~~ Plautus (254-184 BC) ~~
~~ Rudens, Act ii, Sc. 5, 71 ~~
Life Adjusting to Need
Hajime…. Having battled much of the night to achieve what small portion of the waters of Lethe I was destined to drink, the new battle this morning, to complete a worthy Pearl, assumed new parameters, as the sheer anger and fatigue which are the unnatural result of the night’s unwelcome conflict vie to assume the upper hand, thus directing the tenor of today’s mess. Since, as you see, this has created such a high level of pedantry, almost to the point of pomposity, I have to assume the anger has won…. FUCK!…. I have to say, I’m really tired of being tired…. A little break from the pain would be nice, as well….
All that said, to our normal lack of purpose, other than the value one receives from the act of venting, perhaps it would be best to just get on with the day’s business, such as it may be. I’ve got some good stuff, and some not-quite-so-elegant stuff, and, maybe even some great stuff. All that is for y’all to judge, as I am, of course, not the one to ask. Mostly, it’s all standard stuff, but for the most excellent poetry selection today, from a blogging friend who lives in Tokyo, which I will go out on a limb to predict you WILL enjoy immensely.
Other than that, I can’t say exactly what happened, as much of it was slapped together while trying NOT to think about reality; it’s been stuck in a non-pleasurable configuration for several days, as the weather flip-flops from sun to rain, causing the barometer to fluctuate madly, sending my hips, shoulders, back and neck into a series of contortions/spasms/complaints that have been, shall we say, as much a pain in the ass as they were in their own locations. Hmph.
Okay, all done, with complaints, chatty blather, and, probably, readers. What the hell; I’m gonna go finish anyway. If anyone is still there, well, I’ll see you down the page…. Now, if I can figure out how this works….
Shall we Pearl?….
You may cheat yourself out of much of life.
So aim above morality.
Be not simply good; be good for something.”
~~ Henry David Thoreau ~~
As might be suspected, its a day for defaults. Around here, that simply means we go with classical music, picked, as always, according to which picture I saw on You Tube that drew my eye…. Enjoy!…
should have regard of mankind,
is a toy and vanity worthy to be laughed at.”
~~ Pliny The Elder ~~
Okay, so, here’s the deal. I had picked out three pearls on which to base today’s discussion (read: rant…) on religion. However, as I sat to begin, my angst dissipated in the pain each shoulder screamed at me, as they popped when I moved to start typing. Rather than attempt to maintain a coherent train of thought while dealing with that, I have collected another four pearls, to try to make up for, and furnish, the proper indictment of the persistent delusions I believe have held humanity back from reaching our potential for more than 10,000 years.
To get the full effect, stretch your mind from the first pearl, above, through the second, below, on to the final pearl from one of our founding fathers; you’ll get the proper perspective on this perversion of spirit with which we have contended for our entire history. As a final treat, I’ve included a link to the blog of another friend, who lives in Canada…. It’s a compilation of memes, all of which have a cogent comment on modern life, and some good advice on how to face it with aplomb, if not serenity…. Enjoy, ffolkes; it’s probably easier than another 2000 words from me on a subject I’ve probably beaten far too often for anyone’s comfort, though, sadly, not to death….
“The gods can either take away evil from the world and will not, or, being willing to do so cannot; or they neither can nor will, or lastly, they are both able and willing. If they have the will to remove evil and cannot, then they are not omnipotent. If they can, but will not, then they are not benevolent. If they are neither able nor willing, then they are neither omnipotent nor benevolent. Lastly, if they are both able and willing to annihilate evil, how does it exist?” — Epicurus — Aphorisms, c. 300 B.C.
“Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology.” — Niven’s Law
“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.” — Bertrand Russell
“The missionaries go forth to Christianize the savages–as if the savages weren’t dangerous enough already.” — Edward Abbey
“Whenever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn people.” — Heinrich Heine
“Any system of religion which has anything in it which offends the mind of a child cannot be a true system.” — Thomas Paine
Yesterday, on the blog of a Gentle Reader I am happy to call friend, I read his haiku for the day. It was such an excellent poem, in spite of of its brevity, I had to share it today with all who stopped by. It is below the next paragraph; if you don’t love it, your poetry gene must have been damaged. For me, this can banish the thought of every bad morning I’ve ever had, in three lines…. I hope you enjoy it. I’ve included a link to his site, where you’ll find a lot of other fine poetry and prose, well worth reading….
Afterward, you’ll find a haiku from me in response to his, and, another poem, whose title and author is, at this point in time, completely unknown to yours truly. Who knows? Maybe it’ll be me, maybe somebody else…. Thanks to the Tardis, I’ve got time to figure it out…. Enjoy!….
