Pushing back on all fronts….

Ffolkes,

“To conquer the enemy without resorting to war is the most desirable.

The highest form of generalship is to conquer the enemy by strategy.”

~~ Sun Tzu, The Art of War ~~

12-23-2013 003

“My greatest fear in life is that no-one will remember me after I’m dead.” — Anonymous

Too often, this blog begins with the word “I”…. Well, in sooth, I say, “too often”, when what I actually mean is, “too often for my comfort.” This, of course, is the natural result of a person who wishes to write, but, really doesn’t wish to indulge in much of the ego-driven parts of writing that are necessary to achieve any sort of prominence….

Ambition is required, if one wishes to become popular, whether in the blogosphere, or in the mainstream media venues, such as newspapers, radio, & TV; ambition; this is unfortunate, at least, for those of us who’d rather remain on a path with oh, let’s just say, a higher degree of spiritualism, or perhaps just less ego-driven….

But, then one must consider two things…. One, it’s MY blog, and we are often dealing with MY issues, so, using “I” becomes nearly impossible to avoid…. Second, being a pretty smart guy, with a fairly accurate sense of how smart I am compared to the average joe, I try to avoid either shoving that in people’s faces, or dwelling upon it, as I don’t view it as necessarily anything to be proud about….

All it does, actually, is saddle me with more perceptions than most, to my way of seeing it, and, that particular ability, for certain, is both a blessing, AND a curse. Factor in the simple FACT that smartness, or intelligence, has NO PROVEN SURVIVAL VALUE, and you can begin to see why I try to avoid overt egotism…. It really isn’t very nice, not to mention self-defeating….

In the past five or six days, since right before Christmas, I’ve been climbing out of a deep hole, which my mind seems to have fallen into without me even noticing I was off balance; that’s what comes from depending on vertigo to do that…. it’s unreliable, as is now patently clear…. SIGH….

Whatever the failure in my early warning system happens to be, I found myself in a position where I was bursting into tears rather frequently, due to some stressful issues I’m dealing with, which seem to have triggered some unknown, and certainly unwanted, unresolved feelings of sadness and emotional pain, left over from one of the many instances in my life where I experienced far more of them than I ever thought possible, and, apparently, stored up for later use…. Go figure…

I’m finally starting to see some light, and, I’m hoping this morning’s events will help, as I get to go do something that SHOULD shore up some of my feelings of inner conflict…. Of course, I have another appointment tomorrow morning, wherein I expect to have to fire the opening salvo of what promises to be a quite bloody battle with my HMO, and the modern medical society they manipulate and corrupt at every turn…. That, however will be, I’m sure, food for a future rant, not for now….

Ha! Thought I’d fall into that one, didn’t you?…. Nope. In fact, it would be a good idea for y’all to hold on, because, I’ve blathered and bitched enough for one morning…. We’re goin’ in, and goin’ in hard!…. Not only that, but, we’re doin’ it NOW!….

Shall we Pearl?

“Avoid making irrevocable decisions while tired or hungry (NB: Circumstances can force your hand. So think ahead!)” — Lazarus Long, from Robert A. Heinlein’s “Time Enough For Love”

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I am all about quickness today, so what you get is another day of chill-out music, from the classical music genre…. This kind is nice to play while reading, and can provide a bit of armor against splashing, after a fashion…. The page to which I am linking is one with 112 selections of various pieces by various artists, and looks like a beautiful group to pass the time with…. enjoy…..

Classical Music Playlist

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To fill in the space quickly, here is a short rant with an attached old-school pearl as augmentation…. It is from a period when I was apparently writing better than other times; I’ve found some excellent stuff in the period’s archives…. including this one, one of several from this month… If nothing else, you can enjoy its brevity….

From 9/18/2012:

Religion has never attracted me as a pastime that led to any particularly desirable activities. From the very first, even as a small child, I always thought the people at church were trying to get me to believe something that was not only hard to believe, but they wanted me to believe it, just on their word that it was true….. What they were saying wasn’t anything like what I perceived to be true about the world at large; none of it sounded like common sense, if you get my drift…. Plus, the more I resisted what they said, and asked questions that they couldn’t answer, the more insistent they became….. Most kids have a pretty good crap detector, and the whole church thing seemed based on fluff and wishes to me…..

