ignoring the answers (not just mine but several others)
Acknowledging those answers that were, in fact, very helpful, and complementing the authors in the process, is hardly ignoring 'the answers'.
does concern me that you would assume that it only requires a bit of time
I never said that it requires a bit of time.
And, again, just to clarify, I wasn't speaking of an isolated molecule a while back. I was merely trying to understand the correct terminology to use when describing the whole system (without just saying 'whole system') that radiates blackbody radiation (which is a very good question, by the way).
If someone would like to answer that question properly, and simply, I believe I would be capable of understanding it. DrClaude gave a great answer, but it pertained to the isolated atoms and molecules. ZapperZ gave a great answer, but not sure if he meant the vibrational modes/phonons, only, as the cause to the blackbody radiation. From what I've been studying since, it looks like that may be only part of it (the vibrational modes). And, as for you, you've thought I've been referring to an isolated molecule all along when I haven't.
I am, in fact, talking about the entire system of an object and how to properly sum up what it is that's causing the radiation (lattice vibrations, an aggregate of the molecular vibrations, or a combination of both)? And to be honest, there just aren't sufficient answers on the Internet. So, I agree, a textbook would be of better help. When I have a good amount of time, I will be putting a lot more into this. But, in the meantime, it was just a question based on true, earnest study given the time and material at hand. That's all. A question.
I'm not asking for the world. I was just asking something pertaining to a particular area (and, yes, I realize the area as a whole will take a lot more time to understand). And I'm asking that you try to see that I was never talking about an isolated molecule.