“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”
Does it seem to you that we are slipping down a negative slope these days? It is starting to seem that way to me. Everywhere I turn I find examples of people who seem to believe the best way to win is to make sure the other guy loses. Of course the best examples are the political contests, I get loads of mail from people who only report flaws, sadly they also think using ridicule, invective and even falsehoods are OK as long as they make sure that the other guy gets hurt. When did we start tolerating dirty tricks as a legitimate weapon, where we not brought up to believe that the ends don’t justify immoral means?
What bothers me is that often when I ask some one to tell me something good about the person or organization they don’t like, they have no answer. They are so into finding fault that they have no time to look for anything redeeming. It is as if some of us have become so tribal that we act as if we are gorillas in a war who blindly follow the dictates of others with out stopping to ask why we are in the battle in the first place. My fear is that if we become so cynical that we only look to find fault we will all sink into the mud. I want to join up with the people who look for the good in others and then examine the faults, for it is only then will we be able to build on the best and correct the worst.
Can it be that issues are so black and white that the like minded always agree in mass? What happened to our investing in ourselves by listening to both sides of issues and making decisions on a reasoned examination of the results? When did we start to listen mainly to the loudest while ignoring the most thoughtful? I know these are not absolutes as I know generally that you don’t fall into the populist trap of supporting only the panderers to our prejudices. I just feel we need more of you who care enough to look for the truth for if we don’t we have no one to blame for future generations fulfilling George Orwell’s 1984 predictions but ourselves. Fortunately people have the propensity to rise above the mud, let’s hope that more do than don’t.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
A elderly man took his little grandson for a walk around the local cemetery. Pausing before one gravestone he said,
"There lies a very honest man. He died owing me 50 dollars, but he struggled to the end to pay off his debts, and if anyone has gone to heaven, he has." They walked on a bit further and then came to another grave. The old man pointed to the gravestone and said, "Now there’s a different type of man altogether. He owed me 60 dollars and he died without ever trying to pay me back. If anyone has gone to hell, he has."
The little boy thought for a while and then said,
"You know, Grandpa, you are very lucky."
"Why?" asked the old man in surprise.
"Well, whichever place you go to, you’ll have some money to draw on."
"Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age, and to imagine right up to the brink of death that life is only beginning. I think that is the only way to keep adding to one’s talent, and one’s inner happiness."
She said: My husband decided life would be easier if he wired a new light switch in the master bedroom to save us from fumbling in the dark for the lamp. He cut through the drywall and found a stash of bottles and small boxes inside the wall.
"Honey!" he called excitedly. "You’ve got to come here and see what I found."
I ran in and quickly realized that his next task would be to fix the hole that now led into the back of our medicine cabinet.
Rubberneck: What you do to relax your wife.
A prospective juror in a Dallas District Court was surprised by the definition of voluntary manslaughter given the panel:
"An intentional killing that occurs while the defendant is under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause, such as when a spouse’s mate is found in a ‘compromising position.’"
"See, I have a problem with that passion business," responded the jury candidate. "During my first marriage, I came in and found my husband in bed with my neighbor. All I did was divorce him. I had no idea that I could have shot him."
She wasn’t selected for the jury.
What an automated society we live in. Have you ever noticed that when a traffic signal turns green, it automatically activates the horn of the car behind you?
Cartoon Laws Of Physics
Cartoon Law I Any body suspended in space will remain in space until made aware of its situation.
Cartoon Law II Any body in motion will tend to remain in motion until solid matter intervenes suddenly.
Cartoon Law III Any body passing through solid matter will leave a perforation conforming to its perimeter.
Cartoon Law IV The time required for an object to fall twenty stories is greater than or equal to the time it takes for whoever knocked it off the ledge to spiral down twenty flights to attempt to capture it unbroken.
Cartoon Law V All principles of gravity are negated by fear.
Cartoon Law VI As speed increases, objects can be in several places at once.
Cartoon Law VII Certain bodies can pass through solid walls painted to resemble tunnel entrances; others cannot. This trompe l’oeil inconsistency has baffled generations, but at least it is known that whoever paints an entrance on a wall’s surface to trick an opponent will be unable to pursue him into this theoretical space. The painter is flattened against the wall when he attempts to follow into the painting.
Cartoon Law VIII Any violent rearrangement of feline matter is impermanent. Cartoon cats possess even more deaths than the traditional nine lives, might comfortably afford. They can be decimated, spliced, splayed, accordion-pleated, spindled, or disassembled, but they cannot be destroyed. After a few moments of blinking self pity, they reinflate, elongate, snap back, or solidify. Corollary: A cat will assume the shape of its container.
Cartoon Law IX Everything falls faster than an anvil.
Cartoon Law X For every vengeance there is an equal and opposite revengeance.
Cartoon Law Amendment A A sharp object will always propel a character upward. When poked (usually in the buttocks) with a sharp object (usually a pin), a character will defy gravity by shooting straight up, with great velocity.
Cartoon Law Amendment B The laws of object permanence are nullified for "cool" characters.
Cartoon Law Amendment C Explosive weapons cannot cause fatal injuries. They merely turn characters temporarily black and smoky.
Cartoon Law Amendment D Gravity is transmitted by slow-moving waves of large wavelengths.
Cartoon Law Amendment E Dynamite is spontaneously generated in "C-spaces" (spaces in which cartoon laws hold).
Truth only reveals itself when one gives up all preconceived ideas.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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