Any who, it seems a lot of my saved up oysters have been on that very subject, i.e., religious dogma, and alternative ways of looking at the universe, and how it works, and what it means…. (you know, all the good stuff….), so I thought an old-school grouping would perhaps help ffolkes get a clue about what I do believe….. which can, I have to admit, change from one day to the next….. gotta keep room for new data, y’know…… shall we Pearl a bit?…..

“Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the bible is filled, it would seem more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.” — Thomas Paine — The Age of Reason

“History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help. But, like dandruff, most people do have a religion and spend time and money on it and seem to derive considerable pleasure from fiddling with it.” — Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love (1972)

“I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings.” — Albert Einstein

God:  What one human uses to persecute another. — Anonymous

The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.– Robert Heinlein, “Job”, 1984

“No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature.  Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my own constitution; the only wrong what is against it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

“If the lord had meant us to have faith, he’d have given us lobotomies.” — Zlatko

“A long and wicked life followed by five minutes of perfect grace gets you into Heaven. An equally long life of decent living and good works followed by one outburst of taking the name of the Lord in vain, then have a heart attack at that moment and be damned for eternity. Is that the system?” — Robert A. Heinlein

“I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one, but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liberation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in     youth.  I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being.”–Albert Einstein

“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.” — Buddha

Well, there you go…. a complete mish-mash of different philosophies and outlooks, each with its own little piece to contribute to the whole, all ended perfectly with a piece of profoundly simple wisdom… not the virtual kind that is common around here, but real wisdom, that you can put in your pocket, take away with you, and use as needed…..

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I’m using mine, only because it’s quicker, and I’m lazier than the average joe…. goes along with the smarter part…. Yep, I am aware that intelligence is merely a FACTOR of laziness in humans; one of the primary motivating factors for using our imagination is to find an easier, or quicker route to achieving our ends, whatever they are…. Think about it, ffolkes, you’ll see what I mean…. Meanwhile…. Here is one of my personal favorite poems…

Ah Ain’t Sho, but Mebbe So….

Fried eggs got nuthin’ on me
Ah’m not even sure of mah name,
or how Ah come to be;
no idea from where Ah came.

Ah does like a mystery tho’,
puzzlin’ things out so’s Ah knows,
good from bad fo sho,
Ah sho don’t want no rock pillows.

If’n Ah cain’t figure out what’s best,
Ah just falls back on mah Daddy’s words,
seems he knowed just whut’d stand the test,
‘n how to gentle the scaredest birds.

‘Course, he’d lived a good long time,
‘n had lots of stuff go on by;
Went to a war, n’ lost a piece or two,
never once used it fer an alibi.

He tol’ me once Ah’d best learn to learn,
school’s only cool if ya ain’t already a fool.
Yer own good measure you can earn,
by startin’ yer learnin’ with the Golden Rule.

Always seemed to me as Ah growed up,
he mostly only spoke if it wuz true,
‘n by doin’ that clued me to what’s up,
kept me from stuff that’d a made me blue.

Without ever sayin’ the word itself,
Ah learned ’bout honor, ‘n helpin’ others
not some fake stuff from some shelf,
but, knowin’ whut’s right, ‘n that we’re all brothers.

Ah’ve been around long enough now, Ah think
to get around the block at least two times.
I s’pose long as my head don’t shrink
Ah’ll keep on doin’ right, ‘n makin’ these rhymes…..

~~ gigoid ~~


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Smart Bee seems to have gotten over its snit, this pearl came together in jig time, with a nice little group of pears all pointing in one direction…. Well, close enough for pearls, anyway; my Gentle Readers have seen enough of them to see what point we’re trying to make without undue difficulty. Any newbies will find it reasonably clear, as well, I think, for it’s a simple idea being promoted today…. See if you don’t agree….

