Reasonably moderated bed springs – free to good home…

Ffolkes,

My apologies to anyone who has been commenting on my last few Pearls, and has not received a reply. I am only able to hook up to the Net once a day, usually around 11:00 or noonish, so I’ve been limited to getting the Pearls posted, and taking care of necessary business, such as email. Even my shared computing tasking program is annoyed with me, as it wants to connect to the Net several times a day to get new work. Such is life, at least until I can figure out how to get ISP service at my new apartment….. SIGH……

I also miss getting to read the blogs I follow…. I’ve been getting to a few a day, but only four or five of them, and I’m sure everyone thinks I’ve died or something…. Perhaps not, but I feel like I’m in limbo, for sure….. ah well, I must counsel myself to be patient. If I can wait on Social Security without biting anyone, I can do this, too…..

I should probably stop writing this intro now, and get on with the day’s dive….. so I will.  Shall we Pearl?…..
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“Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily. All other “sins” are invented nonsense. (Hurting yourself is NOT a sin–just stupid.)” — Lazarus Long, from Robert A. Heinlein’s “Time Enough For Love”

It would be foolish to try to claim that there is NOT a part of me that wishes there was a God as described by most of the Christian sects, or the Islamic, or Jewish, or any other of the major and/or minor religions in the history of Man. Who wouldn’t want to have all the responsibility for thinking, or for acting within reason, taken out of their hands? It would be wonderful, but as it’s pretty unlikely, to all appearances, that part of me will have to remain unfulfilled….. I’d rather adopt and set the above moral standard as my own, as I happen to agree with it wholeheartedly. It forms the root, the base, the touchstone of all of my morality, the basic raison d’etre for my every decision of whether or not to act, and how to react, from an ethical standpoint of my own choice, without thinking about whether or not it is according to dogma.

I first came across Lazarus Long and his irreverent take on life when I was about 15 or 16 years old, right when I was taking classes at my parent’s church to fulfill the requirements for admission as an official, saved member of the church (Presbyterian, if it matters….), and wondering how I was going to break it to all of them that I couldn’t do it…. It was a hard decision, but, since the teachers couldn’t answer my questions about Bible incidents that puzzled me (not part of what we studied, but from different chapters I had read…), I stopped attending any services, because I didn’t want to be a hypocrite…. I could even rationalize my decision, as having been made out of concern for the safety of my family and friends, since now the church could conceivably fall down on them if they were with me when I came in…..

“Anybody who wants religion is welcome to it, as far as I’m concerned — I support your right to enjoy it.  However, I would appreciate it if you exhibited more respect for the rights of those people who do not wish to share your dogma, rapture or necrodestination.” — Frank Zappa, “The Real Frank Zappa Book”

I also happen to agree with Frank on this one. What I do believe about religion, and the concept of God, or god, or Dog, is my own business, and begins with not pressing it on others, unless they ask; in such cases I will discuss the subject superficially, without expressing any preferences one way or another…..

Unless, of course, they begin to proselytize. In THOSE cases, I will use every bit of shock value pop psychology I know of to lead them down some primrose path, messing with their heads until I get bored with them…. which usually doesn’t take long; they’re generally fairly uninteresting people. I tend to prefer people who have a bit of salt to their personality, just a touch of insanity somewhere in their blood…. Such ffolkes are much more fun to be around than folks who spend their time feeling bad about wanting to feel good….. and they annoy me far less often, as a rule…..

If God is omnipotent, why does he need my money? — Smart Bee

“The human condition is such that pain and effort are not just symptoms which can be removed without changing life itself; they are rather the modes in which life itself, together with the necessity to which it is bound, makes itself felt. For mortals, the ‘easy life of the gods’ would be a lifeless life.” — Hannah Arendt
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Vague Glimpses of a Rainbow

All the sad notions of propriety had fled,
Screaming their anger for pausing in song,
Until late came the rabid fog, colored in red,
As serenity cried, unafraid to live so strong.

Fallow fields in faithful patience set free,
Dragged from birth, by their own nature cast
Saving each moment against fear yet to be,
Carved into silence, by ignorance held fast.

Historical forces plod slowly ’tis often said
Anxieties streaming stiffly, one epoch to the next.
Cultural mania stands nonchalant in its stead
No sadder epitaph has such bittersweet context.

