~~ Robert A. Heinlein ~~
But, I SWEAR I saw a mouse in here…
Hajime….. Okay, so here’s the deal today. I’m tired, having spent a long, if not particularly onerous night, attempting to garner enough sleep to warrant getting up, Abandoning the battle at about 4:44, according to my little bedside time monitor, I arose, only to remember I had forgotten to get sugar while at the store, and would be seriously short for my first cuppa this morning. SIGH…. Getting old’s a pain, y’know?
So be it. Life’s full of disappointment, and this one doesn’t rank too high on the scale, so, we’ll just ignore the pain (everything’s relative, y’know…. When I’m low on caffeine & sugar, thing can get, for me, a bit strange…), and get on with the slow. Of course, it means we’ll be shortcutting where I didn’t get this done yesterday, (which also had its share of time-altering issues….), so, y’all may as well be prepared for a bumpy road. Can’t be helped, & you’ll get the usual apology note in your email, if you provided it.
All that said, to our common regret, I am sure, we’ll get on with this, before my courage fails. I suppose this means I either have to use one of the Tardis devices, or just fake it, to get us on the toad. Ah, I know, I’ll use my extensive knowledge of cosmic judo, and use a hip-throw….. Or, maybe a leg-sweep…. It won’t matter, they’re expecting Jell-o…. See ya at the oyster beds….
Shall we Pearl?….
~~ Zippy the Pinhead ~~
Those familiar with routine here will recognize the logo, and know we’ll be having classical music today. As usual, the mix chosen was picked because it had the picture that grabbed my attention…. Enjoy!….
As noted in the intro, the archives are to play their part today. Here is a relatively short discussion of one of our favorite delusions, religion, and the tendency of humans to indulge in such nonsense…. Enjoy!…. I did.
“A desire not to butt into other people’s business is at least eighty percent of all human wisdom… and the other twenty percent isn’t very important.” “You butt into other people’s business. All the time.” “Who said I was wise? I’m a professional bad example. You can learn a lot by watching me.” — Jubal Harshaw, in Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein
I would guesstimate that more than 90% of everything I believe about life and the world has its roots in this book by Robert Heinlein, based on the comments of Jubal Harshaw, one of the book’s main characters. Jubal managed to have something to say about just about everything in human culture, and had his own distinct opinion on all of it. Of course, these reflected Heinlein’s own beliefs, but we weren’t supposed to think about that at the time, and had no real effect on anything other than Bob and his friends. The rest of us just appreciated his ironic sense of humor, and the common sense he displayed in such an entertaining fashion.
Medicine, psychology, memory, society, culture, custom, religion and theosophy, politics and political theory, philosophy, military history and structure, strategy, tactics, literature, writing, circuses, carnivals, astronomy, space travel, telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation, weaponry, and a host of other subjects…… Every one of these subjects is part of the story Heinlein weaves, as he creates a figure who embraces the entirety of human culture and history, and attempts to change mankind in a way that can help us to overcome those parts of our nature that are giving us problems, and eventually will lead to our demise as a species. This book, Heinlein’s magnus opus, is his attempt to show humanity the way to save ourselves from our own stupidity and ignorance…..
Sadly, Heinlein is aware also that our fatal flaw is just that…. fatal. His protagonist, Michael Valentine Smith, who offers humanity the salvation of personal revelation, and of personal responsibility, is, in the end, killed by a mob of unbelievers, becoming the same sort of religious martyr as Jesus Christ, with, as Heinlein so aptly shows, the same probable chances of success, i.e., none…. Nothing of what Jesus taught humanity has been incorporated into society; anyone who says it has is delusional. Humanity not only has NOT adopted the philosophy of that great Jewish reformist, but has utterly rejected it, and belittled it, by perverting its precepts, twisting them to suit their own agenda, and acting in ways that are diametrically opposite to what Jesus was teaching.
I defy anyone to provide evidence that what I just said is not true, and invite them to present it here, so it can be discussed. The teachings of Jesus Christ have been corrupted by preachers and priests, politicians, corporate masters, and every other human who desires power over others. The rules of flexibility and love for fellow men that he taught have been turned into obedience to authority, and submission to temporal rulers, as those who wish to control society twist the words, and mangle the concepts that were intended to help in another way.
“Jesus only told half the story. The truth *will* set you free. But, first it’s going to piss you off.” — Solomon Short
I don’t know about y’all, but I think, even if it does piss me off, I’ll take the truth…..
All my poetry
seems to be gone walkabout.
~~ gigoid ~~
Fine and Good, Good and Fine
A pig in a poke’s got nothing on me,
cuz I’m as confused as a man can be.
