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May 8th 2009

    Our Barn Swallows spend our winters in a friendlier place than do our Tree Swallows.  

    I write this sentence knowing that it is flawed.  They are not our Barn Swallows and they are not our Tree Swallows.  The other part of the sentence that should be viewed with suspicion is the extent to which the same Barn Swallow and the same Tree Swallow returns year after year to the same nesting site.  The final part of the sentence that might make some cringe is the word 'friendlier'.

    A scientist would put up a device that would require a more substantial identification of Tree Swallows and Barn Swallows than degrees of 'friendlier'.  I would need to compare 'friendlier' between disparate groups of Barn Swallow and Tree Swallow so that I might have a more practical structure around which to build my theory.


    So why do I issue such a flawed and sentimental sentence.  My answer is troublesome.  I see the lectern with its professor.  I see the Scientist with his calculus.  I see generations of evidence demonstrating the unruly and often dangerous nature of wild and undisciplined thinking.  I know that more often than not the random thought is wrong.

    But I also know that minds are trained.  They are directed and dictated to.  They are preached to constantly.  They are ripped open torn apart and rebuilt in a more correct way.  This is all done upon the basis of an assumption that could well be a good one, because it is the assumption that accuracy is successful.  

     My own troubling position rests upon an assumption too.  The assumption I make is that good or bad pointless thoughts satisfy randomness and therefore fulfillment.    

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