No glue, Ignatius, but, lots of duct tape…


“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal

with the intent of throwing it at someone else;

you are the one who gets burned.”

~~ Buddha ~~

August 1 2014 051

“All anger arises from obstructed desire.” — Bhagavad Gita

If, in the interests of full and complete examination, these two ideas may be considered to both be true, we find ourselves, in at least one very real sense, in possession of a key ingredient of real happiness, and true inner peace, or peace of mind, however one wishes to describe it. I find it interesting to note that, even though both of these ideas come from different religious doctrines, at different times in history,  while from basically the same relative part of the world…. Yet, history itself, given the violent nature of most of it, seems to indicate that practically no one pays any attention to either of them, at least, not on the world stage….

Oh, I know what you’re thinking, that there are millions of good people out there in the world, smart, compassionate people, who try to live good lives, to be productive, and happy…. But, there is another part of humanity, who pays no attention at all to any sort of compassion, acting at all times in such a way as to manipulate & control others, to achieve their own agendas for happiness, which do not take anyone else into consideration at all. These people have no compunction about lying, or cheating, or resorting to violence to achieve those ends, especially when they can do so with societal sanction, such as in a police force, or in the army, where the science of killing is refined, ever to be at the command of those in positions of power….

I’m not sure exactly why the beautiful flower I found on my walk the other day should stimulate such a depressing philosophical discussion first thing, even though it IS the day before today, meaning I started this yesterday afternoon, when the ideas occurred to me…. I intended at first to approach the two quotes, which speak of anger from two directions, according to how they applied to myself, and how I deal with anger….

I’ve known the quote from the Bhagavad Gita, spoken by Krishna to Arjuna, since I was quite young; it played a significant part in molding my personality, as I took it to heart, as a way to control my own temper, which has always been, and remains, in a word, fierce…. Until I learned to handle it, there were a lot of occasions when it got away from me… Learning this concept, and the implication (to wit: anger can be controlled by simply changing what you want, without keeping any emotional attachment to the discarded desire….), helped me to become a better person, in my own mind; the other quote, from the Buddha, describes what anger that is NOT controlled can do….

That is another point the Buddha’s quote acknowledges, which is that anger will always be with us, part of us as humans; I can attest, there are times when knowing how to control the anger doesn’t get rid of it, entirely.  It’s simply too powerful an emotion sometimes to dismiss out of hand, and must be consciously addressed to keep from bursting out on the rest of reality, an effect which, as we all know, can have disastrous effects…. I know this…. in my youth, there were times I failed to fully keep my anger inside, which caused a distinct and sudden spike in the number of casualties flooding emergency rooms all over town…

Not really…. I’m not really an ogre, but, I can be a nasty boy when aroused, and don’t like myself much whenever it happens…. So, I’ve always tried to avoid getting close to the edge when it comes to anger…. It just hurts others, and then I feel bad… and why? Because I was afraid I wouldn’t have a desire met? Not good, karma-wise, I should think…. Better, and easier, as I discovered when I first heard the idea, to just CHANGE WHAT YOU WANT…. If we don’t get overly attached to those wants, it doesn’t bother us as much when they’re not met, and life becomes much more pleasant, all the way around…

Pretty simple, eh? Simple enough, one might think even the slowest among us could learn to use the technique, to be able to change what they want, to something they are able, or at least, more likely to be able to achieve at some time…. And, if not, well, we aren’t so attached to having our own way we need to get upset about it…. Easy peasy, but, will anyone do it? Nope, not that I’ve seen….

