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Crossing the line of convention

Original post made by Llib Brunyar, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park, on Dec 20, 2006

From a wonderful book by Robert Fulghum. The book is titled "Maybe (Maybe Not)"

This story contains 337 words.

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Posted by Diana
a resident of another community
on Dec 20, 2006 at 4:50 pm

A fine and charming story. Thanks for posting it, Llib. I don't know if Fulghum's story is true or merely a parable, but it rings with fundamental truth. I think part of its attraction is that it reminds us how destructive conventionality is to the human spirit and imagination.

Curtis White wrote "The Middle Mind" a few years ago, and I'd recommend it to anyone who is up for a good, vigorous analysis of a culture (our culture) gasping for air. (You'll have to overlook some less-than-sterling writing, but it's worth the effort.) He attributes much of the lock-step march of our conventional mentality to a lack of imagination -- a march that leads to mediocrity, disengagement, or worse. White defines the imagination's "most basic social functions" as follows: "to critique and to imagine alternatives to the social status quo." I'll wade out into the water and drink to that.