all together now

The ‘how are we different’ game has been fabulous.

The question now is what can we say that is true for all of us?

Same rules apply:  you are free to challenge any claim.  We rule out ‘we read this blog’ and any claims to Christianity (too dull if we all are, and too hard for those who might describe themselves otherwise to come out.)

So, what can we say? My offering is in the comments.

36 thoughts on “all together now”

  1. We all value every person born, though we all get irritated with some of them sometimes.

  2. Taking a cue from Hannah Arendt and Grace Jantzen, I’m going to submit the obvious – we were all born.

  3. I’m not sure about Kimberley’s comment about hoping to transcend two certainties of living and dying – I’m finding the language of transcendence dubious these days . . .

  4. Challenge, Kimberly. Tertiary education? Academic as in degree level? Not I.
    Challenge, Di, afraid most definitely not. Given one or two of the people I have met over the years………………

  5. it was carefully phrased, Graham: tertiary education as in post-secondary.
    please tell me that that stands, and that you are not overseeing the building of roads in Argyll and Bute on nothing more than your experience of playing with plastic diggers as a boy…

    Elizabeth: your challenge stands, though I suspect it deserves a blog post of its own…

    Anyone going to take up Ryan’s challenge? I do, but I can think of others who might not.

  6. If I’ve never been to Glasgow, can I be said to like or tolerate it? Does “expect I’d like it” count?

  7. In Glasgow, people don’t just tell you the way if you ask. They come down the road to make sure you go in the right direction. There’s an important point in there, somewhere…


    But then – I’m a Weegie.

  8. Challenge Chris! I got lost so many times my first few weeks in Glasgow and many Glaswegians gave me utterly wrong directions, or none. Of course, it may also be that I simply didn’t understand them . . .

  9. Presumably that means, Kimberly, that nobody in the mid-West would ever say, ‘You’ll have had your tea’.

  10. I wonder, Elizabeth, if the famous Glasgow hospitality works mostly for those who have some variation of a Scottish-not-Edinburgh accent.

    Though I have seen the chatty friendliness, I have also endured another very Glaswegian phrase: ‘F-off, you F-ing foreigner.’

    But still, Sarah, overall you would like the city.

  11. At gay pride today I did wear a rainbow neck whistle and, although I was stopped by someone and feared the worst, he actually wished me all the best and said “have a good day boys”. No protesters either. I know I would say this, but I think Glasgow is more accepting of people from Edinburgh than they are of weegie oiks.

  12. I don’t like Glasgow.
    The traffic is grim, especially if you don’t know exactly where you are going and when I used to work there, I detested having to waltz around piles of vomit decorating the pavement at 8 in the morning.

    Nothing against the people though!

  13. Graham – I was referring specifically to Kimberly’s readership, so I’m afraid I disagree with your challenge, but you’re entitled to your opinion. 😀

  14. Elizabeth – No doubt you are more knowledgable of Glasgow (even the South Side) than before. The bus gates in the City Centre and South Side confuse me when I try drive in areas I used to know well.

  15. I don’t drive in Glasgow. My family never owned a car, and by the time I drove I had become a country bumpkin. I take buses (which all go to different destinations from when I was wee) and the blue train which isn’t blue any more and the clockwork orange which used to be dark red. Still smells the same, though.

  16. I understood we were talking about this blog’s readership, and that was the standpoint from which I made my claim. I only wish it were true of humanity in general!

  17. With this readership, I sense we all hunger for connection.

    It sounds like the connection may not be with Glasgow though. I for one like and miss Glasgow. I can’t say that I felt this whilst there. I can say that the traffic and vomit are just as frustrating in Cambridge (UK). And, without a Glaswegian accent, I was treated to lovely directions and guidance when I had lost my way.

    Something new to ponder: Glasgow = Midwest. I would never had said this.

    And, what’s a weegie?

  18. Edye, that probably reflects my lack of real knowledge of the midwest. But since I think Sarah SSM perceives New England as being far more aloof, and the mid-west more friendly I reached for the analogy.

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