This simple idea, of how to avoid anger, must be too complicated for anyone whose mind is capable of studying law, or needs to get elected, or becomes a grifter, er, preacher, in order to foist upon society a set of persistent delusions about supernatural forces controlling our lives, thus dividing humans from each other with dogma…. because none of them seem to get it. None of these people seem to get the simple fact of reality, that keeps hitting us in the face, whenever we try to ignore it…

We are responsible for what we do… all of it. The good, the bad, the ugly, all of it is on us, but, most people not only don’t believe that, they actively work to pretend it isn’t so, refusing to listen to any arguments against what they believe, or look at any evidence that disputes their contentions…. In short, most people are…. well, I’m not sure just WHAT they are…. There are elements in our species of ignorance, of stupidity, of cowardice, of actual evil, in a great many people…. But, it is also true that right alongside all of these qualities, there exists so much beauty, created by the hand and mind of Man, it can make our hearts ache just to see it….

Unless ALL of us take responsibility for our actions, Reality is going to exact a price, for allowing the darker sides of our nature gain precedence over that which connects us to the whole of the universe. There is a lot to be said for the Star Wars vision of a universal Force, that connects all living, and non-living parts of Reality, which is there to be utilized, if only we can perceive it…. I suppose the trick is to figure out whether or not the vision can be made real enough to save our asses before it is too late…. No way to tell at this point, but, it doesn’t look good, ffolkes, not at the moment…..

Well, hell…. This turned out to be enough for three entire Pearls, and we haven’t even worked our way out of the intro section…. Huh…. Imagine that…. Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to take things as they come, and deal…. Let’s go see what other damage I can do today, right?….

Shall we Pearl?…..

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.  And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.” — Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm (1844-1900)


I believe the rant in the intro might give people the wrong impression, so, here is a piece from the archives which might make things a bit clearer….. Don’t fret, it’s not too long…. I know I got carried away above, but, I’ll try to keep it efficiently sized from this point onward…. Enjoy!….

From 5/18/2012:

“It may be irrational of me, but human beings are quite my favorite species.” — Doctor Who, Ark in Space

It probably seems to most folks reading this blog that I don’t like people very much. I tend to spend a lot of time finding and pointing out the things I see in them that I don’t like, and discussing them at nearly interminable length, which would seem to indicate a lack of affection for the species as a whole. In reality, the opposite is true…. I love people… I love watching them, listening to them, thinking about them, writing about them…. they afford me no end of intellectual stimulation, entertaining comedic genius, and fertile fields of thought and endeavor to explore, virtually and actually.

Human society and culture is an incredibly beautiful, complex tapestry of emotion and creativity; nobility, cruelty, heroes, villains, puppies, cats, love, hate, and all the rest of the things that make people what they are unfolds before us every day, growing and adding length and breadth to that tapestry of existence. I can’t think of anything more interesting than the drama/comedy that is human history in the making….

I might wish it to be a more compassionate world, with less tyranny and oppression, without slavery and starvation. I might wish that my life would not be so complicated by ignorance and intolerance, and I might wish that the small percentage of humanity that holds the remainder in the grip of their own avarice would die horrible deaths worthy of their own evil natures.

But, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Nor would I say that any of these changes are particularly apt to happen without many more people in the world taking an interest in them; most folks just go through life trying to get by, and not be bothered with anything more complicated, and one can’t really blame them, bless their cowardly little hearts…. My own method of dealing with how much I’d like to see reality change is to write about what I see, and what I think can be different, with the right set of attitudes.

This desire to see the changes arises out of my love for my fellow man, not from indignation or outrage, though they are present. But what I write, and what I’m trying to accomplish, is to help folks deal with life in a way that allows them more freedom, of whatever kind they wish to have, whether monetary, intellectual, religious, or physical; my motivation is to share the strength and freedom of thought that I have sought so hard to achieve… Mankind has much more potential than we are exhibiting, and I would love to see more of it fulfilled, rather than stifled, as in current society…. we can be so much more…..

“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.” — Albert Einstein


It could be said that Emily Dickinson’s entire life was spent exploring the power and nuance of metaphor, without sounding too idiotic…. I think her work, all those little pieces of truth in different words, are a constant attempt by her mind to impose some kind of an order upon the universe, according to her own artistic perception of it…. However one chooses to describe what she wrote, it remains exactly what it is, and what it has always been…. bloody brilliant….

