Friday, September 08, 2006

Don’t think I’m uncool just because I’ve noticed this

Totally like whatever, you know?
By Taylor Mali

In case you hadn't noticed,
it has somehow become uncool
to sound like you know what you're talking about?
Or believe strongly in what you're saying?
Invisible question marks and parenthetical (you know?)'s
have been attaching themselves to the ends of our sentences?
Even when those sentences aren't, like, questions? You know?

Declarative sentences - so-called
because they used to, like, DECLARE things to be true
as opposed to other things which were, like, not -
have been infected by a totally hip
and tragically cool interrogative tone? You know?
Like, don’t think I'm uncool just because I've noticed this;
this is just like the word on the street, you know?
It's like what I've heard?
I have nothing personally invested in my own opinions, okay?
I'm just inviting you to join me in my uncertainty?

What has happened to our conviction?
Where are the limbs out on which we once walked?
Have they been, like, chopped down
with the rest of the rain forest?
Or do we have, like, nothing to say?
Has society become so, like, totally . . .
I mean absolutely . . . You know?
That we've just gotten to the point where it's just, like . . .

And so actually our disarticulation . . . ness
is just a clever sort of . . . thing
to disguise the fact that we've become
the most aggressively inarticulate generation
to come along since . . .
you know, a long, long time ago!

I entreat you, I implore you, I exhort you,
I challenge you: To speak with conviction.
To say what you believe in a manner that bespeaks
the determination with which you believe it.
Because contrary to the wisdom of the bumper sticker,
it is not enough these days to simply QUESTION AUTHORITY.
You have to speak with it, too.

Mali is a poet that as near as I can tell from his site, makes no claims of being a Christian. He desires to hear truth, he implores our generation to proclaim, not in a wishy-washy this is what works for me sort of way, but to speak it boldly. How many times have I back down from saying something because I thought a non-Chrispossiblydn't possibily want to hear truth? How many times have I couched my telling of truth behind invisible parentheticals?

Check out his stuff if you have an inclination towards poetry. What I had a chance to read of it is good. Really good.

HT to Pastor Joel of Basilica Community. Well, more than a hat tip really as the whole post is basically stolen from him.....just too good to not have up multiple places, so thanks joel.


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