[Ads-l] "We ARE x !"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 22 15:44:18 UTC 2015


I don't believe I understand your point.

JL

On Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 11:41 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

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> And if you back over 100 years, you find instances of "We are Russia". In
> Cyrillic, of course...I don't know if you find examples of "We are France"
> in 1848. I doubt you will find "We are Germany" back then, since there was
> no Germany back then!
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> On Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 6:28 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
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> > Just watched an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" from the
> early
> > '90s (can't be any more specific) in which  Klingons inspirit themselves
> > (with no non-Klingons present)  by chanting "We are Klingons!"
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> > Emphasis on the word "Klingons," however.
> >
> > JL
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> > On Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 12:44 AM, Spanbock/Svoboda-Spanbock <
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> > > Hardly. He gave talks every spring for decades in Ojai, which is a
> > > little over an hour outside of Los Angeles. There were always plenty
> > > of celebrities among the people who came to the talks every year. He
> > > was the guru of choice for some time.
> > >
> > > Kate
> > >
> > >
> > > On Nov 17, 2011, at 5:59 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
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> > > > "We are the World" was recorded in 1985.
> > > >
> > > > Coincidence?:
> > > >
> > > > 1956  J. Krishnamurti _Commentaries on Living: Third Series_
> > > > (rpt.1967: Wheaton, Ill.: Quest) 78: As you say, the world is of our
> > > > own making; the world is us and we are the world. To change the world
> > > > we must change ourselves....Regeneration must therefore begin with
> > > > ourselves.
> > > >
> > > > JL
> > > >
> > > > On Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 8:44 PM, Victor Steinbok
> > > > <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > > >> Just to be clear--there IS a reduced version--"We ARE 99%!"
> > > >>
> > > >> Two more points of reference. If we go back far enough, we get "We
> > > >> are
> > > >> the World!" song, although that clearly had a different stress
> > > >> pattern.
> > > >>
> > > >> On the other hand, there is a current series of Farmers Insurance
> > > >> commercials that includes the phrase, "We ARE insurance," followed
> > > >> by a
> > > >> "We are Farmers!" jingle.
> > > >>
> > > >>    VS-)
> > > >>
> > > >>> I know, I know--it does not sound as romantic once you insert the
> > > >>> article...
> > > >>>
> > > >>>    VS-)
> > > >>>
> > > >>> On 11/16/2011 4:04 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> > > >>>> News reports over the past several days have occasionally included
> > > >>>> Penn State students both defending and deploring legendary coach
> > > >>>> Joe
> > > >>>> Paterno as well as offering gestures of goodwill to the alleged
> > > >>>> victims of Jerry Sandusky.
> > > >>>>
> > > >>>> The sudents can be heard chanting or emphatically asserting as
> > > >>>> individuals, "We ARE Penn State!"  I'm not sure what that's
> > > >>>> supposed
> > > >>>> to mean beyond, "Harken to us!"
> > > >>>>
> > > >>>> A few years ago, "We ARE Virginia Tech!" was the refrain of an
> > > >>>> alleged
> > > >>>> poem by Nikki Giovanni, written in the wake of an even worse
> > > >>>> situation. It seemed to mean, "We of VT are strong enough to get
> > > >>>> through absolutely anything unfazed."
> > > >>>>
> > > >>>> Both of these usages seemed familiar, but how?
> > > >>>>
> > > >>>> In another one of those epiphanous moments, I suddenly recalled
> > > >>>> that
> > > >>>> 1976 film _Taxi Driver_ ("You talkin' to  me? You talkin' to *me*?
> > > >>>> Well, you must be talkin' to me, 'cause I'm the only one here!")
> > > >>>> featured a slick political candidate, target of the insane Travis
> > > >>>> Bickel, who was running on the slogan "We ARE the People!"   (Cf.
> > > >>>> "We
> > > >>>> ARE the 99%!" )
> > > >>>>
> > > >>>> The irony seemed to be that the slogan in the film was utterly
> > > >>>> vapid.
> > > >>>> It reminded me of the equally inane, but seriously intended,
> > > >>>> "Nixon's
> > > >>>> the One!" of 1968.
> > > >>>>
> > > >>>> Moral: yesterday's inanity, today's inspiration.
> > > >>>>
> > > >>>> JL
> > > >>>
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