I recall hearing many times a line from that famous book of myths one finds in hotel and motel rooms in the United States: The meek shall inherit the Earth. Whoever came up with that bit of unwisdom sure missed the mark. Perhaps, this was thought up before the invention of gunpowder or the spread of currency. These days, the Earth is controlled by money and guns. Despite the warm words of politicians in alleged democratic nations about equal opportunity and freedom and assorted garbage, that’s the real truth. The meek not only inherit nothing, they die impoverished, if numbed by television, video games, fast food, cheap brands, credit card debt.
The word today is Kar-. I have been unable to find the meaning of this these letters. The German language is full of words with suffixes, which change the meaning of the base word and often can stand alone. Not this one. No dictionary shows an English word for these three letters.
The suffix is used by Christians during the Easter period. Karwoche is passion week or holy week and is the time from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. Karfreitag is the name of Good Friday.
So, I have found one mystery in the German language, which a learned linguist might be able to explain…if I ever run into one. Perhaps, he or she might also be able to explain what’s so good about Good Friday. At least, in Germany, that day is a holiday, giving workers a four day break. Easter Monday is also a holiday. Few attend church services, but all are thankful. Germany has not evolved into a complete clone of the United States: stores are closed on holidays. People might attend church, but they are unable to shop.
Now that I have seen a few episodes of Twin Peaks, I have reached a conclusion. If I had bothered to check out this series at the time, I would probably not have agreed to spend $1 million of my company’s money on a David Lynch commercial. As it was, I trusted the agency, because they had done excellent work for the brand. The film was interesting and unusual, but it was not the best we did. What cannot be known is how much, if anything, the expensive commercial contributed to the brand’s successful revival.
Have you noticed how science fiction has been masquerading as news?Bad people try to make unreal stories sound learned and plausible…like much of science fiction. That’s probably why so many (stupid) people believe what they read, see, and hear. Swallowing something blindly, which they want to believe, is easier than questioning, thinking, or inquiring.
If I ruled the world, things would be different.
First of all, I would no longer have to pay taxes. Next, I would let myself win the Lottery, so I would not have to burden taxpayers with my well-earned, exorbitant salary and benefits.
Once this little item is settled—it’s always about the money—I can get on with punishing liars, and hypocrites, and crooks, who use positions of authority for their own benefit. With me in charge, there will no need for politicians or lawyers. I’ll decide everything, of course after asking for a few opinions of real people. That means that all lobbyists will be out of business and able to seek work in useful professions, like cleaners, night watchmen, or slaughter house workers.
Professional athletes will be forced to work during the off season, because salaries will be cut to “realistic” levels. Because of that, ticket prices to games will cheap. Salaries of bankers and executives will be reduced to something far below ridiculous. Being in charge of everything, I will decide what is reasonable and what is ridiculous.
Being a very empathetic person, I will understand the needs and desires of all sectors of society. Fairness—my definition—will rule all decisions. Arrogance will be considered a crime, as will greed. Of course, without politicians, lobbyists, or over-paid people, this will be less of an issue. The wide gulfs between rich and poor, happy and unhappy, weak and powerful, and overworked and pampered will decline as things average out.
Life on this planet will improve...especially because I will dictate packaging that is easier to open.
Silence from the supposed “leader” of the free world and god’s chosen nation, during and following the demonstration by the nations’s youth against firearms, proves that this individual is the leader only of gun manufacturers, lobbyists, the NRA, and racists.
Of course, he was probably upset by the size of the crowd, which looked larger than the one at the inauguration of this small/small-minded/petty clothes-less emperor.
And, new mention of the Storm of his own making…
Both tell everyone all they need to know about the jerk.
ODE TO WORDS
and, last but not least,
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth,
and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
People in a hurry take a plane; one needs more time for a boat trip.
I was thinking about the difference between ships and airplanes, about speed associated with each and the metaphors they inspire’
Airplanes collapsed onto the ground, coming together like hands clapping, symbols crashing, or dumbbells dropped to the floor. Speed is essential for a smooth, successful landing.
Ships merge with a dock or with land, oozing to stop, caressing a mooring, or slide onto a beach. Speed is unwelcome and fading to nothing.
,The leaders of the United Arab Emirates might want call Washington and let them know about the planned Expo 2020 they are planning. The tiny nation is spending millions in construction for this event. A squabble--hawks in Washington and Tel Avis yearn for a "real" war--will rain on that parade. Visitors will surely avoid the region; the dozens of daily flights in and out of Dubai will be forced to re-route, and hotels will remain empty.
There is a German phrase about a waste of effort or a futile project which translate to "to build on sand". That is exactly what the folks might be doing with their Expo buildings--literally and figuratively.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.