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My Baby Wants To Fly

My baby wants to fly!

Dear God.

Who gave her such ideas?

Who let my baby watch that show

The one about the circus folk

My baby saw that show

My baby saw those kids!

How they have their school

How hard they work

How high they fly.

See, mommy? See?

THEIR mommy lets them fly!

Sigh.

What am I to do?

Now my baby cries to fly!

Aw, baby, stay here, baby!

Stay on the ground with mommy!

What if you fell?

See, baby? See?

Put away those wings you long to try

Stay here on the ground

Safe here, on the ground

Be happy here on the ground

Just like mommy!

Sigh.

Before you know it, baby

You won’t be able to fly

Even if you wanted to

But you’ll be safe here on the ground

In this circus on the ground

And any wings you may have had

Are dried up & blown away

Just like mommy’s.

Why does baby want to fly?

Don’t you want to be

Just like mommy?

Dear God.

Why?

My baby wants to fly!


@2012 Iris M. Gross

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We must never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was “legal”. It was illegal to aid and comfort a Jew, in the days of Hitler’s Germany. But I believe that if I had the same attitude then as I have now I would publicly aid my Jewish brothers in Germany. Our nation in a sense came into being through a massive act of civil disobedience for the Boston Tea Party was nothing but a massive civil disobedience. Those who stood up against the slave laws, the abolitionists, by and large practiced civil disobedience. So I think [those who protest unjust laws] are in good company,..they are in line with men and women through the ages who have stood up for something that is morally right.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in answer to the question, “Isn’t it wrong to break the law?”

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A Look at Conventional Assumptions

CONVENTIONAL INTERPRETATION

  • Higher education trains students for a profession
  • Associations and organizations exist to protect people from harm
  • Religious institutions provide answers and shared experiences to members
  • Charities exist to help people
  • Entertainment & publishing firms ensure a meritocracy in literature, the arts, and filmmaking

ALTERNATIVE INTERPRETATION

  • Associations and organizations exist to restrict our choices and enforce monopolies
  • Religious institutions subdue members toward a common belief to increase their own power
  • Charities exist to sustain themselves
  • Entertainment & publishing firms establish a cartel that promotes mediocrity and hinder independent artists

Excerpted from the book, "The Art of Non-Conformity" by Chris Guillebeau

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She talked about the world those people had lived in, such a secure world, and how it had exploded beneath them. And she told me that my world was going to explode under me, someday, and God help me if I didn’t have some weapon to meet the new world.
Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With The Wind, on her mother’s advice after viewing Civil War ruins in rural Georgia.

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