it ought not itself to be left in disorder.”
~~ Epictetus — Discourses, Chap. xvii
Trinity College, Dublin
Hajime…. Little did he know just how little he knew; in this he joins hands with most of humanity…..
Good morrow, ffolkes. No, I’m not sure where that came from. It just sort of flowed out when I began to type, and, voilá! Instant aphorism on human nature, a fascinating subject which continues to elude the understanding of mankind, despite centuries of trying to come to terms with it. An objective view of the way our species has approached the quest to find themselves does not inspire much confidence; most of our history shows a firm intention on the part of most people to deny all which makes us human, in favor of fulfilling their base desires for power and control over their peers, in order to assuage their innate fear of their own inadequacy.
Now, I know it’s not a good policy to rant in the intro, but, hey, I’m human, so, back off, mate. As such, I do what FEELS best, and then try to repeat the feeling as often as possible, regardless of how it affects anyone else. This particularly human trait is, as far as I can see, the fatal flaw in that nature, one which can, and, obviously IS, leading us on a path to self-destruction, through the denial of our own capabilities, and the abrogation of virtue in favor of comfort. This, to me, is clear, yet, for most of mankind, it is an issue of which they seldom, if ever, even contemplate.
SIGH…. At this point in the narrative, it becomes clear this is going not much of anywhere useful for our purpose, which is to post a Pearl of Virtual Wisdom. If I continue this discussion, we may never even get to the music, so, to keep things on an even keel, and moving, we’ll go on now, leaving this subject for discussion below. Perhaps this will save some time, and, if nothing else, makes it seem as if we are sure of what we are doing. The cat seems to agree, even if she would rather I threw some paper for her….
We’re going to go now, and, I’d suggest you hang on; Luigi’s at the helm, so, things can get a bit rambunctious. It won’t take long, though; just remember to breathe through it…. Here we go….
Shall we Pearl?….
Education is life itself.”
~~ John Dewey ~~
Today’s musical selection comes again from the Playing For Change playlist. This one is a recording of 75 Cubans from around the world playing and singing the song that means ‘home’ to them, whether they are in Cuba, or anywhere in the world….. This is for Mari, whose family had to flee Cuba in the latter part of the twentieth century, when she was just a child. She now writes some of the most powerful poetry I’ve ever read, and still dreams of returning one day…. Enjoy, and then go donate to the cause, for it’s a good one, making peace through music….
~~ Hebrew proverb ~~
There is just so much wrong with this statement, it is difficult to know where to begin. To my way of thinking, this piece of folk ‘wisdom’ can be viewed as the single most destructive idea mankind has come up with in our entire cultural history. If one embraces this idea, individually, or as a society, the resulting culture would be, and, to be honest, has become, a parody of human nature, bringing out the very worst of our fears and inadequacies, using them to lie, to cheat, and, live a life of conflict and trouble. To assume this attitude is to deny the connection to all other life, demanding reality conform to the shape of our most degrading fears, with no attempt to reconcile these with any other entity. In short, it gives every person alive the clear permission to act like an asshole.
I see this attitude as a root cause of all the wars mankind has engaged in through history; it fosters divisiveness, bigotry, racism, and discrimination, with no attempt to define justice for anyone at all. To anyone embracing such a position, the needs and rights of others become immaterial; to them, the only thing that is important is their own desires. This, to my mind, is not merely stupid, but, inhuman; those who act without virtue do not belong to the same species as do I; they have abrogated their humanity.
I had originally planned to rant about this for a long time; there is a lot with which to take umbrage in those who live to take advantage of others as a matter of policy. But, I find myself unwilling just now to put myself through the wringer; this subject tends to stimulate my adrenal gland, and I’m not going there today. Instead, I have put together a pretty good seven star pearl to take my shots for me. It’s not a rant, but, it will do for an indictment…. The people who buy into the statement at the top of the section are, in my mind, the root cause of all of the other issues with which humanity is currently engaged; the war, the racism, the injustice, all can be traced to this attitude on the part of one segment of humanity, which decided many thousands of years ago they were better than everyone else, and have maintained that insane delusion, at the expense of the rest of mankind, for all that time….
