Chilling the bones of metaphor….

Ffolkes,

“The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world
is to be in reality what we would appear to be;
all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves
by the practice and experience of them.”

~~ Socrates (BC 469-399) ~~

glacier melt

Glacier melt in Tracy Arm Fjord….

Hajime…. At my age, I should have learned not to expect rational, or even polite, behavior from any of my fellow humans; I’ve certainly witnessed enough evidence of the absence of either quality in the majority of those who call themselves ‘people’ during my time here on this planet. But, as has been noted by many, hope springs eternal, so, I keep making the attempt to relate to people, only to find disrespect and entitlement without reason. It seems the act of common courtesy has become lost from society, in the simplest of interactions between the members of that group. The most obvious is in the area of basic communication habits, such as those involving the use of a telephone….

In today’s culture, damn near everyone I can find uses their “smart” phone to screen calls; nobody, except, apparently, me, actually answers their phone. Instead, they let it go to a voice mail box, to leave messages that apparently don’t get listened to, for nobody returns calls, unless it suits their own needs or purposes. The simple courtesy of a timely response seems to have been displaced by narcissistic entitlement, and the disrespect that is implied when communication is ignored. It has become, in my experience, an event of noteworthiness when someone actually answers the phone when I call, even businesses. Nobody wants to actually speak with anyone else; texting, which removes the responsibility of exchanging emotional cues from speech, is the default response, and that is often ignored as well…. and, I just don’t get it….

I could continue in this vein for a long time, but, I don’t believe anyone else cares enough to either read it, or respond to such complaints… which, ultimately, also says a lot about the state of modern culture. Also, I have noted a distinct drop in the traffic here on ECR, due, no doubt, to my own absences, from here, and from visiting other blogs. Of the registered 700+ followers of this blog, perhaps 10 or 12 still stop by with any consistency, and only two or three even let me know they’ve been by by leaving a “Like” or a comment. It seems there are still a small percentage of people out there who care to demonstrate the respect of acknowledgment without first receiving it; mostly, I have no idea how many ffolkes drop in, unless I want to chase down the stats in one of the WP admin pages.

It’s early in the morning, about 0430, pre-dawn here in California, and I’ve been up a couple hours dealing with a resurgence of PTSD symptoms, brought on by assaults upon my tender sensibilities by a series of rude responses I have received during attempts to connect with people. At this point. a statement I made yesterday in response to a Facebook query to describe how I felt right then is still appropriate; I stated I was feeling ‘indiscriminately homicidal’…. Today, perhaps, it is even stronger, so, I guess I’ll be avoiding the rest of my species today, if only to avoid the inconvenience of having to dispose of the corpses that might conceivably accrue by daring to go out & try to relate with any of them. SIGH…. ah, well, so be it….

At least the angst built up by this war with my inner demons has stimulated me enough to post some fresh material; hell, this is the first time I’ve ranted in a couple months. Though I can’t say it felt very good to release all this deitrus, I suppose it will eventually show some positive effects. One may hope, may one not, even if hope is a futile pastime? One may…. so, I shall. I shall also show a bit of the courtesy I so desperately miss in others, by cutting off any further blather, in favor of getting on with the rest of today’s mess. I hope you enjoy it, futile as it may have been as a form of therapy…. In any case, let’s do this, eh?….

Shall we Pearl?….

“Kindness is more important than wisdom,
and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.”

~~ Theodore Isaac Rubin ~~

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Today’s musical selection is, for me, an obvious one. I need the soothing sounds of a classical nature; it’s my default, and today, it’s also yours. I hope you enjoy it as much as I intend to…. Abondanza!….

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Classical Music

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Further Proof

No evidence exists, no rumored promise
of a guide on the path we seek.
Salient information lies hidden, seeking solace;
each possibility lost, no longer unique.

The past cascades through today, resolute;
finished and gone, by all reputable report.
Common failings decry any fever in the root,
as pillars of salt offer up little retort.

Longitude has latitude, one dimension to the next;
truth and lies, mirrored, transform on first exposure.
Born in chaos, living in change, by guile and pretext;
artful insanity, with no rational cure.

‘Tis no wonder, some do say now and then,
such creatures are doomed, by their own hand.
Cursed by the force of their very own ken,
until only the leaving seems very grand.

Perhaps, but, then, say those who doubt,
it’s all part of how it works, in fact.
We can’t know, really, what it’s all about
without completing the final act.

Is there any hurry?

~~ gigoid ~~

6/23/2016

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Naked Pearls

Yep….

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“Any fool can know.
The point is to understand.”

~~ Albert Einstein ~~

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“Anywhere is walking distance, if you’ve got the time.”

~~ Steven Wright ~~

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“Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength
which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.”

~~ Marcus Aurelius ~~

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“In the moment between stimulus and response lies freedom.”

~~ Steven Covey ~~

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“Before you can be creative, you must be courageous.
Creativity is the destination, but courage is the journey.”

~~ Joey Reiman ~~

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“Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.”

