Tuesday, October 18, 2005

I am (apparently) it.

I got tagged by DAW over at On Considering Inconveniences.

1. Delve into your blog archive.
2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions. Ponder it for meaning, subtext or hidden agendas...
5. Tag five people to do the same.

Having worked very hard to forget everything I ever learned in any English or Literature class, I had to look up "subtext" on Wikipedia. To wit: "content of a book, play, film or television series which is not announced explicitly by the characters (or author) but is implicit or becomes something understood by the reader / viewer as the production unfolds."

It has been my suspicion (which was confirmed by the Wikipedia entry) that subtext is most commonly used to find naughty things where they ought not to be. Since I have yet to come across a writer/actor/director who is not openly vocal about everything in their head (no thought left unspoken, etc.), it is my belief that most subtext discoveries and discussions have much more to do with the reader/viewer than with the author. If you find a transgender subtext in Peanuts cartoons, that almost certainly says more about you than it does about Charles Schultz.

That being said, I believe I have been pretty open with my beliefs in my writing:
  1. I've got 4 sons, whom I love and admire very much, and with whom I am fascinated beyond belief.
  2. I am a Christian.
  3. I think Libertarians are ridiculous idealists who are out of touch with reality.
Most sentences are either declarative or one-line jokes. I'm not that deep or hidden a guy. Sorry. With that being said, here's what I found:
  • 23rd post: Ash Wednesday
  • 5th sentence: "He does this in pretty much every sermon, although I doubt there were too many 'seekers' at an Ash Wednesday service."
  • Ponder it for meaning, subtext or hidden agendas: hmmm. none. I was talking about our (now former) pastor, and his preaching at the Ash Wednesday service. Specifically, I had commented in the previous sentence that part of this sermon had been directed at non-Christians. This sentence points out (hopefully) what is one of my favorite things about our church: that the Gospel is always presented, even at a service that is not at a normal time or day. Because there's always a chance . . .
Tag five? Mmmm. Probably not. This is not my favorite meme, and one of the best aspects of these viral, getting-to-know-you games is that bloggers forward them on in an effort to get information from others. Everyone I can think of (and, to be honest, everyone who would even know they had been tagged by me) is someone whose "subtexts" I already know. People don't blog because they have something to hide.


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