“A fire eater must eat fire even if he has to kindle it himself.”
~~ Salvor Hardin ~~
~~ from Foundation, by Isaac Asimov ~~
Hajime…. As I begin today’s post, several, no, many things are running through my head, most of which are unprintable, thanks to the reappearance of Murphy in this process. I’m trying to ignore his usual tricks, including the bloody mess in the water closet, so, that’s the last we’ll speak of it. It’s just depressing, anyway. Instead, I’ll jump right into some light housekeeping, in a manner of speaking, so we can get on with the rest of today’s mess, such as it may be.
I’ve been home from Texas for three full days now, but, still haven’t fully recovered from either the jet lag, or the near-complete exhaustion into which I drove myself, in order to do what I had promised to do. I completed my vow, but, with a slightly reduced degree of my usual excellence, due to a number of factors, led by the difficulties presented by my own reduced physical abilities, which tended to complicate all the rest. That, of course, is an obscure reference to getting old, a wall against which I am still banging my head too often. But, it got done, and done to a turn, so, all is well, with a good time had by all.
I have managed to put together a Pearl, complete with a fresh rant-like discussion. A new poem is leaking out, but, hasn’t quite gelled enough to finish, so, we’ll outsource there today. In some ways, I’d call what we have today a standard Pearl, not too shabby, but, not blindingly bright. So be it. It’s going to take some time, I think, to get back to our normal (hah!) routine, but, with Leelu’s help, we can do it. Perhaps my decision to return to Facebook will complicate matters, but, it’s good, I think, to take ourselves out of our comfort zone now and again, and, it certainly won’t hurt me to socialize a bit more….
All that said, to our usual lack of purpose, and, the obligatory lack of clarity, I’ll get this slow on the toad, so we can all get on to something more productive, if less fun. I suppose I should issue one or more of our usual warning/disclaimers, but, I’ve decided, from now on, y’all are on your own in that respect. If y’all don’t have a clue by now how it goes around here, well, you’ll just have to deal with it as it is, for, we have done all we can do to prepare you sufficiently to protect yourselves…. In short, welcome to reality…..
Shall we Pearl?….
“The stupid are deaf to the truth;
they hear, but think that the wisdom applies to someone else.”
~~ Heraclitus ~~
It’s been a while since posting at all, so, naturally, Murphy has stepped in with his usual precise timing, to throw a spanner in the works. First day back, & I find myself late, and rushed to get it done…. Hence, our default musical choice, again chosen for the picture which drew my eye…. Enjoy, ffolkes….
“In the arena of human life
the honors and rewards
fall to those who show their good qualities in action.”
~~ Aristotle, Nicomachen Ethics (4th c. BC) ~~
Though he lived more than 2500 years ago, Aristotle is still regarded as one of humanity’s greatest minds. There are points in his writings which indicate certain fallacies, but, most, if not all, may be attributed to the time in which he lived, for no man, or woman is free from the prejudices or assumed facts with which he is raised, and lives his life. Given that caveat, his thoughts on ethics, morality, and philosophy remain one of the standards by which excellence in thinking is judged.
If we can assume the validity of this aphorism, it clearly indicates how our modern world, so full of conflict and strife, has reached such a dangerous point in our journey toward developing a mature culture, able to survive into the unknown future. If we may define ‘human life’ as those parts of culture which best describe humanity’s hope for that future, then the culture we have been manipulated into accepting has nothing to do with being truly human, for all the honors and rewards go to those who display our most destructive characteristics, such as lack of compassion for others, the ability to deny their own responsibility to the species at large in favor of personal gain, and the use of their imagination for self-service, rather than for humanity at large.
Thus it is clear to me, because we have denied the ethical, human side of our nature, we have become a culture which is slowly, but, inevitably, heading for self-destruction. Moreover, thanks to the part of our modern culture which encourages dependency and mental laziness, almost all of those who will die in the imminent chaos are completely unaware of the danger, or their own part in bringing it to their own lives. As long as those who control the media, especially television, most of the world will go to their deaths without ever knowing of their peril at all…..
“It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.”
~~ Arthur C. Clarke ~~
I’ve written on this subject previously, as you know; some might say I’ve beaten this poor horse to death. But, given the absolute cluelessness of the general public on this planet, I would think some repetition might be necessary. In fact, given that same reluctance to use their minimal powers of reasoning, some serious pounding with a two-by-four piece of pine might also help it sink in, thought that remains a question. The need for the masses of humanity to WAKE THE FUCK UP is greater now than ever, I think; it’s also completely unlikely to happen….
When I returned to my online haunts, I checked in at chuq’s blog, where a lot of the discussion revolves around politics, and foreign policy, with a bunch of our current election news thrown in for discussion. I’m going to let y’all off easy today, by ending today’s rantish piece with my comment from the first post I saw…. It’s a good summary of how I’m feeling, politically, these days, so, we’ll go with it, and leave it at that for now…. As y’all know, I’ll probably come back to this again, because it’s all I can do….
“SIGH…. After seven days of completely ignoring politics, I can only say how ‘odd’ it all seems with a bit of perspective. I am reminded of the old joke about, “but, if you do, it only encourages them!”