This ol’ world’s got me spinnin’ around
cussin’ and spittin’, a penny for a pound.
Forty ‘leven times since I was a kid, well,
I’ve fallen in love, ‘least too close to tell.
Every damn time, it all went to crap,
Forty ‘leven times I’ve felt like a sap.
‘Course, each time it happens, I forget the last;
why not? I’m havin’ such a blast….
Livin’ in each moment, filled with joie de vivre,
’til it’s all gone away again, nothin’ left up my sleeve.
Don’t want y’all to think I’m sad or blue,
life’s full of sorrow, lots for me, and/or you..
T’other side of that coin, we can be glad,
is joyful love, and that ain’t at all bad.
My road’s been littered with parts o’my heart,
each one colored with trust, which ain’t always smart.
Yet, long as I don’t lose my connection to joy,
I’ll find my own true love, and be a happy boy.
It’s been some kinda fun, even when I’d take a fall,
and doin’ it over makes no sense at all, at all
Day after day, I keep on keepin’ on, as it’s said;
Guess I’ll keep on doin’ that ’til I’m dead.
~~ gigoid, tongue firmly in cheek ~~
“What are fears but voices airy?
Whispering harm where harm is not,
And deluding the unwary
Till the fatal bolt is shot!”
~~ William Wordsworth ~~
“I have found power in the mysteries of thought.”
~~ Euripides ~~
“9. Love deeply and passionately.
You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.”
~~ Instructions for life ~~
“Our minds possess by nature an insatiable desire to know the truth.”
~~ Marcus Tullius Cicero ~~
“Keep the juices going by jangling around gently as you move.”
~~ Satchel Paige ~~
“If you bring forth what is within you,
what you bring forth will save you.
If you do not bring forth what is within you,
what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
~~ Jesus Christ (Gnostic Gospel Of Thomas, Saying 70) ~~
“Among what he called his precepts were such as these:
Do not stir the fire with a sword.
Do not sit down on a bushel.
Do not devour thy heart.”
~~ Diogenes Laertius (c. 200 AD) — Pythagoras, xvii ~~
“There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
~~ Albert Einstein ~~
“O to be self-balanced for contingencies!
O to confront night, storms,
hunger, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs
as trees and animals do!”
~~ Walt Whitman ~~
Having thus completed my duty, to my surprise and delight, I shall forthwith take my leave, stage virtual. But, don’t worry, I’ll be back tomorrow. The universe, it seems, leaves me little choice in the matter, and, who am I to argue with an entire universe? See ya….
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….
She looks innocent……I have the same seat in my shower…..old farts think alike I guess….LOL Sorry to hear about the sleep….I can sympathize….I have read little fiction so I have missed Heinlein……sounds like a great book……my only fiction was in my younger years I read cheap pulp fictions mostly spy stuff….you big breasted women and hard boiled dudes that shot firsat and never tried a question….have a good day my friend….chuq
Aye, she LOOKS innocent…. I’ve given up on the seat, since losing all my weight, but, it keeps her from using the tub as a play space as much…
The good thing about fiction is it has to make sense; it’s not like reality, which does NOT have to make sense, and usually doesn’t, so, it’s a nice break from that, while also teaching us about how another person looks at the world, and how they deal with it….Heinlein was a master at making fantastic ideas sound commonplace, set in a damn good story, with engaging characters who grabbed your sympathy and admiration right off the bat….
I also read the hard-boiled PI stuff… Ray Chandler’s characters were the best at it… and Bogey played them best on screen, like in The Maltese Falcon, and others… I always liked Bogey, because he was almost a twin for my Dad… same big nose, ears, & grin…
You take care, amigo… have a good ‘un…
Reblogged this on The Urban Link.
Jesus has come back so many
F iN times and has failed
miserably to change
held the Microphone
of his voice.. that’s no
longer the case.. as
an ocean wave
of Jesus ONLINE..
The truth and LiGhT
WiLL ONLY SET ONE
FREE iF HEArD iN ORIGINAL
ALL NATURAL FORM.. from mouth
to breast in suckling form ALLiNNATE..
And the coolest thing of
all is swords
are no longer
of electronic JOY
unleashed and released
as the Quantum Human mind
and body in balance.. becomes
the real deal as both hemispheres
reach the 11 balance lined as H WHOLE…
iN both mind and earthly global way of Free..
A really tall.. thin.. spindly boy played the
song ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ in a
middle school talent show..
