I throw these out at this time, as I am want to do, because sometimes events make it obvious that just because things are simple truisms, simple basic realities to you, does not mean that they are to everyone. So I decide, in part at least for myself, to set out, as a reminder to me of exactly why I am the way I am, and why the world is the way it is.
And because I read too damn many books from the philosophy section, and I am just an old fart at heart. 🙂
1) Life is too short to do things that you hate, and too long to simply play your life away, too complex to simply leave to chance, and yet so simple that it is easy to forget the basics and over complicate everything.
2) Emotions are your friends, not your master. Logic is also a friend, and not a master. Do not let your heart completely rule your world, but never think that logic and thought can answer every question, either.
3) Determination is nice, and love is strong, but wits are a better ally in a pinch.
4) Money is important, but that doesn’t mean you should be ruled by the need for it. Work for the money you need to build a future, and keep your present intact. Anything further makes you a slave to mammon, and only fools prefer slavery to freedom.
5) Most Americans prefer capitalism because that is the “ism” they grew up with. If something better walked into their lives tomorrow they wouldn’t know it. You shouldn’t be married to the system your in just because you are in it. Communism failed because the people who ran it sucked, when Capitalism fails it will die of the same cause. Keep looking ahead.
6) Keep moving. Stationary targets are easy to hit.
7) Stand for something, and state whatever it is that you stand for loudly.. and while your at it, jump on people who believe differently than you, not because jumping on people is right, but do it to get to them first. If you wait, they’ll jump you first.
Viddy of the day: “Low-T” OWS, and Lloyd Dobler My brother Dennis Trainor hitting yet another one out of the park. Great viddy.
I was feeling pretty raw about my own species because we presume to draw a distinction between what we call good and what we call evil. We find our images of what we call evil in things outside ourselves, in creatures that know nothing of such matters, so that we can feel revolted by them, and, by contrast, good about ourselves.
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Pic of the day: Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette
That’s it from here, America. G’night.