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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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What's On Your Balloon?
We've all seen the bumper stickers and pins: 'Question Authority' or 'Hate is NOT a Family Value' or 'It's Been Lovely, But I Really Have To Scream Now'. Suppose every morning when you got up, there was a big bunch of slogan-balloons there that you had to give away during the day. What would YOUR balloons say and who would you give them to-- and why? (Sure hope some of those balloons make it over to a few of the political circus performers out there!) Wren (self-confessed ex-hippie chick and 70's put-the-daisy-in-the-gun-barrel-political activist) thinks this might be a good real-time idea to consider at protest rallies or to exchange at Pagan Pride events. Would YOU be gutsy enough to actually do something like this?
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| Forgive Me For Providing Two "balloons". The First: The Meaning Of Family... ||May 28th. at 6:06:27 pm UTC|
|Marea (Niagara Falls, Ontario CA) ||Age: 30 - Email |
Forgive me for providing two "balloons".
The meaning of family values, is that we are all a family and we all have value." - Christopher Reeve
"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup." - Azure green
| I Am A Huge Beatlemaniac So I Would Have Many Balloons And... ||May 28th. at 9:03:48 pm UTC|
|Pandora (Chicago, Illinois US) ||Age: 16 - Email |
I am a HUGE Beatlemaniac so I would have many balloons and bumper-stickers. Here they are:
1) It's all in the mind, you know!
2) All You Need is Love
3) The walrus was Paul (or was he?)
4) Why did you push the button?
Obviously, you would have to know either me and/or the Beatles to have any clue.
The second one is always my signoff when I leave a chatroom. I do believe it, dearly.
MP and BB!
| Though I'd Never Have The Guts I'd Love To Take Some Balloons... ||May 29th. at 1:48:03 am UTC|
|Amara Echo (Regina, Saskatchewan CA) ||Age: 23 - Email |
though i'd never have the guts i'd love to take some balloons to my min. wage job in retail sales, to hand out to some of my nastier customers, who hassle me about things i have no control over(i.e. that our price signs all say "and up" in teeny tiny letters in the bottom corner...)they would say:
"would 6 bucks an hour be enough for YOU to put up with yourself?"
"i'm just the hired help"
on a less bitter and superficial note, there are some quotes i'd love to have on bumper stickers, to go along with my "my karma ran over my dogma"
"free me now to give me place, keep me caged and free the beast"-3 Doors Down
"we are gods in the body of god, truth and love our destinies"-from the egyptian Book of the Dead
"it only makes sense to me that God is a woman"-Jim Morrison
| I Do Not Know If I Would Really Be Willing To Give... ||May 29th. at 2:15:41 am UTC|
|Garrett LoneWolfe (Fountain Valley, California US) ||Age: 29 - Email |
I do not know if I would really be willing to give out balloons as a course of normal business. However, if it were a protest definately. It makes such a fitting gesture.
The one slogan I use more than any in both my personal and professional life is "Take responsibility for your own actions." That to me is the most important rule in life.
| Well, I Try To Go Through Life Keeping A Low Profile. So... ||May 29th. at 5:52:32 am UTC|
|Big John (South Amboy, New Jersey US) ||Age: 40 |
Well, I try to go through life keeping a low profile. So I'm a little too chicken to go around handing out balloons to an angry public, but it's possible the safest path isn't necessarly the best path. Especially considering the condition of the world today.
My favorite saying (that I saw mentioned in an earlier response) "Love my Country - Fear my Government". Yes, I saw the bumper sticker too (sadly, I didn't buy one either).
For my tech friends out there (I'm an engineer of sorts): "Don't forget what you already have learned" and "Keep it Simple". Good advise for all of us tech folk who look for the most expensive, environmentally unfriendly, and complex solution to a technical problem.
For all of us who work for a living: "Work so that you can live - not the other way around" and "Even if you win the rat race you're still a rat".
For all the union folk out there: "United we stand - Divided we beg!".
Lastly, for all of us: "Freedom is a right - not a privilege!".
| L 0 2 U ("'ello To You!" It Would Actually Be A... ||May 29th. at 8:31:26 am UTC|
|Kerry Marie McGrath (Warren, New Jersey US) ||Age: 33 |
L 0 2 U
("'ello to you!" It would actually be a pretty cool license plate, huh? And I will admit, I'm stealing this one from one of my sister's, but she probably wouldn't want to know that I posted it here, after trying to "save" me this past Easter and all!)
