About David Kennedy Bird, “The Blogger”
The fellow responsible for this outlandish blog, and the even more outlandish “12 Blogs Project” of which it forms 1/12th, is named David Kennedy Bird. (It is likely that you divined as much from the section title.)
He likes to characterize himself as “…a Christian lecturer, a stand-up philosopher, an academic storyteller, an armchair theologian, a displaced visionary, a writer of essay, dialogue, fiction and nonfiction, whimsy, nonsense, sense and sensibility, lyric and doggerel, an observer of ideas and culture, a singer of the blues, and a breath-taken lover of the Most High God, staring about at the world in dumbfounded and wide-eyed wonder.”
Hmmm. Sounds just a wee bit pretentious, if you ask us. But he didn’t ask us to put together the bio for him, he just handed us a slip of paper, so what can ya do?
Here’s more: “I am the erstwhile frontman,” he claims, “of a visionary alternative folk-rock band, The Substructure… and the somewhat less erst but even more while…”
[Editors’ note: We have to admit we found that bit kind of clever]
“…founder and Rector of Foundations Collegium, a worldview training program quartered in Chattanooga, TN that started out as a course of study for gifted home-schooled teens, exploring history and the humanities, philosophy and theology, critical thinking, rhetoric and discipleship, and the complexities / simplicities of the Kingdom of God… but which is currently metamorphosing into a kind of public lecture series.”
Ooohh, that sounds painful.
He continues: “I figured out, about 25 years ago, that my gift is the ability to see the shapes of things. Don’t laugh; i realize it may not sound like a very impressive gift.”
[Editors’ note: That exactly what we were just thinking.]
“But not everyone can see the shapes of things.” [Okay, fine, whatever.] “By ‘seeing the shapes of things,’ i mean the ability to notice outlines, to detect patterns, to connect the dots, to perceive design where it may not be evident to others, to see beyond the surface to the underlying architecture, to see how seemingly independent things are actually connected. It’s a skill that can be helpful in putting together jigsaw puzzles. But more importantly, it’s helpful in putting together the Big Picture when confronted with a jumble of information, much of it suspect, from a thousand different sources.”
DKB concludes his bio with the following zinger: “In the increasingly messy, irrational and chaotic postmodern cultural environment, seeing the Big Picture is more important than ever. Perhaps i may be of assistance….”
Perhaps, Bird, perhaps. We’ll just have to see about that.