Monday, January 1, 2007

A New Year Aborning

New Year, new blog. Just what the world needs. Why engage in an activity that I have regarded as narcissistic, therapeutic, self-important, trivial bloviation? Perhaps it is my own narcissism. Or, I'd like to think that there are things to be said. Daily, thoughts flit through the mind, and from time to time I even enter them into a little booklet so that someday I can return to the evanescent thought and develop it into a full-blown essay, article, or perhaps book... After collecting pages of such random thoughts, and seeing yet another calendar enter the garbage can and a new one shorn of its cellophane wrapper, I have concluded that time will not pause long enough for me ever to develop many, if any, of these ideas sufficiently. So, I have firmly resolved (a New Year's resolution with Catholic confessional overtones) at least to give those ideas some small birth here, so that some person may happen upon them and perhaps find one or several interesting enough to mull over as well. It is, then, perhaps an extension of teaching, not now to students who happen to be enrolled at the University where I teach, but the random visitor who may have come across this website by some strange happenstance. In either event, there is an element of randomness in these encounters, but I can leave my thoughts half-baked here without the guilt, since you're not paying $35,000+ in annual tuition to visit me here...

Or maybe it's really just narcissism. Hearkening back to that first great confessional, like Saint Augustine, I am a mystery to myself...

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