Somewhat Interconnected


Pic of the day:  Correspondence Cinema, France in the XXI Century

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There was a good reason for removing that motto; there was, indeed, an unassailably good reason — in the fact that the motto stated a lie. If this nation has ever trusted in God, that time has gone by; for nearly half a century almost its entire trust has been in the Republican party and the dollar–mainly the dollar.

Mark Twain, Speaking about the removal of the words “In God We Trust” from coins

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You can’t live in the past, it’s already been lived.  But it s a comfortable place to visit while living in the present.  And you need a comfortable place to visit if you live in this world.  As the world becomes more advanced it becomes more impersonal, and you need a less impersonal place to go and just be a human being.

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You can’t live in the future either.  Realistically speaking, it doesn’t exist.  It will in time.  But you can’t be sure what will be there or if you have a place there.  Living in the future is like living in heaven. It sounds nice, but no one’s been there that can tell us what it’s like, and there’s no real proof the damn thing is even there for anyone.  Better to leave it to those who will inhabit it when it becomes the present.  It’ll be here soon enough.

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The present is nice enough.  Sometimes.  But sometimes the present is a hairy mess that is so abhorrent to the needs and wants of  some that it moves them to want to live in the past or the future.  To use imagination to get away from the awful reality of now.  Don’t blame them  This place can be a shit hole sometimes.  But it is no reason to run from it.  It’ll catch up to you.  Now is always here.

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America used to have a brighter future, because we used to be brighter ourselves.  As we have dimmed, so has our feeling of a better tomorrow.  We are not the people we once were, and to pretend otherwise is foolish and stupid.

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Our past may be glorious, but it is in the past.  Our strength is not in our past, but there are lessons there that must not be ignored. Every time we ignore the needs of the people, those needs rear their ugly heads later and damage us.  Freedoms of the people ignored, trampled and trifled with lead to much unrest later on, visiting the sins of the fathers upon the sons and grandsons who inherit a festering wound that was once something beautiful.

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Our future may be great, but it cannot be relied on to save the present.  Our past is less than great, but it is past, and cannot be undone.  Our present is a result of our past, and shows us where the future may lead.

I don’t like where it’s going.

But who ever does?

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That’s it from here, America. G’night.

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