Random thoughts from the underground

By Dave Carew

A few random thoughts on a Thursday morning:

I find it amusing that everyone suddenly feels the urge to use the words “eclectic” or “iconic” every other sentence. What is even more amusing is, virtually every time you hear someone use one of these words, he or she is using it incorrectly.

Back in the day, left-wingers made statements like, “America is run by money. There’s one set of rules for the wealthy, another for everyone else.” Now, sadly, almost everyone seems to believe that.

One extremely negative consequence of the Great Recession is that everyone is whoring after money worse than ever. You cannot communicate with ANY (for example) customer service representative without their trying to “up-sell” you on everything under the sun. Ironically—for me, and I would guess for most people—this actually makes you LESS likely to want to deal with that company.

I recently read the novel Silver Linings Playbook after seeing the (fantastic) film. In the book, the protagonist repeatedly declares his new creed: “Practice being kind, rather than right.” This country would be in a much better place if more people lived in that spirit.

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew



One Response to “Random thoughts from the underground”

  1. Marcelle Guilbeau Says:

    Love that mantra, “Practice being kind, rather than right.” Oddly enough, that one really helps me get through my day. It is instant good karma. It makes things go so much better. So it really is a very selfish thing to do….. 🙂

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