“Why should I add to my troubles by facing reality?”
~~ Realistic Bee ~~
A rose for Carole….
Hajime…. What a night! There I was, sleeping peacefully as I ever do, when, at about 0130 AM, I was rudely awakened, by an extremely off-key young woman, seemingly five feet outside my window, warbling an unrecognizable tune at the top of her voice, in a bathroom (you can tell by the echo in the sound…). The screeching went on for quite a long while, repeating the same line over and over, just loud enough to keep me awake, getting more wound up with every repetition. I eventually had to bang on the wall, to let the neighbor know they’d awakened me, whereupon it finally stopped…. only to start again at 0230!
I finally got them to stop, but, by the time they did, it was 0300, so I got up to begin my day…. That lasted until 0400, when my eyes began to droop…. whereupon, I returned to bed, thoroughly confusing Leelu. Since I was thoroughly grumped, I didn’t care, and she’ll get over it, just as I will get over the angst I feel from not getting my chosen duty done at the time I am accustomed to finishing it. I’m going to be very late, and don’t care at all. Not bad, eh? I can only hope my unconscious mind isn’t sitting on a surprise for later; it will do that occasionally, dumping me in a deep hole, out of nowhere, just because it can….
The Pearl you’ll see was mostly done, anyway, as I actually found some ‘muse’ time yesterday afternoon. Lucky me, I guess. And, hopefully, lucky you. I suppose both of us will find out below, won’t we? Since I really don’t have much going yet, having disrupted my coffee intake severely, I’ll end this intro, here and now, so we can make a valid attempt to get back on track. Wish me luck; I’ll need it…. While I’m looking for it, I suggest we go finish the rest of this mess…. and, we’ll do it like this….
Shall we Pearl?….
“The most pathetic person in the world
is a person who has sight
but has no vision.”
~~ Helen Keller ~~
Playing For Change
By now, this organization should need no introduction. They make music for peace. That’s all you need to know, except that you should support their work, by donating what you can afford to their music schools, and by purchasing the CD’s & DVD’s of the performances they sell to keep the schools going…. Who else do you know who is working for peace in this world? I can’t think of very many, so, please, give them what you can…. Thanks, from me, and from all the children in their schools…
Playing For Change
If there is anyone in history with whom I identify, it is Aristotle. By that, I mean, he is, of all those people of whom I’ve read about throughout my life, (a lot, trust me….), he is the one I think comes closest to having a philosophy of life with which I most closely agree. This isn’t to say his attitudes and/or beliefs are the same as my own; there is a large gap of time between us. If no two people in the same time can truly be the same, the same must be understood to apply to two people who lived at least 2500 years apart in time.
That said, the impression I get of Aristotle’s philosophy can best be expressed by relating my own, for, in my own mind, if in no other, there are too many points of congruence to deny the connection. I first codified this in 1985. The first time I sent it anywhere for anyone to see, via email, was in 1997, while living in Sonoma, California, a married father of two teens, living the life of any such human male in modern America, struggling to maintain my sanity while pursuing a dream that ceased to exist many years ago.
I carved out a study in the back of the garage, thought about my life, and all I’d read. The conclusion I came to was, “If Aristotle, Plato, Sartre, and all the rest can do it, why can’t I?” So, I did. The following, with one axiom added over the intervening years, is exactly what I wrote:
The wisdom of pearls…
(The world is my oyster; which way to the pearls?)
1) I think am; that’s close enough.
2) The nature of the Universe is Change.
Unpredictable, innovative transformation of Reality is the Norm.
If you have a p problem with this, you’re in for a rough ride in Life.
3) Thou art God, you know. Let’s do lunch
4) Excellence is its own reward.
5) Girls think differently. So do boys. Don’t fight it.
6) Axiom #2 X axiom #5 = And god so loved the world, she said, “Quit whining!”
7) Do your Duty. Respect Life. Honor the Truth. Share your Love.
8) Go back. Everything you need to know is in the first seven axioms.
~~ gigoid ~~
At this point, it may occur to some Gentle Readers, for example, “What a crock!” In response, I can only say, not only is that a trifle harsh, but, incredibly short-sighted. However, rather than creating self-fulfilling imaginary conflicts in my head, I’ll take a few moments to explain just how it could be a mistake to assume there is no merit in this exercise of my imagination, as expressed by my experience in reality. Oh, and, I will add, for those who might have forgotten how things work here at ECR, never forget the power of the Metaphorse….
Did you catch it? Do you see how that works? Now, we have a multitude of directions in which to take this treatise. I can dissect the axioms, individually. I can discuss the entire group, in relation to what is not said, and how that relates to my opinions of current world events. Or, I could try to explain the term, “Metaphorse”, for anyone who needs it, and/or, the amusement of those who do not. Since I’ve already taken up a lot of your time, to get us this far, let’s do it the long way, and try them all, at once, okay? Okay!
Never mind; I wouldn’t do that. Well, not to y’all; I might do it to an enemy, or, to anyone who wants to be. But, for today, I’ll just say I’ll try to remember to get back to all this, because, hey, fresh rants, right? For now, I’ll just answer any immediate thoughts anyone may have regarding the above assertions in the comments, and get on with the rest of the mess for today, thus ensuring we all live through this, to see which of the fascinating above-mentioned exploration may be first to launch our mutual melding of minds. Let’s go read a poem….
Penance, Made Simple
After all the dross is sent away
a celebration can begin,
time will face up to space, to stay
willing, to shine from within.
Anger and confusion come in to share
brushing reason aside,
eager to welcome all that is fair,
alert to danger, eyes wide.
