The circus refuses to leave town….

Ffolkes,

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.”

~~ Emily Dickinson ~~

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“You’re not a real person until you’re ignored by a cat.”

Hajime…. The official title of this blog, as it says right at the top left, is Exploring Consensual Reality. Today’s version of Reality is simply too much for me to deal with; the sun came up, and I just don’t know what to do about it. Not that I’ll ever need to do anything about it, but, we humans do have our irrational fears…. It’s been said, with good reason, by a number of really smart ffolkes, worry kills more people than bullets. I can attest.

Since my mind is in revolt, (or, maybe that should be, my mind is revolting….), the mess you’ll see today will be a cheap imitation of a real Pearl, since most of it is destined to come from the archives. That is the only way it will get done at all, I’m afraid, even though it’s Sunday, and nobody really cares except me. Oh, well, he said, with some relief. That’s show biz….

That’s all, ffolkes. I’m off now, to go put this together, best I may; y’all can stick around to see what happens, or bail now. As ever, it’s up to you. In the meantime, I’ll go do what needs doing, and be done with it. Let’s get started, ‘kay?…..

Shall we pearl?….

“Around existence twine,
(Oh, bridge that hangs across the gorge!)
ropes of twisted vine.”

~~ Basho ~~

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Naturally, in order to save time, we’re going with our default musical selection. Enjoy!….

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While searching for a rant in the archives from 2014, I found this one, from 2012, which will do nicely….

From 6/26/2012:

IDIOT, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. The Idiot’s activity is not confined to any special field of thought or action, but “pervades and regulates the whole.” He has the last word in everything; his decision is unappealable. He sets the fashions and opinion of taste, dictates the limitations of speech and circumscribes conduct with a dead-line.” — Ambrose Bierce, “The Devil’s Dictionary”

When I picked out this pearl, I had intended to write a piece exploring human intelligence. However, my brain had a different plan, and all of the thoughts that I had marshaled to use went into the wind, poof, gone….. Since I’m feeling a bit lazy today, I’m keeping the pearl, and writing something about it anyway, so there….

Ranting about human stupidity is an endless challenge; there is so much of it to pick from that the choosing becomes harder than the actual writing. Every day’s news brings more examples of how dumb folks can be, and finding just one that is acceptable is merely a matter of deciding which is the better choice from a humorous view, or a serious view, or whatever viewpoint from which we will write. I’ve yet to see a single day when there weren’t at least four or five instances of stories that illustrate how talented people are at finding new ways to show how stupid they really are…..

“Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.” — Lazarus Long

We’ve all seen this one, I think; if not this one by Robert Heinlein, then one from another author or philosopher. It’s a pretty common theme, after all. Often, examples can be found on the front pages, especially during election years. But the back pages also carry numerous examples, taken from real life…. such as this one….

Back when I was attending the University of Utah, The Daily Utah Chronicle ran a joke ad for a debate between Phil Donahue and Whiskers the Lamb. Over 30 people showed up. (what they were expecting, God only knows.) — Smart Bee

In order to further prove my point, here is an example taken from today’s news….

http://www.fark.com/comments/7182500

This link leads to a very short article from Yahoo news, a perfect example of how the world is going mad, step by step….. I’m not even going to comment on the article, as it’s already too hard to think about it without laughing at the absurdity of the whole issue…..

Okay, I think my point is proved. The human race is pretty stupid, and getting stupider all the time. Sure, we’ve got men in space, we’ve raised the average age to 72 with medical advances, we’ve been to the moon. But we also are still making war on each other. We still abuse animals, and women, and children, and any thing else that is weaker, and will stand still. We are still killing ourselves, and denying that it is even happening. My only hope at this point is for something to happen to change human nature, to turn us away from this path we’ve chosen to walk. I hope it will happen, but I’m afraid the power of stupidity may just be greater than the power of hope….

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The following was first posted on 5/13/2014:

I’m going with whatever serendipitously throws itself under the wheels of this bus we’re on…. Here is a thought, and a poem, from two classical Chinese poets, to whose translators I offer my complete admiration, and thanks, for such excellent work….

“If you work on your mind with your mind, how can you avoid an immense confusion?”

