In the new RJsCorner, I want to get back to my roots, and Will Rogers is one of those roots I have avoided for too long. Years ago, when I started creating my personal style of writing, Will Rogers was a primary inspiration. I loved the way he could use humor to inform us on just about any topic. Some say that Mark Twain was America’s premiere writer, but I kinda think too many people got that wrong. Will simply ran circles around Sam Clemens (aka Mark Twain), while actually sticking to the English language. Tom Sawyer was cute as far as it went, but that stuff gets old quickly for me. Will was simply timeless in his plain speak.
So, I’ve been thinking about how to bring Will back again to my little corner of the universe, especially in light of my new direction. When I came across multiple quotes from another hero Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the two seemed to have merged into the answer.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was a German theologian during the Hitler era. He was one of the few German citizens who had critical things to say about what Hitler was doing to his country. Eventually, he was killed by Hitler for his criticism. I recently came across and article from Bonhoeffer talking about how stupidity was the primary cause of the rise of Hitler. Good vs evil had very little to do with it. That was where this great idea was birthed.
I immediately thought what did Will Rogers say about stupidity, and what would he have likely said about Bonhoeffer’s thoughts on the subject? This is what this new series will be all about. As usual, I don’t know going into this subject, how far it will go. I know I walk a thin line with this subject matters in my new version of RJsCorner, but I think I can do it. I think I can do it in a non-political, non-sectarian way. Or at least I am going to try…
I kind of like the idea of merging Bonhoeffer’s with Will Rogers’ views of the world. This will make an interesting special series I think.
Unlike most of my past limited series, this one won’t have a dedicated day of the week for posts. It will just happen on its own schedule.