Wrote this six years ago. Nothing's changed.
One of my favorite movies is 'Bull Durham'. And one of my favorite scenes in 'Bull Durham' is the scene in which Crash tells Annie what he believes:
Crash Davis: After 12 years in the minor leagues, I don't try out. Besides, uh, I don't believe in quantum physics when it comes to matters of the heart.
Annie Savoy: What do you believe in, then?
Crash Davis: Well, I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.
It's hard for me to choose which of Lex's posts were my favorite but his Beliefs post is right up there. I was going to post it in it's entirety but someone pointed out the etiquette so I'll give you a glimpse of his 'Beliefs' and you can pop over and read the rest. And then, like I did, you can stay a while and read everything else he wrote. Because, damn, was he good. (edited: the blog is lost. However, some of it has been salvaged and can be found at The Lexicans.)
I believe that human life is sacred.
I believe that democracy is the worst possible form of government, except for all the others.
I believe that liberals are builders, and conservatives are defenders. I believe that both are important.
I believe that government’s primary functions should be to defend the borders and deliver the mail in a timely fashion. Everything else is pretty much discretionary, open to debate and subject to revision. People don’t really want to be governed, but they need to be. Still, I believe that government is best which governs least.
I believe that choices are actions, and that actions have consequences. If you didn’t pick up on this growing up, you weren’t paying attention.
I believe that a market economy offers the best opportunity to live a good life to the most number of people. If you believe differently, I’d like to see your analysis.
I believe that humanity is not a birthright, but a testable proposition. Notwithstanding my belief that human life is sacred, I believe that society has the right to defend itself against people who commit horrible crimes, and punish them proportionately. I believe that right includes the ultimate sanction. I believe that there are those who look like us that are not of us, who by their acts of inhumanity have proven that they are not human in that fundamental way that separates us from other mammals. I shed no tears when vicious murderers are put down, pour encourager les autres.
I believe that people of good will may disagree. I believe the other guy often has a point. I think he probably got there through a valid process. I don’t believe that disagreeing with him necessarily makes me a bad person. I believe that anyone who truly believes that it does is not worth arguing with. If you don’t agree, please see preceding belief.
And I believe the good die young.
And for now, I am going to bid adieu. I need some time to process this and right now, my grief is overwhelming. Rather than blather on and on, I'm going to take a breather. Not sure when I'll be back. Go hug your loved ones and tell them you love them.
Edited: It's been six years and it still hurts. It always will. Nothing has changed. The world is still diminished without you here. So much has happened between then and now that I long to discuss with you, gain your insight on, and derive reassurance that we're maybe not going to hell in a handbasket. Your realistic optimism was always so comforting.