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Author Weird Jim     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Thu Sep-13-12 06:34 PM
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>First, although I think I've resolved this
>in my particular case, how do you strike a
>balance between not being stupid and
>posting something online that might get
>you killed, without being so recklessly
>brave that you publish it anyway just to
>prove you can't be intimidated? Obviously,
>in the end it is a personal decision, but
>I'd be interested in seeing how others
>would evaluate whether it ought to get out
>there right away, or sit and simmer while
>you thought about it. (In my case, I think
>what I've written will prove more
>powerful, more effective, when things are
>calmer. And I don't see any point in
>pouring gasoline on a fire that's already
>burning quite well without me.) I'm just
>wondering, if this question comes up for
>me again and I have more trouble deciding,
>what you think the essential points are?

A lot depends on what you think, or want to achieve with the poem. If it's just a way of clearing your thoughts and feelings, it would probably be best to file it away. If, however, you wanted to stir people's emotions for some reason, then you'd need to make a decision on whether to be a hero or not, and if it's worthwhile being a dead hero. Myself, I would have made different decisions at different ages. Now I'm sort of old my views on a lot of things have changed.

>Second, my views of anything tend to be
>more on the complex side. I do believe
>black and white exist, but I also think -
>when anything can be defined that
>neatly - it is only in narrow areas. To
>use a metaphor, pixels may be all
>white or all black, but there's still a
>lot of grey in that picture.

Greys are made up of tiny spots of black and white.The more black spots, the darker the grey, the more white, the lighter.

say that I were
>writing in the 1930s or early 1940s. I can
>guarantee you that I'd have a lot to say
>that was far from complimentary about the
>government of Germany at that time.

But you hadn't suffered under hyper-inflation which I expect made a huge difference to Germans mentally. Also there was the communist threat. The Red Army, still a threat, had reached Warsaw before it was thrown back. It was more or less necesary to make a choice.

>But - assuming I knew no Germans - how
>would I find someone who was German so I
>could ask them to look it over and make
>sure I hadn't, without meaning to,
>insulted German people who might hate that
>government as much as I did? And, just as
>in that example, things can get
>complicated. Say I did find a German who
>was willing to talk to me - I couldn't
>promise to agree with everything they
>said, only to listen and try to
>understand.

There was huge support for the Hitler government around the world and in North America. The German American Bund held marches.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_American_Bund

Finding someone would not have been difficult. Prescott Bush, the Presidents Bush's father/grandfather was a supporter and director of the Union Banking Company (that might be corporation) that financed Hitler and enabled him to buy much of the explosives that rained down on Rotterdam, London, and Stalingrad. The bank was seized (Matter of record) by the American government in early 1942 for trading with the enemy after America (officially) entered the war .


What I'm trying to say here is that situations change and hindsight, as it's called is often not clearsight.


Weird Jim

"Good reading is the only test of good writing"
Robertson Davies. A voice from the attic 1960

  

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Two Questions About Controversial Works [View all] , Wandering Author, Thu Sep-13-12 12:56 PM
  RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Weird Jim, Sep 13th 2012 #1
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Wandering Author, Sep 13th 2012, #2
      RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Weird Jim, Sep 13th 2012, #3
           RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Wandering Author, Sep 13th 2012, #4
                RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Weird Jim, Sep 14th 2012, #5
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, junedrexler, Sep 14th 2012, #6
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Wandering Author, Sep 14th 2012, #7
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, KatsInCommand, Sep 14th 2012, #8
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, whilstwhile, Sep 22nd 2012, #9

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