That paradigm is awfully pale, isn’t it?….


“Belief is not the beginning but the end of all knowledge.”

~~ Goethe ~~

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Leelu watching for wormholes….

Hajime…. Today’s Pearl has an Easter Egg in it…. Sort of. I’ve used one quote today quite extensively…. Your task, should you accept the mission, is to guess which it is, and, naturally, noting how many times you see it…. That said, and, in the interests of total honesty, Leelu isn’t watching for wormholes, this time. She was watching an ant…. which, sadly, had brought friends…. Windex took care of them for now, but, it’s nice to know she’ll notify me if any more plan to come in to spend any time…. Hmph….

Mornin’…. Well, it’s morning here, anyway…. Where you are, it’s likely to be another time, but, we’ll do our best not to confuse anyone, with any tricky anachronisms, or, excessive use of the Tardis we have on loan. I know it can be a bit confusing around here, but, hey, that’s Life, right? Right.

Okay, then….. I decided last to give up watching movies; it’s too hard on my emotional state. I was watching a scene in a movie I enjoy watching occasionally, which I have on my comp. In the scene, a seriously injured young man’s condition is discovered by his father and twin brother suddenly; as I watched, I myself. suddenly, and surprisingly, as I’ve watched a number of times without such happening, assumed internally the emotions of the twin; shock, sadness, fear, anger, all coursed through me with such force I began to weep….

It stopped almost immediately, as I realized they weren’t my feelings; they are merely close to those I experience when thinking of my own brother, who is fighting cancer. It also helped to know the scene breaks the tension shortly, with a terrible pun…. Nonetheless, I will now have to watch old movies I’ve seen with greater mindfulness of my own state, so as to side-step this bloody nuisance caused by my own subconscious mind, which I sometimes believe has not yet forgiven me for certain failures to act in the past, even though my actions were ethical…. It, the subconscious, doesn’t give a rat’s hind end for ethical; it wants what it wants, when it wants it, and has a large assortment of ways to express its displeasure when we make a rational decision to forgo those desires….

Boy, this Ego stuff is hard shit…. I gotta get rid of the damn thing… Of course, if/when I do, I’ll need to find some word other than “I” to express my thoughts, without the Ego getting in the way…. I guess, if I can figure out the first part, finding the word won’t be much of a challenge as it might have been…. Ya think?

On that esoterica, I think we’ll head out for the oyster beds…. I’ve got a new trick; wanna see how it works?…..

Shall we Pearl?….

“An artist is a creature driven by demons. He don’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why. He is completely amoral in that he will rob, borrow, beg, or steal from anybody and everybody to get the work done . …. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the “Ode on a Grecian Urn” is worth any number of old ladies.” — Mark Twain

All I can say to that is, damn skippy! I’ll take the Urn, every time…. Dad might get upset, but, he’ll get over it….


Clapton and Mayall bluesbreakers

Image from via Google Images

Yesterday, one of the ffolkes who commented mentioned he’d been listening to the blues, Janis Joplin, to be precise. Ever since, I haven’t been able to think of anything else to post for today, unless it was some EXCELLENT blues. I had to drag through my whole memory bank, practically, then I remembered this one…. From 1966, when all these gentlemen still mostly didn’t shave every day yet, (‘cept for the one at the left center, of course. who merely trimmed…) (the one on the right center was still not sure if he should grow a beard, or not; I think that’s Eric. at a VERY young age.)… Ffolkes,  I give you, the Bluesbreakers….


John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
with Eric Clapton





dalai lama

The XIVth Dalai Lama of Tibet


“My only religion is kindness.”

~~ The Dalai Lama ~~

Today, I had intended to rant about religion; since it’s a couple days from the celebration of the date of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, (a date having no actual basis in reality; there are no conclusive records from that time…. Nobody, and I mean nobody, can say they know for sure….), I figured I’d explore some of the fallacies inherent in the whole system of beliefs….

