What They Said

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Sometimes, when I have a case of writer’s block, I have a chat with some of my favorite authors. Today, I sat down with a few people from ages past, and asked them a few questions about blogging. Please keep in mind that they do not know what the internet is, and thus, are clueless about the blogging world. I am hoping they can share some wisdom, nonetheless, and I trust you all to give them a warm welcome.

Jeneric Generation: Thank you all for taking time out of your busy schedules to be with my readers and me today. My first question is for Mr. Chesterton, whose work I greatly admire. Sometimes, after I read a lot of blogs, I get this odd, uncomfortable feeling that I have to have things in order to be happy. Whether it be cuter clothes, thinner thighs, more evenings out on the town (photographed, of course), or simply more blog posts. What are your thoughts on this blogging phenomenon that can sometimes be materialistic.

G.K. Chesterton: [Well, Jenny…thanks for having me on your blog today, by the way. It’s sharp.] “There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”

Jeneric Generation: That is actually really insightful. So what you are saying is, the second option may be more desirable. Huh. Now, along those same lines of wanting material things, how do you, Mr. Defoe, remember to be thankful for what you have?

Daniel Defoe: [That is a good question, Jen. Can I call you Jen? As I wrote in Robinson Crusoe…] “It put me upon reflecting how little repining there would be among mankind at any condition of like if people would rather compare their condition with those that were worse, in order to be thankful, than be always comparing them with those which are better, to assist their murmurings and complainings.”

Jeneric Generation: What an interesting thing to say. You are suggesting, correct me if I am wrong, that it does not seem logical for humans to always and only compare themselves to people who are better situated in life? I think you bring up a really good point that our natural tendency is to see that it is always we who are in the lesser position, when that is entirely untrue.

Now, a question for you, Bertrand. Sometimes I feel like, if I don’t post something on my blog RIGHT NOW, the world will crumble to pieces.

Bertrand Russell: “One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”

Jeneric Generation: Sir, that was a little too straight forward for my taste. I don’t believe you will be invited to my next “interview with favorite authors”.

Bertrand Russel: [that is all well and good, for I am dead any way.]

Jeneric Generation: Moving on. Mr. Eliot, or do you prefer Ms. Evans? I wanted to know what you think about this new challenge I have created for myself. Have you read about it? I am posting for five days straight whether I want to or not, in hopes to claim some sort of self-enlightenment.

George Eliot/Mary Ann Evans: “Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.”

Jeneric Generation: You are a woman. You are supposed to be on my side. But you are entitled to your opinions.

In conclusion, thank you all for joining me this evening. I know it was a lot of….er, trouble. And, as much as it pains me to say it: I do believe you all have a lot of wisdom on this topic you know nothing about. In this day and age when we are encouraged to look only to the future, instead of the past, it is refreshing to see that my efforts in bringing you all together were rewarded. I may have you all back again, with the exception of one (I’m looking at you, Bertrand). I am interested to know what you all think about the upcoming presidential election.

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