I’m Trying Ringo…

Idiots are trying to kill us. I’m with this guy 100%.
Larry

The Off Key Of Life

I consider myself a pretty patient person who doesn’t get angry often. In fact, the one or two things that really get under my skin relate to matters of disrespect.  It’s been a pet peeve of mine for as long as I can remember and the one thing that will cause me to say something I should probably keep to myself. But sometimes, that’s just not possible.

I have tried not to watch the news very much, as it relates to the coronavirus and believe little of what I might read on social media. Everyone seems to have their own agenda, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. Facts are distorted or adjusted to meet individual agendas or platforms and what should be a coming together for the greater good of everyone has deteriorated into politics at its worst. It was disheartening a couple of months ago. I don’t know what word  I…

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Independence Day Thoughts

We’re all familiar with this part of the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

But do you know what it says next?

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. (emphasis mine)

Something to keep in mind come Election Day, you think?

As we Americans celebrate our independence tomorrow – responsibly, of course, with social distancing, face masks, etc. – let’s remind ourselves of our right to institute new government when the present one is a threat to our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which most of us, I think, can agree is very much the case.

Happy Independence Day, y’all. Be safe.

A White Woman Listens … Really Listens

Imagine…a white person and a black person talking, not yelling, and coming together. Good lesson for us all.
Larry

Filosofa's Word

We have a serious problem in the U.S.:  we don’t listen to each other.  Okay, yes, we have many serious problems in the U.S. today, but many of them could be solved if we simply took time to listen … really listen … to each other and consider what the other person is saying.  Instead, we have preconceived ideas and, so sure that our own ideas are the right ones, we barely listen to those with opposing viewpoints, or from whom we might learn something.

Yesterday, I came across a Facebook post by a white woman who took the time to listen to a black man, who asked questions and pondered the answers, who learned from someone whose life experiences differ vastly from her own.  Her post has thus far received more than 220,000 views and some 182,000 shares.  I think this piece is well worth sharing, for we can…

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The Bigger Pandemic

It occurs to me, coronavirus isn’t nearly as widespread, nor does it inflict as much damage, as ignorance.

I just shake my head in bewilderment at all the people I see choosing to not take one of the simplest and most effective precautions against coronavirus:

Wearing a freakin’ mask.

Is it really that inconvenient? Is it embarrassing? Is it such an assault on your personal freedom? Do you live in the fantasy that if you don’t wear one, then the virus isn’t real? Do you feel invulnerable to this disease that’s killing so many of us every day? Do you hold so little regard for the people around you as to risk their lives, as well as your own?

Or is it because your president doesn’t wear one, either?

I mean, really, what is your reasoning behind it?

Believe me, I don’t like wearing it, either. It can get hot. It can make breathing more difficult. And yeah, it’s not the most flattering look.

So what?

There’s a deadly disease out there, whether you want to acknowledge it or not. It kills. And, as yet, we have no vaccine to prevent it.

Our strongest line of defense right now is a mask. Our second strongest is knowledge. We have experts in science and health warning us of the magnitude of coronavirus, and how we must defend against it.

Don’t trust science? Get over it. Scientists are trying hard to keep us alive, and your total disregard for their advice is preventing that.

And personally, I resent that.

I’m just trying to survive this thing, however long it lasts. And you, my willfully ignorant friend, are making that tougher.

I understand, some of you actually have a good medical reason for not wearing a mask; I know one such person. This is not directed at you.

It’s for all you out there who “just can’t be bothered” with it.

Grow the hell up, and put the mask on. You’re not any more special than me. The virus is bad enough without you aiding and abetting it.

 

 

 

 

Wise Words

Here’s a good helping of perspective for all the whiners out there during this Covid-19 crisis. What we’re asked to do doesn’t compare even a little bit to what our parents and grandparents lived through. Surely we can sit at home a little longer.
Larry

hughcurtler

I have no idea who wrote the following piece, but it strikes me as worthy of wider dissemination than it has had so far. My son sent it to me the other day and said, simply, “it was written by a co-worker.” It strikes me as particularly important given the fact that we are all feeling fed-up with the coronavirus and all that it entails. We simply cannot wait until things go “back to normal” — refusing to admit to ourselves that there may be no return to normal and that the “new normal” will be like nothing we have ever experienced.

In any event, we wallow in self-pity since few of us has ever had to deny ourselves much of what we want. This is, after all, the “Age of Entitlement” not only in the schools but in the homes as well. We buy on plastic and run up…

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Patience, Grasshopper …

Here’s a brilliant piece from one of my favorite bloggers about what “reopening “ would look like.
Larry

Filosofa's Word

There are those … a great many, from the so-called ‘president’ down through the ranks … who advocate for opening everything back up right now.  My own friend Scott (sklawlor) has very strong views that to keep businesses shuttered is draconian and is hurting people.  Yes, it is hurting people, hurting small businesses, but the alternative may well be 1,000 times worse.  So, I’d like to paint a scenario of what I think will happen in those areas that choose to re-open now.

First of all, if every business opened tomorrow, most would find themselves without adequate staffing.  Some people will be afraid to return to work, as the U.S. is still seeing more than 1,000 deaths per day.  Others will not be able to return to work, for they will have no childcare with daycare centers and schools closed.  Still others will not be able to return to work…

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