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There are some things going on in this world that bother me ... that offend me ... that don't make sense, and never will. I dedicate this site to those who seek truth even where it is difficult to find, and who are willing to agree and disagree in principle, while steadfastly refusing to let irrelevant detail overshadow core truth.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

And for this, they get millions!

New isn't news anymore ... it's entertainment; it's the business of entertainment. And we watch it hoping for a gem, something we might need or want to know about this huge, mysterious and magical world we live in. And if there isn't a murder or fire to fill the time they are paid to fill? Well, it seems they make it up - or elaborate on items that are somewhat less than newsworthy. If they can juice it up, they think we'll eat it up ... right?

Take the recent "scandal" about one of our Presidential candidates. To put this in perspective, it's mid-summer in the run-up to the 2012 Presidential election, and the Olympics just started. One candidate decided that he'd run over to London to score some points and during an interview was asked about whether he thought the British Olympic Organization was ready for the pending events. His response was benign, certainly not caustic or even as critical as the news media itself as they were trying to create controversial news from nothing. It should have been ignored as a passing comment but the media blew it all out of proportion in order to grab air time and "make news." The more they lathered it up, the more people had to add their own thoughts to the fray. Ugh!

But that's not the point of this short blurb. More on that later when I have more time. The point of this one is a rub: why do they hire people who can't speak the language. Here's the scene. We're watching the bicycle race along the beautiful London streets, during which one of the cyclists takes a nasty spill. It happens. She wasn't killed, hurt a bit maybe. I'm sure dozens of them do it during the race. It happens. But this one commentator was apparently eager for more "on air" time, so he and his producers decided to make something of it, and 7 minutes of blathering ensued ... with no less than four replays of the fall itself.

 As the commentator droned on, someone must have found a tid-bit about the rider, and he was compelled to include the phrase: "... and this was the corner near where her and her husband Joe were recently married." That's the rub and it happens all the time. It's like nails on a chalkboard. Shouldn't the people who make their considerable livings communicating with the masses at least know how to use their own language?

Well, that was a low-level news person for sure, and it was a slip of the tongue. Not really. It happens all the time, even with some of our most notable news anchors. It's not always spur-of-the-moment, some of it is actually scripted. And I'm offended. Not because I'm such a master of our language; there are several errors in this copy alone. But because they get paid millions of dollars for what? Irresponsible reporting, creating news from everyday events and clobbering their own language. At the very least they should be tested for their command of the language, even if there's no test for responsibility.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

This week we spoke about enlightenment - spiritual and otherwise - boiling it all down to a blessed state, free from ignorance, desire and suffering.  Frankly, boiling anything down to a few words, in my opinion, tends to diminish it.

Am I enlightened?  Probably not.  Do I care?  Not really.  Yet I feel blessed in so many ways.  I am blessed with so many caring/loving friends.  I feel blessed with the dawn, opening my eyes, taking it all in - as I race to beat the sunrise, for I love to be there when it arrives.  I am blessed with a wonderful family, children and grand-children.  I appreciate and love them all so much.

Am I ignorant?  To a fault!  That drives me to want to know more, seek the unknown, ... follow the new path.  I'm not sure I want to be free from that kind of ignorance - for I would miss the motivation.  And what is life without a little desire?  A goal attained is so much more satisfying when one wants to attain it.  I can imagine anything else would be a bore.

Now, suffering - that's a tough one.  We all suffer to an extent, but I suspect/know I've not begun to suffer as so many on this earth.  Relatively speaking, I am generally free of suffering.  Save a few aches and pains, that nosy neighbor and my ex-mother-in-law.  Yet, I wonder - how can we know joy without benefit of a little suffering?  Can we appreciate the absence of pain, if we've never felt pain?  Hmmm.

Timing is everything, so, suspecting that I could not really take the desire for enlightenment all that seriously, I ran across this - 

If you can live without caffeine,
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining,If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend's limited education and never correct him or her,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion, gender preference, or politics...

...then you have almost reached the same level of spiritual development as your dog!

Sort of puts it all in perspective, don't you think?