The rationalist, in seeking clarity, employs the services of an oculist.
The ideologue seeks clarity also, but prefers the services of an occultist.
Recently, a friend asked me, “where does all this Southern Pride come from? I have grown up here and lived here all my life, and I just don’t get it! What do Southerners think they have to be proud of?” Well I think some of it comes from being poor, still making do and still dancing a jig occasionally, as we champion ourselves for surviving.
Now I hear ya saying, “that ain’t only the South you’re describing,” whichiz true, nevertheless we’ve adopted it.
While I despise ignorance, being a Southerner, I have “family values,” therefore I tend to love idiots and tyrants. The former deriving from self-acceptance, the latter from having strict parents. The authoritarian personality is pervasive in the” Land of Cotton.”
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” contains so much practical wisdom, especially for mechanical klutzes like myself, it seems a truism. However, in defaulting to this reasoning, we sometimes deny and whitewash. Our positive perspective and the “make do” attitude reinforces our Southern oversight. One of our greatest common virtues is to be thankful for what we have and when under funded. “Us Southerners” have tended toward ingenuity. (I suggest a visit to Cullowhee N.C. to the Museum of the Mountaineer, as proof).
However, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” sometimes slides downhill. Our “can do” outruns our prudence and erodes into “if it ain’t broke yet, don’t fix it”