Some famous comedian, who did stand-up as part of his schtick, said that.
And I'm saying that now.
Which brings me to the next point: You wanted me to be serious so that's what I will be. And I will be serious--vis a vis, my version of being serious, which is acerbic and honest sarcasm (the kind of sarcasm that normally is rejected out of hand, for being obnoxious).
Are ya ready?
First, the pettiness of some will have, `those some', remark,
"Oh, he's saying, `But Seriously Folks' now? He's reiterating, or quoting, what somebody else has already said in a public venue. And even if it has been repeated so much; and even if it is so well known and has become part of our vernacular, who says he shouldn't reference a citation? Huh? Who says?
"Aha! Plaigarism! Yes plaigarism! A gotchya moment!"
Ya think some people don't nitpick like that?
Poor Stephen Ambrose, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Lawrence Tribe, and Ian McEwan. The giants of the writing world get excoriated for miscues, mild indiscretions, obscure violations....and, case in point, even me:
I was accused of plaigarism, recently, when I made a political comment, online--the accusation coming from a political adversary who claimed I had ripped off my ideas from a New York Times article--one that I hadn't even read, much less heard about!
[Apparently, Great Minds think alike, without even knowing it.]
So, yes, I am being serious.....because this example is so darn serious--especially for us writers.
And it is a minute example--in the outrageous dysfunctional craziness of our society (no counterculture lingering attitude here!)--of all the serious carping; all the serious excessive finger-pointing; all the serious misdirected anger; all the serious scapegoating, all the serious vilification; all the serious self-righteous rants (this one, here, of mine, being one of them); all the serious insecure jealousies; all the serious intolerant Dogma which has run over your Karma.....(Oh My God! Another plaigaristic moment, although, so entered here, it is twisted! Am I exonerated?.....
Submitted into the record, by Brett C., in the Year of Our Lord.....