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  • Writer's pictureNathan Brown

We're Not Helping

I don’t recall the last time I played the Ph.D. card. I don’t recall if I ever have, except for one time, when I’d had enough, and told someone, “Excuse me… but that’s Dr. Asshole to you.”

So, as much as I hate to do it, I’m going to lay down the hand I drew, and you can decide if I was bluffing.

To all of my well-educated, deeply-philosophical, historically-sensitive, and culturally-knowledgeable friends and colleagues who are writing books, essays, or Facebook posts, about the problems of these weird days and times:

When we look at the current climate of our country through our well-meaning lens of common sense and perceived wisdom, we accomplish nothing when we apply it with the intent to demonstrate the ignorance of the opposition.

What we achieve instead, is the further entrenchment of their belief that we are nothing but snobby know-it-alls who are completely out of touch with reality because we eat nothing but vegetables and drive electric cars—which may or may not be true. (Except for the “out of touch” part. Because it’s true.)

What is also true, is that they are not likely to be the ones to consider our side’s point of view, and then do what they can to try and find some middle ground.

Therefore, that part is up to us. Tough assignment that it is. But it is our assignment nonetheless. And I say we should get busy.


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Nathan Brown
Nathan Brown
Jun 04, 2020


I'm sorry, but the post below doesn't give me your name anywhere. How do you know Milton? Great guy.

Either way, thank you so much for this thoughtful response. It means a lot. And I'd be happy to help you with anything you want in the way of materials, etc.

That poem will appear in an upcoming book. It will be in Book 2, probably some time in the fall. But, I'm happy for you to use it sooner. I can send you the Word file.

Anyway, stay in touch!


Jun 03, 2020

Nathan. It is very nice to connect with you again. Milton shared your latest "firepit poems" this morning and I found my way to your website.

I read your posting from May 27 and just sat in silence for what seemed like a long while.

Your keen insight into the roiling sea of commentary that crashes onto my computer every hour had a clarifying, interpretive effect for me. I had snippits of similar thoughts circulating in my head, but you framed our current plight very well, and I thank you for that.

Similarly, your poem about Mr. Chauvin caused my jaw to drop. Is there any chance this piece might make its way to a future book, blog post…

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