A narrow fellow in the grass
Occasionally rides;
You may have met him,–did you not,
His notice sudden is.

The grass divides as with a comb,
A spotted shaft is seen;
And then it closes at your feet
And opens further on.

He likes a boggy acre,
A floor too cool for corn.
Yet when a child, and barefoot,
I more than once, at morn,

Have passed, I thought, a whip-lash
Unbraiding in the sun,–
When, stooping to secure it,
It wrinkled, and was gone.

Several of nature’s people
I know, and they know me;
I feel for them a transport
Of cordiality;

But never met this fellow,
Attended or alone,
Without a tighter breathing,
And zero at the bone.

~~ Emily Dickinson ~~


“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.” — Mark Twain

Originally, I had collected these articles in order to rant on them…. but, I fell into the introductory rant…. Now, I don’t need these to provide me with any outrage, though each of them, in their own way, is infuriating, as one more example of how egregiously asinine are those who are now infesting our government…. I like that word, infesting…. it seems perfectly appropriate for describing how the pundits and talking heads all run around D.C. flapping their mouths and pointing their fingers, making enough noise to scare the dead, all while never getting any closer to the truth, or reality, than they feel they must…. about as useful as a handful of fleas….

It may seem as if I am ranting, but, this is merely the explanation of how it is going to go…. I’m leaving the links, as I think you should go ahead and read the articles…. Doing so may start your own rant, or, perhaps just the urge to do so…. Together, these articles, which are, sadly, representations of what is real in this world, make a statement that clearly gives a picture of today’s society, and how UGLY it has become…. I need to go find me some beauty, just to counteract the effect of all this on me this morning…. Before I do that, here is a group of fresh pearls, taking some shots at my favorite targets…. politicians, preachers, and the Asininnies at large…..

“Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.”~~ G. K. Chesterton,The Speaker, 12/15/00

“Sensors show a moron in this sector, Captain.” — Spock, after running sensors on the White House….

“When one rows, it is not the rowing which moves the ship. Rowing is only a magical ceremony by means of which, one compels a demon to move the ship.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

(Gee…. this sounds just like that press conference when Obama told us how the NSA was NOT spying on US citizens….)

“Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.” — Jacob Bronowski “The Sense of Human Dignity,”

“Paranoia is only the leading edge of the discovery that everything in the world is connected.” — Smart Bee

“To tell a falsehood is like the cut of a saber; for though the wound may heal, the scar of it will remain.” — Saadi (1184-1291)

(I can see your scars, and I can show you mine….)

“Imagine, if you will, that I am an idiot. Then, imagine that I am also a Congressman. But, alas, I repeat myself.” — Mark Twain

I love ending a pearl with one such as that one from Sam, which might just be the most perfect of all American political pokes…. Twain was, indeed, a master of the subtle jab to the ribs, especially when the target was an elected official…. Not bad for such a crowded morning….


Well…. In the last few weeks, I’ve written a lot; some of these Pearls are breaking over 3500 words. Some of it has been some pretty good work, too, from what I can tell…. SIGH…. Now, if I could get, oh, say, a couple hundred THOUSAND more ffolkes to drop in to read it, we might just get this message out to some of the people who need to see and/or hear it…. That, unfortunately, isn’t going to happen, not right away, so, I may as well just get on with my day…. Today has some potential, so, I’m going to go meet it, head on….. See y’all tomorrow, ffolkes….

Y’all take care out there,
and May the Metaphorse be with you;
Blessed Be, dearest  Carole, Mark, and Theresa…
and everyone else, too…

When I works, I works hard.
When I sits, I sits loose.
When I thinks, I falls asleep.

Which is Why….

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

gigoid the dubious

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8 thoughts on “No glue, Ignatius, but, lots of duct tape…

  1. People individually are good and compassionate but put them in a mass and all that goes to crap….look at Burma….the Buddhist are on a killing spree against Muslims…..

