Got a post-mortem, buddy?….

Ffolkes,

“Be a hero! Teach your children to think for THEMSELVES!”

~~ Truly Wise Bee ~~

Ketchikan

Ketchikan, early morning, pre-invasion


Hajime…. It’s Tuesday, I believe. I know that’s accurate, because I checked off-screen before going on to this next sentence. Rather studious of me, but, then studying is part of what I do, and, am. In order to begin today’s Pearl in the proper mindset, I’ve managed to complete the silly thing before starting this intro. Not that switching stuff around has ever worked wonders, but, sometimes, it’s  matter of going with the flow, which may, or may not be present, at all. If, by this point in the narrative, you are NOT confused, I’m doing this wrong.

Distraction, obfuscation, it’s all par for the course here in Amurrica when one speaks of communication. Nobody out there in the real world is telling all the truth, ffolkes. Lying, or, in some cases, pure fabrication of factoids, has become our major means of transferring information from one to another; there is nothing on TV, and very little on the internet, which can be trusted to be truthful at all times. The pastime, or skill, however one views it, of lying has become an accepted means of obtaining one’s desires; at this point, I don’t see how it can be entirely eradicated as part of human interaction. Everybody lies, ffolkes. Even you, even me. We all do it, for we have been trained since birth to use the truth as a means of manipulation, rather than a means of education, or, of meaningful interaction.

Hmph. I see I’ve fallen into rant mode. Must have something to do with having used an older rant for that section below. Ah well, having caught myself up, I shall throttle the impulse, and, with some attempt at grace, bring this intro to a close, well before it gets out of what control we still possess. Since that will mean a rapid extraction, I’ll just use this little box right here. Watch what happens when I push this button….

Shall we Pearl?….

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 ~~


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    I’m running a bit late, and don’t feel like fussing with finding “just” the right music for today. Instead, we’ll go with what I know to be music that will grace any situation, providing soothing, relaxing music to read by. Enjoy!….

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Classical Music

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Dont keep calm

And the crowd was stilled.
One elderly man, wondering at the sudden silence,
turned to the Child and asked him to repeat what he had said.
Wide-eyed, the Child raised his voice and said once again,
“Why, the Emperor has no clothes!  He is naked!”

~~ The Emperor’s New Clothes ~~


Today’s pearl for this section is a favorite of mine, for, in today’s world, we have many emperors, all of whom are naked. I’m late, & not particularly in the mood to rant, so, here is one I’ve reproduced previously, meaning I thought it was pretty good. Hence, here ’tis, again. Enjoy!…

From 1/1/13:

“If the obstacles of bigotry and priestcraft can be surmounted, we may hope that common sense will suffice to do everything else.” — Thomas Jefferson

Oh well, so much for THAT hope! From all I can see in today’s society, what Tommy was afraid of has come to pass. If one takes almost any of the articles in the news that talk about the activities of government, religion, or society at large, it is obvious that bigotry and priestcraft have corrupted every level of those entities, and influence just about every human interaction that we see. Common sense is nowhere present, in any of those same activities under discussion. Of course, he forgot, in this instance, to include the bankers, but perhaps that is where a portion of the bigotry comes in…..

By its precise meaning, bigotry doesn’t include the idea of cheating, lying, and stealing from whomever one encounters; those activities, for a bigot, are only appropriate when done to those outside the personal group, to “foreigners, niggers, and chinks,” or some likely other group they’ve chosen to bless with their ignorant regard…… But, in a sense, bankers can be said to be universally bigoted, for they have no qualms about lying, cheating, or stealing from anyone, in any group, even their own. I guess that would qualify them as Ultimate Bigots…..

“As an ox goeth to the slaughter.” — Old Testament — Proverbs vii, 22; Jeremiah xi, 19

I would imagine this is how the bankers and preachers (either of which is capable of turning into a politician, at the drop of a hint….) view the masses of humanity who do not subscribe to their venality. In this view, they may be at least partially justified, by the apparent willingness of those masses to submit to whatever is done to them. Why should the politicians stop lying, when their lies secure for them the keys to the treasury? Why should the preachers not spread their delusions, when the masses are so willing to accept them, because it saves them the effort of either thinking about morality, or even better, saving them from having to BE moral?….. The bankers, of course, need no excuses to carry on their despicable acts of calumny upon the remainder of society; their sole motivation is based on profit for them, and nothing else concerns them at all…

“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” — Thomas Jefferson

Back to Tom…. He was a bit over the top sometimes, in the force of his expression, but never, to my mind, in his sincere commitment to Truth, and his sincere love for Mankind. I would like to think I join him in this sentiment, especially today, when we are so besieged  by attempts to tyrannize our minds by our own beloved ruling classes. The war against immorality continues unabated, and too many folks in the world have withdrawn from the battle, accepting the lies and delusions that are foisted upon them.