13.. or so he was then
in ivory and keyboard
way.. problem was
he was shaken
to the core
the inspiRaTioNal spiRit
of the music over words
and couldn’t walk straight then..
meeting an eruption of laughter
from school mates.. i just want
to.. i just want to know and
feel what it all means
then.. but none of
are at all
man in the song..
movie.. or book.. too..
nor their parents.. nor their
churches.. why is it that
poor me.. my mother and
sister or so much
more like he..
live on a river
in an old shot-gun
home.. bare necessities..
Live with Love over material
stuFF.. Learn Love is the
way over all else in life..
the Truth and LiGht
then.. was the
fearless to play
AND SinG the
Jay way.. away from
a town Milton.. named
once as hell for dark reaSon sTill..
most churches per square mile in the
record books for locality then.. but the
farthest away from
in the Universe
then/now.. they have
one wish and one wish only
and that was/is to bring Jesus
back again.. be careful what
can happen again..
Jerusalem in the west
iS RA EL as the US of A
and history repeats itself
again.. around the same
latitude of earth too..
only thing is this
Jesus is too
F in SmArt
to get crucified
and just keep ’em
iN hell or heaven
dark place sTill.. now..
Being Jesus is a challenge
iN Mocking Jay Way..
art of life
i know and feel now..
and that’s what they tale
uS iN Catholic Church all
the time.. be Jesus or
ya can’t be
to get that bread and wine..
Problem is.. ya have to see/FEEL
ALL OF JESUS FIRST
OF US FREE WiTH LOVE..
as aLL iT iS.. iS Love and Fearless that counts..
so i probably won’t change the world.. NO..
but maybe i’ll inspire
to be Jesus
or at least
try to my dying
last day.. for the
greATest hobby i feel and know now..
iN MOCKING J WAY.. i’ll dance
Love and Fearless
OMG.. what will i
do after that.. sure..
there’s always poeTry
and a better book..
than old good
For some strange reason… wait. I guess that word, for me, is de rigeur, in the sense I am always so. I’ll start again.
I’m smiling of course, but, here’s why: I read this a while ago, but, didn’t have time to respond. So, it percolated, and, though now, I don’t recall all the details, I have the distinct impression my first reaction was in the form of what might be a test question, for a reading test, to wit:
In the above comment, which pair of adjectives are most apt to describe the content?
a) “energetically joyous”
b) “joyously energetic”
c) any of the above
d) all of the above
The answer, naturally, is left as an exercise for the Genteel Reader(s), and, may be considered a gift to the test score average.
Besides, I’m almost incoherent (it doesn’t show that it took six tries, and a full minute to type the word ‘incoherent’…), because I ate my sleep aid, in the form of A.B. Toklas brownies in blueberry ice cream, in just the right amount, so I am, well, pretty damn ready to sleep, if not exactly comatose already.
Small ones are all I need to play again.
See ya, brother… I’ll catch up soon, when I can catch up to my energy source a bit longer in the day….
Ha..!.. SMiLes.. rest iN peace alive.. my friend..
gigoid.. with Love.. and the answer to the test
can be easily answered
by my wife..
liGht off Fred..
you are F iN..
Blinding me.. and true
story.. when i sang in the church
choir and actually played the piano
through the decade of the 80’s at Catholic
Church.. after i finished singing.. one
of the peer female singers
said turn off
with her hands
over her eyes.. it is too
briGht she said.. and i had no idea
what she was talking about..
but she was serious..
and when one of my
girlfriends in the
middle 80’s took the
first video i ever saw of
myself with focused
eyes.. on her..
it unnerved me..
as i finally figured out
why that girl i went to the prom
with.. when i was 21 was talking
about when she said..
me.. and several
other girls said i
pierced their soul
with my eyes.. i was just
interested! then.. in aLL
cases… but i suppose
i’m all tuned up as it were
and as i rose again..
after the liGht
of my eYes..
totally.. for 66 months..
in hell.. hmm.. oh.. the metaphors
of life.. to be a briGhtest Angel
in one life and
in the same
twice or more..
an interesting brew..
and i suppose it’s just
the archetype of Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde..
where he finally gets
to understand both faces..
and adjust accordingly for balance..
but anyway.. the strangest thing happened
during those years of writing in the darkness..
in both writing
and voice acquired
my eYes until gradually
i no longer expressed the
laser option iN eYes before..
to overwhelm folks again.. with LiGhT..
the light just migrated out of my eyes to
and a few folks
can receive it without
getting totally blinded
by whatever this is now..
often it surprises me.. not
unlike the 80’s.. after i finish..
that are left
now of whatever
i am for now free..:)
Good poem by you gigoid the dubious!
Thanks!… We tries…
The bathtub didn’t freak Leelu out at all!