    My grand father made an observation when I was young…he said that hate while not a good characteristic will keep you alive in some cases….and he was right….when I was a captive of the NVA hate kept me going until the Marines found the camp…it was only 10 days but it seemed like an eternity…..

    And then there is revenge… me it is just an ugly word for justice….

    Hope you feel better today…I am dealing with my pain as always…..not with much success….LOL

    • Chuq….


      Nail, head, hit…. Individually, people can be quite nice… with far too many exceptions, however… and it is those assholes who join together to prey upon the rest of humanity, in the quest for their narcissistic, viciously avaricious need to control others…. Yes, I know, hate WILL keep you alive, but, it does make one feel a bit tarnished afterward…

      Buddhists killing in the name of Buddha? Bob Heinlein had it right, when he said, “Never underestimate the power of human stupidity”, a phrase I have amended slightly, to include the quality of “cupidity”, a word I use to describe the act of deliberately choosing to be stupid, rather than merely waiting for it to show itself naturally…

      Actually, today I’m in quite a bit of pain, but, it’s my day to visit my grandson, so, I’ll be drugging myself heavily & going with my daughter to see him, and his Dad, my son… Because they are my kids, and know me, they are quite adept at avoiding being bitten when I am in this state… They just point me at some innocent looking clerk, then stand back and watch with amusement as I chew on them…. 😆

      I’m sorry you can’t find any comfort; I empathize fully… Sometimes, I know, copious quantities of good whiskey can at least dull the effects for a time…. until it wears off, whereupon the nasty effects it has on the liver tend to hit, adding more discomfort… I guess the only hope is to drug up enough to sleep, where you can retreat into dreams of being whole and free of pain…. It isn’t real, but, it feels like it for a short time….

      Take care, bro, and Blessed Be….

      gigoid, the dubious


      • My friend….to this day I search the faces of Vietnamese looking for the dude that interrogated me….if found I will mostly do something rash……

        Whiskey is a good source of relief…at least short term but does strange things to my brain when mixed with the opiates….
        Have a good day and will see you on the flip side….chuq

  2. Chuq, I would assume it might be a tough choice for you, if you ever did see him…. to pick out which scenario of revenge, that your imagination has created over the years, that you might want to use; I would also assume that bare hands would be the best choice…. and I wouldn’t blame you a bit…. Yes, they were defending their own country, but, even war is supposed to have rules, which they broke regularly, right along with the US troops,,.. and torture isn’t allowed, not if one wishes to maintain any honor at all…

    There was a time when I spent a lot of time consulting with John, and James… to those who don’t know them as well as I, that would be Jim (Beam), and Jack (Daniels)…. Nowadays, though, I can’t deal with the hangovers, or the stress on my liver… Don’t miss it much, thought there are days I still resort to it, as the ONLY thing that will work sometimes, with some pains… such as the severe arthritis in the joints…. when that gets going, along with the back, only whiskey induced numbness and unconsciousness works…

    You have a good day too… I just got up & saw this, now I have to go create a Pearl with this morning’s gift from Murphy…. a toothache, and no dentists awake for three or four hours…. SIGH…

    You have a good one too…. Here’s to a day of minimal pain for us both….

  3. Reblogged this on gigoid and commented:

    I overslept by a lot. I’m grumpy. The cat ate my homework. Here’s a re-blog, from a couple years ago, to sublimate for today. I’ll be back tomorrow, when I’ve crawled out of the abyss….

    gigoid, the dubious

  4. “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
    with the intent of throwing it at someone else;

    you are the one who gets burned.”

    ~~ Buddha ~~

    “All anger arises from
    obstructed desire.”
    — Bhagavad Gita

    Old Jesus– words to the effect
    and affect of turn
    the other
    and i bring
    a sword instead of peace..

