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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Pssst! Did you hear about...

Whenever I am at a loss for ideas (which, sadly, is all too often), I start perusing headlines. In other words, I look at someone else's ideas about what is important.

Now, we all know about Tiger's self-inflicted marital woes. We love gossip, don't we? Especially about the rich and famous. And doubly especially when it involves sex. Why else would there be scandal sheets and talk shows? There are even whole cable channels dedicated to this stuff. Sure, they claim to be about entertainment or music but that stuff is just background noise for the Real Stuff. Gossip... the juicier, the better.

Locally, the news is all ho-hum. I live in a small city, very small. I rarely find peole who have heard of it, much less know where it is. Nothing much happens here. nothing of world shaking importance, that is. Just average ordinary lives lived that quiet desperation we've all heard of. I am sure there is scandal, infidelity, corruption, and all the other unsavory human endeavors that flesh is heir to. It's just so unimportant to the rest of the world. And, maybe, on such a mundane level that no one would care.

Excitement around here is a high speed chase down US 27. This is something that has happened... let's see... once in the last 10 years, I believe. I have not heard of one sex scandal. Even political scandal is nothing to get excited about since it never rises to the levels we see in the big cities or in D.C. It basically involves someone's cousin or a brother-in-law getting a contract with the city or county.

It's kind of nice.

7 comments:

Gregory said...

Well I live in a larger city that some of the informed could point to on a map and not much happens here either. The police arrest people occasionally when needed, folks are in and out of city, county, and regional committees, and all that sort of mundane garbage that happens, so don't feel alone brother.

Tempo said...

Its human nature to wonder about other peoples lives I think. Are they better or worse than me, are they getting more than me, are they enjoying life more than me? Well! frankly I dont care much...so long as I'm making it in the world I really dont care if Tiger finds it necessary to cheat on his lovely wife. (mutter, grumble)

Irish Gumbo said...

I am constantly amazed at how often idiocy like the TW brouhaha is presented by news outlets as if I SHOULD care about it.

Imminent attack on the US? Sure.
Far-reaching laws being passed? You bet.
Shoeless Tiger Woods? Not so much.

The longer I live near a big city, the more I want to move to a small town. I grok what you are saying.

The Jules said...

He got 12 million for the gillette ads apparently.

They obviously charge too much for their razors.

Michael said...

Maybe you could write a radically viewed, outlandish book full of crazy ideas, that insult the current social order and organization in developed countries today, and cause a total uproar.

THEN, you can do something worthy of the media's attention, and give your town a celebrity!

Michael.
Do you hate it too?
"If you're going through Hell, keep going."
Holy Holism!

Michael said...

Maybe you could write a radically viewed, outlandish book full of crazy ideas, that insult the current social order and organization in developed countries today, and cause a total uproar.

THEN, you can do something worthy of the media's attention, and give your town a celebrity!

Michael.
Do you hate it too?
"If you're going through Hell, keep going."
Holy Holism!

Irish Gumbo said...

I am constantly amazed at how often idiocy like the TW brouhaha is presented by news outlets as if I SHOULD care about it.

Imminent attack on the US? Sure.
Far-reaching laws being passed? You bet.
Shoeless Tiger Woods? Not so much.

The longer I live near a big city, the more I want to move to a small town. I grok what you are saying.