The news sure is full of it, here lately. The bad news abounds. It reminds me a little bit of Mr. Magoo, walking down the street, encountering one bad thing after the next. He never really sees the bus that is about to hit him.
Every day, it seems there is another “big” thing.
Russia has sent out a warning to the U.S. They say that launching air strikes in Syria, in response to a suspected chemical attack, would really p!ss them off. The whole mess is ten layers deep. Regardless. A war between Russia, and the U.S. could ensue.
Let me emphasize how very bad this could be. In fact, this could signal the end of the world as we know it. Little boys, with little wee-wees, pressing big red buttons = BAD.
So while that is looming over your head, let me move on to the next one.
There is a new book out by Former FBI Director James Comey. In it, he states that President Donald Trump is a terrific LIAR.
He says Trump is an “unethical” man “untethered to truth and institutional values.” And if that weren’t enough for us, he says the man lives in “a cocoon of alternative reality.”
You may or may not agree with Comey. I guess it depends on your definition of a lie, and your opinion on the moral character of the President.
There is bad news shifting all around us. Left and right. Up and down. And everything in between. It is a swirling cyclone of dust and debris. If we are lucky, our personal lives won’t get hit with any of it. But that depends on the news item, and the scope of the story. See above. Russia.
You may need a stiff drink after all of this.
Onto press release number three.
A new study, just released, is now warning us that only ONE drink a day will shorten our lives. Yes. One. Here are a couple of things it references. An analysis of 600,000 drinkers found that drinking five to 10 alcoholic drinks a week was likely to shorten a person’s life by up to six months.
The number of years knocked off the final tally, increases with higher alcohol consumption.
On second thought, forget the stiff drink See above. Bad news.
Not so very long ago, they were telling us that a couple of glasses of wine, or beer, or even hard alcohol, EACH day, was like warm milk before bed. It almost became “Fairy Tale” good for you. Not anymore. Another research endeavor, running in a new direction.
The studies about our food, our drink, our water, our air. They are shifting all the time. Basically, we are learning, incrementally. Think back to 100 years ago. One thousand years ago. Two thousand years ago. The world has believed some very crazy things along the way.
Here is the deal. We humans are pretty thick. We think we are so much smarter than we are, but we have no, absolutely NO idea, how this Universe really works. I think some people get glimpses, but we guess. We search. We look. Or not.
So. If we do not manage to blow up our planet in the week or so, and IF there are generations to come, they will look back at the early 2000s and say “Πώς στον κόσμο του φρικτού μπορεί να πιστεύουν οι άνθρωποι αυτοί ότι ο πυκνός σωρός χάλια;”
We will be speaking Greek by then. Since Greece will be the ruling country of the world in 200 years.
It translates back to English like this: “How in the world of horror can these people believe that the dense heap sucks?” (Or, before it got mutilated in Google Translate: “How in the freaking world could those people possibly believe that dense pile of crap?”)
Again, I say, we are thick.
Did we truly believe that the Dense Heap Sucks? Horrors.
No, of course, we don’t. We are smugly imperious in our understandings of things.
I don’t know how it happens, but we seem to keep coming out on the other side. I am not sure how much longer all that luck will last. And then back to Mr. Magoo, in the old cartoon. He keeps walking right past the swinging wrecking ball, and the falling piano. Magically a board swings around, and he avoids plunging to his death from the top of a construction beam.
There seems to be a little bit of Universal Luck with old Mr. Magoo.
And now, once again. Hopefully us.
Amidst all of this, may YOU, be surrounded with the very sparkly and shining Universal Luck. Every and each day.
“It is good people who make good places.”
― Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
“Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.”
― Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada
“Don’t go on discussing what a good person should be. Just be one.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations