~~ Bob Weir ~~
Leelu being diligent….
Advanced Nap Training Session
Hajime…. Oh, what the….? Ah, okay. It’s fine; never mind. Good morrow, ffolkes. And, how are y’all this fine morning. Bet you never thought you’d hear me say that one, did ya? Nor did I, he said, with a crooked grin. Nor did I necessarily mean for such adjective to direct or determine the course of your day, which is, as ever, completely up to you. Me I get tired, very tired, of hearing “Have a nice day!”. and have taken to replying, “Not today, thanks. Got other plans….” It does generally discourage conversation beyond that point, but, hey, I was on my way out, anyway, right?….
Isn’t Leelu cute? I think so, and I’m pretty familiar with cute, having raised a daughter, as well as lived with cats, kittens, dogs, frogs, snakes, and other forms of domesticated and semi-domesticated livestock for my entire life. We had a dog when I was born; another dog taught me to walk. We had goats, parakeets, fish…. If it wasn’t overtly dangerous, I’ve been around them pretty much the whole road I’ve traveled, one way or another. However, none of that is either relevant to the current task at hand, nor, probably, of particular interest to most folks, and even most ffolkes. (I’ll explain that some day, for those who don’t know why I label people in such a manner…. Maybe. Then, again, maybe not. Probably, I’ll forget.)
Okay, where was I? Oh, animals. Or, more prudently, not. Perhaps, at this point, it would be best to go on to another intro-appropriate attempt; the above seems to be a bit, shall we say, off-topic, if not completely non-sequitor? Whatever the hell it is/was, we’re not there anymore, we’re here, fortunately, so, we can, should we choose to accept the mission, hare off in some other idiotic direction. Alternately, we could calmly, and with some dignity, hare off in some other ridiculous direction. Or, I could just stop, and we’ll get on with the rest of today’s mess…. Yes, I think that’s the best idea.
Now, if only we can figure out…. Wait. I know. We’ll do it this way…. Watch close, it’s tricky…. No, no, not for me, for you…. Watch….
Shall we Pearl?….
~~ Voltaire ~~
Today’s video is, once again, set to default position; this, of course, means you get more classical music. It’s not as if you HAVE to listen, but, if you do, it will soothe your spirit as you read…. Try it, you’ll like it…. It’s not a guarantee, but, trust me, it works….
I’m running late, and Leelu wants her time, so, I’m forgoing the rant I had planned to write, using the statement below from Hemingway. Instead, here is the intro section from a Pearl posted about two years ago, which is one of the best I’ve done, both rant, and intro-wise…. I hope you enjoy it, and, of course, treat it with mindfulness for its content….
“Cowardice … is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.” — Ernest Hemingway
Terrible things could happen now…. they could, you know. And, we’ll deserve every second we experience of mind-numbing, soul-chilling, petrifying terror, because, hey, we’re the ones who left the door wide open, inviting it to enter our domain, bringing with it our ultimate doom…. Yes, it’s our own damn fault, and we will know the truth of the matter, because we have been warned, having previously been given wisdom such as this….
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” — Albert Einstein
This is not new wisdom, that we’ve never before seen or suspected; history has provided us with innumerable instances proving the truth of this aphorism….. Time after time throughout our short span of existence on this world, we find examples of men or women who had prior knowledge of an issue, and, by their silence, allowed it to take place, to the detriment of all…. It doesn’t make it right, but, it is certainly not an uncommon issue for mankind…. Such issues are not, perhaps, of those we are given by Reality, our favorite gifts, …. In fact, many don’t look on this, or any knowledge, as gifts, and THAT is a big part of the entire problem….
Our problem is a failure of spirit, that has to do with a basic virtue, one that has been claimed as the basis for all other virtues; without this characteristic, none of our finer qualities are ever seen in the light of day…. That pillar upon which all other virtue rests, then, is Courage…. Yes, plain and simple, courage….
I have found, in my fairly long life, that most of mankind, I’m afraid, are cowards…. I’m not an exception, though it IS something I’ve tried hard to mitigate…. Fear is a hard thing for most of us to admit, even though it isn’t considered abnormal; it’s strength, and the way it causes us to lose control frightens us… However, that is also its saving grace, as the guilt one feels, for having given in to it, can, and does, stimulate us to greater effort, whereupon we can find that courage within ourselves, the next time we are in danger of giving in…. This is how almost everything we do, and have done, of an ethical nature, ever gets done…. because someone discovers they DO have the courage to act when there is danger to themselves, or to those for whom they care…..
That is what it takes, you see…. No virtuous act can ever take place, unless good people have the courage to act in the face of the Evil that exists, in spite of the fear they feel in the presence of that Evil. If they don’t summon, or find somewhere with themselves, the courage to act ethically, or morally, if that is needed, then Evil has free rein to let itself out to play in human affairs, to the detriment of us all….
Each of us has to find that courage within ourselves, the courage to put aside our fear, to carry on with what we know to be right, even though expediency and comfort are left behind in such cases…. Living with honor and integrity is never the easiest path we can take; it is always fraught with danger, because it doesn’t avoid evil, because it’s too hard, but, rather, confronts it, endeavoring to deal with it in a straightforward, upright fashion…. thus, preserving one’s own honor, when forced to have truck with what always leaves us feeling a bit dirty….
Now that we have wandered so far afield this morning, I’m not sure what will happen to this Pearl…. Minor ranting isn’t uncommon in the intro, but, I do try to limit it to no more than eight or ten paragraphs, so we don’t take forever to get into just the first section…. a resolution which, this morning, is NOT unfolding according to plan…. Allow me to sum up, and get on with it, if you will…
All of what I wrote above is true and complete, to the best of my knowledge, and constitutes a fairly accurate assessment of today’s situation here on planet Earth…. Evil is out there, and when we… that’s you, and me…. fail to stand up to it, look it in the eye, and tell it to “fuck off, you bloody sod!”, then it will continue to manifest its existence, causing untold pain and suffering for us all…. So, be brave, ffolkes, and don’t let Evil have its way without at least some token resistance, ‘kay?…. “Kay!…..
Shall we Pearl?…..
“Asked what he gained from philosophy, he answered, “To do without being commanded what others do from fear of the laws.”” — Diogenes Laertius (c. 200 AD) — Aristotle, xi
To finish off this section, here is the perfect pearl to go with the above….
~~ Arthur C. Clarke ~~
Wicked, angry red scenes of imminent demise
haunt my dreams each night.
Fearful visions of destructive surprise
leave me sweating in terror, as well they might.
Small, mean, ugly, with beady little eyes,
pundits gather like maggots, bloated and vile,
grunting, snuffling, mumbling outlandish lies,
enslaving the ignorant with patience and guile.
Society’s denizens exist as volunteer slaves.
Living and dying by script, completely blind.
Never allowing any resentment, no making waves.
Never knowing joy, nor any peace of mind.
Free men will not be controlled, ’tis said;
No coercion, no illusion can cloud their sight.
No threats, no pain, no fear they dread;
their only duty to keep to the right.
Dreams are mere reflections of our inner fears,
whispering, close against doors shut fast.
Mocking our mostly irrelevant tears,
clearly marking the future as our sordid past.
~~ gigoid ~~
Our final pearl today is somewhat esoteric. In general, it speaks of the mind, and how we learn to use it, but, it’s not quite that simple, I think…. You’ll see…. Enjoy!….
~~ Andy McIntyre ~~
“I am defeated, and I know it, if I meet any human being from whom I find myself unable to learn anything.” — George Herbert Palmer
“He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” — John Cotton Dana, libraria (motto of Kean College of New Jersey)
“In the end it will not matter to us whether we fought with flails or reeds. It will matter to us greatly on what side we fought.” — G. K. Chesterton
“The hands that help are better far than the lips that pray.” — Robert Green Ingersoll
“The effect of one upright individual is incalculable.” — Oscar Arias
“There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.” — Hannah Arendt
“What we know is not as important as who we are.” — Subtle Bee
And life is perfected by death.”
~~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~ A Vision of Poets, Conclusion ~~
Once again, we have reached the final section, without having, to my knowledge, caused any bloodshed, unless it be amongst the targets of my vitriol, for whom bloodshed is the intended result. Having thus spit out the last of my humanity, I shall fold my tent, and fade into the sunrise, or sunset, depending on where you reside on the planet. Are we confused yet? Good. My job here is done. See y’all tomorrow, ffolkes; of that you may be sure….
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….
Okay I will agree with cute….LOL And may I say “way too cheerful this marrow”….LOL I know what you mean about demand for time….I have 2 dogs that will demand at the worse possible moment…..usually when I am in the middle of a draft and then they are fine and go back to ignoring me until the next bout with “celebrity”…..lol chuq
I’m considering getting an older rescue dog so Leelu will have company…. I’d get her another kitten, but, I think they’d be too much for me to handle; one fur-bearing extortionist is enough, lovable as they are…. They’d gang up on me.
