or to walk on the water,
but to walk on the earth.
~~ Chinese proverb ~~
Galway ~ Ireland
Hajime…. Well, ffolkes, here I am, such as I am. I used up my ranting angst last night for today’s ranting section; it’s a good one. Powerful message, anyway, if not perfectly disseminated. ‘T will do for our purpose. With that said, I believe today just might be the day I create a new record here on ECR; this is going to be, perhaps, the shortest intro I’ve done since 2001, or thereabouts. Hmm, not in the dictionary, but, you get the idea…. Oh, right. Short, I said…. How short? This short….
Shall we Pearl?….
“Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.” — W. Somerset Maugham
Having walked a lot yesterday, I’m tired, & in the mood for some classical music. Here is another mix from someone who also likes to have music while reading…. As usual, I picked the one with a picture I liked the best today….. Enjoy!…
~~ Plato (428-348? B.C.) ~~
We all know Plato is thought to be one of the most influential thinkers in history; little did we know just HOW correct this particular example of his conjectures/assertions were to be in the final analysis of human nature; nor, I think, did anyone guess/believe how NOT paying attention more closely would cost the entire species.
As humanity exists in today’s world, virtually every man alive is, not merely unaware of this powerful description, personally, but is, as well, completely ignorant of the implications of this simple truth for society, by virtue of their ignorance of self…. This is, essentially, why the most common human male unconsciously bears an unwarranted sense of entitlement, which allows them to put aside any moral, or ethical, rational considerations, in favor of what they WANT….
These boys, for they never become what I would consider men, live their entire lives without examining their own feelings; it is discouraged from birth, by dress, by the attitudes of their parents, siblings, and any peers, all of whom are under the same illusion of superiority, based solely on physical strength, on a gross level. In short, from birth, men are taught “might is right”, and anyone who doesn’t learn to fall in line is branded for life, with any number of labels, which have attached to them a perception of shame for the bearer, all of which discourage individuality and introspection, while simultaneously encouraging the completely unnatural, divisive attitude of false entitlement.
Thus, these ‘boys’, in men’s bodies, learn to abuse women, or any other creature they wish to intimidate, such as the weak and/or vulnerable, or animals. They are taught it is their right, and duty, to “get what they can, and hold it”, usually justifying with such grand logic as “chicks dig dudes with money”… or, a car, or power, or whatever their personal fantasy entails…. and, as behaviorally shaped by commercials on TV….
Finally, without ever having learned any restraint, they learn the most dangerous of these perversions of rationality, they learn it is acceptable to kill to achieve their own desires, at no cost to their own sense of self, or conscience, if any….. These attitudes are all the more insidious for their its most attractive feature, to wit: there is no personal responsibility borne by those who assume the mantle of what I term rogue males of the human species… None of any of what I have described above is ever examined, or discussed, or acknowledged, in public, or in private…. Thus, darkness covers the entire human culture on the planet. Many of the rational men and women in history who HAVE resisted such insanity have noted, “Repression can only exist in silence.”
I saw a picture flash by on my screensaver a moment ago; the subject was a face shot of a lovely young woman, draped in a softly white, almost transparent shawl/scarf, with a pensive expression, fingers of one hand to her chin, with heavily accented eyes… My first thought was of Keats, or another poet’s verses on love…. Then, in a faint echo, from the deep past, I heard, in an accent much as that of the TV character Gomer Pyle (or Goober; perhaps Gomer was talking to his cousin…), a voice saying, “Boy, I’d sure lahk to fuck that!” I realized, even though the thought, or the feeling that spawned such a vile epithet in regard to any woman, was not mine, it was one I have heard so many times, the attitude it represents is embedded in the very culture in which all the men on this planet, mostly (certainly more than 90%…) have been raised since their birth….
I have actually heard, in defense of the human male’s urge to fight, and fuck, whenever he likes, this urge, or, in truth, false sense of entitlement, is based on natural laws, such as the behavior of the lion in re: they will fight over the right to copulate with any female willing & in season. Of course, these idiots, (excuse my mild flame….), when it is pointed out they are completely wrong, both as to motivation of the lion, as well as the consistent non-lethal results of such fighting, and the natural urges involved, (they don’t want to hear how the males never fight the females… ever, unless they are, for their species, insane…) they refuse to listen, or even, if invited, to go actually watch a pride of lions for some time, to try to understand what is actually going on, rather than assuming what they WANT to be true, is as they wish it to be in reality…. (see Plato, above….)
