Evolution is charged prix fixe….

Ffolkes,
It’s a long road to Tipperary, so it is said…. It is certainly taking me long enough to get there. Of course, I’ve been somewhere near there every night, it seems, in dreams, but it just isn’t the same. I’m guessing that the fact that traveling to Ireland is so much on my mind has to do with wanting so badly to be able to do so, or, for that matter, to be able to travel ANYWHERE!….. I’m going stir crazy sitting here in one place for so long. I’ve traveled enough in my life to know that it is perhaps my greatest joy, if one doesn’t count my children, or love. Take those out of the calculation, and it wins, hands down, as my absolute favorite thing to do…. and don’t even go there…. I know what you’re thinking, but this is a family blog, and children will read it (hopefully….)….. So, pull your mind out of the gutter, and we’ll go on….  🙂

No doubt, this is related to the fact that I love to learn, and travel is by far the best way to do that, right in front of, or perhaps next to, a good book. Meeting new people, seeing new lands, experiencing new cultures, all are sheer ambrosia to my mind, and I can barely contain my desire to be off whenever I think of it….. But, until Social Security decides to get off their collective ass and award me the money I have in their bank, that I’ve been pouring in there for damn near 50 years, I’m stuck here in Vallejo, scraping for food each month, and not enough to even go to the City, much less to Oregon to see my friend, or even Sonoma to see my kids, a half-hour away… it is indeed a pisser, to borrow a mild word from the darker side of today’s street culture…..

End of whine for one day…. even I get tired of it….. Plus, I can always tell when I’m short on material, as I start writing about personal stuff…. it’s the egotist in me, I suppose, or an outgrowth of the blog state of mind. Whatever it may be, it is a bit embarrassing, so I’ll take myself off into a different subject area, and leave the personal behind for now. I’m sure there must be SOMETHING to write about…. A dive for pearls should take care of things….. Shall we Pearl?….

(Even if I don’t agree with Henry David about traveling, and I don’t….. what he says here is true, but only as far as he takes it…. I’ve always thought that he would have been a lot better philosopher, and a happier guy, if he had just gotten away from home now and then, and compared his own thoughts to what he saw in the world…. But, his own ego either could not stand the comparison, or was delusional in believing itself to be superior, just because he held it apart like he did….. He sure did have a way with words, though…..)

“Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.”  – Henry David Thoreau, “Walden, Ch. 18 Conclusion”
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Naturally, the first pearl in this morning’s dive that I come across stimulates a cascade of memories, all personal…. let’s see where it takes us…..

the average person is average
the common people is common
the straight people is straight
you gone be the crooked weird
rare intelligent bird creep type
that what you gone be, honey
— A. R. Ammons

I’ve never heard or seen this before, but it perfectly describes how I felt a lot of the time when I was a kid, from my first year in school. I guess I wasn’t supposed to learn to read before I started…. But, I had, so they were stuck with me. Besides, there I was, and there all those books were, and there was no way they were going to get me away from the library, once I had discovered it. I distinctly remember the thrill when I checked out a book for the first time….

Any who, that little idiosyncrasy sort of set the tone for the rest of my life, in many ways, so I’ve learned to be pretty flexible when dealing with people, as there are so many different reactions I encounter to my oddities (I won’t bore you with an extensive list; trust me, there are enough to cause talk….). I am somewhat aided in that I really do like people, in general, and individually. It is mostly when they are acting as a group that my issues with standards of behavior arise, so as long as I don’t get into crowds too often, nobody suffers…..    🙂 

Of course, it must be understood, when I say I like people as a rule, we are not talking here at all about either politicians, or preachers; as you know, to me, they belong to an entirely different segment of humanity, separate from the rest of us, and subject to separate standards of behavioral expectations…. the assholes…. but, I digress….

I’m strange, I admit it. I also admit that I enjoy it, and actively pursue ways to augment that strangeness, making it, hopefully, as much of an attraction as it is a shield, or barrier, to others. Being an odd duck doesn’t preclude having the same need as other folks, and ffolkes…. i.e., the need for approval from our society’s other members…. it just makes that need a bit harder to fulfill at times. But, one can cultivate and express eccentricity without engendering fear, and that is my goal…. I don’t want to scare babies, I just don’t want to be a clone of anyone else….. thus becoming predictable, God forbid!

(Is it legal for me to say that? I don’t know for sure, maybe it is, maybe not…. I know Church and State are still theoretically separate, but there may be areas of overlap, as occur so frequently when the idiots in Washington, and/or Sacramento, decide they want to take another shot at legislating morality…. I am merely unsure whether it is currently allowed by statute for us atheistic, agnostic, doubting Thomas types to use such epithets, as used by the devout…. I know it creates an issue of irony, or perhaps, sardonicism, or even, GASP!, unintentionally congruent plagiarism, but to my knowledge, there are still no laws against those. But, you never know, in these days leading up to the world’s demise, anything can happen…..)

