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Self-censorship, fear. Denounce stupid Western opinons. You are safe.
Criticize how some Muslim clerics incite Muslims to violence,
and you are warned. Danger! Elsas Creativity Blog explores.

SEPTEMBER 3, 2006

TIME PASSES - AND CURRENT DANGERS EMERGE

It's been almost a month. What's happened? The Idea Emporium is up on the site - starting with The Rage of the 'Righteous' and going on to a couple of "favorite" stupid opinions, starting with the opinion that you are wherever you are meant to be. It wasn't the opinion I'd meant to start on - that would have been on one that I meet over and over from students who don't want to be judgmental (as if having good judgment were inherently evil). Their opinion: all opinions are equal. I intended to start with that one - and in fact have gone on to write about it. But sitting quietly in my airplane seat, I was faced with a popular performer gyrating on the screen in front of me, reiterating over and over that you are wherever you are meant to be. That would mean, of course, that I was meant to be trapped watching him - and that he was meant to have me write about him. None of that makes any sense to me, but it did get me writing.

And then for weeks I was stuck - all muddled with struggling with css style sheets (part of the web program I'm using -great when mastered, tough when learning, but it's through having gotten it right once that I am able to write this easily to you) and with templates (ditto). Also I had bits of writing here and there (one thought here, another thought there), and that made for a wall of mess in front of me. Somehow I needed to get moving, easiest when I sit down and keep going until I am somehow through.

I finally did that about a week ago.

It's not that nothing happened before that - time with my stepdaughter especially, good time.

Then this week school has started again, and I have done something daring for me. I am having many of my students read The Rage of the 'Righteous' - which is controversial enough that a colleague who likes it told me - do not publish this under your name.

What's it about? Censorship has been a huge issue around the world - with so many topics off limits. The mildest references to sex used to be taboo. Playboy used to airbrush out the navels of models!! This censorship is different. It is the self-imposed censorship coming from fear - in this case, fear of Muslim retaliation for saying something not popular with Muslims - for I am writing about the rage of the Muslim "righteous."

I could write volumes about the Nazis and fear nothing. I could focus on nasty truths about the KKK and fear nothing. I could go on and on about rigid Christian fundamentalism and fear nothing. I could dig up some almost invisible racial prejudices of seemingly liberal whites and receive applause.

And when I wrote about stupid opinions, I did not have to pussyfoot around. I could let my frustration show. Maybe people would be less inclined to listen because they objected to how I was saying things, but that was the extent of it. No reason to fear for my safety.

But I wasn't - to get back to scary and non-scary groups - interested in focusing on Nazis or the KKK.

What interested me was Muslim outrage at a Danish cartoon - when there was a total lack of Muslim outrage at Muslims using the Muslim religion to do violence (suicide bombers blowing up lots of other Muslims along with themselves, for instance). It did not make sense to me.

What also did not make sense was that many nice Western liberals agreed with the Muslim response. How dare the Danish cartoonist make a cartoon depicting the Muslim prophet with his turban turned into a bomb? They did not go: how dare Muslims hold all Danes responsible for the cartoon, for example by taking Danish products off the shelves of stores. The same Muslims, after all, wanted to be judged as individuals - to stereotype Muslims was wrong, I've heard over and over, and I agree - but I hold equally that one must not stereotype Danes either.

But it's not the ideas in the piece that I want to go into here. You can find them in The Rage of the 'Righteous.' Here I will look at fear. In an entry of its own.

As always, welcome into my world.

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SEPTEMBER 3, 2006

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elsas creativity blog
is not the same as elsas creativity log - a jotting down of events, of time spent

elsas creativity blog
is not a hop and stop
     tip top mop shop pop drop
elsas creativity blog
     is elsas creativity blog
     is elsas creativity blog

but what is elsas creativity blog?

elsas creativity blog
     is stop and start
          on and off
       trying
       doing
       ever renewing
                    elsas creativity blog
                    elsas creativity blog
     is not a dog
                 log
                 fog
                 smog
                 groggy old nodding off creativity blob
     is a wide awake
         revving up
         ever making up stuff
                 elsas creativity blog

elsas creativity blog -
     a short stop to bring you along
                           as I'm making up the site
                           feeling my way
                           like a jungle explorer
                           creepers and crawlers every which way
                           how to get through the day?
                           I couldn't say
that's elsas creativity blog

where does it come from?
where des it go?
elsas creativity blog doesn't know

it records the words elsa writes
it stays the course
it blogs all night
it's delighted to be blogging
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                  over words
                  over muddles
                  over huddles
                           of word lugging trouble
                  over word puddles
                  and into word puddles

elsas creativity blog
         elsas creativity blog
                  elsas creativity blog
                      is a blog by elsa
                            on creative endeavors
                      is elsa's trying
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                                   to reach the world
                                        let words unfurl
                                        let them rumble
                                        let them blog into the sunset
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                         it blop blop blogs
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                                     stopping now and then in its course
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