Yes they would…..a tag team sport it is…..you would have no chance at all….LOL chuq
Cowardice … is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.” — Ernest Hemingway
It certainly is……it is also a profound lack of a ‘back bone’
True enough, for those who submit to fear are allowing their imagination to control their will, rather than the other way around, which is the way it works most efficiently…. That’s the ‘backbone’ of which you speak…. one must be willing to suffer fear in order to get rid of it…
Fear X hate X prison=HELL
Hope X love X free=HEAVEN
HA!.. IT’S amazing how hard it is
to convince folks in the first
place to come on over
to the second
there is a missing
fActor.. of D..
just forget all the religion..
all the so-called holy books..
and heLL.. yNOt.. all the science
abstracts too.. and just dance
and truly iF theRe
iS a modern
Jesus.. iT iS
but not many
folks have the
feelings and senses
oF Love and Life unleashed
and released iN a Dance of Life.. FREE!..
except perhaps the Cern Symbol of Dance..;)
Well.. so anyway.. i’m iN WinN Dixie last night and after
another marathon or so of dance over two days..
all around the southeast.. my feet are kinda
ready to rest.. until i watch your
“Present Video”.. and play
is once again.. the GIFT..
as moment oF Play.. NOW..
so i dance.. and go higher
and higher in mindful awareness..
bliss.. nirvana.. escape from gravity..
feather.. butterfly-like existence that
keeps going higher and higher aLL
free.. and yes.. drug free too..
and wife Katrina.. gets
mad ’cause one of
the folks in
line.. AFTER i’ve moved
outside of the cashier line
AND am iN free flow solo
exhibition.. ‘CAUSE one
of the ladies behind
Katrina in the
line is staring at me
like i’m a fallen Angel from
hell.. and i tale may wife.. well
in metaphor she is correct.. yes i am
a fallen Angel from Hell.. but i was born
in heaven first and have returned and if
she goes to the churches around
here.. she has
a fallen angel come back
to heaven here.. we ARE hard
to miss.. we aren’t sitting on
are up our butt..
sMiles.. Life is Good
and best i kNow and feel
with the bliss of dance away
from all sitting still hell in head
of yesternow or forwardnow..
iS the place
and perhaps one
now the Lady iN the
cashier line WiLL break
through to the other side
of the opaque
and the rest
of New Jerusalem
and Israel too.. iN
Metaphor of course
as of course wRite
on course iN the State
oF imaGiNaTioN anything
goes and often works
and that’s the
me tWirLinG.. yes..
aLL 230LBs on my toes..
iF nothing else it is the most
incongruent humorous act
that most folks around
here who are at least
liGht heARted enough
to partiAlly rise out oF
hell to giggle about.. aT LEast..
and that’s the first step out of Hell..
a heARty BeLLy Laugh..
as wide as the SMiLe
oF InfiniTy more wiDe
iN mAss.. distance.. and
space oNe as noW.. yeah..
like the dancing CERN dude2..
I do enjoy the song/dances my posts seem to stimulate in you, my friend…. In a way, it lets me know I’m doing something right….
I’ll be by later to catch up…
sMiLes my friend.. gigoid.. again..
the real is hiGh..
and hi.. as Free..
with or without
Dance as though no one is watching you,
Love as though you have never been hurt before,
Sing as though no one can hear you,
Live as though heaven is on earth.
as only free works
iN sharing thiS iN
Giving way.. with no
expectation oF return..
only hope.. Love.. FREE SonG
DANCE oF LIfE alWays N0W..:)
Aye, I’ve seen that bit of doggerel in a lot of places on the net… and have the first part of it embossed on a photo of a pit bull, in the air, tongue flying, and a joyous expression on his silly face, dancing his heart out….One of my favorites to use for a wallpaper….
It’s funny.. some folks think what i do iS for attention..
well.. yeah.. some of what i do gains attention..
but what i do.. iN the first place noW..
iS oNe.. noW..
yet free now without
concern of any thoughts
on the rest of what iS going oN..
just absorbing iT and shining briGhter..
wiTh no words.. contingencies.. limitations..
expectations.. from the rest of what iS but Free…
ONE but NOnE.. egoless.. free floWinG River no
no shores contain..
The folks who think that are those who want that attention, for they are uncomfortable looking inside, and seek their approval from outside….
Those who flow, know….
Sun shines for free
and doesn’t give a
humility as WeLL
for those who shine FREE..:)
You got that right….
Almost…. still morning here, but, soon… G’day, milady….
9 am here!