LIMERICKS ©PortWhitmanTimes2006
Electronics thrive,
Their powers derive
From human ability
To forge a facility
That keeps them alive

We kneel to sounds of life
In many cultures rife
With rulers unable
To curb thus disable
Their flaw for continual strife

The past insists
"Let me nab what I missed!
I still count after all
And have yet to install
Mem'ries to be reminisced."

Henry Francisco, Port Whitman Times

HEROES & IDEAS    © Port Whitman Times
It's truly unfortunate that the overwhelming percentage of our "extant" heroes throughout history, i.e., those who were recog-nized as such during their own times, seem to come from the ranks of people of Action as opposed to those of Ideas. Not that people of action shouldn't be lionized, but we tend, with the aid of what media we have had at various times, to deify them, wor-ship them in an orgy of adulation and rhetoric that usually stops right there at the point of their action, even years after it has be-come history, to contemplate with gross magnification far out of proportion to its place in the real world of mankind's progress.
     Many times, progress has, in fact, taken place in spite of such heroes. This is certainly true of many monarchs or political ru-lers who have cast their lots into the arena of domination and conquest in order to control destiny as they saw it. However, a large percentage of people of Ideas have become heroic after death more often than not, because of the immortality of their ingenious inventions rather than actions, whether the inventions be concrete, philosophical, political, mechanical or artistic.
     Now that the Age of Information is upon us, it would seem that people of ideas will begin to dominate, even though much of the communication today is used to gain its own attention, making itself the hero, instead of the person with the media merely the means by which the idea of heroism is reported. Thus the real hero has become shock or titillation or revelation, and we dupes merely the worshipers of whatever the news bureau decides to program and its concupiscient images.
     Fortunately there is a plethora of ideas too, and heroes to accompany them, if you search for them. And conveniently the means to search are also proliferating. It now becomes a matter of knowing how to operate the technology to separate out what are ideas and what is literally trash. Stick close to your channel switcher and your computer, pal.              

New Camden Times

Were it only true...
"Pen is mightier than sword"
World would be won now.