~~ Seng-T’San ~~

Alone, Looking for Blossoms Along the River

The sorrow of riverside blossoms inexplicable,
And nowhere to complain — I’ve gone half crazy.
I look up our southern neighbor. But my friend in wine
Gone ten days drinking. I find only an empty bed.

A thick frenzy of blossoms shrouding the riverside,
I stroll, listing dangerously, in full fear of spring.
Poems, wine — even this profusely driven, I endure.
Arrangements for this old, white-haired man can wait.

A deep river, two or three houses in bamboo quiet,
And such goings on: red blossoms glaring with white!
Among spring’s vociferous glories, I too have my place:
With a lovely wine, bidding life’s affairs bon voyage.

Looking east to Shao, its smoke filled with blossoms,
I admire that stately Po-hua wineshop even more.
To empty golden wine cups, calling such beautiful
Dancing girls to embroidered mats — who could bear it?

East of the river, before Abbot Huang’s grave,
Spring is a frail splendor among gentle breezes.
In this crush of peach blossoms opening ownerless,
Shall I treasure light reds, or treasure them dark?

At Madame Huang’s house, blossoms fill the paths:
Thousands, tens of thousands haul the branches down.
And butterflies linger playfully — an unbroken
Dance floating to songs orioles sing at their ease.

I don’t so love blossoms I want to die. I’m afraid,
Once they are gone, of old age still more impetuous.
And they scatter gladly, by the branchful. Let’s talk
Things over, little buds —open delicately, sparingly.

~~ Tu Fu ~~

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I’m so late, and so discombobulated (fine word!….), I’m going to the archives for the final, old-school pearl today; why not? Here is one from 2014 that will do nicely….

From6/21/2014:

Once again, I had hoped to have more pictures today, but, the Wise Old Pine Cone has been busy with his new student, so we’ll have to settle for a fresh, old-school pearl….. We’ll make it a random, harlequin style pearl, as they’re the quickest to put together, as the parameters involved are so flexible…. Enjoy!….

“This is a wise maxim, “to take warning from others of what may be to your own advantage.” — Terence (185-159 BC) — Heautontimoroumenos, Act i, Sc. 2, 36, (210.)

“The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.” — Max Lerner

“Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do ingloriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple: who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?” — John Milton (1608-1674) — Areopagitica

“He who wears his morality but as his best garment were better naked.” — Kahlil Gibran

“After all is said and done, a hell of a lot more is said than done.” — Olmstead’s Law

“…for the most part happiness consists in being willing to be what you are.” — Erasmus

“Honor is the reward of virtue.” — Cicero (B.C. 106-43)

Sometimes this process doesn’t work; this is NOT one of those times…. This is a good pearl, ffolkes…. Serendipity strikes again….

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Thanks to my extensive archives, it’s done, even if incredibly late. Oh, well. I’ll try again tomorrow; who knows? I may even get a real Pearl finished by then. Either way, I’ll be back; on that you may rely…..

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

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À bientôt, mon cherí….

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13 thoughts on “The circus refuses to leave town….

  1. Agree, Ned; yes, man is all you say and more!
    Though, I do have hope. I’d love you to join with me; though, sadly, I fear you won’t. I am being ‘mother’ now, Ned… and would love to place you over my kneeeeeeee and give you much spanking – though, having said that, I now fear you would enjoy it toooooo much.. 😉
    xoxoxo

    • Carolyn,

      *smile*

      As one raised to be a gentleman, I wouldn’t dream of contradicting you, milady. I’m quite sure I would enjoy it, though I wouldn’t term it as too much….

      *wink*

      Who knows what the future may bring?