It is important, in my opinion, that the rest of us, who can see the depredations assaulting the common man every day, keep on shouting from the rooftops to the rest of our compatriots, if only to save our own sanity….. and, before the strain of the conflict brings us to our knees, and we enter Zippy’s domain, doomed to extinction…..

“I just forgot my whole philosophy of life!!!”

~~ Zippy the Pinhead ~~


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Choosing a Theme

Powerful words playing hide and seek in my mind,
teasing with subtle cruelty, pretending to be kind.
Grand visions and flowery verses of beauty and truth
evaded my inner eye all through the days of my youth.

Affable interludes interspersed with allegorical wit
softened the crimes, against all reason, to finally acquit.
Time became at once an enemy, and an ally
Never once compelled to provide an answer why.

Giving gifts of simple kindness are their own pay,
spreading ripples of compassion are felt far and away.
Love given freely is precious, we are ever told,
increasing love received, more than a hundred fold.

Living long and with passion has centered my soul,
allowing me room, and time, to choose my own goal.
Now that I’ve gone past any need to pretend
I love everything in life, even knowing it will end.

~~ gigoid ~~

10/21/2012


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Naked Pearls

Notes on Life

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“A word is dead
When it is said
Some say.
I say it just
Begins to live
That day.”

~~ Emily Dickinson ~~

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“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”

~~ Oscar Wilde ~~

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“We live in the kind of world where courage is the most essential of virtues;
without courage, the other virtues are useless.”

~~ Edward Abbey ~~

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“Keep looking.  What’s lost will be found.”

~~ Fleer’s Double Bubble Fortune ~~

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“If what Proust says is true,
that happiness is the absence of fever,
then I will never know happiness.
For I am possessed by a fever
for knowledge, experience, and creation.”

~~ Anais Nin ~~

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“Life is full of infinite absurdities,
which, strangely enough, do not even need to appear plausible,
because they are true.”

~~ Pirandello ~~

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“..  I wonder if I ought to tell them about my PREVIOUS LIFE  as a COMPLETE STRANGER?”

~~ Zippy the Pinhead ~~


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Done, and done well enough. I’m not even going to fuss around at all here in the closing section. It may come as a surprise, but, I do know how to exit gracefully. You doubt my word? Okay, then, here you go. See y’all tomorrow, ffolkes. Neither of us can stop it….. Who would wish to do so? Not me….

Y’all take care out there,
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,
   and sometimes,
I just sits.

gigoid, the dubious

The *only* duly authorized Computer Curmudgeon.

PLEASE STOP READING THIS MESSAGE NOW.

“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch

dozer3


À bientôt, mon cherí….


					
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18 thoughts on “Got a post-mortem, buddy?….

  1. The one thing I am most proud is that I taught my daughter to think for herself and she is doing the same for my granddaughter…..I am pleased.

    You know Tom had a big mouth….his words were all that and yet he went on the run when confronted by the British…..Dr. Joseph Warren is a better example of the American rebellious spirit…..but I am still pissed that TJ got credit for the DoI…I believed that he was working off notes not original thoughts.