Re-gift the wicked with their own pain
stand with the just;
fail to partake of the ill-gotten gain,
living in honor, the only must.
Standing fast in the face of wrong
is its own prize and reward.
Holding on to truth makes us strong,
well worth working toward.
Little is left to chance by fate
our lessons are never free of cost.
Seldom does reality make us wait
only when alone, are we lost.
~~ gigoid ~~
“If you begin the day with love in your heart, peace in your nerves, and truth in your mind, you not only benefit by their presence but also bring them to others, to your family and friends, and to all those whose destiny draws across your path that day.” — Ancient Human Wisdom
Two things. First; when I attribute a quote in this manner, it is because I cannot find ANY source that can lay claim to it. I’ve found, in my experience, this means it has been around so long, it is considered basic knowledge for humans, and always has been so… Second: You know what? I don’t think today’s final section needs anything further, at all. This is enough, all by itself. So be it.
Since the last section cut itself short, it’s done. Very late, but, done. I’ll take it. To ensure it gets posted in a relatively timely fashion, this is all you get. I will, as always, return tomorrow, though, given today’s disruption, I won’t try to predict exactly when that may occur. Just know, it will happen; as far as I can, I guarantee it…. See ya, ffolkes….
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.
PLEASE STOP READING THIS MESSAGE NOW.
“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch
À bientôt, mon cherí….
Dog Philosophy: If you can’t eat or f*ck it, piss on it” worked for many years…then I grew old and lame and now I try to be more sensitive and…..HAHAHA….sorry I could not keep that up….chuq
*grin* No worries; we tend to fade faster these days, don’t we?…. I’ll be by later, my friend….
Unfortunately yes….I look forward to your return…have a good day my friend….chuq
Enjoyed reading.. Pearl.. (meaning pearls of wisdom) .. I can relate to your words. The neighbour bit I also experienced quite a few years ago now.. Equally it drove me bonkers as mine was much worse, eventually moved. Respect for each other and love is so precious. Thank you..
I’m glad you enjoyed the mess today… & thanks for commenting…
I have 5/6 more pages of War & Peace to read….
so I leave you with this quote from Tolstoy..
“Everything that I understand, I understand only because I love”
Good one… I actually saw that yesterday, while cruising through SB; I’d have used it, but, it didn’t fit with what was happening… I will find a place for it, though; I like it a lot…
Thanks…. See ya….
A desire to own..
perhaps the greatest
reality of human suffering
and misery now..
The desire to give..
to share.. the natural
order of the
Kind and Loving
Touch as attached
to Mother’s Breast
have no affective
empathy to share iN
the LoVinG Touch oF LiFe..
cars yesterday.. shining
every dust away.. reminded me
of me.. all those years.. i waxed the
shine eternally on Maverick.. To Escort..
To Cavalier.. To Camaro.. To Passport
and now finally
here.. at Civic..
wHere i treasUre everY
nick of parked scratch with
my win over ownership life..
finAlly set free in the animal..
plant.. world again.. iN Sands
oF NatUre FReED.. and around my
home.. strangely.. like i have never seen
anyone else’s aluminum siding do around
the top.. the baked paint in a cold winter’s
day decided to flake off.. the Winter i got WeLL..
but the house i built in 1993.. after living so poor
for so many years in nothing i owned then.. did become
a place oF Temple to worship as structure more than the
Temple of Nature aka God AM i in so much more oF Sacred
and Holy potential from head to toe.. fAct is.. one selfie of ‘that
girl’ who perceives the beauty of her face as energy.. and power
to share.. in non-verbal way.. is greater than building ever made..
as those EmoTioNs of Face generate EmoTions in others and
thaT iS human emPowERinG Energy at core.. of course
with all the birds and bees attractions to
stimulate creativity.. and
that go along
of BuZZ that
the Birds and Bees
make when plaYinG Free..
seriously it’s about time.. NO.. iT’s
about now that the stored gold and
grain and temple structures are valued
less that the FucKinG hUman Face..
and to art iT real is better than
to make the car the
Lover or the
God… than yes
thou art God noW..
Let’s Do LiFe real
to paraphrase a lunch.. a
cup of coffee.. or a beer for tears..
i do lunch but coffee and beer is out
of the question for a nuclear reactor
come real.. come now.. as hUman BeinG
but i had to work to make that eNergy ReaL
from head to toe.. as tHere is no rest in LiFE
ever more now..
With Clouds oF Atlas
and those who go against
nature pay the action and consequence
forevermorenow.. oF Getting out oF BaLanCinG
until they pay Karma back now.. with positive intent
in both thinking and doing noWin FeeLinG SenSinG
ways moVinG ConNecTinG and creaTinG now.. as
the reward WiLL only be NoW when achieved
as continuing practice oF DArk to LiGht
and all the Tween..Now between
dArk OiLed Dead Kites of prey..
as we beloW.. NoW..
And sure i can easily afford
to fix the cosmetic imperfections
of the siding now.. but more iT iS
a continuing practice oF A heARt..
SpiRiT oF heArt as Mind and
BoDy BaLanCinG wHoLe
soUL.. iNstead of
home and car
planet.. earth.. wind..
air.. and water.. moRe FuLLy AliVe..:)
Loving Aristotle more and more, Ned. I haven’t read one of his quotes without the sense of awe at this man’s understanding about… everything! He sure had a great handle on ‘life’.
Peruaosophy! Is it your wish to join the ranks of those such as the above, Ned? Stranger things have happened… 😉 😉