      Blessed be, milady…

      Love,
      xoxo

      gigoid, aka Ned

      😎

  2. “This is a wise maxim, “to take warning from others of what may be to your own advantage.” — Terence (185-159 BC)
    Now where did I place my 3rd eye?
    Hhmmmmm
    good post my friend…

  3. “IDIOT, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. The Idiot’s activity is not confined to any special field of thought or action, but “pervades and regulates the whole.” He has the last word in everything; his decision is unappealable. He sets the fashions and opinion of taste, dictates the limitations of speech and circumscribes conduct with a dead-line.” — Ambrose Bierce, “The Devil’s Dictionary”

    SMiLes.. the best
    medicine i KnoW
    and FeeL for this
    type of gardened
    blackened dArkness ‘idiot’..
    iS Fearless Uncensored
    Freedom oF Expression..
    and trUly the best place i can
    find that is on a paid Word Press
    Internet domain.. as even Google
    can be funny in the way it closes down
    sites that don’t meet the Algorithm standard…
    Paying for it.. has its rewards of keeping it real
    now.. anyway.. i’ve won the skirmishes of algorithms
    that cannot separate word play from spam in Google
    Blogger ways.. or even in searches
    when the Algorithm
    determines the
    speed of my
    typing and
    breadth of my
    BRain.. is more
    than humans can
    algorithmly do noW
    in a few seconds
    heRe and tHeRe
    now aLL
    at once..
    then..
    but any way
    point of FAct is
    no one can shut
    uP the TrUth and liGht
    NoW aT LEast iN aLL of
    what i can do.. with this
    Word Press tool..
    through the
    ages folks
    have ruled by
    heavy handed censorship
    like cutting off hands.. and
    crucifixion.. burning at the
    stake.. hangings.. public
    shaming.. scarlet
    letters.. the
    list goeS oN..
    but for those
    oF US who have
    WoN the rights
    and privileges
    of what can be
    a new world order
    noW of free to the extent
    it is available as opportunity
    now.. they DO most certainly have a
    butterfly effect and affect role now
    of changing a non-movable object
    of Censorship and Punishment for
    the age of humankind.. so far.. now..
    here’s the deal.. no one can
    force anyone to
    Love or truly
    be free
    but we can..
    at least i can..
    i WiLL.. i DO..
    iT is possible
    and i prove
    that Victory
    in Just do it
    way everyday
    now as this is
    the age of possibilities..
    real possibilities further
    coming to LIGht and trUth
    wHere there are options that
    have never ever existed
    among big human
    cultures
    before..
    and the greaTesT oF aLL
    iS blogs are a great work
    around to get through country
    wide censorship of Youtube and
    Google general results and such
    as that.. Trojan horses for freedom
    they are.. and nah.. they will not
    make nearly as much difference
    as Trojan
    Horses
    WILL DO
    WHEN THEY JUST DO..
    NOW COME IN ENTIRE
    HerDS oF EARS HearD..
    iN POTENTIAL GREATER
    HUMAN FREEDOMS NOW..
    free.. is never free.. no matter
    what without work iN
    Practice anD
    merit same..
    but iN this
    country
    ’tis of
    me
    I GOD
    dAM suRe aM
    FREE here iN
    what the U.S. oF A..
    noW offers is never a
    continuing guarantee
    of any humanly contrived
    culture now.. i enjoy iT while
    i can.. bottom lineS.. and do
    not miss an ounce of potential
    in this real sliver of human potential
    heaven realized at this one point of
    NoW THaT iS aLL ThAt iS.. in other
    words.. i KNow/FeeL my privilege
    and exercise iT.. as
    hiSTory shows
    it does not
    come often
    and it may
    never come
    aGaiN iF iT Leaves
    tHis now.. but for noW
    iT is what iT iS and i taKe
    full of advantage alWayS now
    iN the poTenTial.. of WhAt iS..
    and FucKinG accept the rest..
    as i don’t bang my head any
    longer against
    brick
    wall
    priSons
    that some oThErs
    refuse to leave.. even
    when they can.. God
    Bless tHeir dARk souls..
    as iS too.. oH.. so loSt and cold
    as HeLL WiLL yes.. come ISReal noW2..:)

    • Nice manifesto…. I hadn’t realized owning my domain would be advantageous, but, it makes sense…. If one Googles my user name ‘gigoid’, I’m all over the first page one sees, so, it must work okay….

      We all do what we can to keep out of the clutches of the Mundanes….

      See ya, brother Fred…. I’ll be around more…

      gigoid

    • She’s a cat. She ignores me whenever she doesn’t like something I do…. Only until she wants attention again…. She always gets over it…

      gigoid

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