lizistwentythree: toomuchawesome: “The anguish that most of us have observed for some time now has been caused not by the fact that the South is alienated from the rest of the country, but by the fact that it is not alienated from the rest of the country, but by the fact that it is not alienated enough, that every day we are getting more and more like the rest of the country, that we are being forced out, not only of our many sins but of our few virtues. This may be unholy anguish but it is anguish nevertheless.” -Flannery O’Connor, “The Fiction Writer and His Country” Serious anguish. Amen.  Though I have to wonder if the rest of the country feels the same way.  Are Washingtonians upset because they’re shifting more towards a global American culture?  Californians?  (Well, maybe not Californians…btw, how is it that they’ve been able to keep doing things their own way?). At the risk of sounding like a Civil War apologist (I’m not I’m not I’m not), does this play down to an issue of states’ rights?  Or are we just giving in to some sort of unspoken outside pressure to homogenize our culture as Southerners?  Or are we embarassed by the way the rest of the country looks at us?  I think that one of the most unfortunate side effects of being Southern is the ingrained inferiority complex.  It’s the assumption that everyone thinks we’re backwards that makes us go crazy down here (down there? oh no…)

lizistwentythree:

toomuchawesome:

“The anguish that most of us have observed for some time now has been caused not by the fact that the South is alienated from the rest of the country, but by the fact that it is not alienated from the rest of the country, but by the fact that it is not alienated enough, that every day we are getting more and more like the rest of the country, that we are being forced out, not only of our many sins but of our few virtues. This may be unholy anguish but it is anguish nevertheless.”

-Flannery O’Connor, “The Fiction Writer and His Country”

Serious anguish.

Amen.  Though I have to wonder if the rest of the country feels the same way.  Are Washingtonians upset because they’re shifting more towards a global American culture?  Californians?  (Well, maybe not Californians…btw, how is it that they’ve been able to keep doing things their own way?).

At the risk of sounding like a Civil War apologist (I’m not I’m not I’m not), does this play down to an issue of states’ rights?  Or are we just giving in to some sort of unspoken outside pressure to homogenize our culture as Southerners?  Or are we embarassed by the way the rest of the country looks at us?  I think that one of the most unfortunate side effects of being Southern is the ingrained inferiority complex.  It’s the assumption that everyone thinks we’re backwards that makes us go crazy down here (down there?  oh no…)

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