Authentic wax slippers show fading glory…..

Far removed from sanity, I sit, alone and fierce, holding my thoughts close, as if they will keep me warm. Over in the corner, the giggling demons from my personal hell are gathered, eagerly awaiting a sign, a sign that my last hold on reality has been sundered by the sharp edges of my failure, and they can finally fulfill their purpose, to drag me, willing or no, to my fated meeting with the Prince of Lies…..

I can feel their impatience to be on their way, with me in tow; it breaks over me like waves of disapproval from a room full of aunts and uncles from back east, cross-generational dinosaurs, smelling of sweat and ignorance. Little do they know that they are once again doomed to failure this day; I will not be making the meeting with Satan, nor any of his underlings. Not today…. today is the day that all my planning, all of my patience, will see its reward. By morning, the world order will have changed, and as long as I don’t pull the switch prematurely, life will improve immeasurably for the poor and downtrodden. And for the rich and indulgent, well, perhaps what they experience may not be improvement, but it will be justice. Death plays no favorites, after all…..

“The time has come,” he said, “to speak of many things… of ceiling wax, and…..”  and bushy packs, and harps of golden strings…. well, no, that’s not what he said, but it filled in a little more space, didn’t it?  Rhymed, too…  🙂    Sorry, you’ll have to bear with me…. woke up early, thanks to more muscle cramps (always a delightful way to wake up from sleep, eh? “Here, have some excruciating pain for a few minutes…. better now? Okay, go on back to sleep; never mind the lingering ache in your calf, or the pounding heart, or the fact you are now wide awake. Just go on back to sleep….”), and that process always makes my output a bit strange, even for my loose standards of that particular quality. Don’t fret, it will pass shortly…… while we’re waiting, care to go Pearling?…..

“Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more than their words.” — Spinoza

“Ninety percent of science fiction is crap. But then, ninety percent of anything is crap.” — Theodore Sturgeon

For those unfamiliar with Theodore Sturgeon, he is a science fiction writer, of impeccable reputation, especially among his peers, a successful and prolific author of many books and short stories of wondrous scope, unlimited imagination, and glowing intelligence. He writes stories of great beauty, with a clean, spare, yet elegant style, and demonstrates a deep understanding of, and love for, the human experience; none of his work comes close to being considered as “crap”, for sure. And the truth of his assertion almost requires no evidence, for ample examples of its relevance exist naturally, in plain view. I don’t have much more I can really add to the concept; it is pretty self-explanatory, and can obviously serve anyone as a good rule of thumb to keep in pocket, for application on a regular basis throughout the average day….. it helps one avoid all sorts of crap that could otherwise get tracked all over your otherwise well-groomed path through life…..

“And it came to pass that in the hands of the ignorant, the words of the bible were used to beat plowshares into swords…” — Alan Watts

“…You don’t have many suspects who are innocent of a crime. That’s contradictory.  If a person is innocent of a crime, then he is not suspected.” — Edwin Meese

Viewed in light of the first quote, if one may assume its veracity, even temporarily, for the sake of argument, the second quote, while disappointing in the extreme, is not as surprising as it might otherwise have been seen. Oh, where to begin a response to such an outrageous display of ignorance and bigotry? I count only 26 words here, and can think of at least 14 ways this is just wrong, just off the top of my head (okay, hyperbole aside, it’s all wrong…). It piles one false assumption on top of another until any glimmer of possible relation to the truth, or reality, is completely obscured. Unfortunate as it is, this mind-set is still all-too-common, especially amongst the political pundit review currently on parade.

As a matter of fact, this mind-boggling distortion of our actual laws on the subject reminds me very strongly of three of our esteemed Republican candidates being followed avidly by the news-mongers, especially Mitt the Twitt…. in the last week alone (post Etch-A-Sketch-gate), he has made, (and I, along with a fairly large number of bloggers & citizens keeping track, counted them), at minimum, 19 apparently deliberate lies that involved vague accusations of impropriety by the current administration, or the evil intent of events already proven beneficial to the general public.  Each and every one of these statements, when checked against reality, statistics publicly available, or what was reported in other media sources, was obviously made up on the spot, or completely in reverse of what actually occurred. This man is so desperate to appear confident and forceful, he is completely oblivious to the fact that no one is buying into his nonsense any more; in response his lies get more and more removed from any connection to reality or truth.  His two closest challengers are no better; they make a habit of making statements that have absolutely no bearing on the subject under discussion, or accuse the media of playing favorites to distract the audience from whatever question they are attempting to avoid answering by doing so.