Sparrows trill, chirp, trill
The right rhythm to wake me up
Soft light through the curtain
~~ Ashi Akira ~~
grand master of haiku
living peace poems.
~~ gigoid ~~
My mind wants to fly,
my soul wants to hold close, the source,
strong, the moments of time;
each as precious as golden thread,
binding together such elements of longing desire.
Love hovers, always patient,
seeking the open heart,
reaching for the promise of tomorrow…..
only for one, only for now, only what is real….
Dreaming, the morning calls,
heavy with mordant belief,
replete, and eternally alive…..
~~ gigoid ~~
I was going to try to explain this pearl, at least to a degree, as it seemed to be a bit abstruse as it came together; then, I rearranged the entries a trifle, and, whoa! It works, all by itself. Go figure, eh? Now, if y’all have any trouble figuring it out, you can try one of two time-tested methods for doing so. First, read each one, without any thought of direction; let them all percolate a bit, then decide if anything floats up to give a clue. Second, read the first, and last, for a quick clue. Third… oh, right, only two. Never mind; I think it’s pretty self-explanatory, anyway. If not, well, you got to read nine cool things you can work into conversation when appropriate….
“Out of the shadow of night, the world rolls into light. It is daybreak everywhere.” — Longfellow
“All is flux, nothing stays still.” — Heraclitus
“Only a life lived for others is a life worth while .” — Albert Einstein
“Real life is, to most men, a long second-best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible; but the world of pure reason knows no compromise, no practical limitations, no barrier to the creative activity.” — Bertrand Russell
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” — Ambrose Redmoon
“The logic of worldly success rests on a fallacy: the strange error that our perfection depends on the thoughts and opinions and applause of other men! A weird life it is, indeed, to be living always in somebody else’s imagination, as if that were the only place in which one could at last become real!” — Thomas Merton, “Seven Storey Mountain”
“And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.” — The Beatles, The last lyric of their last song
“There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.” — Tennessee Williams
Death has done all death can.
And absorbed in the new life he leads,
He recks not, he heeds
Nor his wrong nor my vengeance; both strike
On his senses alike,
And are lost in the solemn and strange
Surprise of the change.”
~~ Robert Browning — After ~~
Though I cannot claim any particular credit for having reached this point, it’s done. I’ve used as many short-cuts as I could find, but, all in all, I think it works. Time, as it always does, will tell. For the nonce, I’ll take my leave, and go try to find the wherewithal to do this again tomorrow morning. If I can get through today, there’s a pretty good chance I can fulfill my chosen duty for tomorrow, and, that, in the final analysis, is always a good thing. For me, if for no one else, which is, I know, all-too-human of me. Go figure. See y’all tomorrow, ffolkes; I dare anyone to try to stop me….
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….
Music to soothe the savage beastie…..Redmoon is right about fear….when I have bad days I can go to the garden and do something destructive…it soothes the savage beastie…LOL Have a great Sunday….chuq
You, too, my friend. Me, I’m shooting for endurable, and will settle for living through it to see Monday…
Fuck soothing; I’m gonna indulge myself, & call some bureaucrat to go off on… Yeah, that’s the ticket…
SMiLes my friend..
all liGht would be
DARk.. as dArk iS
bOat to liGht.. iT’s juSt
way iT is.. considering
aLL dArkness iN UniVerse..
thAt yes.. iS viSible.. iT’s overAll a nice
place to be heRe.. iN azUre ethereal
spHere REal.. it’s kinda hilarious reAlly
to go without lesSons and intuit fRUiT
oF NaTure TrUe through moVinG..
connecting.. creating.. and
farther oNe gOes
back and forward
iN both dance and
static form.. ah yes.. just
some bronze statues from a
few centuries ago.. to express
Indian Lore.. but those Indian
folks are some of the
theRe are.. both
sides of the pond as iT
were and sTiLL iS.. subatomic
world UniVerse outside inside
above so below and all around
flows.. and to becoMe
UniVerse iS becoMinG
HaLLs Of SaniTy
and iNsanitY REAL..
so here’s to TwiLiGht mY
Friend and real.. pLace noW
oF tapestry wheRe iT aLL makes
statue(s) iS laughing
hysterically iN blood
sweat and tEars.. can
ONE her he.. heRe.. iT’s REAL..:)
“Whenever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn people.” — Heinrich Heine
That is so true.
Yep…. paranoia strikes deep….
Beautiful verses. Thank you for these.
My pleasure…. and, thanks.
And a book to go with that Music:
Click to access the-most-dangerous-superstition-larken-rose-20111.pdf
Like how one of the tree’s leaning!