National observance of Halloween

Strange things have been afoot in Boulder, Colorado, as the national observance of Halloween slowly approached and quickly vanished. Several bags of candy sit next to the door, two formerly glow stick illuminated carved pumpkins smile covered with morning dew, and somehow a sense of community faded with the light of two glow sticks throughout the night. The Simpson’s Halloween special and a National Football League game between the Pittsburg Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens was on television, but the volume was turned down just in case someone wanted to trick-or-treat in Boulder, Colorado. From the view of a third floor of the apartment, the street looked empty throughout the night, sparking the observation that nobody seemed to be participating in the national observance of Halloween. Now the bags of Halloween candy will rest by the door, the pumpkins will soon be leaving, but something is different Halloween will have to wait at least a year to hear the sounds of trick-or-treat.
At some point over the years, something changed, greeting cards, post cards, and handwritten notes started to become something to cherish. Between various occasions for celebration sometimes, the value of sending a card is lost in the modern technology driven chaos that is everyday life. Streaming information constantly bombards anyone willing to listen with everything from infomercials selling pointless products to pundits sharing priceless gems of shameless intellectual plagiarism. Today, everything seems to be running as usual, the sound of leaf blowers served as an alarm clock announcing the existence of everyday life running in the background just before the roar of the lawnmower echoed throughout the apartment making sure everyone in the neighborhood is awake. Monotony washes over the string of days without holidays and other reasons for celebration that bring the community together during the shared observance of something that is meaningful to someone. Maybe it is easier to understand each other during a celebration, or maybe having something apolitical to talk about brings communities together in ways partisan politics divide.
During the wide assortment of conversations that occur during any given week, some ideas stand out above all of the others. For example, during a conversation with Gus the argument was made that, “At some point, writing is a habit, not a skill,” but Gus quickly countered that argument by asserting quality writing is a learned skill that comes with practice and purpose. Within the two conflicting arguments is something that defies any form of intellectual shunning, because the power of dialogue to identify difference and strengthen our understanding of the world builds on the base of a single perspective to achieve a shared perspective or understanding. If the world is multidimensional, then the thinker will have to acknowledge that to understand the multiple dimensions each individual perspective requires the perspectives of others to view the world. Sharing perspectives with others on an issue is the only active way to pursue an accurate understanding of the issue that accounts for differences in our collective understanding of the world.

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