September 3, 2020
He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
Ray’s Daily first published on September 3, 2008
I worry sometimes that we have been so into what is in it for me that we have forgotten that we are part of a society that is dependent on its people. If we no longer think of the “we” and only the “me” we will have abandoned our only hope to save what we have and improve on it. It is more obvious everyday that if we stand still we will be left behind. Why is it that so many of us think it is someone else’s responsibility to solve today’s problems so that we can enjoy our lives.
We want more but we don’t want to pay for it. We complain about today’s youth but we don’t want to invest in improving their education. We want public safety but we don’t want to raise the taxes needed to pay for it. We demand excellence in our elected officials and then drive away our best and brightest because of how badly we treat our leaders. We have a ten trillion dollar national debt that is getting larger all the time and some believe that it is not a problem since it will be future generations that will pay it. Many also think that we can reduce the cost of public services by eliminating fraud and abuse and such things as pork barrel spending yet even the total elimination of major programs will not get us even close to balancing the budget.
Those of us who are doing OK find it too easy to look the other way I just hope that when we turn our heads and finally look it won’t be too late. I know some of you get upset when I don’t report on the bright side but in this case there can be a bright side. It is what we will find if we just decide that we are going to start to do what we can to change the current situation. It appears that we all are going to have to back off a materialistic centered life and start to think about our children friends and neighbors and start to rebuild the American dream. The great thing about doing so is the great people we are going to meet along the way.
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
John F. Kennedy
A Jewish family invited their gentile neighbors over for holiday dinner. The first course was set in front of them and the Jewish couple announced, “This is matzo ball soup.”
On seeing the two large matzo balls floating in the broth, the Gentile man was hesitant to taste this strange looking brew. Gently the Jewish couple pressed the Gentile man. “Try it; if you don’t like it, you don’t have to finish it.”
Finally he agreed. He dug his spoon in, first picking up a small piece of matzo ball with some soup in his spoon, and tasting it gingerly. The usual “Mmmmmmmmm” sound could be heard coming from deep within his chest, and he quickly finished the whole bowl.
“That was good” the man said. “Can you eat any other parts of the matzo?”
Blessed are the pessimists, for they have made backups.
A Toddlers Creed…..
If it is on, I must turn it off.
If it is off, I must turn it on.
If it is folded, I must unfold it.
If it is a liquid, it must be shaken, then spilled.
If it a solid, it must be crumbled, chewed or smeared.
If it is high, it must be reached.
If it is shelved, it must be unshelved.
If it is pointed, it must be run with at top speed.
If it has leaves, they must be picked.
If it is plugged, it must be unplugged.
If it is not trash, it must be thrown away.
If it is in the trash, it must be removed, inspected, and thrown on the floor.
If it is closed, it must be opened.
If it does not open, it must be screamed at.
If it has drawers, they must be rifled.
If it is a pencil, it must write on the refrigerator, monitor, or table.
If it is full, it will be more interesting emptied.
If it is empty, it will be more interesting full.
If it is a pile of dirt, it must be laid upon.
If it is stroller, it must under no circumstances be ridden in without protest.
It must be pushed by me instead. If it has a flat surface, it must be banged upon.
If Mommy’s hands are full, I must be carried.
If Mommy is in a hurry and wants to carry me, I must walk alone.
If it is paper, it must be torn.
If it has buttons, they must be pressed.
If the volume is low, it must go high.
If it is toilet paper, it must be unrolled on the floor.
If it is a drawer, it must be pulled upon.
If it is a toothbrush, it must be inserted into my mouth.
If it has a faucet, it must be turned on at full force.
If it is a phone, I must talk to it.
If it is a bug, it must be swallowed.
If it doesn’t stay on my spoon, it must be dropped on the floor.
If it is not food, it must be tasted.
If it IS food, it must not be tasted.
If it is dry, it must be made wet with drool, milk, or toilet water.
If it is a car seat, it must be protested with arched back.
If it is Mommy, it must be hugged.
I am toddler!
Teenagers express their burning desires to be different by dressing exactly alike.
A guy walked into his friend’s office, he found him sitting at his desk, looking very depressed.
“Hey, what’s up with you?”, he asks.
“Oh, its my wife,” replied the man sadly. “She’s hired a new secretary for me.”
“Well, nothing wrong in that. Is she blonde or brunette?”
“Neither, He’s bald.”
Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.
The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It’s the best deal man has ever made.
A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
Adversity introduces a man to himself.
She said: I was in New York’s Grand Central Terminal on my way to visit friends in Connecticut. I had never taken the trip before and was wondering if I needed to switch trains in Stamford. Walking to the train, I saw the conductor and asked, “Do I need to change?”
“No,” he replied immediately. “You’re fine the way you are. Your bag matches your shoes and your earrings are the same color as your outfit. Very coordinated!”
“Citizenship comes first today in our crowded world…No man can enjoy the privileges of education and thereafter with a clear conscience break his contract with society. To respect that contract is to be mature, to strengthen it is to be a good citizen, to do more than your share under it is noble.”
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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