Tim Minchin and a Brief Update
Greetings to you all, that is to any readers who are still here and still awake. I have risen from my own slumber but suspect that this will, alas, be a brief return. My reason for writing after so long is simply too important for me not to try to exploit the modest popularity this blog once held.
I wrote many moons ago in my article The Importance of Being Satirical about the pivotal role humour plays in communicating important messages to the masses. Tim Minchin is a staggeringly intelligent atheist and sceptic in his own right, and more than adequately equipped to write a serious blog. Fortunately for us all, he is also a phenomenally gifted pianist, singer, writer and comedian, which means we are able to hear his views through the more pleasurable medium of music. The level of intelligence and comedy in his writing is almost as breath taking as his performance, which is always immaculately flawless. Despite the most intricate, articulate lyrics, no word is ever stumbled, nor note ever fumbled (sorry, I’ve listened to so many of his songs and poems in the last week that I’m actually starting to think in rhyme!).
Well I could wax lyrical all day (cringing pun very much intended, my apologies) but I would rather let the great man speak for himself. I am only going to link to one clip directly, but I advise you all to enjoy the many songs available on Youtube, or better still go to his website and purchase his CDs/DVDs.
This is a nine minute beat poem called Storm. From now on, this is what I will use to inform people I meet of my views on the world. It is, quite simply, a masterpiece.
As to any return to writing for me, I am not in a position to make any announcement. I am in the process of reading heavily on Ayn Rand’s Objectivism. As I agree with everything I’ve read so far, I would probably call myself a student of the philosophy. I suspect that by the end of the year I will have to make a decision to either accept it completely or reject it, at least partially.
If I do begin writing again I will probably start a new site under a different name. While my atheism is secure, my political and philosophical beliefs have shifted considerably since I was writing articles on this site. A new, clearly defined start would certainly be necessary. If and when I do I will announce and link on this site, and I certainly intend to leave A Load of Bright available for the time being (although I do have a backlog of comments to approve – my apologies if you are still waiting unless your comment is simply Christian preaching or abuse in which case give up, I’m just going to delete it).
I hope you are all well. I am, as ever, reachable by email. Any comments, regarding Tim Minchin or my perpetual inertia are welcome.