Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Where did I get These Beliefs?

There are soe things that I don't feel too strongly about, but am a devoted poseur and tout them like nobody's bidness. There are other things that I think I believe, and believe in, but that are principally or fundamentally motivated by my contrary nature -- it isn't "siding with the underdog," it's either "I'm not like you" or "look at me, I wanna be different!"

That said, I think there are some things I feel strongly about that are not motivated by my contrarian's streak [what some lovers o' the language might rightly note as a "contrary streak"].

Let me distinguish.

Purely motivated:

expansive view of the
First, Second, Third, Fourth,
Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Amendments
to the U.S. Constitution

preference for John Lennon over
Paul McCartney

support of pubic hair

preference for movie theaters over
home-video watching

moderately-inspired response
to the recordings of Phil

opposition to "campaign finance reform" and
"campaign finance regulation"

disregard for head-reception

Love of Nats

while I feel strongly about the following, or have, I know that some of my motivation came from a reflexive rejection -- the contrarian. The position I've reached isn't necessarily wrong, mind you. It's just that I didn't arrive at it as naturally or as fully.

Impurely motivated:

Not a big fan of The Jam

dislike for professional American football

disregard for expensive cars

support for "school choice" and vouchers in public education

enjoyment of Dylan's Christian work

disregard for the strip club

I'll augment the list as we progress. . . .


Mister Parker said...

You, taking positions you don't really believe in just to be contrarian? Say it ain't so, Joe!

The Big Train said...

Actually, I was trying to avoid mentioning any positions that I take just to be contrary; I wanted things that I believe in, but where I've noticed that there is something else involved -- some other pleasure.

You see, this was actually a carefully-crafted post designed to get people to consider whether they are motivated by more than intellect, and more than reason.

But now you've seen behind the curtain . . . .