Here then are some comments on how to spot them, how to look at them, and, hopefully, how to bury them, once and for all….
“Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.” — Nietzsche, “Thus Spake Zarathustra”
“I see little divinity about them or you. You talk to me of Christianity when you are in the act of hanging your enemies. Was there ever such blasphemous nonsense!” — George Bernard Shaw, The Devil’s Disciple
“I know of no book which has been a source of brutality and sadistic conduct, both public and private, that can compare with the Bible.” — Lord Paget
(Need an example? “When Yahweh your gods has settled you in the land you’re about to occupy, and driven out many infidels before you…you’re to cut them down and exterminate them. You’re to make no compromise with them or show them any mercy.” — Deuteronomy 7:1 (KJV) There’s more, even worse insanity in that one short chapter, but, that gives the flavor…)
“Collective responsibility brings a lowering of moral standards.” — Freeman Dyson
“A doctrine insulates the devout not only against the realities around them but also against their own selves. The fanatical believer is not conscious of his envy, malice, pettiness and dishonesty. There is a wall of words between his consciousness and his real self.” — Eric Hoffer
“Without civic morality communities perish; without personal morality their survival has no value.” — Bertrand Russell
Between those in constant power, and those in constant pain.
Between those who run to evil, and those who cannot run.
Tell me which ones are the cripples, and which ones touch the sun.”
~~ Ceili’s Muse “What you do with what you’ve got”~~
Musicians, that with touching of a string
May draw the pliant king which way I please:
Music and poetry is his delight;
Therefore I’ll have Italian masks by night,
Sweet speeches, comedies, and pleasing shows;
And in the day, when he shall walk abroad,
Like sylvan nymphs my pages shall be clad;
My men, like satyrs grazing on the lawns,
Shall with their goat-feet dance the antic hay;
Sometime a lovely boy in Dian’s shape,
With hair that gilds the water as it glides,
Crownets of pearl about his naked arms,
And in his sportful hands an olive-tree,
To hide those parts which men delight to see,
Shall bathe him in a spring; and there, hard by,
One like Actæon, peeping through the grove,
Shall by the angry goddess be transform’d,
And running in the likeness of an hart,
By yelping hounds pull’d down, shall seem to die:
Such things as these best please his majesty.
~~ Christopher Marlowe (1563 – 1594) ~~
~~ Edward II, Act 1, Scene One ~~
Our final pearl is a simple, random collection that talks about Life at Large. Any conclusions not made obvious are the responsibility of the Gentle Reader, just like in the real world….
“All is flux, nothing stays still.” — Heraclitus (540?-480? B.C.)
“Just as there are laws of Conservation of Matter and Energy, so there are in fact Laws of Conservation of Pain and Joy. Neither can ever be created or destroyed. But one can be converted into the other.” — Spider Robinson
“…the greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor. It is the one thing that cannot be learned from others; and it is also a sign of genius, since a good metaphor implies an intuitive perception of the similarity in dissimilars.” — Aristotle, _Poetics_, 22, 1459a 5-7
“The questions remain the same. The answers are eternally variable.” — Subtle Bee
“The great mountains of the world are a great remedy if men but did know it against our modern discontent and ambitions. In the hills is wisdom’s fount. They are deep in time.” — E. R. Eddison, The Worm Ouroboros
“And it is not our part here to take thought only for a season, or for a few lives of Men, or for a passing age of the world.” — Gandalf
“Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” — Albert Einstein
Well, it’s done. Since I was only half-conscious for much of it, I shan’t comment on its quality, or even its quantity. I will however, make another attempt at coherence tomorrow, if all goes as planned. But, then, y’all know what they say about plans. Regardless, I’ll be here; fair warning.
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….
“War is good business….invest your children” covers it for me….chuq
I am reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace…..a tome…grin
It seems nothing changes…
Like Ned said….the same song just the players change….
Great post gigoid!
Thanks, Lady P…. sometimes it works better than others…
is truly A noW
yes S and M
way of bEinG..