Then, I was sent a Tweet from a friend, with another of the Dalai Lama’s wise quotes, to wit: “We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot live without human affection.” To my way of thinking, that just about sums up all we need to know about the entire concept of religion….

Because of that, my need/desire (Aha!….) to rant disappeared, as seeing the quote on Twitter brought to mind the quote with which we opened this section…. So, I decided to forgo ranting, in favor of some pearls of virtual wisdom from various famous authors, thinkers, and/or, just ffolkes…. I figure it’s following my own injunction re: playing nice with others….

To all my readers, who may not believe as I do, I wish you a happy season of kindness, no matter what religion you may believe in…. My opinion of that, I hope, shall not spoil, or demean, or in any way garner my approbation; nor do I intend to give any offense to anyone’s sincere belief…. I wish the Christians a Merry Christmas, the Tribe members a Joyous Hanukkah, and the believers of any other faith, for whom I don’t know a proper phrase of seasonal appropriateness,  a peaceful winter, filled with happiness, and all the things you desire, especially if it a desire to help others in some way….

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    I hope nobody takes any of the following personally; I am, admittedly, a cynic, who is dubious of ALL of the religious philosophies, regarding them as delusions/illusions, fostered on the unlearned, in order to fulfill the own personal ends of their proponents, or often, their founders; remember, if you will, how the ineffable Peter altered (read: perverted…) Christ’s words and ideas to create the Catholic Church, just a few months after the crucifixion….

But, that’s just me…. Everyone else is entitled to their own belief system, as long as they keep it out of my face, unless they have some concrete, verifiable evidence I haven’t seen before…. which is unlikely as I’ve been thinking, reading, and studying about this issue almost all my 65 years, since the very first time I heard the story of the crucifixion, and, could not believe my ears…. It just never made any sense, even at age 4….

I’ll leave you with this thought, from one our most well-known free-thinkers…

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Now, let’s have a little fun, shall we?


Dear friend, all theory is gray,

And green the golden tree of life.
~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust ~~


“Why, when no honest man will deny in private that every ultimate problem is wrapped in the profoundest mystery, do honest men proclaim in pulpits that unhesitating certainty is the duty of the most foolish and ignorant?  Is it not a spectacle to make the angels laugh?We are a company of ignorant beings, feeling our way through mists and darkness, learning only be incessantly repeated blunders, obtaining a glimmering of truth by falling into every conceivable error, dimly discerning light enough for our daily needs, but hopelessly differing whenever we attempt to describe the ultimate origin or end of our paths; and yet, when one of us ventures to declare that we don’t know the map of the universe as well as the map of our infinitesimal parish, he is hooted, reviled, and perhaps told that he will be damned to all eternity for his faithlessness…

~~ Leslie Stephen (1832-1904) ~~

~~ “An agnostic’s Apology”, Fortnightly Review, 1876 ~~


“Belief is not the beginning but the end of all knowledge.”

~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~~


“Satanism is a Christian religion”

~~ Sardonic Bee ~~


“I admire the serene assurance of those who have religious faith.
It is wonderful to observe the calm confidence of a Christian with four aces.”

~~ Mark Twain ~~


“How many Christian fundamentalists does it take to change a light bulb?
None. The Bible doesn’t mention light bulbs.”

~~ Smart Bee ~~


“In anything at all, perfection is finally attained,
not when there is no longer anything to add,
but when there is no longer anything to take away.”

~~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery , Wind, Sand & Stars ~~


“It is not necessary to fall into a well to know its depth.”

~~ Smart Bee, channeling gigoid ~~


The biologist thinks he is a chemist,
The chemist thinks he is a physicist,
The physicist thinks he is a God,
And God thinks She is a mathematician.

~~ Paula Thompson ~~



    Today’s selection is from another WP blogger, one I consider one of my closest friends online, as well as a wildly talented poetess and artist in general…. The poem is an expression of joy, which made me smile, and weep, all at once…. The picture that follows from the same post, is, in my opinion, sheer genius wisdom, and deserves to be included here….. Here then, from a soul trooper, fighting the ultimate fight, to be herself, whole and happy….

