"The ability to make connections that nobody else can make is the surest sign of a great mind," writes TigerHawk re our last post. Be still, my foolish heart. Great minds, crackpot authorities: Where do we draw the line? The bottom line is that bloggers are frequently "greatly rewarded and not a little entertained," as Mark Wallace of Gulf Reporter put it awhile back.
"Who among us, after all, has not suddenly been gripped by a flash of insight, only to scratch our heads later and wonder just what we were thinking," wrote Mark Wallace of Gulf Reporter last spring, winning our heart with his artful critique of our tendency to promulgate grand unified theories:
A good crackpot authority will have dreamed up a thesis that explains virtually all of our everyday experience at one shot. And he will manage to do it with style . . . No dummies they, these writers are aware that a skeptical public may not be ready to buy the near-lunacy they seem to be serving up . . . The reading of such authors should be approached as an exercise in the opening of the mind . . . It is best, in such cases, to suspend judgment, and observe while a great mind works out the kinks of a questionable theory. Even if nothing is really "learned," the reader will be greatly rewarded, and not a little entertained.
Keep on bloggin'. Oh, and also check out Jack's well-told tale of his great grandma's and uncle's -- sister and brother -- lifeflong battle over the Pledge.