“But what is the use of preaching the Gospel to men whose whole attention is concentrated upon a mad, desperate struggle to keep themselves alive?”
I worry sometimes that we who have so much find it too easy to judge those that don’t. If I was in an area where I did not have warmth, faced danger on every street corner, had no income, and was hungry most of the time I doubt that I would worry too much about politics. I think that too often the powerful do not hear the voices of the powerless and than they don’t understand when the powerless either give up and die or fight back. I have no answers but I do think that the basic needs of life always come first. I felt the same way a few years ago when I wrote:
You guys know how I feel about most things. Generally I am an optimist and believe that we have the capacity within ourselves to brighten our lives. I do wonder sometimes though if I would feel the same way if I did not have a comfortable situation that meets all my basic needs. I am sure many of you remember Maslowe’s Hierarchy of Needs; in effect he said that food, shelter, etc. are needs that must be met before we can even think about our other options. I am sure you are like I am and are glad that we do have more than the basic comforts. It is however important that we have empathy for others and count our blessings. This is not to say that we don’t have our own problems, the difference between us and those who have no food, no shelter, no life is that we can do something.
“A hungry people listens not to reason, nor cares for justice, nor is bent by any prayers”
A lady noticed her husband standing on the bathroom scale, sucking in his stomach.
Thinking he was trying to weigh less with this maneuver, she commented, "I don’t think that’s going to help."
"Sure it will." he said. "It’s the only way I can see the numbers."
"I once heard two ladies going on and on about the pains of childbirth and how men don’t seem to know what real pain is. I asked if either of them ever got themselves caught in a zipper."
Growing up as a kid, I learned all about capitalism through the board game Monopoly. I mean, what better way to teach a young mind the way our economy functions. I loved this game and still do. Only now, as an adult I have some questions that remain unanswered.
For instance, if I have all this money and own all this real estate…why am I still driving around in a thimble?
"On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time."
The Italian says, "I’m tired and thirsty. I must have wine."
The Mexican says, "I’m tired and thirsty. I must have tequila."
The Scot says, "I’m tired and thirsty. I must have Scotch."
The Swede says, "I’m tired and thirsty. I must have aquavit."
The Japanese says, "I’m tired and thirsty. I must have sake."
The Russian says, "I’m tired and thirsty. I must have vodka."
The German says, "I’m tired and thirsty. I must have beer."
The Greek says, "I’m tired and thirsty. I must have ouzo."
The Jew says, "I’m tired and thirsty. I must have diabetes."
Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
Several years ago we had an intern who was not too swift. One day he was typing and turned to a secretary and said, "I’m almost out of typing paper. What do I do"?
"Just use copier paper," she told him.
With that, the intern took his last remaining blank piece of paper, put it on the photocopier and proceeded to make five blank copies.
A customer at Blockbuster had mentioned that before the movie begins, a message comes on the screen saying, "This movie has been altered to fit your television screen." He then added, "How do they know what size screen I have"?
"The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky"
New Words for These Times
Abracadabbler: an amateur magician.
Badaptation: a bad movie version of a good book.
Carbage: the trash found in your automobile.
Dadicated: being the best father you can be.
Ecrastinate: checking your e-mail just one more time in the hopes you’ll have something to read or write and not have to do any work.
Faddict: someone who has to try every new trend that comes along.
Gabberflasted: the state of being speechless due to someone else talking too much.
Hackchoo: when you sneeze and cough at the same time. ( Do you still say God Bless You )
Iceburg: an uppity, snobbish neighborhood.
Jobsolete: a position within a company that no longer exists.
Knewlyweds: second marriage for both.
Lamplify: turning on (or up) the lights within a room.
Mandals: sandals for men.
"Inanimate objects are classified scientifically into three major categories – those that don’t work, those that break down and those that get lost."
In Washington State, a little north of Seattle, is a river called the Stillaguamish, but it wasn’t always called that. It was originally named "Aguamish" after a local Indian tribe.
When Lewis & Clark finally made their way to the west coast they came to the Aguamish tribe and met the chief who told them what the name of the river was and gave them a tour of the area.
Years later Merriweather Lewis returned and met the Aguamish chief again and the subject finally came around to the river:
"Chief, I’ve been told that, because of so many white men have arrived in the area, many of the rivers are being renamed because they couldn’t pronounce the names. Tell me, what is the name of your river now, please, " Lewis pleaded.
"Oh," replied the chief. "It’s Stillaguamish."
If you want to keep on getting what you’re getting, keep on doing what you’re doing.
He said: My sister has the courage, but not always the skills, to tackle any home repair project.
For example, in her garage are pieces of a lawnmower she once tried to fix. So I wasn’t surprised the day my other sister, Pam, and I found our sister attacking her vacuum cleaner with a screwdriver.
"I can’t get this thing to cooperate," she explained when she saw us.
Pam suggested, "Why don’t you drag it out to the garage and show it the lawnmower?"
“It is hard work to be good when you are very little and very hungry, and have many sticks to beat you, and no mother’s lips to kiss you”
Marie Louise De La Ramee
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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