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A-Z Challenge: Q is for Quizzical

© by Raymond Alexander Kukkee [caption id="attachment_1310" align="alignleft" width="300"]Questioning everything may lead to Quizzicality The quizzical mind questions everything[/caption] Quizzical R US Q is for Quizzical.   The very nature of the successful  writer is to be entertaining,  quizzical and inquisitive;  for, pray tell,  if we were not, what would that do to our written word?  Striving for a unique voice in creative writing is a good thing. How do you make your writing stand out? Be quizzical. Can you create a comment in the mind of the reader so unique it  will remain not only in the mind, but instigate perpetual motion,  generating, welding and activating new synapses in the brain endlessly  to resolve issues,  solve a problem, equate and correlate facts, or adjust to an unbelievable wonder you just invented in their mind? When was the last time you created an endless question, even a weird, unexpected question--in your writing?  When last did you write something that  identified your mind as a destination, a veritable island, an oddity in a world of apathetic, mindless, shopping corporate-trained but brain-dead consumer sheeple on vacation? Do you boldly  tease and challenge your readers?  Do you ask them to think, draw their own unique conclusions that may be in turn challenged to expand the mind?  Do it. Exert some influence, drop a few unique ideas. Plant seeds. The concept of perpetual motion of the mind and endless expansion of the synapses of the human brain is born in questions;  Albert Einstein once suggested 'question everything'.     I would have liked to talk to Albert.  I'd sure ask questions.  Questions.  Reality check, Albert's not here, so I  just ask myself.   Get to be genius. That means you might  have to talk to yourself too, and people might look at you sideways and point at you too, if you're just a bit weird and eccentric.  If  you should observe someone watching, ask them the question instead. Do them a favour in the process. Start a think-a-thon.  That's not a bad start to being eccentric, unique and thought-provoking.  Quizzical.  Maybe even bizarre.  Let's write that down and stick with quizzical for now. Maybe. That's why Q is for Quizzical.   Is that Incoming I hear?
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A-Z Challenge: N is for Nostalgia

© 2013  Raymond Alexander Kukkee [caption id="attachment_1010" align="alignleft" width="300"]Briton Riviere 'The Old Gardener'  Briton Riviere 'The Old Gardener'[/caption] N is for Nostalgia.   The good old days. Times past.  " Back in the old days we..." How many times have you reflected, remembered better days, happier times? Nostalgia offers the poignant remembrance that social values appear to have changed. "Society is different. Civilization and humanity itself has somehow changed."

Changed for the Better? Is It Changed at All?

Today it is easy to sit back in sorrow, listening to tragic events unwinding in appalling news, -and dwell in the confines of nostalgia.   It is easy to conclude that yes, life seemed better 'in the old days', life was 'safer', and  more 'family-oriented'. People seemed more kind and more helpful to one another, society seemed gentler. White picket fences. Mom & Pop corner stores.  Happy children. Afternoon matinees with popcorn and  a soda at the ice cream shop. The illusion of 'the good life'  lived on happily-perhaps dangerously and naively  so. World War II was finished and life was 'peaceful'.   Is nostalgia itself deceiving us?

Yes, Nostalgia is Easy-But  It is also Easy to be Disillusioned and  Wrong.

Life was easy and  better then.    Easy right into into Korea.  Vietnam.  Somalia. Easing right into  Bosnia, the Gulf Wars, 9/11,  terrorism,  Iraq.  Afghanistan. Close your eyes, ignore reality, flash forward, to  better times and let's just skip those endless, terrible events.  'Life's better now."    Right. In today's world  Iran is threatening peace in the Middle East, secular unrest everywhere is rampant and unpredictable,  and North Korea's bluster  is threatening nuclear annihilation of the USA. Horrific terrorist acts by fanatics with their own deadly agenda, like yesterday's insanity of bombing of innocents at the Boston Marathon Bombing, madmen shooting children at Sandy Hook,  and Columbine, --and endless other venues keep happening. It is incredibly sad to hear of beloved, 8-year-old children being victims of fanatic terrorists in any venue.   Death, mayhem and destruction today may suddenly make the past appear more peaceful, --but in reality it was not. These cowardly and inexcusable incidents and attacks upon the innocent are unbelievably sad, terribly tragic to families of those lost, maimed and  injured--and frightening to the ever more wary, scared, and nervous public.  Our hearts and prayers go out to our American neighbours.  These incidents will never be forgotten-they are printed indelibly on the minds of children and adults alike--worldwide, all of humanity. Senseless acts such as these, regardless of venue and detail, are rooted in evil and madness. We poignantly wish to somehow distance our minds from the pain and evil of today, and slip into nostalgia, the "perfect peace of older times". We willingly disillusion ourselves. If one questions the reality that is the imaginary past --so easily contrived with the art of nostalgia --was civilization any better?  No. Is this time in history really changed for the 'better' --or worse --if at all ? No. We think not. The same elements of collective human insanity exist. Genocide, murder, war, bombings, rape, and the warmonger's disruption of peace. The venues may change but  the foolishness,  violence and insanity of humanity does not.  The same insatiable greed, stupidity, and foolishness exists.  Social problems continue to receive the same unacceptable lip service. The same brutality, animalistic behaviour, pervasive hate and racism are 'alive and well'.   Wars and mind-chilling rumors of the ultimate war persist.  The grip of perpetual and progressively worse fear is endlessly encouraged to invade the psyche, encouraging the belief that the events of today are somehow so much  worse than the past.  Instil more fear. Frightened people are easier to control by power-hungry governments.  There is nothing new under the sun. We must come to understand . Only the names of the victims change.  A quantum leap in the way society thinks and develops is required. As an aside, it seems to me that one fact of nostalgia itself remains constant.           In reality, the victims of  nostalgia are all of us. Collectively.   That is why N is for nostalgia.   Is that Incoming I hear/ Photo credit:   Briton Riviere: 'The old gardener'    Wikimedia commons +  
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