All of these men have lost touch with reality in a lot of areas, and their denial of this fact serves as further evidence of that loss. Their belief, that they have their finger on the pulse of the American people, is so far removed from the truth, it approaches the realm of delusion. They have completely lost track of, or denied, any connection they may have once had to the rest of their countrymen, insisting that their out-dated, ignorant policies, that didn’t work 45 years ago, or 90 years ago, will nonetheless work in today’s rapidly-changing arena of global politics, while completely ignoring the mountain of evidence to the contrary. They have assumed the mantle of the fanatic, the zealot, a segment of the population that has previously been clearly identified as those folks who, when they have lost sight of their goal, redouble their efforts. Sad, and a terrible waste of everyone else’s time and energy to have to even listen to such nonsense. They have given up their place in the human tribe, and don’t even know it…… Pathetic, if you ask me…..

Mi taku oyasin.  (We are all related.) — Lakota belief

There are times when the pearls I find that stimulate me to want to write about them are found in clusters. Several at once, all closely related, or similarly themed, just throw themselves at me, clamoring for inclusion. On these occasions I’ve learned to let them have their way. It is just as effective a lesson as my comments usually can claim to be, and has the added bonus of requiring less actual work on my part; the authors I choose have all done my thinking, and expressing for me, and usually much better than my discussions. Below are some observations on politics, patriotism, and the price of liberty, from some pretty well-respected political observers……

“In a state-run society the government promises you security. But it’s a false promise predicated on the idea that the opposite of security is risk. Nothing could be further from the truth. The opposite of security is insecurity, and the only way to overcome insecurity is to take risks. The gentle government that promises to hold your hand as you cross the street refuses to let go on the other side.” — Theodore Forstmann

“My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one’s country, not to its institutions or its officeholders.  The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death.” — Mark Twain (1835-1910)

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” — Thomas Jefferson to A. Stuart, 1791

“I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.” — H. L. Mencken

“I don’t pick on politicians. They ain’t done nothin’.”– Red Skelton

“Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.” — Kin Hubbard
(Don’t ask…. it just fit, that’s all…)

and finally….

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,–
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never.
— William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Much Ado about Nothing — Act ii, Sc. 3 (Will Shakespeare channeling George Carlin…)

“Few things are more dangerous than a hobbit with low blood sugar.’ — unknown Tolkein fan….

Hmm… an interesting claim. I would be tempted to add some of the most dangerous creatures I’ve encountered over the course of my life…. and being a hedonist at heart, I seldom fail to give in to temptation, so….

I would say this list could be easily be expanded to include most of the two year old human children I’ve known, those with either low blood sugar, or its reverse. Both conditions create behavioral anomalies in small children that can have disastrous effects on everything, and everyone, within hearing distance…… Another category to include might be the well-trained and viciously enthusiastic female consumers found in malls world-wide these days, especially when one finds one’s self unexpectedly caught in the DMZ between one or more of them and a well-advertised sale at Macy’s… very risky….. (BTW, this is not a condemnation of women, nor am I implying the phenomenon is exclusive to the distaff side of society. Ever get stuck on the way to the restroom at the ballpark when they announce the last chance to buy a beer? I’ve sustained moderate injuries twice in just that scenario… scary…)

I would also add certain categories of cats to this list…. Cats who have been offended, or, especially egregious in a cat’s eyes, laughed at by a human, have been known to engage in long-term, vindictive acts of revenge that would chill the heart of the most hardened terrorist. If you’ve ever pissed one off, you would know I am speaking nothing but sterling truth; few things in this universe send us so clear a message as a cat who just pooped in your slippers, moments before the time it KNEW you would wake up and slip your feet into them without looking.  Euuewww!  I’ve also known them to politely go jump on an electric stove and pee on the burners, unseen and unnoticed, just long enough before you start to cook dinner to let it dry, thus increasing the stench, and making sure you regret not letting the ‘puir beastie’ outside when it wanted to go….

And that mangled rat carcass it left in the bathroom doorway, you know, the one you thought was a present from your adorable little friend? Little did you know, that it KNEW your tendency toward severe nausea when confronted unexpectedly with blood, and left it there on purpose; most likely it was hidden nearby, digital camera at paw, to watch and chuckle over your reaction when you discovered the damn thing on the way to worship at the throne of Ralph.  Any cat person can tell you, laughing at cats is a poor choice, fraught with nasty surprises and moments of sheer terror, all with an amused cat in the background, taking photos to post online…..

“The universe is full of surprises — most of them nasty.” — Solomon Short

“Fishing gives you a sense of where you fit in the scene of things. Your place in the universe. I mean, here I am, one small guy with a fishing pole on this vast beach and out there in the blue expanse of ocean are these hundreds of millions of fish… laughing at me.”– More from the fertile mind of Anonymous…. (I think my research team of quote compilers has run into a lazy patch….I’ve seen a lot of work by Anonymous of late, enough to rouse some suspicion as to their level of job satisfaction….)