“Each man is the smith of his own fortune.” — Appius Claudius Caecus

“It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future, and impossible to live in the past.  Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.” — Jim Bishop

“All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.” — Jane Wagner, _The Search For Intelligent Life In The Universe_  — [Performed by Lily Tomlin]

“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.” — William Saroyan

“All time in all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is. Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all bugs in amber.” — Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Slaughter-House 5

“Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it: men come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts, we come to be just; by doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled; and by doing brave acts, we come to be brave.” — Aristotle

“Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I’m with you kid. Let’s go.”” — Maya Angelou

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“This tagline is dedicated to my bird friend- Fred” — gigoid

Well…. considering that I’m currently in a state of mind I wouldn’t wish on an enemy, this didn’t come out too badly…. It’s also nice to have a little space from pain, which, thanks to the rain stopping for a few days, has been relatively manageable for two days now…. But, then, all is relative, is it not? I’m outta here, ffolkes… I’m gonna go see my grandson, and, for the first time in his life, be allowed to give him a Christmas present…. Now, THAT should make me feel better…. In fact, I’m counting on it…. See y’all later, ffolkes…. maybe even tomorrow….

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

PLEASE STOP READING THIS MESSAGE NOW.

Kowabunga!


À bientôt, mon cherí….


					
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2 thoughts on “Pushing back on all fronts….

  1. Reblogged this on gigoid and commented:

    Ffolkes,

    Typing, at all, is still patently uncomfortable, physically. Plus, SB is in a snit again. Here’s a Pearl from late in 2014 with some thoughts on humanity’s strongest delusion…. I hope you enjoy it, while I take an enforced vacation from typing…. As previously noted, I’ll be back….

    gigoid

  2. Oh my God..
    hehe.. synchronicity
    i swear i didn’t look at
    the opening quote for the
    art of war of the photo of the
    tree before i made my last response
    to your comment
    there on
    another
    post all together
    my friend.. okay
    back to play..;)

    “To conquer the enemy without resorting to war is the most desirable.
    The highest form of generalship is to conquer the enemy by strategy.”

    ~~ Sun Tzu, The Art of War ~~

    Hehe.. that’s why
    i’m like Muhammad
    Ali with no scars on my
    face and no traumatic brain
    injury to boot..
    and that’s truly
    sad.. any sport
    that is one of trauma
    is insane except for the
    Romans who watch the gladiators
    kill each other slowly.. but people will
    do most anything for approval and a green black
    dollar bill or
    hope to
    make some
    more green
    black dollar bills..
    or some yells of cheer
    leaders for peeks under
    neath a skirt of course..
    sure.. i’ll strike everything
    within a hair.. but never damage
    a cell
    on the
    hair of
    my body
    free.. hehe..
    as smArt folks
    escape the hurricane
    winds never knowing the
    calm of the center breeze..
    JuSt for this weekend i’ll be
    A Black Moon Apocalypse Superman2 hehe..
    as i ready to dance free at a festival in front of
    red state
    grins
    hehA..;)

    “My greatest fear in life is that no-one
    will remember me after I’m dead.” — Anonymous

    Ha! when i died in life..
    when all my identity
    was caught
    up in
    work..
    i typed in my
    name on Google
    to see if i still existed
    and there was only a remnant
    left of me then.. hehe.. ‘things’ have changed..;)

    “Avoid making irrevocable decisions while tired or hungry (NB: Circumstances can force your hand. So think ahead!)” — Lazarus Long, from Robert A. Heinlein’s “Time Enough For Love”

    it’s sort of like Seal training.. in boot camp
    way.. go as tired and hungry as you
    can and don’t fuck up
    any life or death
    decisions
    or you
    die..
    and the rest of life is a piece of cake from then on..
    bottom line.. never leave boot camp.. and do more..;)

    “Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the bible is filled, it would seem more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.”

    — Thomas Paine — The Age of Reason

    Is it any surprise
    that humans beings
    who come from Violent
    Explosions of Stars have
    dArk sides of dust too.. nah..
    it’s not.. most religions reflect
    the reality of the UniVerse.. both
    dARk and liGht as that StiLL exists
    iN volatile
    Bio-chemical
    reactions in the
    mini-star-dust beings
    that are sentient humans now..
    why sugar coat the truth with lies..
    truth is the dark in religions is the
    truth of the pARt of huMan
    that is dARk.. sTiLL noW..
    tHere is no escaping
    humanity my friEnd..
    it comes out in
    the wash
    of the
    so-called
    whitest white
    washes of all
    as a spot of a
    Black hole Sun SouL2..
    God is dArk and liGht tHere
    is no hiding that fAct anyWhere for iSREAL..;)

    “I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals
    himself in the orderly harmony of what exists,
    not in a God who concerns himself with the fates
    and actions of human beings.”

