As I go from one room to another and need to flip a light switch, I do not stop and flip the switch, but rather attempt to flip it while in motion, as I imagine most people do. Nothing irritates me more than making multiple failed attempts to flip the switch only to find myself out of range and having to stop and go back.
“…with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
It’s the first one on the list, the right to life, and we give our government the power to secure that right. And yet, government seems to be failing in that regard. All that really stands between our right to life and unexpected death is the social/moral code we agree to. When someone steps outside that code, be it for evil reasons, mental illness, or selfishness, the government is not able to secure our right to life. We have the greatest law enforcement agencies in the world, and their function in these situations is to tell us what happened almost immediately after it happens. First responders are without a doubt, heroes, and often save lives, but they are in fact responders, not preventors. Their ability to save lives assumes there are lives left to be saved after the incident is initiated.
Our government is supposed to be the preventor, they are supposed to enact laws, systems, and policies that PREVENT those that would step outside the moral code from doing damage to our society.
The second amendment was written when a gun could fire one wobbly round, statistically unlikely to kill, and then require a reloading process that took enough time for someone else to intervene. A man proving himself irresponsible with the rights of the second amendment would not be able to do much damage before facing repercussions. In this day and age, we can no longer afford to let those that would step outside the code have their second amendment rights anymore than we can afford to let children drive cars. Not every adult is responsible or capable of having second amendment rights. Given the state of our gun technology, those rights should be earned, not granted.
For some, autumn comes early, stays late through life where October follows September and November touches October and then instead of December and Christ’s birth, there is no Bethlehem Star, no rejoicing, but September comes again and old October and so on down the years, with no winter, spring, or revivifying summer.
For these beings, fall is the ever normal season, the only weather, there is no choice beyond. Where do they come from? The dust. Where do they go? The grave. Does blood stir in their veins? No: the night wind. What ticks in their head? The worm. What speaks from their mouth? The toad. What sees from their eyes? The snake. What hears with their ear? The abyss between the stars. They sift the human storm for souls, eat flesh of reason, fill tombs with sinners. They frenzy forth. In gusts they beetle-scurry, creep, thread, filter, motion, make all moons sullen, and surely cloud all clear-run waters. The spider-web hears then, trembles—breaks. Such are the autumn people. Beware of them.
Beware of the autumn people.
—from Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
My six year old asked me about superheroes and super villains today, so I rattled off a list of comic book characters and their powers, eventually coming to Wonder Woman.
“She is super strong, has indestructible bracers, an invisible jet, and a magic lasso that forces people to to tell the truth.”
“Wait. So let me get this straight, if there’s an evildoer, pretending to be a good guy, she whips them with the lasso and they have to tell the truth?”
“Not quite son, she lassos them. She doesn’t whip them until they tell the truth about their evil ways, that was the Salem Witch Trials. “
I work with a bunch of people who have no concept of time. They “don’t know where the summer has gone,” and “can’t believe it’s August already.” Quite frankly, I’m tired of having to respond with something about how time flies, but at least now I know why they are always late for meetings. God I hate small talk.
When I go to sleep, I lie on my back, then turn over on my stomach, because that’s how I roll.
I am painfully aware of my personaly streak of laziness, it colors my whole life. Except it only uses two colors because anything more would take too much effort.
Well that scrubbed the stupid from it.
Best new phrase I’ve heard in a while. It pertains to the difference in how two people remember and retell a particular story, in which one version clearly shows the stupidity of the other person, and yet the other’s version seems to have none of that.
Despite being a night person, I’m fond of references to the sun in music and literature, particularly when it represents something more than the actual sun.
When Cindy Lauper says, “I want to be the one to walk in the sun,” and when George Harrison says, “Here Comes the Sun,” neither of them are being literal.
Still, it’s one thing to refer to the sun in terms of having good fortune, it’s something else entirely when you equate the time from sunrise to sunset to that of a person’s lifespan, and then suggest that people make the most of the time they have, because that’s all there is. These concepts echo that of the transcendentalists (Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman) who advised us to make the most of each day, starting with the dawn, and to seek no reward other than what life gives as a result of your existence and your effort.
However, where the transcendentalists went on ad nauseam for hundreds of pages, some modern era lyricists have captured the concepts so succintyly and so accurately that I can’t help but assume they were themselves influenced by transcendentalists. Consider the following quotes from Jim Morrison and Bob Marley, as compared to Thoreau:
No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn. -Jim Morrison
Preacher man, don’t tell me, Heaven is under the earth. I know you don’t know What life is really worth. -Bob Marley
Most people think, Great god will come from the skies, Take away everything And make everybody feel high. But if you know what life is worth, You will look for yours on earth. -Bob Marley
We sick an’ tired of-a your ism-skism game – Dyin’ ‘n’ goin’ to heaven in-a Jesus’ name, lord. We know when we understand: Almighty god is a living man. -Bob Marley
Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventures. -Thoreau
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. -Thoreau
Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me. -Thoreau