I challenge any one of my readers, male of female, to dispute this assertion> Any who do so, if you would, please provide some sort of justification for doing so. I’d hate to flame anyone on my own blog for trying to do so without any sort of evidence at all. I’m willing to listen to any reasonable contrary opinion, as long as it is presented in the same framework I am offering with mine.
My own evidence lies partially in my own experience as a male growing up in this culture, and, 65 years of experiencing, observing, and studying (with books and social intercourse, i.e. discussion), the human species, and, its society,, throughout human history, with a focus on trying to understand the nature of the bloody beast. I may not be Aristotle, or Plato, but, I’ve sure as hell read more on the subject(s) than they ever had the chance to do, for sure and for certain….
Go ahead. I’ll wait…. While we are waiting, how about an old-school pearl, touching on some of what we’ve been discussing, sort of, in general, or, that vicinity…. You’ll see…. Some of it, if one observes closely, provides some of the evidence for my assertion, if in no other way than to point one’s study/focus/thoughts in a certain direction, in order to find the tangible proof….. Trust me not; follow them to their end, and it will be there for you to perceive, inside yourself, as verified by what you see in the world…. Or, ask/comment below, and we’ll try to come to a consensus both can accept…..
“MTV – Why Johnny can’t read, tie his shoes, speak, think.” — Truthful Bee
“A man would still do something out of sheer perversity – he would create destruction and chaos – just to gain his point…. and if all this could in turn be analyzed and prevented by predicting that it would occur, then man would deliberately go mad to prove his point.” — Feodor Dostoevsky, “Notes From the Underground”
“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” — Voltaire
“There are more horses’ asses in this world than there are horses.” — Grandma Soderquist’s conclusion
“A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.” — Sir Barnett Cocks
“Independent self-reliant people (would be) a counterproductive anachronism in the collective society of the future […] (where) people will be defined by their associations.” — John Dewey (1859-1953), educational philosopher, — proponent of modern public schools. 1896 — “The Tyranny of Government Schooling”, John Gatto, 1992
“Clinton wants us to sacrifice – We should start with the politicians. Which do you recommend – burning at the stake, an altar & knife job, or the tried-and-true ‘Feed the Volcano’ method?” — Don Meyer firstname.lastname@example.org
“If the Catholic church couldn’t stop Galileo, then governments won’t be able to stop things now.” — Carlo de Benedetti of Olivetti on the folly of trying to regulate information technology
“Give a monkey a brain, and he’ll think he’s the center of the universe.” — Ouch! Bee
“A “pacifist male” is a contradiction in terms.” — Lazarus Long
“He who is bent on doing evil can never want occasion.” — Publius Syrus (42 BC) — Maxim 459
Portraits of iconic symbols, crashing, singing, forgotten;
evolving into mature innovation, as yet pale, and rotten.
Still water justly breeds, impenetrable primal verses resound;
unholy moments tarry, emotion swirls in passion unbound.
Spiritual ovulation precedes each pregnant pause;
gravid, time moves on, following destiny’s cause.
Cast adrift on waves of confusion, to a final, damp landing;
salvation beckons sweetly, fed well on understanding.
Dreams directly fall, in night’s grey bower, unbidden;
lingering flavors in simple taste, lovingly, cleverly hidden.
Childish laughter sounds, joyful, bright, and clear;
no need ever to hide, no more monsters to fear.
Temper most foul arrives under unregistered mail;
forgotten taunts live on, lashed by an ancient flail.
Plain dealing delivers such lasting specks of honest hate;
savage in retrospect, never hasty, always running late.
Forever, cries an ambient lover of the pending night;
his pale, weak issue forms its own failing light.
Still, fortune favors such as those who apprehend;
Sweet love of Gaia, let it never end.
~~ gigoid ~~
“The more clearly you understand yourself
and your emotions,
the more you become a lover
of what is.”
~~ Spinoza ~~
“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.”
~~ Margaret Drabble ~~
If you can distinguish between good advice and bad advice,
then you don’t need advice.
~~ Van Roy’s Second Law~~
“In our haste to deal with the things that are wrong,
let us not upset the things that are right.”
~~ Unknown Bee ~~
“Man is great by thought.”
~~ Blaise Pascal ~~
There is always more than we see.
~~ Mindful Bee ~~
“He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss.”
