Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Hyperbole: A Note

For a good sense of the highs and lows of American political discourse, you couldn't do better than to go to Frank Schaeffer's piece on the Obama speech over at the Huffington Post and read not only what he has to say but also the dozens of comments that follow. I'd been thinking about writing a piece about hyperbole myself--especially with regard to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Hyperbole, it seems to me, is a relatively harmless and entertaining way of putting passion into words--except when listeners and readers take it literally. Unfortunately, there are too many listeners and readers out there who take everything literally, from the words of the Bible to a thundering sermon from the pulpit, to a passionate speech on the political stump. We should teach more poetry in our schools!

4 comments:

MandT said...

It was an excellent piece and being a Jeremiah Wright fan from way back I say bring it on and then pass the torch to Obama. It is always such a pleasure visiting this site and adjusting our craziness to a gentler, more normative calm. LOL peace MandT & Bodhi Dog

PeterAtLarge said...

Thanks, MandT. Always good to have you here! Blessings...

robin andrea said...

That was quite an interesting piece. I have to say, though, as an atheist I find all of this talk about people's pastors rather repugnant. I don't want to know what people sound like in their churches. It all sounds insane to me. I am desperate for reality, and so is my country.

I have a rule I would like to impose on the world: If you insist on talking to me about your personal religion and god, I must insist that you be naked when you do so. It's only fair. If I'm going to see your private life, I want to see all of it. Otherwise everything stays zipped.

What do you think?

PeterAtLarge said...

Great idea, Robin. Though I do tend to talk about religion quite a bit. I promise to do it naked when I get the urge.