The Voice in my Box

For many years

debilitating thoughts

made a home in my mind

No room at the inn, door locked


I smiled in silence

To an oblivious room

All the while

My throat screaming

For all the bad memories

All the unfair nights

All the damn hurt!

the effects

…and the cause

Life played out and my lips

….Obediently paused


The drink of belief

Made her way

From my mouth to my feet

Like a waking alien

I have found my home again

And all that was shrunken inside

Lost the urgency to cling and hide

Rising in hope

Yes this freedom speaks

Oh honey…

This freedom sings!

She flys on flames atop of wings

And the music is sweeter than ever

My voice, my speakers

Reign out

Bleeding a glorious color

Onto white corners

of my

…Newly born feathers.

~~ Souldiergirl ~~


souldiergirls color



Naked Pearls

Life, at Large….


“If you cannot find happiness along the way, you will not find it at the end of the trail.”

~~ Zen Bee ~~


“He would be the finer gentleman that should leave the world
without having tasted of lying or pretense of any sort,
or of wantonness or conceit.”

~~ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus — Meditations, ix, 2 ~~


“The truth is our most valuable commodity.
It would probably be a way better world if people didn’t use it so economically.”

~~ Personal Journal of Doogie Howser, M.D.~~
~~ from the TV show, Doogie Howser ~~


“But some emotions don’t make a lot of noise.
It’s hard to hear pride. Caring is real faint – like a heartbeat.
And pure love – why, some days it’s so quiet, you don’t even know it’s there.”

~~ Erma Bombeck ~~


“Belief is not the beginning but the end of all knowledge.”

~~ Johann Wolfgang van Goethe ~~


“We usually get what we order from life.”

~~ Limon ~~


“All perception of truth is the detection of an analogy.”

~~ Henry David Thoreau ~~


“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”

~~ Mahatma Gandhi ~~


“How many Great Souls does it take to change a light bulb?
None; the light from within illuminates all around them.”

~~ gigoid, following a theme ~~


Well, I like it…. Now, I’ll go see how the WP editor likes my workaround for the new crap they added to their editing function, that I have yet to figure out. Time, as it always does, will tell; damn thing won’t keep its mouth shut. Regardless, I’ll be back tomorrow, to take another shot at some Asininnies, or, at least, kill a few of the myths people buy into. Try to be happy; give a bit of yourself to another of Earth’s creatures, human, or otherwise, & you’ll find it helps yourself, too…. Plus, the happiness will be there inside when you are done…. Truth…. See ya….

Y’all take care out there,
and May the Metaphorse be with you;
Blessed Be, dearest Carole, Mark,Theresa, & Richy
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

The *only* duly authorized Computer Curmudgeon.


“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch

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À bientôt, mon cherí….


15 thoughts on “That paradigm is awfully pale, isn’t it?….

  1. Ten Years After…always a good choice as well….may I suggest some Bo Diddley as well….the REAL king of rock……my grandfather use to say…” the only belief one truly needs is the belief in one’s self”….chuq

    • 😉

      I’ll put both on the list for posts down the line…. Know and love both…. Haven’t thought of Ten Years After in at least thirty years, so, it’s time to bring them back for a review….

      Thanks…. & your granddad was “a corker”, for sure….