~~ Leonardo Da Vinci~~
“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.
We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence,
but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
~~ Aristotle ~~
“Man is free to think as his reason tells him.”
~~ Spinoza ~~
Not too bad, I think. With the help of the Tardis, it’s even done at a reasonable hour…. To echo the brevity seen in today’s intro, I’ll merely say this: Bye, ffolkes. See y’all mañana, if my luck holds…..
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,
I just sits.
gigoid, the dubious
The *only* duly authorized Computer Curmudgeon.
PLEASE STOP READING THIS MESSAGE NOW.
“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch
À bientôt, mon cherí….
Morning my friend…..I am here but my mind is on Alpha Seti 4……Once tried to contemplate the universe and then human nature…..and in the end I was angry and a headache…..I believe WC Fields once said about death…” all things considered I’d rather be in Philadelphia”…or something similar…..my coffee is not working properly….great tunes for the day…..peace out…..chuq
Morning, mon ami… 10-4 on all that; I’m a little fuzzy meself… Already left you a depressing comment…
It’s winter; stay dry & warm… or, as I once read in a meme, with a picture of a cat sprawled over a dog’s head, “It’s cold out; wear a cat.”
LOL…..we need here to get passed all the damn rain….very little cool weather on Xmas is was damn near 80…..we have mild winters but this is just ridiculous….chuq
Yep,well, get used to it being NOT what you expect; it’s only going to get worse in that respect…. Raining here, too, times 3 days now…. good for us, but, also not normal to go on so long…
Climate getting even? LOL chuq
Aye, Gaia’s revenge…
I hate to use a TV phrase, but, “You don’t mess around with Mother Nature.”
Truth comes in weird packages sometimes….
She will have her revenge….and I say let her do it! chuq
As has always been the case, we have no say in the matter, once we have abrogated our connection to her…. Our own nature will be the cause of our doom….
SIGH… well, some of us might not bear as much responsibility, but, it is, at least, shared in part by all of us…
I must be one of the good guys….I try to keep my property as much natural as I can to my neighbors disdain…..LOL chuq
Haters gonna hate….
*yawn & shrug for them*
‘She will have her revenge….and I say let her do it!’ chuq
‘She’ is me!
‘She’ is a confirmed suffragette….
Yeah!…Oi Loikes a bit o’ revenge…
You go girl….LOL
Have you been watching the exchanges between me and my “Christian” friend?
Only in passing; I believe one or more of my comments were stimmed by those exchanges…. but, I’ll look closer at those….
Kinda fun to see what they have to say…..
That Sir… is not nice…..I was the piggie in the middle……ham sandwich to you….leave him alone….gggrrrrr
That ‘dear’ is a put down for a suffragette….BEWARE! ..LOL
It is what I say when my better half wants me to shut up….LOL
i for one rest my case
of humans on the
backs of loving
than so called
or most any other
that even the
is no place
in his ‘regime’.. sadly
that takes him out of the
ranks of Bonobo crown
and jewel of
wild and free..
unlike the chimpanzee
so often rated as the closet
cousin of human that
as a common
are more into
oral sex than
oh the irony
in human language
huh.. wInks.. yes God
is a laugh.. a thrill and a
smile.. but especially
if one comes
up in Bonobo
Anyway it’s true our
closest cousin Bonobos
regularly engage in all types
of sexual orientations to regulate
human aggression.. violence
and in the tribe
as humans could
be today.. if they
just strip off
no longer lie
to the Love that
and intuitively lives inside
when not oppressed.. repressed
or subjugated for control
fears of being
in all ways
rules with Freedom of
Human Expression.. the genie
is out of the bottle and the
genie is God live..
as God lives
in us.. as Loving
sex is all i need
for Love.. even
one wife is enough
but hey.. i ain’t everyone
else and never expect
is the best biodiversity
of God that exists as
REAL AND LIVING
US IN TOTAL
YES.. WILD AND
i do not have to imagine
heaven.. as i found my
man this Love
as Heaven is REAL..
AND SO IS THE REAL
GOD THE SAME GOD
light heARted today
but my name is Fred
oh by the
way my Uncle
and his son
Ned too.. my
are the more
wRite on Course..
and dam almost every time
i come here i read something
slightly different that i’ve already
said by someone especially famous..
and sometimes anonymous..
or even you..
in the sharing..
and that is what
humans do best
when wild and free..
the Loving Creatures
still evolving to be now
Truth and LiGht
‘WiLL’ have iT NOW..:)
Fred/friend, & Katie..
