Thoughts for Today

<well, Saturday, actually>

  • Nobody really knows what the heck is going on.
  • We’re all trying to look cool. Or maybe … hot. But the truth is … see # 1.
  • Fake it ‘till you make it.
  • Just do what everyone does. Cultivate a calm exterior, & keep on paddling like crazy underneath. (That’s what the ducks do, & it seems to be working for them!)

 

Janet

p.s. One more thought: We (the royal we) are

  • thoughtful
  • intelligent
  • diligent
  • faithful

 

warriors – in a war (series of wars) we cannot possibly win. (Sigh.)

p.p.s. but oh well, no matter, never mind, I don’t have to figure that (or anything) out right now. Just do me errands, hop back on me bike, & head home.

p.p.p.s. there’s a cop outside the coffee shop I’m sitting in as I write this. “Dusting” the pay phone for the fingerprints of someone who called in a bomb threat, apparently. Sheesh. What next?

p.p.p.p.s. I still love living in the Big City!! It’s filled with moronic behaviour of all sorts & varieties (let me count the ways! A # of which I witnessed on this afternoon’s bike ride) – but you know?? I still just really love people. Call me crazy, I know, I know…

‘Quotation of the day’ with this post: “The Barbarians are not at the gate. They hold the reins of power.” – Letter to the editor of the Toronto Star, January 18/14.

Spare quote: “One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern, nor attracted much sustained inquiry.

In consequence, we have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves.”[1]

 

On Success: “To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of oneself; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived…this is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson [more quotes on success]

** tons of great inspiring quotations in ‘Quotation Central!’ section of the blog

 

[1] From an essay “On Bullshit” by Harry G. Frankfurt, “renowned moral philosopher” & Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton. Frankfurt’s essay, btw, was originally published in the Raritan Review. Most of it is a little dry & overly philosophical for my taste, but it sure does open up in a hilarious, slam-dunk kind of way!! I did a blog post about bullshit here.