  2. With the introduction of Air Conditioning..
    loss of front porches.. and screens replacing faces..
    blogs are certainly replacing front porches in at least
    a virtual way.. and that is good.. as who knows/FEELS
    eventuAlly ‘we’ may be motivated to build
    front porches in ‘real life’ again..
    And i suppose that is wheRe words
    that are more than facts
    can lead
    back to
    of human.. again..
    When we find that is truly what
    we share in common.. being human…
    And hmm..
    i leave religion at the Beach
    and it stays with
    me then now
    as Jonathan
    ston as
    Freer now
    and higher
    with never a
    world of words
    to hold me back
    from flying free
    on land
    but sure i
    come back
    to words.. as
    sometimes flying
    can be poeTry too.. sMiLes
    and thanks for the free flying
    inspiration you do sing here..:)
    There is no doubt in my mind that
    heARt is real as a metaphor of human
    FEELING emoTioN.. that spiRit is real as
    connecting emoTioN to other
    expresSinG humans
    and the rest of
    Nature as inter
    Force of
    in what can be
    m e t a p h o r
    for GOD and
    of Human Being
    SoUls as metaphor
    for BalanCinG BEinG
    in MiNd and BoDy
    ways of
    and integrating
    senses in moving
    Art the way our
    ancestors capture
    prey and avoid predators
    without breaking a leave
    of sound.. in invisible
    ways of yes..
    again.. now
    human balance
    with the rest of Nature
    in action.. consequence..
    either dark or light
    as positive
    or negative
    that comes now
    or then.. but yes..
    the bottom line is
    we are here.. and
    sure this is a nice
    front porch friend
    to shoot the
    the feather
    may fly
    in Peace
    in Love
    of just floating
    around and free now..
    Anyway considering the stresses
    of modern mechanical cognition life,,
    highest rates of suicide in places
    like South Korea.. where
    technology reigns
    highest.. now
    in the so-
    world.. now
    this E-world
    must find a source
    of human heARt..
    SpiRit and soUl
    to have any
    chance of
    as human BEinG
    aGaiN.. and poeTry
    and blogs are a staRt
    back to human being..
    as Lord knows that
    is wheRe i find
    my hUman
    and tHere
    is meaSure
    of treaSure
    kNoWn to humaN
    being like a free flowing
    mind and body in balance
    holding hands in heArt..
    SpiRit.. and SoUL in
    at least
    for me
    so thanks again
    for your treasure here..
    friend gigoid.. no price
    to measure human SoUl..:)$
    And yeah.. if i wanna find
    wisdom.. i’ll go see
    someone who
    spends decades
    helping folks
    in a psych-
    a monk
    in a monastery..
    or priest or pastor
    in a seminary.. for sure..
    no.. there is nothing
    that my
    friend @ALL..;)

  3. When you are sitting in one position fir any length if time it always hurts when you try to get up
    To beg, borrow and steal
    The one thing you have to remember is
    That you never get caught
    Find another movie and when that one no longer works
    Find another
    That’s what’s so good
    There’s so many to pick from

    • Truth, my friend…. eventually, movement is mandatory… and, if the movies on my comp, or the net run dry, there’s always my memories…

      Or, imagination; dealing w/pain teaches us how to retreat there at will, to enter a different reality than the one our body inhabits….

      Infinite choices, if we can remember where to look…

      Thanks for the reminder…


    • It appeared on in the middle of the kitchen floor, moving fast toward the carpet in the next room, where it could hide… Leelu noticed it moving (cats see ANY movement; hunters, they are, and movement means prey….), and was playing with it with her paw… She wouldn’t kill in on purpose, but, it is also a predator, and they fight back when threated, so, it might have bitten her, also without any evil intent…. I couldn’t save them both from harm, so, I picked Leelu…. It’s still a tough ethical decision to make….


  4. Reblogged this on gigoid and commented:


    My walkabouts are somewhat restricted right now, as this part of the world is currently being drenched with all the rain it HASN’T dropped this winter…. So, being trapped indoors for the time being, I’ll try to get a fresh Pearl done for tomorrow. For now, please enjoy this one from about 2.5 years ago, with one of the earliest appearances of the Naked Pearl section, which is now a regularly appearing standardized portion of a complete Pearl of Virtual Wisdom. I hope you enjoy it, & I’ll see y’all soon….

    Be well and happy; the alternative sucks….

    gigoid, the dubious


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