Now that I’ve most likely lost everyone, or at least confused them…. including myself….. I just wanted to say a few things about being ‘the crooked weird rare intelligent bird creep type’ (I’m not sure I like the ‘creep’ part; the rest is very cool….)…. because it is a role I’ve always embraced with enthusiasm. I’ve never seen any point in being Normal; the further one gets from Normal, the more odd Normal becomes, as it is dragged, willy-nilly, in the direction of each extreme, by each person who goes there…. that is what makes it ‘Normal’, you see? So, I’m just doing all I can to make sure ‘Normal’ is constantly in flux, and doesn’t, in and of, and all by itself, become too predictable….. This is not to imply that Reality really needs my help, but, I try to go with the flow, know what I mean?…..

“Normativity (sic… but I like it…) is like a brown paper bag — you never know what’s inside.  It could be apple pie or a ticking time bomb. Give me a world with colorful packaging so I can glimpse the contents inside.” — Callan Williams
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For two or three days now, I’ve felt a poem percolating somewhere in the dark regions of my head, but it doesn’t seem to be ready yet for me to open up a vein and let it out, and nothing else is floating up to the surface that I have been able to put into anything that passes my crap detector…. So, you’ll have to settle for someone else…. since I’m sitting at home, I don’t yet know who that might be, as it could change by the time I get access to Google and the Net. Whoever it is, I’ll try to keep it within the parameters of today’s apparent theme of the Strange, and avoiding the Normal….. maybe some Ogden Nash, he’s the prototype for that….  Enjoy!…..

A Caution To Everybody

Consider the auk;
Becoming extinct because he forgot how to fly, and could only walk.
Consider man, who may well become extinct
Because he forgot how to walk and learned how to fly before he thinked.

Ogden Nash

Perfect!
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In keeping with today’s theme, as it evolved, I offer these pearls…. each is, of course, a stand-alone thought, but I let my whimsy dictate which would go well together to further demonstrate my devotion to illogic and it’s concomitant companion, crooked reasoning…. which, crooked though it may be, still has a direct link to Reality…. especially in today’s society, which goes much further than I have ever gone down the path to Strange….

“No matter how much cynicism you have, it is never enough to keep up.” — Lily Tomlin

“But a short time elapsed after the death of the great reformer of the Jewish religion, before his principles were departed from by those who professed to be his special servants, and perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind, and aggrandizing their oppressors in Church and State.” — Thomas Jefferson, [letter?] To S. Kercheval, 1810

“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.” — Bertrand Russell, Marriage and Morals

“Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” — Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

“The late rebellion in Massachusetts has given more alarm than I think it should have done.  Calculate that one rebellion in 13 states in the course of 11 years, is but one for each state in a century and a half. No country should be so long without one.” — Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), in letter to James Madison, 20 December 1787

‘But he hasn’t got any clothes on,’ a little boy said. — from The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen

“Remember that man’s life lies all within this present, as ‘t were but a hair’s-breadth of time; as for the rest, the past is gone, the future yet unseen. Short, therefore, is man’s life, and narrow is the corner of the earth wherein he dwells.” — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180 AD) — Meditations, iii, 10

Well, there you go…. If you can’t make heads or tails of it, don’t sweat it. None of it will be on the Quiz….. But, if you let your mind drift as you consider the parts of the pearl as a whole concept, you just might find that you’ve hit upon a very deep, very ancient, immensely valuable insight into not only the nature of Man, but your own nature as well…. and if not, well, have some chocolate, and you can at least feel the same way…..
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All things considered, this Pearl achieved a certain degree of salvation…. Perhaps because the subject matter morphed into one of my favorite areas of discourse, i.e. the world’s propensity to encourage odd ducks, as a balancing factor in the overall Reality of human nature. Or, perhaps because the coffee kicked in, and my brain caught up to…. well, never mind, it wasn’t that, obviously……  I discover, as I type, that I’m still a bit behind…. That’s okay, I’m used to being out of step, so all is well. It must be, because I’m done…..  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!

5 thoughts on “Evolution is charged prix fixe….

  1. Reblogged this on gigoid and commented:

    Ffolkes,

    Yesterday, after posting, I was fortunate to be able to contact a friend via Skype, with whom I held a great conversation, for almost two hours.
    Since she is perhaps the most grounded person I know, as well as possibly the smartest woman in the entire world (no joke), the time spent had the result of putting me into an excellent mood, & sending me out to foray in the BBR. Soon after arriving home, my demons attacked, & I spent the remainder of the day getting back to the grounded position I’d found earlier. That, naturally, kept me out of my chair & away from the computer, so, no fresh Pearl for today. To carry us over until I can get it done, here is one from late 2012, that got some decent traffic, but, deserves more…. It will have to do for now, as I’m still engaged in skirmishes with my own psyche; it will pass, as it always does, but, in the meantime, please enjoy this blast from the past, one with a pretty hefty level of mandatory cogitation made necessary by its content… Enjoy, ffolkes, & I’ll be back as soon as I’ve buried these demons….

    gigoid

  2. I shan’t remove my mind from the gutter, as it gets so lonely, you see.

    Be the creep… Learn in silence. Act clandestinely. Reap no fame. Grin, utterly satisfied.

