As I commented last year at this time, I’ve noticed that rants get a lot of hits. I understand why that happens—it’s pretty much the same phenomenon as onlooker delay at traffic accidents—but I don’t really like to rant, and I don’t admire people who rant all the time, first, because if they’re genuine, they’re living under the burden of an angry spirit, and probably fear, and second, because if they’re not genuine, but just ranting to get hits, then I don’t trust what they write.
I don’t want to be that guy. You know, the Talk Radio morning host.
Some things deserve rants, but ranting isn’t much of a lifestyle, and a society that feeds itself constantly on it—like ours—is pathological.
Most writers like some things they write more than other things, and the order of like-itude usually isn’t the same as their audience’s preferences—especially if they’re not just writing for the money or the recognition.
So as a thought experiment, here’s a list of the posts, in no particular order, that I personally like the most—some for reasons of content, some for esthetics, and some just because.
- I Was Born That Way (This one made both my list and yours.)
- Cry, the Beloved Country
- Unbroken by a Broken World
- On Calling God by His First Name
- Three Days with Hilaire
- Grateful for Grace
- Groovier Than Thou
- It Is. And It Does. (As did this.)
- On Listening to the Designer
- The Music of the Sphere
- 7 Stabilizing Principles in a Chaotic World
- On Peace