    Okay I have brow beat TJ enough for today…LOl chuq

    • There is something to what you say. The Bill of Rights, which Tom also is credited for, were first codified by George Mason, another signer of the Constitution, and a huge patriot. The US Bill of Rights is a direct steal from a document of the same title, but, first published by Virginia’s legislature…. He wasn’t as pure as he thought himself to be, I think…

      gigoid

  2. SMiLeS.. mY friend.. gigoid..
    theRe iS no perfect
    but onLY
    perfect soUls
    are poets who
    spend tHeir
    lives taLinG
    stories.. as when one
    disagrees one can then
    now juSt say.. don’t yoU
    kNoW iT’s juSt a poeM
    alWays.. jUst a PLay
    oF liFe.. wHeRe dARk..
    and liGht.. Good and
    Evil.. Lies and Truths
    make whaT iS iS..
    reaLITy Is sO
    FucKeD
    uP..
    i RoBot
    beComes
    i Art.. jUst
    to geT aWay
    fRom reAson.. anD
    to visit ArT iN stayCaTioN
    way.. and by A way.. trUe..
    thE emperor has no clothes
    but the MEeK trUly inheriT thE
    earth while others die to own
    iT with cultural clothes oN..
    trUly.. iF God
    weRe to
    coMe iN
    hUman
    fORm..
    God BLends
    iN.. God reAlly juSt Do iT..
    NaKeD IS A J Bird CoCkinG
    hOLdinGaLinGinG FuCkinG sMiLinG
    wITh oF course.. hAnds wRite oN course.. w/InK..
    So.. God comes to Earth in human form.. finds the
    women so attractive
    he her leaves
    them with
    a gift..
    and while he’s
    HeRe heR finds
    ShE’s other
    half
    and
    lives
    happily
    ever after..
    iN A GardenoW
    of Eden.. and ha!
    ‘they’ thought the story
    was about ‘them’.. it’s noW
    alWays abOUt mE alWays Now
    haS bEen and as soon as noW
    otHeRs FiNd Me.. iT’s aLL God..
    Good.. i
    juSt do..
    alWayS WiLL
    BeNoWonEmE..:)

    • Nice one, and, I can go along with most of it… but, you see, I do believe perfection exists. How else would we have such an idea? Moreover, I think everything that exists IS perfect; it’s just that sometimes, it’s perfectly imperfect, the other side of that coin, in a universe of two-sided coins.

      *grin*

      Nice poem, brother….

      *smile*

      Love

      gigoid

          • SMiLes..
            The rich
            Man saw
            Heaven
            Every
            Where
            And
            Finds
            It..
            Poor weeds
            That’s all
            They
            Be..
            My yard
            Has Lovely weeds..
            Hehe.. To
            ChaGrin
            Of
            Neighbor
            Weeds..;)

          • Then your neighbor is a fool….What most call weeds are generally where we find our most effective natural remedies; I’m reminded of the old Chinese proverb/morality tale of the cracked water jug. Though it had served long, the crack worried the jug, that it had lost its usefulness. But, the wise man who used the jug, when asked why he kept the old, cracked jug, said, “Each day, as I walk with my two jugs to the well, and back, one of them is watering the flowers at the side of the path, making it more beautiful every day….”

            *wink*

          • LOL! I’m sure it’ll happen when it occurs to you again…

            Imperfection IS perfect! Good summary….

            gigoid

  3. Been coming across a lot of Aristotle’s quotes of late, Ned. Love the one you started with. And have to agree with the sentiments. I often say ‘I eat to live, not live to eat’, which is true (most of the time). What a surprise to find it amongst Aristotle fame! I’m liking this man more and more.
    xoxoxo

    • Hi, Carolyn; nice to see you. Aristotle has always been one of my heroes, ever since I was a lad… There seems to be very little he didn’t understand, or couldn’t figure out about people and life….

      See ya,

      Love

      gigoid, aka Ned….

      🙂

  4. I am in line with Anais and Oscar, as though it should come as a surprise.

    I need not remind you religion is a form of government; ergo, priests are already politicians.

    The truth is the word of those we label as mentally ill. Surely something must be wrong in the head for a person to forgo the policy of bending the truth to the point of breaking in order to spare the feelings of a person who is either intentionally boorish or tricked by such niceties to believe boorishness is not objectionable.

    My merry band of rebels ask questions in order to form their own opinions. I only venture mine after a recitation of theirs. It saves all that time in deprogramming.

    xxx

    • Red,

      *grin*

      No, not particularly a surprise. Nor is the depth of your response; most never get so deep into the thoughts behind the words.

      Good point re: priests, or as I like to call them, Dogma Dogs. It’s true; they just base their insanity on a different delusion.

      Saving time is good; there’s never enough of it, seems like…

      Glad you enjoyed the mess today….

      See ya

      xoxo

      gigoid

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