~~- Edwin Hubbell Chapin ~~

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“Do not speak of what men deserve.
For we each of us deserve everything,
every luxury that was ever piled in the tombs of the dead Kings,
and we each  of us deserve nothing, not a mouthful of bread in hunger.
Have we not eaten  while another starved?
Will you punish us for that?
Will you reward us for  the virtue of starving while others ate?
No man earns punishment, no man  earns reward.
Free your mind of the idea of *deserving*, of *earning*,
and  you will begin to be able to think.”

~~ Odo, “The Prison Letters” (by Ursula LeGuin, “The Dispossessed”)

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Well, it’s done. I can’t say, nor will I attempt to say, anything about how it may have turned out; I’ll leave that to anyone else who cares to make note of it. I’m going walkabout, before the rest of the world around here gets up, so I won’t have to talk to any of them. I’ll see y’all, probably fairly soon, as writing does help me stay moderately sane, or, at minimum, less insane than the usual case. On that less than positive, but, realistic note, I shall bid thee adieu, until we meet again. 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,
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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6 thoughts on “Chilling the bones of metaphor….

  1. “The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world
    is to be in reality what we would appear to be;
    all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves

    by the practice and experience of them.”

    ~~ Socrates (BC 469-399) ~~

    SMiLes gigoid.. nice to see you bouncing
    back with a 7 mile Walk-about in
    what would have been at
    most as you say a half
    a mile in the past
    as you now
    are refusing
    to go gently
    into the night
    as ‘they’ say
    tasting a more youthful
    fountain of life but true..
    often this water takes age to
    find too.. for the depths of wells
    are filled with ragged edges too.. mY friEnd
    not sure what that means hehe.. but i’m sure
    you get
    the picture
    in regard to
    the dArk oF liFE too..
    coming up the rungs of the
    ladder out of the water now
    more refreshed as ‘they’
    and me
    says
    now too..
    hmm.. what else..
    it’s thawing out this date
    as Climate Change Record
    Deep Freeze for the LA Lower
    Alabama Florida Panhandle that
    normally sports Flowers year ’round
    at least in the last two Spring Years year
    around.. yes does thaw out after three days of this
    now icicles and snow are the beautiful events with
    Nature that i come to enjoy and photograph as Beauty
    more but
    true more
    as challenge
    to keep the
    Trump Tan
    tint
    of my skin these
    days closer to tan than orange
    hehe.. obviously along with the bleach
    blonde do.. he sprays that tanning crap
    before he goes to golf even when it doesn’t
    work out and now the government shuts down..
    And that’s another story but now for the religion
    of free verse poetry that knows nothing like Socrates
    does or does not.. for it is the story that is left whoever
    wrote
    it that
    counts
    for now for what is
    as always is now as reality..
    same with all the other older sages
    too and how it goes often in life before
    the Internet and blogs wHere now the original
    Author
    Gets
    credit
    aLong with the
    credits of those who
    do come before to provide
    roots for the leaves thaT/wHo gRow next..
    but when it comes to more ancient history
    this and that word and that and this version
    in open source editing and in itself is not such a ‘bad’ idea either
    as what
    comes out
    in the mix
    is the
    Pearl who
    and that has and
    is seen Struggle to get
    to the finished product of pearl that remains unique
    NoW and ready to be improved too.. with a fine enough
    Polishing Cloth to shine more even in Diamond Style too DiffeRenT..:)

    “Kindness is more important than wisdom,
    and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.”

    ~~ Theodore Isaac Rubin ~~

    Kindness FeelSenses Good
    iF iT’S iN WoRKinG ConDiTioN
    NoW at
    LeaST..:)

    “Any fool can know.
    The point is to understand.”

    ~~ Albert Einstein ~~

    Oops
    skipped
    Feel

    “Anywhere is walking distance, if you’ve got the time.”

    ~~ Steven Wright ~~

    Ha! tHeRe is no
    tiME iN
    A FLoAT
    oF oNE YarD
    WitH FeeT wHo KNoW..:)

    “Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength
    which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.”

    ~~ Marcus Aurelius ~~

    Dance

    “In the moment between stimulus and response lies freedom.”

    ~~ Steven Covey ~~

    Dance

    “Before you can be creative, you must be courageous.
    Creativity is the destination, but courage is the journey.”

    ~~ Joey Reiman ~~

    Dance

    “Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.”

    ~~- Edwin Hubbell Chapin ~~

    Dance

    “Do not speak of what men deserve.
    For we each of us deserve everything,
    every luxury that was ever piled in the tombs of the dead Kings,
    and we each of us deserve nothing, not a mouthful of bread in hunger.
    Have we not eaten while another starved?
    Will you punish us for that?
    Will you reward us for the virtue of starving while others ate?
    No man earns punishment, no man earns reward.
    Free your mind of the idea of *deserving*, of *earning*,
    and you will begin to be able to think.”

    ~~ Odo, “The Prison Letters” (by Ursula LeGuin, “The Dispossessed”)

    Sing

    PS
    These Multiple
    Choice tests are easy..;)

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