And, now, for some stream of consciousness. I must be conscious, because I am putting words on a “page”…
Ever since I started this blog—because someone suggested that a blog would help sell my trash fiction, which it hasn’t—I have felt obligated to post something each day, in case somewhere in the world, some poor soul with nothing better to do might want to read something witty or worthless, to take his or her mind off all the troubles of the day, big or small, at home or abroad. Some days, I offer a link to something worthwhile—of course, written by someone talented. There are a few regular favorites, some humorous, some intelligent, and some both: Borowitz, Collins, Jenkins, Non Sequitur, and so on. If I like and respect them, then everyone should. Duh!
Today, when thinking about what to write, I could find nothing to offer the world…except my thoughts, as I was trying to take a nap. I have found that a nap is a good way to waste time, when I can think of nothing better to do or as an excuse to avoid things I could do. Ronald Reagan took naps and look at all the damage he did. This line of thinking led me to consider what I should be doing. At the highest level of consciousness, I realised that the only thing required of me—as a human being—is to eat and sleep. I have fulfilled my purpose on this earth by reproducing two fine children, who are attractive, intelligent, and good humans. I have no other purpose.
Because of that, there is no crime in taking a nap…whenever I want. As far as the eating part goes, I am lucky. When I consider the fate of overweight Americans, I know that there but a good metabolism go I. At times, I will eat an entire bag of potato chips or a pint of ice cream. The appealing flavor helps me to understand why folks put on pounds: it tastes good, therefore I eat. Self-discipline—which I have—is not at issue, it’s metabolism. Either one puts on weight or one does not. I am lucky.
So, I can eat and sleep all I like, being content that I am harming no one and not avoiding any useful purpose. That’s what I call a good life. The only aggravation comes at the times when I am foolish enough to flip through the news channels and pause at Fox News or glance at the headlines on Salon, which scream about the idiots on the right side of the political spectrum. And, believe me, these people are evil idiots.
Which reminds me to finalize my next trash novel, in which some bad folks play a role. I have written a rough draft, but can’t find the needed motivation to finish the damn thing and share it with the world…which is not interested in another trash novel…
I have been a non-fan of CNN for years. Besides not covering the news very well, the channel spends more time promoting themselves than doing what they are supposed to do: report the news. If one spends much time in foreign countries with little choice in television programming, one tends to switch off CNN a lot.
There is little wonder that The Daily Show mocks this channel (whereas it respects, but loathes Fox News). They deserve any and all ridicule. The below bit from Non Sequitur proves the point.
I got to thinking about money. No, not having money or not having money. Simple about the principle of money, as invented by humans. No other animal uses currency in the way humans do. So, none are faced with problems that money can cause.
I am certain that whoever came up with the idea of giving value to one object vs. another never envisioned the day when most value would become nothing but imagination and encompassed in numbers on a page. What started as a useful exercise became a game, played with phony numbers. And, I wonder if those early geniuses had ever encountered greed, which has become the driving force in wealth accumulation, of which money is the key measuring tool.
By chance, after writing the above words, I discovered that Non Sequitur had had similar thoughts...
Being someone that scans several British "newspapers" and watches British television, I can attest to the validity, aptness, and right-on-ness of the below "fact", which also reveals the mental state of an entire nation...
Scanning headlines in US media, I wonder what has gone wrong with people. Or were they always such idiots? Of course, I will avoid even a brief glance at Fox News, able to guess the polemics that channel will air. And, I am very happy to be living far from a land that misinterprets and worships a set of outdated words known as the “Second Amendment”.
At least some can find humor in a humorless situation...
An Onion Headline:
NRA Fights Legislation That Would Ban Gun Sales To Those Currently On Killing Sprees
And, the incomparable Non Sequitur:
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.