    And yes, it is completely acceptable to place the entire last paragraph into the gutter before reading. It will only broaden the smile. 🙂

    Nash nails it.

    Nice to know nothing has changed in 200 years. (gag)

    Bertrand just rocks, and especially when he duets with Al.

    Too bad Marcus AA did not live long enough to know he was actually immortalized on the Internet, this disproving his astute observation on homo stultus.

    Just think, the odd ducks are now the majority. What is that is not the epitome of irony?
    xxx

  3. WeLL.. Hello again gigoid as time
    flys free with little to no
    perception otheR
    than get tHeRE
    before
    that closes
    and stuff like that..
    four behind in a breeze of now…
    now to return for some more fun..
    and that reminds me.. as strange as
    it is.. the flecks of paint chipping off our
    less than a decade old or so Aluminum
    white baked siding at the top of the brick
    of our home.. i hold it as holy and sacred
    as meaningful and purposeful though as
    it relates to there is nothing worth
    stealing from a humble
    home.. could
    finish it
    with
    Gold butt what
    of soul will that prove..
    nah.. it won’t even raise
    property values around
    the block as the
    biggest house
    is only
    as big
    as the
    smallest
    hoMe on the block..
    Houston.. we have a larger
    problem too as the United
    States continues to shrink
    at the very top of the Government bLock..
    NOthinG Stranger than a corner stone.. loose..;)

    “Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and
    worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade,
    but of thought.”

    – Henry David Thoreau, “Walden, Ch. 18 Conclusion”

    Inner UniVerse
    of the Occult
    Esoterica
    so
    X
    rated
    to souls clothed
    hidden in robes..;)

    the average person is average
    the common people is common
    the straight people is straight
    you gone be the crooked weird
    rare intelligent bird creep type
    that what you gone be, honey
    — A. R. Ammons

    Hmm.. reminds me of the
    local farm boy/man who
    bragged about
    killing the
    ‘defective’
    looking
    chicken
    as he said
    ugly was/IS A
    chicKen siN.. only
    worth killing as ignorance
    that rarely feels beyond kill..;)

    “Normativity (sic… but I like it…) is like a brown paper bag — you never know what’s inside. It could be apple pie or a ticking time bomb. Give me a world with colorful packaging so I can glimpse the contents inside.”

    — Callan Williams

    UniForms..
    cloThes..
    witHout coLor…
    UPS BrOwn
    in systemizing taste..
    DaRk as eARTh
    with few
    gRains
    of
    sAnd..:)

    A Caution To Everybody

    “Consider the auk;
    Becoming extinct because he forgot how to fly, and could only walk.
    Consider man, who may well become extinct
    Because he forgot how to walk and learned how to fly before he thinked.”

    Ogden Nash

    Hmm.. the will failure
    to dance and
    sing under
    the
    power
    of innately
    grown love
    seems to be the
    number one cause of
    harmful substance abuse these days..:)

    “No matter how much cynicism you have,
    it is never enough to keep up.”

    — Lily Tomlin

    WiNKs.. i turn the
    TV off for liGht..:)

    “But a short time elapsed after the death of the great reformer of the Jewish religion, before his principles were departed from by those who professed to be his special servants, and perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind, and aggrandizing their oppressors in Church and State.”

    — Thomas Jefferson, [letter?]

    And the
    crusades
    continue in
    the empire strikes back..;)

    To S. Kercheval, 1810

    “The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.”

    — Bertrand Russell, Marriage and Morals

    Group think
    rules to
    eat and drink..;)

    “Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

    — Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

    Mediocre minds
    and empty bellies…
    illusory fears thereof
    recipe
    for
    human disaster…;)

    “The late rebellion in Massachusetts has given more alarm than I think it should have done. Calculate that one rebellion in 13 states in the course of 11 years, is but one for each state in a century and a half. No country should be so long without one.”

    — Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), in letter to James Madison, 20 December 1787

    Art
    without
    blood works best..
    for those
    involved..
    at
    lEast.:)

    ‘But he hasn’t got any clothes on,’ a little boy said.

    — from The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen

    Honesty oF A Child
    feels and senses naked too..:)

    “Remember that man’s life lies all within this present, as ‘t were but a hair’s-breadth of time; as for the rest, the past is gone, the future yet unseen. Short, therefore, is man’s life, and narrow is the corner of the earth wherein he dwells.”

    — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180 AD) — Meditations, iii, 10

    Kill
    tiMe
    resolved..:)

    NoW as numBers
    go.. off to 2 after 1..:)

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