Though Anonymous, I like this; it’s deeper than it seems. In its quietly amusing way, it lays out a good example of how a Master approaches Life, to wit: “Everything is relative, so learn to appreciate the connections, without sweating the small stuff.”

Now, you may wonder, as I have, how I can pull all that deep wisdom out of the little story above. All I can tell you is, your guess is as good as mine, because I haven’t the faintest clue. I try not to filter, or prematurely edit my responses to things I read, as I’ve found there is often more to it than the first cursory glance will reveal. But, somehow, there is some part of me that sees that deeper meaning, and makes me stop and begin examining the statement more closely. This part of me has, so far, achieved an amazingly high percentage of being right.

All I can I say is, it’s a gift…. and I don’t refuse gifts from the universe; as a rule I find them to be exceedingly valuable, and it would dishonor the giver to reject the boon.  Besides, it saves me a LOT of time, which I can then put into my ever-so-entertaining strange visions of truth and beauty…… Well, it works for me…..

I must be done…. there’s no mistaking that state of confused bemusement that settles over me when my subconscious has given final approval to the original draft. It’s not an uncomfortable feeling, yet it has its overtones of both relief and melancholy, which adds a touch of poignancy, and blocks any leanings toward regret (which is relatively unnatural for me anyway; I gave it up many years ago…. lousy company…).

I’m hoping what I’ve written brings some small entertainment into your sphere this morning (morning here anyway….), and maybe even gives you a chuckle, or an encouraging lesson you can use today.  Y’all take care out there, and in the wonderful words of the Anasazi, “May you walk in Beauty, always….”

Sometimes I sits and thinks,
and sometimes
I just sits.



25 thoughts on “Authentic wax slippers show fading glory…..

    • Aye, they are indeed… I love their quiet beauty, and inner glow… quite extraordinary… and an elegant, useful metaphor…..for many things. Glad you enjoyed it, and recognized the nature of the beastie…..

  1. I love the quote by Alan Watts. It is spot on.
    As far as the insane political arena, I am almost certain that the far right candidates are pulling anything they want to say out of their ass and presenting it as a fact. Do they think no one is watching and no one hears their running at the mouth for lack of anything real or true to say??

    • I firmly believe they are all in a delusional state of denial re: their own relevance, and are, in demonstrated fact, pulling most all of their latest statements straight out of their similarly clenched asses….

      Alan’s a kick, isn’t he? I first read one of his books when I was in college, and still feel and respect the influence he had on the burgeoning expansion of my mind… most of what he said back then remains valid today…. glad you enjoyed today’s meanderings…. take care….

  2. “Their belief, that they have their finger on the pulse of the American people, is so far removed from the truth, it approaches the realm of delusion.” I think delusion is giving them too much credit. I think the correct word here would be ridiculous.

    Your pearl really left it’s Oyster today Ned and took off like a banshee! Stimulating reading. Sound thinking. Lot’s of fun too!

    • Well, with my background in mental health, I use delusional because it accurately describes the condition, which is, I agree, a ridiculous state for any pundit to assume…. but, you’re probably more accurate, because the mentally ill often cannot keep from being delusional, whereas these assholes make a deliberate choice to bury their heads in the sand, and that says ridiculous to me, too….. I’m glad you’re enjoying the Pearls; they’ve been fun to write of late….

    • Thanks! I’m glad you’re enjoying the Pearls… I haven’t forgotten the nominations, my dear, I’m getting closer to it each day; but my email keeps exploding on me!… 🙂 Take care…. and Blessed Be….

  3. Here’s a link I ran across on a Dog’s diary vs. a Cat’s diary… seemed apropos your kitty run-ins.

    Ah, where to begin on the lying bastards show. They are all lying bastards, right? I’m not overgeneralizing here? To me the most frightening part is that the three republican front-runners do have their fingers on the pulse of some of America. I know, I’ve talked to those people. They think Mitt or Santorum or Gingrich will do a better job than Obama. My preference is for the obviously crazy one. I can work with Crazy, at least I know I never know where I stand with Crazy. The other one’s can lull you into that false sense of security.

    Speaking of crazy, loved the opening bit… has me trying to remember how it all goes… “and while the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings” onto something or other about “cabbages and kings”. The two extremes of the human condition – brainless, but appearing to sentient vs sovereign, maybe even over themselves.