The only way left to defeat the corporations, who are the real enemy (governments are merely the tool with which they distract us), is a complete boycott of their systems, returning to barter as our form of economics, which places value on human effort, not on illusions, ideas which do not exist in the physical world. If we didn’t pay our taxes, they wouldn’t have anything with which to threaten us, would they? How would they pay their myrmidons to arrest us all?
Capitalism must go, so must governments, and religion. Together, they have been used, as tools of manipulation, to direct the entire world for the benefit of just a few, disregarding any moral considerations in favor of their narcissist, sociopathic selfishness. It’s time for them to go away, and leave the rest of us be…. That includes all the Democrats, all the Republicans, all the Popes, and Imams, and Prophets, and ALL the bankers…. along with all the other assholes who sell their souls to the corporations, so they can be part of the elite….
…. may they rot in their own version of hell, instead of giving it to everyone else…. & you can tell ’em I said so.”
So be it.
gigoid has spoken….
There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!
~~ Emily Dickinson ~~
Instructions for Life
“Only the actions of the just
Smell sweet and blossom in the dust.”
~~ James Shirley — Contention of Ajax and Ulysses, Sc. 3 ~~
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.”
~~ Gandhi ~~
“The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and comfort
— the opening, terror.
Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing —
the opening a wonderfully joyous moment.”
~~ Andy Rooney ~~
“As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff,
so does affliction purify virtue.”
~~ Richard E. Burton ~~
True wealth is measured not by what you accumulate,
but by what you pass on to others.
~~ Larry Wall ~~
“I leapt headlong into the sea,
and thereby have become better acquainted with
the soundings, the quicksands, and the rocks,
than if I had stayed upon the green shore,
and piped a silly song, and took tea and comfortable advice.”
~~ John Keats ~~
“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth,
so virtue appears from good deeds,
and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.
To walk safely through the maze of human life,
one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.”
~~ Buddha ~~
It’s late, but, it’s done, as well as I can do it, given the current status of reality. So be it. As noted, peripherally, above, all we can do is all we can do. Since it is patently clear we’ve done all we can do, I’ll quit pounding on the poor wee beastie, & allow it to expire of its own accord. As is my habit, I’ll try again tomorrow, with, presumably, fewer issues with which to deal. Hope springs eternal, as they say. See y’ll tomorrow, ffolkes; that’s the only warning you’ll receive…..
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,
I just sits.
gigoid, the dubious
The *only* duly authorized Computer Curmudgeon.
“Do unto your data that which you can undo.”
PLEASE STOP READING THIS MESSAGE NOW.
“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch
À bientôt, mon cherí….
Piano…nice! Much needed today…my mind is a bit cluttered….nice to have yopu back my friend….hope all is well….chuq
Thanks, amigo; glad you enjoyed it. I’m okay, just age related BS due to being exhausted; it’ll pass. At least I got one posted; I feel better now….
Have a good one
My problem is I cannot turn my brain off…even when it is tired it still spits out shit for me to consider….LOL chuq
That’s what THC is for…. *grin*
No can do…my state it is still illegal and pain doctors will drop you if you use…..I need my pain meds to keep walking…chuq
I get that; just joking. Since I do use it, legally, they took away my pain meds, cuz they’re assholes. Now, Phoenix Tears is all I have that will touch it at all… If I couldn’t get it, I’d still be on opioids; I’m glad I’m not, but, I think your pain is worse, and could use both. They DO help each other when used together; the latest studies have proved that…..
Feel as well as you can, bro….it’s just pain, right?….
A common affliction…..’sigh’
As for your remedy gigoid the dubious it does the complete opposite for me…I canna sleep…the mind is off on a journey that will not stop…these days I suffer from the odd hour arousal….4am awakening….drat….still, I gets me work done…I read before nodding off…but War & Peace does not help! Still, I have nearly finished the two ‘tome’ volume…..something I had promised myself to do a few years ago…
Taking time off… digging out the ‘weeds’
Disciplining the mind requires focus…on the breath.
” at first,the mind tumbles
like a waterfall
in mid-course, it becomes calm
like a river flowing slowly
in the end,it is an ocean
where two halves merge in one”
That is the ‘pearl’ for today….
My sleep patterns vary from 1 hour to 2 and half….the most I get at any one time is about 4 hours….that is seldom…..I keep a note pad by the bed and as my brain starts something I make notes for the coming day….works well for me….
And a good one, too….
gigoid, the old & tired
Old and Tired?
Wait until ya gets to my age!
Sorry to hear ’bout your sleep; it’s not a good thing to have lost in life…. Nice pearl….. definitely.
SMiLes.. with due respect
to EMiLy D..the best stuff
in life is free.. oh but so much
farther out of a book.. iF one
can find WinGs of SeeD
born in Happy Feat..
ImaGiNation iS mY
iS mY insPiRaTioN..