Another one that I'd love to see: "I've got blistas on my fingas!" -- John Lennon!
| Okay, This Is Gotta Be Simple 1) I'm With Dalai 2) Fear... ||May 29th. at 10:05:36 am UTC|
|JourneyWalker (Covington, Kentucky US) ||Age: 17 |
Okay, this is gotta be simple
1) I'm with Dalai
2) Fear is the mind killer
3) I slept with Jerry Falwell
4) Watch out here is one scary vampire witch
This is my last post until August until then
| I Am So Sad, This Is My Last Post Until August 15th... ||May 29th. at 10:13:30 am UTC|
|Journeywalker (Covington, Kentucky US) ||Age: 17 |
I am so sad, this is my last post until August 15th ! So in general I guess this is what I got.
1. Beware of the scary vampire witch, don't piss her off!
2. I Love Jesus, but I love the Goddess too.
3. I slept with Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and Bob Barr
4. Something Wiccan this way comes ( I have seen this, didn't buy it though)
Love Ya and see ya in 2 and a 1/2 months
| If I Had A Bunch Of "balloons", To Give Away They Probably... ||May 29th. at 12:03:18 pm UTC|
|Mythrandir (Las Vegas, Nevada US) ||Age: 21 - Email |
If I had a bunch of "balloons", to give away they probably would be ones to either tick people off only after they thought about what they said, or be insanely true. They are funny when you read them, but when you think about them. . . .
We were here first, go HOME!
Bush the next pope
imagine, an honest politician
what's a functional goverment?
the witch trial are NOT over
freedom from your religion . . .
These were just a few of them. I would glady participate in a "pagan pride" rally and pass these out. The more I read the more sorrowfull I become. History has not painted a pretty picture for the protectors of your mother Gea. Nor does it paint a good future. . . . .
| My All Time Favorite Saying, Seen Once On The Bumper Of A... ||May 29th. at 12:34:42 pm UTC|
|Kris (Concord, California US) ||Age: 28 |
My all time favorite saying, seen once on the bumper of a moving car, is "Loving Jesus is no excuse for being an asshole". I don't think I'd hand this one out to anyone. I don't think it would be conducive to adult discussion, but as a general statement to the world, I love it. One I would hand out to anyone and everyone is a sticker I got at a Dar Williams concert-a line from her song "The Christians and the Pagans"-How can you argue with "We find magic everywhere"? And isn't it sad when people *don't* find magic everywhere.
| My Thoughts Are Visible On My Car..... 1. Its Freedom Of Religion... ||May 29th. at 2:43:20 pm UTC|
|Guardian Hawk (Atlanta, Georgia US) ||Age: 26 |
My thoughts are visible on my car.....
1. Its Freedom OF Religion Stupid (The O in Of is a pentacle)
2. Freedom of Religion means ANY Religion
3. Dark Angel
4. Your dimwitted obvious and nonexistant opinion has been duely noted.
5. Gun control is aiming....
| Okay, These Three Quotes Are My Mantras. I Think About Them Everyday... ||May 29th. at 3:02:19 pm UTC|
|Ivy (Laramie, Wyoming US) ||Age: 208 - Email |
Okay, these three quotes are my mantras. I think about them everyday and sometimes even giggle madly when I think about them. They *must* go in order (because I deem it so!) to be effective!
1) There is no spoon. - Neo, The Matrix
2) I deny this reality! - The Doctor, Dr Who
3) Computer, deactivate iguana. - The Doctor, Star Trek: Voyager
#3 cracks me up. Just thinking about it cracks me up. It was from an episode that had a holographic iguana that would repeat what people said, like a parrot is supposed to. The doctor finally got annoyed and had the computer deactivate it. For a week i went about trying to deactivate annoying people. Was great stress relief.
#2 is on my car (okay, was until the wind tore it off). I had to yell that one almost every day when I worked in tech support. okay...i had to yell it hourly.
The way I see these three is #1 recognizing that there's something going on, #2 making your opinion about #1 known, and #3 doing something about it.
More people should contemplate these. They should be in every problem solving manual and religious text.
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