Patterned bags of forgotten virtue lie in wait
Blessed by reminders whose souls value affinity
Frozen webs surround the fields in gravid state
Grasping passionately within obvious opportunity.

Passage to future realities isn’t guaranteed
Small favors for deities was left off the menu
No roses, nor manna, nor gallant aerial steed
Left traces of fatal, yet originally gracious venue.

~~ gigoid
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Having just spent three hours (okay, I exaggerated…. only two….) searching in vain for a pearl to finish with, I became incensed with frustration, and rather than scare my new neighbors with a verbal outburst, I calmly set a parameter, and collected the following pearls on one subject, to wit: human nature…. As far as I can tell, all of them rate a solid 10 on the truth scale….. As always, just follow the bouncing thought as it explores your own inner self….

“The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth–that the error and truth are simply opposite.  They are nothing of the sort.  What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one.” — H. L. Mencken

“The ultimate evil is the weakness, cowardice, that is one of the constituents of so much human nature.  When, rarely, unalloyed nobility does occur, its chances of prevailing are slim.  Yet it exists, and its mere existence is reason enough for not wiping the name of mankind off the slate.” — John Simon

“We are all terrible little creatures.” — Martin Amis

“The tragedy and the magnificence of Homo sapiens together rise from the same smoky truth that we alone among the animal species refuse to acknowledge natural law.” — Robert Ardrey, _The Social Contract_

“Man, were he not corrupted by Governments, is naturally the friend of Man, and that human nature is not of itself vicious.” — Thomas Paine

“I think we’re all Bozos on this Bus!” — Firesign Theater

Now I feel better….. and I hope you do, as well….
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“I hope something GOOD came in the mail today so I have  a REASON to live!!” — Zippy the Pinhead

I know just how Zippy felt when he voiced this plaintive wish…. but, the mail doesn’t get here until later, so this will have to do…..  Y’all take care out there, and May the Metaphorse be with you…..


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

gigoid

Dozer

Kowabunga!

8 thoughts on “Reasonably moderated bed springs – free to good home…

  1. Heinlein is one of my favorite science-fiction writers. I’ve read “Time Enough For Love” (my dad’s favorite), but I prefer “Stranger in a Strange Land”, myself. Does that mean I am too hedonistic?

    • How does one become ‘too’ hedonistic? You are, or you aren’t….. 🙂 But, no, it just makes you old school… Stranger was the first science fiction book I read, at age 11, and it took my mind and stretched it beyond all hope of returning to the once limited world-view I had before the reading…. Time
      Enough for Love came later in my timeline, but was welcome, as it was the newest book he had done for some time… I use a LOT of what Jubal Harshaw said as my basis for ethics and morality… though without his talent for making money from it…. 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on gigoid and commented:

    I keep forgetting to account for my age; I’m too pooped to party this morning, so, y’all get a re-blog until tomorrow…. Workin’ on it…

    Enjoy!….

    gigoid, the fatigued…

  3. Culture is a necessary..
    virus to deal
    with girls
    and boys
    gone wild..
    haha.. it’s
    a numbers game
    of flesh and knowledge..
    feelings and heARt..
    coming together
    to come
    again
    in greater
    numbers..
    iN eYes onLY
    big enough for
    150 to 200
    other
    sets
    of friendly eyes..
    that get oppressive over
    numbers much more than
    that on average
    in social
    stress exceeding
    the capacity of
    the social
    animal
    us..
    Nature has many
    answers to control
    the problem.. ranging
    from viruses to bacteria..
    to just plain running a
    muck in street
    faced
    sewers..
    but we cleaned
    the act up..
    and multi
    plied
    more and more..
    where order is the
    standard to control
    the free and wiLd
    chaos
    of boys
    and girls
    gone wild..
    i’m wild and
    free again..
    just don’t
    tale
    the order..
    in other words.. Free
    is an elite order of Wild..
    kinda like
    free lance
    seals.. rangers
    green/purple berets
    and other SpeciaL
    FORCE
    soldiers
    noW oF
    Nature
    aka God..:)

    • You’ll like the rant coming up next, from the sound of this comment…. The unfortunate part of what you are describing is the fact we are nearing the point of geometric progression where the curve will approach the parabola, whereupon we will come to the critical point of the environment’s ability to support that quantity of living beings, and the natural forces common to nature will assert themselves to regain the balance…

      Nobody wants to see we are no more than rats in too small a cage….