DancE iS thE
eYe as pArt
oF i.. And then
the Lord said make
iT aLL sacred and
Holy jUst like Dance
and poEtry and aLL WiLL
be YoUr FriEnD from head to
toe to grains of sand of mountains
hOld above.. Valleys green.. and even
black hole rain of sOuL as boost to UP..
when one finds every Number as UniVersE
and every letter as natural poeTry.. duSt as
US in liFE as sAMe.. tHeRe iS no wHeRe but
uP and Up iN MindFuLL awareness oF NoW..
tHe only reaLiST pLace oF aLL in heAven’s
piLLoW i cloUds sKeYes AzuRe gOld
out and the journey
iS aLwaYs noW.. BooGiE
Wonderland iSRaeL and this
place ain’t HeLL for mE anymore..
as even though New Jerusalem can
kinda suck when ya feel the stress of the
helLions all around ya.. jUSt Dance juSt dAnce
as GoD WiLL SmiLe iN leGs oF Happy Feet uP
i iS So flY aS GOlden
SpiRAls WiLL bE NOW..
and the fAct iS giVen aLL
possibilities i AM aWarE oF
iN UniVerse noW i would be
no wHere and no one different
than i iF given the opportunity
to do iT aLL oVer aGain.. and
i woULd do iT aGain.. aS now
the ultimate achievement
iS moving from
but the greAtest
luxurY iS NoWinG
i could die noW
taste that much
better noW mY
FriEnd.. when iT
aLL makes FucKinG
sense as deep and hiGh
as soUl can go aliVenoW..
And iS iT noW nO WoNder
that folks who enslave others now
have hidden the tRuth that Heaven
requires no money at all.. no iT iS noT
as iF “THEY” kNew theRe would no reason
to buy anything but food.. water.. and shelter
And of course
DancE And SinG
Naked and free hOlding
thE hand of God in each
otHeR FReED.. anyWay2..
i’M gonna keep doin’ Heaven
’cause i JuSt can.. bottom line..
and if no one wants to join me..
i WiLL not make them as they
can continue to live in prison
as sure it’S tHeir freedom..
theiRs of choice
as not so
Dead.. Ashes to
dUsT..DuSt to Fire
i RisE aGain from
FLumes oF lies..
And as side note here.. PRoLoNG..
you kNow.. liFe is so FucKinG noW
strange gigoid.. at the start THEN
of Sjogren’s syndrome before
my eYes quit making tears
back in the summer of
why when i touched
anything with my
feet it felt
in the bottom bones
of my feet.. where anything
i touched with feet was beyond
belief of pain.. funny how the
Trigeminal Neuralgia kind of
made me forget about
that pain and
too.. and sure the
arthritis in my spine..
Carpal tunnel syndrome..
etc.. etc.. but watching that
Movie back then.. yes.. Happy
Feet.. it was the strangest dam thing..
somehow someway i knew then i would
become that Penguin even though i could
not touch the floor underneath the seats
in the movie theater with my feet.. Jesus..
i aM that PenguiN NoW
AND MAGIC ISREAL
AS BY GOD HELL FEET ONE
TURNED INTO HAPPY FEAT TWO..
and now i kNow wHat the purpose of the
Tree of LiFe iS noW to gRow deepest roots
i iS So flY aS GOlden
SpiRAls WiLL bE NOW’
“the habit of thinking only
of horizontal and vertical movements
often prevents us from experiencing
the spiral one
are LONGER in TIME
and WIDER in Space
than vertical & horizontal ones
applied to the breathe
this is the image to employ while breathing
it facilitates the exit and entrance of air
until it tumbles over the sides
and falls down
like a rain of light”
You are a Treasure..:)
Isn’t she just?….
I am honored….:)
i kiss your
Always nice to see your songs added to the end, my friend. Hopefully, I’ll get recovered & caught up to reality soon..
Smiling at your ‘rant’, Ned… Like you, I too believe we cannot go forward with the same mentality and not expect to crash… Though, like you, I too cannot change who I am, and do not wish to!
I am the eternal optimist (you know of that which I speak). Chin up, buttercup; it’ll all work out in the end. If not, it ‘will’ be the end…. Just kidding, Ned.. 😉
Sorry to read you are in pain; but, happy that you made it through your ‘vow’.
I’m enjoying the music… peaceful..!
Glad you enjoyed today’s mess, Carolyn…. Someday soon, I’ll be caught up, I hope, & get by some of the blogs I’ve missed getting to, of which yours is near the top of the list….
The body.. Also
kNown as Kundalini
riSen and hA! Funny
How physicians and
Yogis can reduce that
Inner UniVerse experience
To jUst 7 or so pArts in LaBeL
ReAcTioN WeLL poeTry iS every
gOdAm goDsubAtomicString RAng iN pAint and NoW SinGs and DanCes iN BList And HeLL
YeS tHiS morE tHan A FuCKinG
HeaD and BreAtHinG GamE..
THiS IS A FKinG tHinG
PerioD oR A
Reblogged this on gigoid and commented:
I distracted myself yesterday, enough so there is no fresh Pearl for today. As sublimation, here is one first posted in 2016; & didn’t come out too bad at all…. Hope y’all enjoy it, & I’ll be back tomorrow….
gigoid, the lazy….