    — Albert Einstein

    We do this.. we concern
    ourselves with the fates
    and actions of other human
    beings.. Spinoza’s God was Nature
    and as science proves out we are mini-
    me’s of Start dust sentient life.. as pARt
    of A WhoLe of this GoD oF Nature too..
    it’s simple
    Logic..
    God does
    this as wE
    are pARt oF God..
    Does all God do this..
    no more than the red blood
    cells talk about philosophy on a SaTurday..
    or whole
    Suns
    speak
    of being
    only begotten Suns of God..
    or the last prophets of liGht..;)

    God: What one human uses to persecute another.

    — Anonymous

    God is a three letter word.. a metaphor
    metaphors make many different
    meanings.. even
    infinite..
    when
    humans
    make them
    as such.. with
    no bounds or shores..:)

    The supreme irony of life is that hardly
    anyone gets out of it alive.– Robert Heinlein, “Job”, 1984

    For an altruistic empath.. they live
    to see others happy..
    to see them rise
    uP wTth liGht
    and liFe..
    hiGher
    and hiGher..
    in our modern
    world this love lives
    on as art/science as recorded and
    entropy of love defeated as flesh and blood..
    so now it’s
    literAlly
    true..
    the Love
    you make or sure..
    that hate.. etc.. one makes
    now can stay here as one goes..
    as the record clearly or partiAlly states..
    in a Country
    of Love
    that
    continues
    to love/hate/etc. on with
    no sun or moon.. pearly
    gates.. or golden floors.. just
    cyber space heaven where folks
    visit
    to find
    liGht or
    dARk or
    the ‘tween of all that is..
    and
    bEyOnd
    of course..;)

    Yes.. this is 2016 now..
    32 years from
    1984.. as
    A Job
    continues..
    livE..;)

    “No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my own constitution; the only wrong what is against it.”

    — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

    That’s perhaps the saddest song i’ve
    heard yet.. Cognitive Empathy
    understands that
    Nature is different
    in every human
    being.. Cognitive
    empathy at least
    tolerates differences that
    do not harm others.. and understands
    that what is sacred and holy to one is
    the opposite to others with different
    human natures.. sure..
    Adolph Hitler
    thought
    his nature
    was only
    sacred too..
    and many others
    have Trump done this too..
    this is perhaps the most anti-social
    and dangerous thinking of all of humanity’s history..
    but on the other
    hand..
    mutual
    destruction has
    led to years without world
    wars.. as the dARk that inspired that..
    so sure.. the dARk and liGht mix for what iS..
    tHere
    is no
    escaping
    that and in this
    way all of culture is
    Nature too.. in both dARk and
    liGht that leads to a mud mix of boTh…:)

    “If the lord had meant us to have faith,
    he’d have given us lobotomies.” — Zlatko

    Bullshit.. old bull shit..
    but never the less
    or more..
    bullshit..
    Faith is an
    emotion.. Faith
    is real.. Faith is
    trust and some folks
    experience total faith
    with their existential intelligence
    for what is now.. or don’t.. it’s as
    simple as that.. not only that but
    Emotions as science shows now
    precede most all rational decisions..
    take them away.. and a person won’t
    be able to decide what color socks to
    wear
    to church..
    if they go at all..;)

    “A long and wicked life followed by five minutes of perfect grace gets you into Heaven. An equally long life of decent living and good works followed by one outburst of taking the name of the Lord in vain, then have a heart attack at that moment and be damned for eternity. Is that the system?” — Robert A. Heinlein

    Yeah yeah.. oh yeah..
    the used car salesman
    who gives you a deal
    better than
    reality
    offers
    is a common
    staple of the
    psychopathic leaning
    top ten checklist of the
    religious persuasion of making
    a living
    too..
    no surprise
    reality found its
    way into lies of
    so-called sacred texts too..
    it’s life.. why hide it anywhere..
    be weary of the snake oil sales person..
    if
    one
    wear
    clothes
    of wisdom
    instead of
    fools that are
    pARt of Nature aka
    God too.. as dARk..:)

