9 Sept. 1999
I immediately struck up a conversation with my line buddies. The conversation drifted back and forth but centered on the government -- mainly how inefficient bureaucracy is. In jest, I suggested that the posting of the Ten Commandments would speed up the line (it makes as much sense as some of the Republicans' arguments on the issue). As the line wound to a close, I wanted to end the conversation on a high note. I suggested that we mention things the government does well. My line mates were quick to denounce the government. I hesitated because the more I thought about it, I realized that the government really does alot of things very well. I mentioned our schools and libraries, fire, police and medical services. All of these were downplayed. As I was called to be helped, we agreed to disagree.
My registration was processed quickly and efficiently. As I turned to leave, the lady at the booth informed me that she thought that my posting of the Ten Commandments at the DMV was a good idea. I smiled politely and mentioned that I was just kidding. She insisted that it was a good idea. I merely nodded my head and bid farewell.
The lesson for standing in line for two and a half hours was the fact that there are
many different people that have drastically different ideas than I do. It's vital to
observe and respect the opinions of others. You may disagree, but everyone should be
respected for their thoughts.
I also wanted to present a copy of the Ten Commandments to the UCSD Police Department. According to some Republicans, this piece of paper should be our shield against crime.
I stopped in my tracks with an epiphany. I realized that the data of this experiment would be flawed because there is already a "moral compass" on campus. There is a neon sculpture on the Charles Lee Powell Structural Systems Laboratory called Vices and Virtues. Signs with seven virtues mingle with signs of seven vices. The art is part of the Stuart Collection, an outdoor art collection that is site specific to UCSD. I thought that Vices and Virtues was based on the Bible, but Stuart Collection material on the Internet doesn't mention anything religious.
One problem with this exhibit is that it displays virtues AND vices -- they cancel each
other out. Perhaps our moral friends could convince the artist to disable the vices --
that way our young and impressionable minds would not be distored by these negative
In an old PBS promo, the tag line was "Everyone in America has a story to tell. It's our job to tell them all." Each week, Ira Glass brings us some tales in This American Life. Each week, the show chooses a topic and assembles creative talent to address it. The material on TAL is a breath of fresh air compared to network TeeVee. Highlight's from last week's show on politics included a gay, sex columnist (and Republican precinct leader) Dan Savage and Daniel D. Portado, the head of Hispanics Against Liberal Take Over (HALTO).
Music in America is extremely diverse and American
Routes seems to cover it all. The host Nick Spitzer broadcasts music from the
"third coast" (New Orleans). Some of the best shows cruise down the "Mother
Road" - Route 66.
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