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The Lines We Draw

Updated on October 1, 2010

(This is me taking a time out)

For one brief hub I have decided to speak from the middle of a road.  I cannot describe this road I am straddling because that would lead you to decide for me which way I wish to swing my opinion.  Instead, I prefer to reflect with you my dear reader, a few thoughts on influence, character and motivation.  I intend to speak interpersonally and in generalized terms as I lay some pavement regarding my involvement with Hubpages.

This community of hubbing we share is something different and special from past amalgamate websites.  If I may say so, it is a rare experience to share such close confined quarters with stanch supporters and enthusiastic opponents.  Either way, in this place there is a specific trailer to hitch up to for everyone.  For some this may be a way of bringing new perspectives to our dinner tables.  Others are trying to find who they are by bouncing random ideas of self of off strangers.  These words we use, translated by way of topical conversation is our sphere of influence.  From one topic broached, a new retort is constructed.  From one virulent gestation, a magnificent new challenge is leveled.  Like protons and electrons, we bounce off of each other creating new sparks (or explosions) of genius.  Although I am newer to this community, I have already been witness to the innumerable spin offs courtesy of the muses.  I am also rather grateful that I can witness such focused talents and diversified personalities. 


 "Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." (Edgar Allan Poe)

It is with unique clarity in which I recognize the trepidation I create in my hubs.  Can you for a moment stop and think about why you continue to come back and read my work?  (I may have just lost someone, darn!)  My “modus operandi” is a passionate twisting of the tongue, weaving history, modern events, moral and spiritual ideology into a blanket we can share.  With cutting humor and self effacing realism, I openly display my character with you.  Some blush, others praise, but few will come away forgetting my charge.  Even though this is a regurgitated thought, I cannot help but remind myself that sameness is dull and without controversy we will experience atrophy of human development.  “How can one conceive of a one-party system in a country that has over two hundred varieties of cheese?” (Charles de Gaulle)

My character is one of evolving knowledge rooted in the pursuit to know what I can, and cannot do. This endeavor isn’t simple; it will not always bare fruit and will inevitably leave a trail of rotting carcasses where prior relationships co-existed. The least obvious portrait of a writer is their motivation. Motivation is often confused by the method in which they direct their art. When we seek out an author or poet we really like, we immediately want to know what influenced them to produce the work that captured our attention, at least I do. Furthermore we wish to unlock the mysteries of passionate influence. Here I will admit that I always struggle with saying anything about my background. If I say I am a Christian, then others immediately begin to catalogue me and file my personality in whatever convenient cabinet suites their need. Diametrically I do this with agnostics, after all, my entire goal is to steer beliefs down a chosen path. I have learned to only read the words an author gives me and the material from which they cite. I place myself as best as possible in the described situation, but not thinking with the fullness of what they know. I dislike periphery static interfering with story telling, that’s how I describe autobiographical influence. Again I will share another personal character vulnerability, I cannot always look past someone’s baggage and have it not affect they way I view their work.


Autobiographical Baggage
Autobiographical Baggage
Master of Words
Master of Words

"Everyone can master a grief but he that has it". (much ado about nothing, Shakespeare.)

My preference is to not know too many details about someone I casually read, human nature is just best left as a factor of breathing. I leave profiling in the capable hands of serial killer hunters…sleep is too important to me.

One area of our personalities that I find troublesome is our capacity to cry uncle too soon. I thoroughly use this generalization to describe our lack of reading many who we differ with. There are brave souls who will return to a trough that is sure to disturb the soul, but the reward is not unlike any other. Hard work is a time consuming endeavor. Digging for golden nuggets is laborious to be sure, but how sweeter to bend a great find between your teeth? I treat Hubpages like a mine; yes, that description purposely applies to two separate fields with which to scour. Doing so with the realization of some wasted effort, you seldom can get a better view of each others motivations, character and influences.

In closing, I hope those of you whom I have offended find kindred motivation with the technique I engender. Conscience of the valuable time you have afforded me, you have learned more about my character and yet I have shielded you from knowing my dark idiosyncrasies. Thus I have also saved you from efficacies you otherwise could have found bitter.


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    • jtcarr1164 profile image

      jtcarr1164 7 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi

      WOW! That's all I am going to say about that!

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      Jeremey 7 years ago from Arizona

      Very thought provoking read you have here. I must think this one out!

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      Jason R. Manning 7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Thanks for the advice brother Jack. Unfortunately I am human, and although I may draw lines for myself everyday, I often fall short of high expectation. I agree with your train of thought, I only have so much strength. The sooner the glorious appearing, the end of my fallibility shall be witnesses. Thanks friend.


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      Apostle Jack 7 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      Draw a line,don't cross it yourself,and don't let anyone else it,male nor female,friend nor foe,rich nor poor,educated or not,big nor the small...and behold the integrity and power thereof.

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      Jason R. Manning 7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Ripplemaker – I really appreciate your input, thank you for your time and consideration. I am happy that so many of us can find eclectic writers in one place.


