Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday School at the Sherman Foundation: Liberal values make the world a less interesting place.

Repression and conservatism force those of us more liberal in our leanings to find ways to embed and code the things we wish to express.

For example, all of the wonderful, pop-culture products of the 70s that were about getting high on marijuana: The song "Puff the Magic Dragon", Scooby Doo, and the bizarre and frightening show H.R. Puffinstuff.

Pop Music used to be much more rich in metaphor than it is today. The Coaster's song about a sexually-liberated but potentially disease-transmitting female: "Poison Ivy".

The freedoms and joys of liberalism yield diminishing returns. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.


Kathleen said...

And without the Victorians, there might not have been a Jack the Ripper. Very interesting.

Ollie said...

Lol, seriously? A major payoff of liberalism is enjoying a life rich in irony. Curb is better than The Office which is better than Seinfeld. See? The returns of liberal values keep on growing over time.

Thomas Sherman said...

you make a great point for an increased richness in comedic irony

but what about the losses due to the loss of seduction to tawdriness, the loss of metaphor to the literal and the overly obvious

without victorian repression would we have the work of lewis carroll and all the bizarre shit by J Barrie (Peter Pan)

to be honest Ollie, Im not sure how serious I am, but I think there is a strong enough point to be made here that a person more serious than I conduct an inquiry in to the matter