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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.

Friday, January 6, 2012


I am going through a period of angst. I use that word in the existentialist definition. I also use it in the traditional definition since they both work for what I am feeling. An unease, a mental discomfort. It might be because my golf game is poor lately and how I play has a profound effect on how I feel. Or vice versa. Who can tell?

A friend of mine organizes the golf group with which I play two days (Wednesday and Friday) a week. Another friend organizes the other group in which I play on Mondays. They are as unlike as any two people can be in their methods. One is meticulous and orderly... maybe to a fault; any change throws him and upsets him (which he does not take out on others but internalizes). The other uses a laissez-faire method. I am torn between them. Neither method quite suits me but I have no wish to interfere or to run a group. I would be much worse and I would likely be rigid and irritating while being irritated by any lack of cooperation. In many ways, I am a "control freak". I am also the opposite. This is why I shy away from leadership positions and also try to avoid being a follower.

In some ways, angst is my normal state of mind. Constantly torn between the desire to control everything around me and unwilling to even try.

That's probably why this blog has no direction.


sightings said...

Oh boy, oh boy, I know EXACTLY what you mean!

Mark, Bagman, and Butler said...

Amen!  I feel this way all the time --- except I don't play golf.  After a 30 year career in executive management -- trying to control everything by motivating middle managers which is kind of like trying to fly an airplane by recruiting monkeys and giving them instructions by email while they figure out where the joy stick is.   After that, I retired with the hope that I would never have to be responsible for anything again.  My wife helps since she is a control freak of the micro-management type.  I'm not sure where I'm going with this either.  The angst part really seems more related to a sense that I am missing something and time is passing.  In any case, I enjoy a blog that gives out a good whine from time to time.