    Old Muhammad– words to the
    effect/affect believe or else
    you Camel
    you burn in
    hell and we
    have your head
    and rape your
    wives as they
    now become
    possessions of
    our right hand..
    and by the way
    this is the religion
    of Love and Peace..
    and sure we Bring
    a sword too.. as any
    unbalanced person
    might say.. in Bi-Polar
    way too.. FULL BLOWN..
    yes.. both old Jesus
    and Muhammad too..
    at least Buddha
    had Balance iT
    sTiLL seems
    for LuSt..

    And isn’t it interesting that
    A text book case of Bi-Polar as
    you likely know in your PSYCH WARD
    WORKER DAYS.. is intense religiosity..
    heightened sexuality too.. and
    potential temper tantrums in
    aggression and violence
    way bad.. as when the
    neurochemicals and neurohormones
    yes.. and Androgens.. Estrogens whole..
    Explode out of the down of
    depression and or
    pain this
    IS A solution
    for survival and
    eventual potential
    thriving.. with casualties
    of potential hurt along the way..

    Life is tough.. Life as history shows
    has mostly been struggle at least since the
    history of when we started storing grains and
    living in huge populations that humans are
    still not evolved to do.. beyond a small tribe
    to village.. to towns.. and mega city metropolises
    of super human potential discord if laws don’t
    hold potential anarchy down.. by threat
    of force and prison now.. sTiLL and
    even Sharia Law2.. ugh.. ugh. ugh..
    Problem is humans
    are reAlly smARt
    but they are out of
    balance.. seriously all
    of life as culture is one Bi-polar
    way of being now.. in macrocosm
    whole.. and getting more autistic
    in text away from non-verbal
    and spoken facial
    with rest of flesh
    and blood body too..

    i’ve lEarned to ignore the
    temple money changers as seriously
    these days raising a stink.. too much..
    will just get Caesar to put ya into Jail..
    sure.. i am as what they call super
    religious in non religious way2
    as Jesus too.. and
    could probably
    do 10 wives
    with that
    like Muhammad
    too in modern
    way as ‘well’..
    if i didn’t find
    other ways to
    balance a human
    who is basicAlly a
    sexual organ plaYinG
    a Dance And Song aLL
    day and night long too..

    Anyway.. most every culture
    is Bi-polar.. now even in
    India.. where you
    have to be a
    to go into
    a bar.. talk
    about repressed
    desires.. Jesus it’s
    no wonder most of the
    tech workers for online
    help ain’t got an emotion
    to their voice.. REPRESSING
    TOO.. IS A truly source
    of aLL evil in the
    World in anger..
    fear.. and hate
    in aggression..
    violence and
    warring ways..
    and just plain
    unhappy as joyful
    suicide bombers
    is an oxymoron any way..
    as well as filled up heArt
    Dick Cheney’s who don’t have
    to kill 100K innocent folks
    to rebuild a country
    for industrio-
    Oh God if we
    could just have a Jesus..
    a Muhammad.. or even a Buddha
    who could prove that a Balance of
    Lust and Love.. WiLL save the World..
    perhaps Dancing naked aLL
    passioned uP
    thaT could
    do aN
    trick to free
    a prison of lust
    for life repressed..
    O P R E S S E D..
    in so many places
    around the world..

    Winks.. all i
    can do is try..
    i cry.. i try..