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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I enjoyed reading your perspective as well the comments that ensued after. I love Hubpages! Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. Remember you can promote your hub to your family and friends (not in the forums though) :) Enjoy...

      To everyone who would love to vote for this hub, click here please:

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      Jason R. Manning 7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Money – Thanks for reading my hub. I appreciate your support. Cheers.

      Travel_man – Great compliments, there are always those in history who have brilliantly assessed points of life, we need to remind our peers more often of their work. It would be nice to be quoted, but in reality, we offer only “updated” perspective in human development. Thank you for the contribution. Take care.

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      You have a way with words on your mother tongue, that is, English language. It seemed I've been thrown back in time to be inspired by some pillars of literature that you've mentioned.

      HubPages is most unique in the sense that most of our written opinion comes from own personal experiences. Personally, respect and friendship are part of the wisdom other people may inculcate in us.

      Congratulations, Jason!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for sharing and congrats on being nominated to the HubNugget Wannabe's contest for this week. Good luck! :)

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      Jason R. Manning 7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Oh my goodness, you certainly contributed in the spirit of this hub. Very direct and honest modes of living you describe Micky. You depicted more than adequate means of self motivation and to what means. I appreciate your contribution as prescribed. Thank you for this.

      God Bless Micky.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Very well thought out hub. I'm going to make people angry. If people get their news from the major sources without any other input - well - I'm going to say something "they" don't like. I'll regret before hand and after. But I study American and world history. I study the Bible and will refuse to budge from the Golden Rule. I'll make someone mad who is certainly uninformed. I study. These will not be my words. They belong to historians and/but "winners" write most of history. People from the RIGHT, only, will call me a coward, lazy, and etc. I will take it. I will plead the case. It's not my case. Any case I take up hinges on the LAW above laws, the Golden Rule. This law will replace all laws. Jesus said, "Worship the true God and do unto others as you would have them do unto you." When politicians, leaders, preachers, or anyone leaves that path- it is pretty visible to me. I bow. I take it. This is God's war it is not mine and I want no part of it. But if my God says to dance then I will watusi, chachacha, boogaloo, or do the tango. I will give any man what he wants. I will meet any person, if God says go. I will have a working contest or any other. So, am I regretful for bringing anger? Oh yeah. I'd rather ride my bicycle. But God knows what He's doing. I am for the poor, the homeless, etc. BUT I AM FOR DIGNITY for these people as well. And I see a train coming and great suffering for those who do not raise the Brothers and Sisters up. Jesus was a socialist! He gave health-care away. He gave food away. And I will be like Jesus and I will not be like Bush, Clinton, Obama, or anyone else. I only pledge my allegiance to God and Jesus! I've pledged to America. But this is planet earth and we are all related and we absolutely WILL love our neighbor as ourselves. If Jesus is to come back- that's the way it is. Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy will be done ON EARTH, ON EARTH, ON EARTH! AS IT IS IN HEAVEN...". No matter what people derive from Revelations it does not matter. Our job, our duty is not to be concerned with prognostications but to LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR AS OURSELVES. Oops! Got carried away there. Thanks for the inspiration Brother Jason!

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      Jason R. Manning 7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Hi Merritt, thank you for the flattering message. I appreciate the time people give me so I want to return the favor as best as I can. I agree with you about self assessing baggage, it is very difficult for me to be objective ‘all’ of the time, but it a work in progress. Thanks again for the support.

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      Chris Merritt 7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      YOU, Jason, Have a great way with words, I am close to siding up with pcoach, because it could have easily went RIGHT over my head, but you did captivate me, and I was able to feel your message. I do think the baggage one has, tells alot about their character...I probably leave too much on my style, but then again my style is NOT close to professional, I just kind of write as I speak. But, I am learning alot on here by folks like yourself.

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      Jason R. Manning 7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Thank you Sofs, I am glad to find you looking me up. I look forward to the challenges of thought brought about by this community.

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      sofs 7 years ago

      Jason, great analysis and description of Hubland. I like your style, especially in the second paragraph of this hub.. very engaging.

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      Jason R. Manning 7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Hello RevLady, thank you for reading. It's important that we remember why God created so much uniqueness and random selection; otherwise we too often forget the infinite possibilities.

      God Bless

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      A delightful read and a good assessment of the hubpage community and experience.


      Forever His,

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      pcoach 7 years ago

      I love that you exercise your brain muscle. I'm old enough to say mine doesn't need that kind of exercise anymore (or it doesn't want that exercise anymore, pick one). But thanks for thinking of me (the Idiot-thing)!

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      Jason R. Manning 7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Pcoach, you kidder...thanks for coming by, you have been quiet as of late. It wasn't the right format to throw in an "Idiot" for you. Thanks friend.

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      pcoach 7 years ago

      That's just too deep for me brother but you didn't lose me!

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      Jason R. Manning 7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Sablirab, thank you for the kind words, your reflection is my desired result.

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      TheSablirab 7 years ago

      Started to read on a whim and what a beautiful read at that; this is the first Hub of yours that I have ever read, and yet, I can identify with it. Though, I think there's a part of all of us, in this Hub.


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