laying claim to any sort of privilege, Sieyés went on to
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October 28, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Peregrinations


Conversion. What is it? Who converts and why? Strictly speaking, to convert simply means to change from one form to another. To editorialize on that dictionary definition a bit, I'll add that to convert is not quite to transform and a bit more precise than simply change. Convert is a special kind of word, a special kind of change - it's not the same as transform, revolutionize, invert, or simply adjust. ... +more+

September 20, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Peregrinations

Peregrinations #1: My French Revolution

The following post is taken from notes I made January 2, 2007 (ho-hum is duly omitted): sing-it-pretty-french-lady

“Poles, who first sang the Marseillaise in 1794 as they resisted the carve-up of their country, sang it again in 1956 in revolt against Soviet tyranny. In 1989, as France commemorated the Revolution’s 200th anniversary, the same anthem of defiance was heard in Beijing, among the
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September 2, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Peregrinations


InOurSpectacularSociety3In January of 2007 I began work on a much too large and too undefined writing project. I called it 'Peregrinations' because I needed to begin without a set a path and with the intention that the journey to figuring out what I was on about would be part of the story and the most important part of the experience personally. I ... +more+

August 21, 2009 | 2nd thoughts,Peregrinations