      SIGH….

      gigoid

      • i might have already mentioned it before
        in our conversations but John Calhoun’s
        ‘Beautiful ones’ experiment that
        describes what happens
        to a social animal
        75 million
        years removed
        from our common
        rodent ancestor now
        who we still share
        much of the same
        social animal
        DNA with
        when
        resources are plentiful
        in a confined utopian
        environment with
        social roles
        dissolving
        chaos
        and extinction
        becomes the eventual
        rule.. when females become
        aggressive pair bonders and
        males no longer defend their
        territories.. and spend tHeir
        time grooming and
        grooming.. out
        of the
        social
        anxiety of
        no longer having
        a social role for
        basic
        subsistence
        and reproductive
        gaining and sustaining
        activities.. so in Japan
        and South Korea.. farther
        and farther removed from
        the creative products
        of lively hood..
        young folks
        in Japan losing
        the desire to have
        intercourse with the
        opposite sex.. cosmetics
        coming more.. almost as
        attractive to males
        as females
        in South Korea..
        Metrosexuals here..
        who no longer
        care to
        have
        children..
        Nature already has her
        paws in the answer
        and the answer
        is we humans
        my friend..
        Nature will have
        her way inside us..
        and we look later on the
        outside and say.. oh shit.. that’s
        what happened.. we’re just
        rats in our own guinea pig
        unwitting experiment
        while the
        painkiller
        and psychotropic
        medications continue
        to rise.. to treat the
        symptoms of
        the
        IRE OF
        MOTHER
        NATURE ALIVE
        IN US FOR NOW..
        it’s already happening..
        the signs are all around
        us.. a slow and miserable
        torturing end for many..
        who never
        find
        the
        answers
        from God of
        Nature so clear
        within each individual
        who becomes enlightened
        to the way of Nature’s innate
        instinct and intuitive ways
        of gaining balance..
        well some of
        that
        balance
        IS PAINFUL
        AND WHETHER WE GO
        THE BALANCED ROUTE
        OR ROCKY ONE..
        THE WRATH
        OF NATURE
        AKA
        GOD
        IS A REAL
        DEAL NOW..
        AS WELL AS HEAVEN
        OF PLEASURE FOR THOSE
        OF US WHO SHOW NATURE
        IN US A BALANCED
        AND GOOD
        TIME
        NOW..
        GIVING
        MORE THAN
        TAKING FROM
        MOTHER NATURE
        AND others for now..
        but meanwhile all we
        can do is ride the wave..
        until we hit the shore
        of the next
        wave
        that comes..
        my friend gigoid..:)

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_B._Calhoun

        And sure i was a beautiful one too..
        but i am attempting to get as
        ugly as i can..
        with my
        limitations
        considered..
        and oh God.. that
        Wrong Planet place
        i used to visit.. is the
        microcosm and the
        canary in the
        coal ‘mind’
        of John
        Calhoun’s
        experiment..
        the males hate women..
        and the women hate males..
        that was the sickest part of
        all of that whole dam place..
        and sadly i see often see
        the same thing
        around in the
        poet world
        as well..
        but there are truly
        not many males participating
        there.. as compared to females..
        for reasons of the heARt obviously..
        a failing
        one among
        males still more
        than females it seems
        to me at least for now..
        but perhaps even
        more trouble
        some is how
        soft
        all humans
        are getting
        and nature smiles
        as balance slowly
        comes
        back..
        Godzilla.. baby..
        is more like
        God than
        any
        human
        ever imagined
        as far as i for one
        can see.. back to
        Blue oyster Cult
        once again
        i go..
        son
        of Godzilla
        hehe for now..;)

        and sure.. Mr. Calhoun.. as ‘well’..;)

        • Trust you to know who authored the rat study reference I threw in… Few I talk to offline have even heard of it at all, much less know the author’s name, or take the time to google it.

          All we can do is all we can do….

          Hasta la mañana, amigo…

          Love

          gigoid

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