I belong to the "Me Party"

After concluding a light philosophical discussion with three of my children, I now realize that I am prehistoric, antiquated,old school and the sole surviving relic of a neanderthal period. My children believe I am politically, a cave dweller with the social inclination of hunter/gatherers and morally related to the woolly mammoth.

When I was growing up it was much easier to define people. My father defined everyone politically. In his day you were republican or democrat, period. My mother defined everyone according to religious affiliation and for her, that was divided simply as catholic or protestant. My father taught me the principles of enlightenment and mom, the virtues of civility.

Today, defining who you are, necessitates a reference dictionary in one hand and a resume in the other. You can choose from Right, left, right of center, left of center, center, liberal, conservative, moderate, republican, democrat, independent, mainstream, evangelical, traditionalist, fundamentalist or if all these fail, you can be an exhibitionist. Of course if one of these still doesn't define you, there's a Tea Party that doesn't do anything having to do with tea, but, you can register and become defined.

A few years ago, after concluding the only purpose the two parties were committed to, was prohibiting the advancement of the other, I change affiliations and became an independent. I had always considered myself independent, but, absent the registration necessary today, how could I be really sure who I was? Everywhere I go they want to define me. I went to church and they wanted me to sign a "confession of faith". Apparently God doesn't recognize us without the proper identification! If He doesn't know who I am, I'm really in trouble. Affiliations help to define who I am and tell me what I think so that when I forget, they can tell me. The problem is I find myself in opposition to most of (what they think, I think) and I end up more confused than I was before I was defined. The world today wants to categorize, characterize, homogenize, colonize and generalize who I am. As soon as I affiliate, they tell me what I think, who to hang with and where to go to church. If I haven't yet decided what I think, there are 487 media analyst who work 24/7 to tell me what I think based on my stupid registration.

I don't really know who my children are, but that's not surprising, since I'm not sure of their registered affiliations. I'm sure of who my wife is however, and what she thinks. I do know, that there is no category sufficient to define or explain her. What I do know is that she is a mystery and the analyst does not exist that can appoint a tidy little label defining her. She is unwrapped, one cause at a time, one issue at a time and one day at a time. Her ideology flitters like a butterfly and comes to rest without contention where ever the flower grows. If I ask her who she is, she smiles and says " I'm me".

I've decided to change affiliation again. I'm joining the "Me Party". If for no other reason, I'd like to tell someone what I think, instead of some affiliate member assuming what I think. When they ask me who I am, I will proudly proclaim, I am somewhat prehistoric, somewhat of a Neanderthal. The only affiliation I have is one to marriage and one to me. If you want to know what I think you will have to ask - ME!

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Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

nicely presented...great thoughts.

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arb 6 years ago from oregon Author

Hi! Nice meeting you. Thanks for stopping by and giving me a read. Look forward to reading your work. Thanks again.

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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Arb you are one funny fellow and I am pleased to make your acquaintance. I don't know why they call them parties, they are not much fun and the cover charge is much too high. Woolly Mammoth indeed. =:)

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arb 6 years ago from oregon Author

My response is more than a standard courtesy, Winsome. It is, indeed a pleasure to meet you. I spent some time acquainting myself with your hubs and rather than flatter you with the the usual compliments, suffice it to say, after 5 weeks on hub pages, yours is the only writing, which I chosen to follow. Discriminating, I suppose, however, it is one of the priviledges of age. I've time now only for things that matter. That extends especially to things I read.

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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

arb...Would that be short for arbitrary..?...We share a common dilemma; my children consider me Attila the Hun, John Wayne, and Newt Gingrich all rolled into one...How can I possibly compete against a school system that places more emphasis on a child's self-esteem than on discipline in learning and life...?

Camus has said that life is absurd, and after reflection I must agree with him...Larry

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arb 6 years ago from oregon Author

Hey Guy, My initials, however, I have been refered to on the forum as mr Arbitrary! Two of the three are my favorite people. You must be of heck of a guy. It also means, my wife would have issues with you. Ha Ha

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I am definitely independent. I write and one "wing" or another might attack. I believe in neither of these "parties". Great write!

arb 6 years ago

Hey micky!

Thanks for the read and the comment. I already suspected as much from your work. Be well, my friend

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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

I would join the 'Me Party' too...but that requires having an opinion now and then and I'm just too lazy to do that! :D

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arb 6 years ago from oregon Author

Hi again Feline! Lazy is highly underated. I know of nothing that conserves more energy with out doing anything.

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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS


arb 5 years ago

Nellianna, brevity = :)

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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

:o} thanx!

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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Very clever, very funny, and very apropos of our "categorize everybody" society. But through all the humor you deftly delineate (ahhh, accidental alliteration) important and serious issues. A good hub, indeed. Theresa

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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Thanks Theresa, Sometimes humor makes subtle, but deeper penetration!

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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Excellent idea!

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PWalker281 4 years ago

Arb, you had me chuckling through the entire hub. Very well put. Oh, by the way, in your list of affiliations, you forgot the progressives. Don't want to leave anybody out ;-)

Humor does give your important message a lot more power. Voted up, interesting, and beautifully written!

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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Thanks Pw, I've probably forgoteen a lot of people. Can't keep track of the groups anymore. It's hard enough keeping track of me. Thanks as always.

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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Thanks again suzette. I guess I better get over there and read your hubs.

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