Art iS literally
but S and
out in terms
of misery.. pain..
and suffering.. and
those who enjoy the
pain of living smart without
ARt.. are rather insane to
N0W tale A
trUth iN liGht
oF Lies foR NoW…
over Social Cognition takes
an organic toll on mind and body
balance.. Standard IQ points are bare
measure over much greater and required
intelligences for animal survival.. vs.. spoon fed
Mechanical ways of cognition from now of birth..
it’s like 1 plus
1.. 1 without the
other is missing 1…
The Bonobo answer is Love
The Human answer is Love
Culture’s answer is
those iN power
are doused witH
as the intelligence of the
HeArT dies a painful death
without BEinG hUman noW..
iN MoVinG ConnecTing Creating
EmoTional HeARt.. Spirit ExpresSing
heARt and boDy
wayS oF BEinG NoW..
so the beginning and
ending answer is the
1 that’s missing that iS Love aS
the greaTEst primate gift of ALL
ReaL nOw as the
Intelligence hOlding hands..
noW.. SMiLes mY friend..
i have ‘rich folks’ iN
‘mY family’ but the ‘poor’
ones wear a sMiLe that’s reaL..
And reaL iS trUly aLL that counts..
iN thiS liFe that can trUly bE JoY when REAL
of culture that
cover up what’s inside..
GreaTest gift for me.. loSiNg
effective sight and hearing for
66 months.. loSinG the virus of
Culture.. and rebuilding the JoY
left THAT ARE
REAL my friend..
gigoid.. iN noW
Always a pleasure to see your song/poem in response to my posts…. Real is as real does… kind of a universal aphorism, eh, what?…
See ya; working on your post from yesterday… and others, in between naps…
Ha! yes..! Real iS aS Real does..
and proof of multi-verses noWin the
fAct that every human experiences
reaLITy different.. from folks in caves
who hear voices to free verse poets
and folks who believe in myths of
folks dying on crosses
back to literal
life when the point
reAlly iS coming
back to life
miNd and boDy
balance of soUl..
but oh.. to live a lie
is as real as living the
truth… but sure theRe iS
real heLL and real heaven
and that purgatory stuff
‘tween.. as relative
free will allows
us to be the
one who has a great
amount of feeling
i’ve heard people
say that mechanical
cognition is all that counts..
and i’ve heard people say
that human emotions are
foolish to experience in
all the degrees of feeling
that now can bring..
but sure thaT iS
iN pArt tHeir
choice.. but i for
one.. choose iN biofeedback
of feelings.. senses.. and yes..
sensuality too.. to make my
nows aS aWesome
with emotions is more
fun that just being an atom
of a Sun and generating heat
now.. my friend..
but ha! try to convince
that to someone like Trump
or any other elected official
away from FeeLinG and
it’s like a worm
of hell and or
Now iS rA eL
iT’s ALL that’s real
but oh my.. it can be so
large or so small depending
on the paths and journey of
multi-verses.. free or lockEDin
labels of words.. culture.. and
No exclusions for me..
i’ll dream iT aLL and make
with no real
friend.. ‘God’ is
dead.. ‘Jesus’ is dead..
but the essence of both
above.. so below
aLL around Me
wE.. aLive mY
friEnd iN iREALinoW..
And for the cloSed
and SMiLes oF REAL..
my friend.. gigoid.. iNow..
Seriously.. some folks worship
labels.. when gOlden calves
iN liGht.. mY friEnd..
iF theY dance liFe
You may have touched upon a big part of the problem, with the black hole of trying to convince those who have chosen a life of delusion/illusion over one of reality as it exists. Our species, as it exists now, has the ability to make themselves believe that their own beliefs and perceptions are reality, when, in fact, they are nowhere near the actual state of reality in the real world; it is only their perception of it that seems real to them…. and, how do you get past that? You can’t, for they have chosen…. which, after all, is the only real power we have over reality, to choose how we deal with it. The flaw is, how we THINK we deal, and how reality actually is, are two completely separate things, and many of us never realize it…
Oh, well, as we say on the streets… C’est la fucking vie…
At least they can’t make those of us who choose reality see what they see…
Makes sense; NO is the very first word of power we humans learn to use, as it gives us our first taste of control over our environment…. It’s why two year olds use it so much; they’re natural power trippers…