“I only tried to help..but in the end, the world did not want help, it wanted activity, nothing more.” ~Anon99Percenters
If you are reading this, perhaps you give a shit about what I think. So, here goes.
I think our time on this planet is a gift and yet, few understand the “gift nature” of it. They waste far too much time on getting the “right house”, wearing the “right clothes”, getting the “right car”, and on and on ad nauseum. And, all too many, are mentally ill in a fashion that does great harm to the planet, and to everyone around them. We call these people “greedy” and “power hungry”. And, oh yes, there are the psychotic who get pleasure from hurting animals and people. These sick individuals should never have been born and the world would be better off if they ceased to be immediately.
In the last thirty years, I have been asked by more than a few, why I don’t run for office. There are many reasons. Number one, I am afflicted with this difficulty called “truth telling” and as I understand it, that is a career limiting problem with regards to politics. Number two, I have an aversion to bullshit, another problem if one enters the arena of power plays.
Number three…how can I be a leader, when no one knows where to go ?
Long ago, actually, as a child, I become very confused on why people allowed themselves to be told what to do, by people who were no smarter, no stronger, no tougher than themselves. This started long, long ago in ancient civilizations. The reason was that, the rulers (also known as “con men” or “charlatans”) told other people that a divine entity had given them the right to rule over others, tell them what to do, take their goods and services, etc..
This is called now, “the consent of the governed”… also known as the “Rule by Bullshit”. When is the last time YOU were asked by ANY government “Uh, is it OK if I tell you what to do?” So, this whole “consent of the governed” to the ones DOING the governing means “You didn’t violently overthrow us today, so I guess all we are doing to you is cool with you.”
So, like a chronic disease, like the Stockholm syndrome, the populace have become pals with their captors, and actually claim to like them. How else do you explain that the guillotine was not erected outside the White House in the Bush regime?
People have said…”There IS no political answer to the continual problems we have in the USA (or insert your country here)”.
Look, someone is going to tell the police, the military, the praetorian guard, the SS, or whomever the current bully boys are, what to do, and to whom to do it to, and with what weapons. That is just the facts. If you are not the rider….you WILL be the horse. If you are not the dog, you will be the fox.
If you want to sit on your nalgas and say “Oh, there’s nothing I can do…”, then you are right, and things will be done TO you and not BY you.
If you sit there and let animals be abused, children be abused, people be abused in general…you are an accomplice to that abuse.
If you say “political action is not a solution”…then you had better HAVE a damn solution…and have it quickly, because the tax man cometh.
When a partial vacuum is created, something or someone will move in to fill it.
So, you can live a life in which you amass goods, amass money, or do many other self aggrandizing things, and your life will end up as a total waste. You can engage in a life of destruction and hurting others or ruining the environment, and I honestly believe there will be a torment awaiting your soul , or at least there should be.
Or, you can become what I call a champion. You can help animals, give of yourself to make their lives better..or help your fellow humans…do good for the environment, relieve suffering, and your life, and your memory, can be a blessing to others.
Ultimately, who am I ? I am an old man…young once, now aging who has taken the latter course. I am not rich…I do not drive a new car…I am not famous around the world…but as the character Del Griffith says in PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES says, “I like me. My wife likes me.”
And, that is part of a wonderful quote :
” Del: You want to hurt me? Go right ahead if it makes you feel any better. I’m an easy target. Yeah, you’re right: I talk too much. I also listen too much. I could be a cold, hard cynic like you. But I don’t like to hurt people’s feelings. You think what you want about me, I’m not changing. I…I like me. My wife likes me. My customers like me. Because I’m the real article. What you see is what you get.”
So, that’s what this olde Pyrate is thinking at this hour.
And, since you are still here…here are some thoughts of others you may like.
“It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.”
― André Gide
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
― Anaïs Nin
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
― Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”
― Jimi Hendrix
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
― Mark Twain
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
― Albert Einstein
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
― George Bernard Shaw
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night: A Novel
“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.
Delicious Ambiguity.” ― Gilda Radner
“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” ― May Sarton
“Life’s hard. It’s even harder when you’re stupid.”
― John Wayne
“But better to be hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”
― Khaled Hosseini
Be good to animals, to your loved ones, to your fellows, and to yourself …we have no promise of tomorrow.
I may return to Twitter Friday…or never. Life will tell me what to do.
Remember this…if I didn’t give a shit, I wouldn’t have been there to begin with, now would I.
~Love and Light from your Pyrate friend… ‘anon99percenters