As usual from you, a crisp, yet elegantly wandering counterpoint to the song of today’s post…. Sadly, when we go, I’m afraid the Bonobos will be going down with us…
I had not heard that re: the Dalai Lama, and, will hold it as unproven until I actually hear it from his mouth; it just doesn’t fit in with the rest of his professed beliefs… If it is true, even partially, I would ascribe it to an old saw that is quite true, to wit: You can take the boy out of Kansas, but you can’t take the Kansas out of the boy. (Use corn = Kansas; it’s been said both ways….)…. it may be a leftover from his early conditioning, which we all struggle to throw off at times…
I’m working on your post today, but, running behind, as I had to go out to get supplies for Leelu…. gotta have that cat box filler. But, the trip to the pet outlet took four hours via bus…. lousy bus system here….
Thanks for the comment, as always; I love your take on what you read here…
See you later, mon frer
gigoid = Ned
Smiles.. my friend
yes.. you are correct
about the Dali Lama
according to the
it’s not okay by
to quotes from
but not unlike
the Pope and
of those differences
is the state of both
the dirty water
of the past.. but
i for one.. will neither
throw out the Dali Lama
the Pope.. or the local
are at least
moving in the
of smart and unconditional
Nature’s way of Freedom and
Love at least in most human cases..
but of course there is room now for
as no one
would be the
same and truly hell
now.. always the same..
Perfection is a human
construct of hell
as i for one
see and feel it..
it is tapestry of art..
and in free hand.. now
God or ours
I prefer to use other sites than Wiki, as those entries can be altered by anyone… To check this, I’d send an email to him; he’s got to have one somewhere… Or, a letter… He is an influential person, and has enemies in high places who would think nothing of making such changes to damage his reputation…. So, I’ll hear it from him, if possible… and, as you note, he may have felt that way once (didn’t we all, before we knew the truth?), but, probably has evolved past such nonsense…
I’ll do some digging myself on it, see what I can find… That one bothers me; I respect him a lot, for he never implies any divinity on his or the Buddha’s part, nor does he generally judge others in any way other than gently….
You’re also right about some of the church figures; there ARE good people everywhere… It’s just that the assholes have had their way so long, very few can throw off their conditioning….
Seven BILLION souls here, and probably 85-90% of them are mindless puppets… I’m not sure at this point reason can prevail against such massive quantities of ignorance.
The Universe will be fine, as a friend I talked with a bit ago reminded me; it’s just we won’t be here to see it….
Ah well… such is existence in a universe of a duality of nature…. Dark and light need each other to exist at all, and we have never learned to accept our tiny little piece of eternity…
If I can know those I love are happy, ’tis enough for me…. I’m not eager for it, but, I’m ready for a different adventure… It’s always a good day to die, if one is in balance….
No hurry, though…
Smiles.. truly it is hard to escape politics as it is part of tribal instinct.. Sports work better as usually the game ends without death.. Soccer seems to work for that.. More balls of soccer and less guns that fear and hate.. Freedom of expression is the only key i know and feel both dArk to LiGht..:)
The Précis Kid!
Smiles.. With thanks..:)
Another Précis Kid!
“Give a monkey a brain, and he’ll think he’s the center of the universe.”
penniewoodfall, Yes. Tired. Been painting for almost a week now it’s all done!
Great…ya nailed it…
‘O, fellow, come, the song we had last night.
Mark it, Cesario, it is old and plain;
The spinsters and the knitters in the sun
And the free maids that weave their thread with bones
Do use to chant it: it is silly sooth,
And dallies with the innocence of love,
Like the old age.’
Duke Orsino ordering Feste to sing. (Twelfth Night)
Just for you….grin
Thanks; this one took a lot out of me. I didn’t even have to open a vein; just sat down & started ranting… Fun, in a way…. but, exhausting.
Shakespeare, though over-rated, IMHO, wrote a LOT of great stuff, & that’s one of them… thanks, it hits another nail squarely….
Flowers are much ‘nicer’ than Bonobos…
Re: the photo… It is a good one, isn’t it? I was going to attribute it to the one who took it, but, wasn’t sure it that was TMI for this venue…. Since it was in my camera, I just claimed it….
Bonobos are cool, but, yeah, flowers are more personal….