    I absolutely love reading your blog and all the pearls… and where it sends me off to in my thinking. Now, I’m off to chat with my own demons. Deep conversations ahead.

    • Thanks for the link… I’d seen the cat’s report on his captivity before, but not in conjunction with the pooch’s very accurate list of likes….

      Re: numerous asses on display… I’m trying my best, and failing, to ignore them as much as I can, but they do tend to spout shit at us often, and I’m tired of ducking….

      I know it seems like there are a lot of folks supporting the fools, but it’s an illusion; their campaigns, the media, and a lot of misinformed folks all seem to show multitudes surrounding them, and cheering, or, as they do with you, accosting unwilling victims with their nonsense in public places. Don’t fret too much.. the campaigns are lying, the media are just parroting the campaigns, as well as exaggerating crowds and noise because hyperbole sells better. And those folks wandering about bleating are NOT even close to a majority in this country any more…. they’re just too much of an asshole to shut up about it, and just try to drown out any one talking in a language they don’t understand, to wit: English, spoken grammatically and rationally, using only proven facts as evidence, that is in opposition to what they wish to be true. It’s much similar to the small child who puts their fingers in their ears and chants “La La La” very loudly to ignore their older brother or sister’s voice telling them to act right….

      Any of these candidates can kiss any significant percentage of women’s votes goodbye forever, and hey, there goes over 49% of the votes available right there….

      Second, (or third, or, hell I lost track….) there were quite easily enough folks who elected the current administration at the last election, and by all indicators, they’ll mostly all be doing it again; they haven’t gone anywhere, and all the nonsense about how badly this administration has screwed up just doesn’t wash… all the evidence shows differently, period.

      The only issue I have with the Obama years has been his somewhat unexpected support of the latest homeland security illegal laws, such as the NDAA, and his clandestine use of the theory of executive orders to sign that document into active policy. Reprehensible, in my mind, but most everything else he’s done has been seemingly helpful to the common man, which of course, just pisses his opponents off no end…. Actually, other than the loss of the Bill of Rights thing, this whole circus has been, if nothing else, entertaining to watch….

      SIGH… you got me started again, and they slipped in another 35 emails on me…. gotta go… take care, and we’ll dialogue again, I’m sure… 🙂

  4. Death plays no favorites after all…
    It hammered me from the very beginning.

    And it came to past, in the hands of the ignorant, the words of the Bible were used to beat plowshares into swords.



  5. “And it came to pass that in the hands of the ignorant, the words of the bible were used to beat plowshares into swords…” — Alan Watts

    Can be said of some other religions too, I reckon

    • Aye, indeed… Christians have a spotty history, to be sure, but the same can be said of most religions, if not all, actually…. those that are more of a philosophy than a religion seem to do better in that respect, which probably has to do with the resistance such philosophies provide against dogma.

      Dogma, common to most established, institutional religions after time, can completely petrify intelligence, all in the guise of good intentions… human stupidity is not confined to one color, one religion, one belief, or one country… they’re everywhere!….

  6. “…You don’t have many suspects who are innocent of a crime. That’s contradictory. If a person is innocent of a crime, then he is not suspected.” — Edwin Meese was Meese on the level? I think he was having a Giraffe!
    Talking of mad bad men take one government minister Francis Maude, do take him please! It was said gentleman who urged drivers to stock up on fuel with jerry cans faced calls to quit today after a middle aged woman set herself alight as she decanted petrol in her kitchen.!
    Read more:
    And a prime minister who states he loves Pasties and told us uninterested people ‘I last ate a pasty at Leeds station’ .in what ever year he said …………. after checks it turned out the shop was no longer open on Leeds station at that time.
    So one man tells people to go and buy fuel,( there is not a strike yet nor is one planned and if one is planned the oil companies have to give 7days notice) Yet because of those words there are long long traffic jamming queues for petrol, arguments about queue jumping! Closed Petrol stations out of fuel when there is no shortage just too high a demand for the supliers to manage to deliver fuel!!
    And then the pasty lie…………. why.
    So cheer up you do not have the monopoly on mad men in power! Hugs!

  7. Reblogged this on gigoid and commented:


    Yesterday’s walkabout went over the allowed time, thus precluding the fresh Pearl I’d begun from getting done. I did find this classic, old-format Pearl from the early days here at ECR, complete with an extensive portion of stuff out of my own head, along with some rather fine pearls… I hope you enjoy it, & I’ll work on getting something fresh done for tomorrow, though, whether today’s walkabout will help or hinder remains to be seen. I’ll just cross my fingers, & hope for the best. Y’all take care, & stay as strange as you can possibly be…. why go halfway?

    See ya

    gigoid, the dubious


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