Tuesday, June 22, 2004

New Democrats: "What's new is seldom good..."

New Democrats Online: "What's new is seldom good..."

What's new is seldom good...
for if it is good, it is, but for a short time, new."

- Arthur Schopenhauer

In the book, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence", Bob Pirsig ruminates on the following anomaly of contemporary life:
People ask "What's new?"

Pirsig wondered why people didn't ask instead, "What's good?" "What is quality?"

It's time to start asking the question.

It's time for the DLC to start asking it as well...because some people are "New Democrats" just because they think newness is a virtue in and of itself. And it frankly ain't.

Do not confuse what is new with what is good, and remember Schopenhauer's words. For if you are new, you may not be much good for long.

What ain't good is the current administration, and much of what they stand for. It's going to take New Democrats, Old Democrats, Independents and quality-minded Republicans to unseat the misguided Mister Bush. We needn't squabble. But we do need to remember the good, and prize it.