January 9, 2004
FOUR FOR FRIDAY
Q: What do you consider more important: Your Character or Your Reputation?
Q: Al Gore and Bill Bradley have endorsed Howard Dean. Madonna has endorsed Wesley Clark. Do these sorts of endorsements influence you or your vote? Why or why not?
Q: Do you have any art hanging on your walls that you've created yourself. If so, what is it? If not, do you dream of creating pieces of your own?
Q: For the men in the audience... boxers or briefs? And for the ladies in the house, which do you prefer?
Posted by Mikal at January 9, 2004 6:12 AM
1. Character, without question, but it hasnít always been that way. For years I cared more about looking good, regardless of the cost to myself or to others. It was a very destructive pattern, and usually resulted in me not even being able to look at myself in the mirror. Once I ëgotí that I was but a mere speck of dust in this grand universe of ours, and that no one but me really cared whether I was perfect or not, life become a lot easier, and more gratifying and fulfilling. I still have long way to go, but I feel like Iím on the right path. Let me also share that I have a great deal of respect and admiration for people who choose character over reputation, especially in the face of adversity. I think it was Aberaham Lincoln who said: "Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."
2. Endorsements just do not influence my vote, regardless of who they come from. My vote is based on a situational analysis of the candidate, the issues, and my own wants and desires. No oneís endorsement can influence that process.
3. Yes. I have a cow skull that I painted hanging in my home.
4. Boxers, unless of course the situation calls for an athletically fitted boxer brief or another kind of under-unmentionable :-)
1. Character although unfortunately reputation does have its uses sometimes.
2. Endorsements shouldn't influence decisions. People should learn how to think for themselves, not follow what popular people do or say.
3. No, I am not talented in art.
4. Depends on the guy in the underwear.
1. I think that Character can create Reputation. Those of low character can often have a bad reputation. I would like to think that I choose character.
2. Endorsements are shyte. I do not like them. I do not like them, staged on a boat. I do not like them, influencing a vote. I do not like them Sam I am. I feel that endorsements act as yet another hinderance of our already perverted political process. The only good they MIGHT do is draw voters that might not otherwise get off the couch becuase they are too busy watching the latest special from the endorser.
3. Nope, I don't. I used to make fountains, but I always give them away. I'm sure that at some point I will want to keep one or two for myself.
4. Boxers, or commando. I've never tried boxer briefs, but they look to be a good alternative for sporting activities.
1. Character (sometimes I am one)is the basis for Reputation. If I or You "act"(which is included in the word character)in a certain way you "put"(which is included in the word Reputation)yourself on the line and are remembered for "whatever". I am far more thoughtful of now than I used to be, children have helped me see my charACTer.
2. Never! I am much more of a leader than a follower. I also value independent thinking and "personal" choice. My vote is precious to me.
3. Yes, there is art I have produced on my walls. One is a photograph I took of my favorite place; so I could remember and dream. The other is a piece of crewel work I gave to my Aunt... at her death she gave it back to me.
4. Boxers, if I could see "you" walk across the room in them. :-)
1. Character most definitely. I would have to agree with MMMatt, character can define and build your reputation. And Sallie, is of course, quite a character.
2. Endorsements don't influence me towards a candidate, but they can certainly make me take a second look. Let me explain...if I was a Clark fan I might take another look after hearing that Madonna endorses him. I rarely agree with Madonna on anything. Mostly I go on my own. I do like to hear other peoples ideas.
3. I used to have a lot of my own art on the walls, but I have found artists that do it so much better. I am gearing up for a painting session soon, though. I always dream of creating my own.
4. Boxers just because they come in so many varieties of colors and can be so expressive.
Q1. Character is more important. Reputation is most often based on rumor and/or skewed information. We have no control over what other people choose to believe about us, nor should we care. What we do have control over is our actions, our words, and how we treat others. If you choose to be true to yourself, rather than to worry about what other people think of youóand follow the proverbial golden rule that was shoved down our throats as children, "To do to onto others as you would have them do onto you." You wouldnít have to be concerned with either. :-)
Q2. I agree with all of the above. If you choose to elect someone based solely on what Madonna has told you, then do us a favor and stay home on election day.
Q3. I have a BFA in art, so most of the walls in my home are covered with my paintings.
Q4. Definitely boxer briefs, they accentuate a cute tush!
1. Character determines your legitimate reputation. We can control and define our own character, but not our reputation. Rumors, innuendos, false information and perception has stained and ruined the reputations of many an honorable person with high character.
2. Excellent question. It depends on who is doing the endorsing. As a political hack (and pragmatist) I look to the leaders of my party (movement, group, etc) for advice and situations. I know some of these people personally and others solicit my endorsement. When I host a fundraiser for a candidate (such as I have for Wes Clark) I am, in effect, endorsing him and the people I invite DO take that in to consideration. I don't want them to be merely "yes people" and I don't want to be a "yes man" for anyone else. But I think endorsements do carry weight for certain people and certain groups. Labor unions and ethnic & religious groups endorse all the time and their endorsements generally carry weight with their repsective memberships.
3. For a number of years, I have created and displayed photo collages on my walls. They are, like any good art, great conversation starters.
4. Generally boxers, but sometimes briefs can be good.
1. Character. In order to place importance in reputation, I'd have to care about what "they" think. I'm WAY to anti-social for that.
Notable exception: Reputation among those I respect is VERY important (but still less so than character.) Fortunately the number of those people is few!
2. At the risk of sing-songing the same tune, the ONLY endorsements I even notice would be those from friends. For example, if MB started endorsing, I'd certainly want to know why!
3. Nope. I'm challenged to even spell "art". The artist I live with is entirely and exclusively in charge of the aesthetics department at my house.
4. Neither. And, since I don't "get out" much, I don't think I even know what "boxer-briefs" ARE!
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