Ponderings — Fools, Immoralists, Elastic Limits and Brown Liquor.

A Few Aphorisms of Divine Intoxication…

If there is such thing as a moderate extremist, I am it.

That glorious dome of stars o’er the planet is Nature’s cathedral ceiling for the reverent Naturalist.

Patriotism is a euphemistic word for anti-intellectual pride and militant barbarism on parade, cloaked in national color and a vague symbolism fit to stir empty hearts.

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The Fool and the Immoralist

A fool acts not knowing not what he does — a victim of his own ignorance committed to folly.

An immoralist is one whom acts out the same deeds as the fool, the difference being that his wisdom is far greater than his deeds. This is to say, he does wrong knowingly.

Better to be a fool than an immoralist. At least there is hope for the former!

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Pour Ze Brown Liquor

“Pour ze brown liquor, ye fette sau!” — something I’d like to say to a disagreeable bartender just once in my life (preferably without being decked for it). Employing a few Germanic words seems to be a means of more eloquent defense than smashing a beer bottle over the bar and keeping the jagged bottleneck for a weapon. Same goes for uttering something in French. “Garder le culture en vie, vous le philistins!” You see. How could one say I am not a man of delicate sensibility?

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An Elastic Human

We ought to envision the limits of a human being, physical and emotional, as that of a rubber band. When the limits are tested, there is unease and suffering, there is tension. Yet within the stretching of limits, there is room for the growth of one’s inner-strength and dignity of character. When the tension eventually recedes, one will have learned something of him or herself. When the tension picks up again later on in life to an even greater outer-limit, the suffering will be endured with greater, more learned fortitude and dignity. Of course, if the tension causes us to snap like a rubber band stretched beyond limit…those said limits, sadly, may never be tested again.

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Pop Prejudice

Some folks tend to object to my usage of such words as, ‘unconscious’ and ‘incompetent’ in regard to the general population — that moving, undulating mass of what forms ‘the collective’. Would then “individuals exhibiting involuntary behavior” as opposed to “performing unconscious actions” be more in line with proper etiquette? It is true I may be judging a large group for being generally mindless and acting stupidly, but if the boot fits…

In any case, when it comes to language, connotation is the infection of popular prejudice.

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Personal Good, Personal Evil

Questioning whether or not one is a genuinely good or bad person is the first clue to the former — especially if one’s heart weighs upon the question moreso than one’s intellect. “Evil” people care not if they commit atrocious deeds. If they do end up questioning their immoral behavior, they will do it with a casual intellectual curiosity and without any moral concern, unlike the generally good human being whom is questioning his or her own worth with a hope for goodness.

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