    And who knows/feels wRiTing
    a 6 million or so word.. 10 million
    12 MilLioN or however many words
    and dance steps WiLL coMe beFore i die
    to show how much i Lust and Love the
    UniVerse as is as i too.. as one God noW
    iN BaLanCinG Bible for one perSon
    sTiLL iN new
    age poEtry
    and Prose too..
    WiLL at lEAst sHow
    thAT change aT the individual
    level is possible.. with lust
    and love backing it all uP
    as BA LA N CinG SouL
    iN Mind And BoDY
    as Free God iN
    uS WiLL
    do.. as Superman
    per Friedrich Nietzsche’s
    Overman miGht saY and
    by for
    wiTh more
    WiNks of REAL Miracles
    and Synchronicity.. mY Friend…:)

    But inStead2.. i’LL end wiTh a quote
    from Whitman.. and Leaves
    of Grass Raining down
    here again.. who is truly
    a better overall trUth
    and liGht Jesus
    In God of
    than what
    we have
    in the
    then now
    aLL as Truth
    and liGht With
    this quote before
    i say i’ll be back
    later aGain
    as aLways
    my FRiEnD..
    as this dude understood
    too.. that the heARt.. the
    SpiRit.. and the Flesh
    IS A balance of LiGht
    R E A L n OW TrUE
    so aboVe beLow noW
    And blood balanCinG
    MiNd and BoDy
    B R E A T H’s
    water.. wave..
    stream to
    River Ocean
    FiEld of Dreams
    soUl.. to eNjoy
    iN a Heaven
    of LiFe
    and no
    wHere else
    but noW aS
    iN Leaves
    oF Grass and
    SAnd of Sun iN
    miD-day SuN In
    mOist miD-niGht
    MoonliT… aliVe wE
    oF NAtuRe wE thrive Naked aLiVe
    DanCing hOlDinG Hands and ALLother
    boDy pARts WhOlE Free in evermore cAmp FiRE..
    noW never ending.. A DancE and SonG noW
    oF LifE Free.. sAme as continuing Creation
    wHoLe noW.. as first and last iS dArk..
    and now/then LiGht and DancE of
    MoVinG.. inspiRinG conTinuAlly
    all one iN Union.. as sound iN
    SonG of GoD’s
    R e A L
    and now
    for that ‘brief’
    quote from
    at this
    now for means..
    without an end..
    beginning.. finish..
    aLwaYs stARTinG noW..:)

    “The known universe has one complete lover and that is the greatest poet. He consumes an eternal passion and is indifferent which chance happens and which possible contingency of fortune or misfortune and persuades daily and hourly his delicious pay. What baulks or breaks others is fuel for his burning progress to contact and amorous joy. Other proportions of the reception of pleasure dwindle to nothing to his proportions. All expected from heaven or from the highest he is rapport with in the sight of the daybreak or a scene of the winter woods or the presence of children playing or with his arm round the neck of a man or woman. His love above all love has leisure and expanse … he leaves room ahead of himself. He is no irresolute or suspicious lover … he is sure … he scorns intervals. His experience and the showers and thrills are not for nothing. Nothing can jar him … suffering and darkness cannot—death and fear cannot. to him complaint and jealousy and envy are corpses buried and rotten in the earth … he saw them buried. The sea is not surer of the shore or the shore of the sea than he is of the fruition of his love and of all perfection and beauty.”

    “There will soon be no more priests. Their work is done. They may wait awhile … perhaps a generation or two … dropping off by degrees. A superior breed shall take their place … the gangs of kosmos and prophets en masse shall take their place. A new order shall arise and they shall be the priests of man, and every man shall be his own priest. The churches built under their umbrage shall be the churches of men and women. Through the divinity of themselves shall the kosmos and the new breed of poets be interpreters of men and women and of all events and things. They shall find their inspiration in real objects to-day, symptoms of the past and future… . They shall not deign to defend immortality or God or the perfection of things or liberty or the exquisite beauty and reality of the soul. They shall arise in America and be responded to from the remainder of the earth.”


    Yeah sure..
    Jesus took awhile
    but he finally got
    here first.. perhaps..
    of Grass..:)

    As Whitman’s
    prophecy continues
    to come iN preSent

    never discount
    the power of

    and aLL
    other super
    heroes oF
    sAGeS TiLL
    COME aGaiN..


    We continue
    to Rain FReED
    as God oF NaTuRe
    Peoples iN TruTh and LiGht..:)

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