    “I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one, but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liberation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in youth. I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being.”–Albert Einstein

    Albert Einstein talked a good talk
    and treated his wives like shit..
    as the history of that shows..
    but perhaps he didn’t
    know/feel/sense
    any
    better
    at the time..
    as Emotional
    Intelligence
    acts
    more
    than speaks..
    and the favorite
    pARt of the God that
    iS pARt of me is surely
    a carefree child that lives
    without even the care of one
    word now.. other than a DAncE
    And SonG of liFE holding hands alive..
    i would suggest that the God of most religions
    needs to BE NOW..
    more of a
    child and less
    of a stuffy so-called
    modern age adult..
    seriously.. Yellow Boy
    is pushing 10 and still
    has the energy and vitality
    of a kitten.. as a once feral
    and wild back yard boy.. even
    with lifelong feline leukemia.. he
    learned that play was a requirement to live..
    and the benefits are simply a fountain of youth..
    those who play overcome death as life.. simple as that..
    but at last
    Einstein
    stuck
    his tongue
    out at life..
    and his brain
    never aged from
    using it fully but hey..
    there is more to life than a brain..;)

    “Everything that has a beginning has an ending.
    Make your peace with that and all will be well.”

    — Buddha

    Two words..
    FucKinG
    Brilliant..
    Every orgasm
    of life has an end
    A beginning.. or did
    i mean organism.. heHE..;)

    “Each man is the smith of his own fortune.”

    — Appius Claudius Caecus

    Once he or her.. etc… escapes
    the matrix or prison..
    the birth hospital..
    school.. work..
    TV.. the
    list goes
    on for
    A Smith or
    Jones of Fortune..;)

    “It is difficult to live in the present,
    ridiculous to live in the future,
    and impossible to live in the past.
    Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.”

    — Jim Bishop

    It’s all relative..
    imagination and
    memory are as real
    now as the past and
    future Now.. noW..
    the more one feels
    and senses.. whatever..
    the more one lives now..
    no matter how that comes now..
    With enough imagination noW of
    whatever now iS eTErnAlly noW..
    but that’s
    all
    relative
    of course.. NoW..
    as a tree of iSREaL..
    Branches out further noW..:)

    “All my life, I always wanted to be somebody.
    Now I see that I should have been more specific.”

    — Jane Wagner, The Search For Intelligent
    Life In The Universe

    — [Performed by Lily Tomlin]

    To each his own..
    for me.. to be someone
    new always now is what i do..
    and it seems to me.. we all do..
    somewhat.. too.. of course..
    no matter
    what we
    say or
    do..
    after
    now changes
    we now aGain..
    bY products of our
    environment noW we
    are Now too for sure..;)

    “Good people are good because they’ve
    come to wisdom through failure. We get
    very little wisdom from success, you know.”

    — William Saroyan

    No liGht
    without dARk..
    bottom line
    to and for me2..:)

    “All time in all time. It does not change.
    It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations.
    It simply is. Take it moment by moment, and you
    will find that we are all bugs in amber.”

    — Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Slaughter-House 5

    i suppose Kurt
    didn’t hear
    what the
    others
    ‘animals’
    DiD before
    A TsunAmi cAMe..;)

    “Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it: men come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts, we come to be just; by doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled; and by doing brave acts, we come to be brave.” — Aristotle

    Sure use it or lose it
    applies.. but there is also
    14.5 million years or so plus of evolving
    from inanimate to animate life of course..
    DNA..
    genetic
    memory..
    sure
    God
    within as
    well as what
    we do from day to day..
    just waiting to be remembered
    after the day of work is dONe for FREE…:)

    And with all that’s sAid
    it’S now tiMe for me to
    further put
    my ‘sacred fool’
    hat on and dance
    with the other children
    on the Field of Red State
    Festival
    Band
    Greens
    of liFe that
    kNows and Feels
    no age but youth of heARt..
    of SpiRit.. oF miNd and BoDy
    BaLanCinG child-like SoUL mY FriEnd..
    As Sacred fools rules from eYes of WiLd
    ChiLd KitTeN.. mY FriEnd.. smitTen wiTh eYes oF FReED..:)

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