This I believe - from NPR and beyond

bulldurham_i.jpgI listen to NPR (National Public Radio) all the time, and from time to time, I'll post "This I Believe" original essays from NPR here - the ones that make a strong connection to me. An introduction to the concept:

This I Believe is an exciting national project that invites you to write about the core beliefs that guide your daily life. NPR will air these personal statements from listeners each Monday on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. By inviting Americans from all walks of life to participate, series producers Dan Gediman and Jay Allison hope to create a picture of the American spirit in all its rich complexity.

This I Believe is based on a 1950s radio program of the same name, hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow. In creating This I Believe, Murrow said the program sought "to point to the common meeting grounds of beliefs, which is the essence of brotherhood and the floor of our civilization." [Link]

Let us start with Bull Durham's "I believe" - Even NPR was talking about the same quote.

Annie: What do you believe in then?
Crash: Well, I believe in the soul. The cock. The pussy. The small of a woman's back. The hanging curveball. High fiber. Good scotch. That the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a Constitution Amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas eve. And I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days...Goodnight.

That is a classic. What do you believe in? If you have a gem, write to NPR. Anything in transition, leave a comment or link to your "I believe" post on your blog. I will not at all critique or anything like that. Has to be from your inner core - no religion, no politics, no polemics, no trite grandstanding - definitely no.