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The Ghost Of America Past — The Sixties   13 comments

Willow Springs Ranch-8228 art I blogThe Ghost of America Past — Image by kenne

Below, I’m sharing one of my favorite passages from the movie, Easy Rider. Isn’t it funny how both the political “left” and the “right” claim they know the meaning of “freedom.” This passage is often referenced by the religious-right and the secular-left, when the movie Easy Rider was a critical statement by a generation about America.

Remember how Bush used the film in his 1988 campaign as a symbol of a discarded American attitude, replaced by Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry, “Go ahead, make my day!”

For me, I still agree with George Hanson, “. . . this use to be a helluva good country.” Just goes to show you that if “objective reality” exist, its definition is defined by each individual, making reality very subjective. Or, put another way, objective reality exist, but our experiences of it are subjective.

— kenne

George Hanson: You know, this used to be a helluva good country.
I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it.

Billy: Man, everybody got chicken, that’s what happened. Hey, we can’t even get into like,
a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we’re gonna cut their throat or somethin’.
They’re scared, man.

George Hanson: They’re not scared of you. They’re scared of what you represent to ’em.

Billy: Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.

George Hanson: Oh, no. What you represent to them is freedom.

Billy: What the hell is wrong with freedom? That’s what it’s all about.

George Hanson: Oh, yeah, that’s right. That’s what’s it’s all about, all right.
But talkin’ about it and bein’ it, that’s two different things.
I mean, it’s real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace.
Of course, don’t ever tell anybody that they’re not free,
’cause then they’re gonna get real busy killin’ and maimin’ to prove to you that they are.
Oh, yeah, they’re gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom.
But they see a free individual, it’s gonna scare ’em.

Billy: Well, it don’t make ’em runnin’ scared.

George Hanson: No, it makes ’em dangerous. Buh, neh! Neh! Neh! Neh! Swamp!

 

In The Shadow Of The Ghost Of Don Quixote   1 comment

Image by kenne

There stand the remains of a hopeless battle

watched over by the ghost of Don Quixote.

Although the ghost whispers are never heard,

try as I may to distinguish between fantasy and reality,

every windmill stands in the shadow of the ghost of Don Quixote

giving this tool of man a human spirit

leaving us to decide which is the more ideal vision –

the practical but mundane image of a windmill,

or that of the idealistic dreamer of the impossible dream –

in the end, we all see only what we wish to see?

kenne

Posted April 9, 2012 by kenneturner in Information

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Ghost Of Desert Past   1 comment

Ghost of Desert Past — Image by kenne

Ghost of Desert Past

Standing high
on canyon’s edge,
the ghost of desert past
stands watch.

Resisting harsh winds,
while chiming to the beat,
of erratic gusts that
threaten passersby
hiking Phoneline Trail.

For hundreds of years
this canyon sentinel
maintains its charge.

Like old soldiers,
not to die,
only fading into time past,
already meeting with the
“vanished ones.”

kenne

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