despite cost of living. I’m not speaking monetarily.
Some heavy hitters of the ‘thinking’ game have said
When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer, he will have to accept his suffering as his task; his single and unique task. He will have to acknowledge the fact that even in suffering he is unique and alone in the universe. No one can relieve him of his suffering or suffer in his place. His unique opportunity lies in the way in which he bears his burden”
“What is to give light must endure burning.”
“An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.”
“The meaning of life is to give life meaning.”
from the remarkable Victor Frankl “Trotzdem Ja Zum Leben Sagen”
I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.”Herman Hesse
“Yet, at the same time, as the Eastern sages also knew, man is a worm and food for worms. This is the paradox: he is out of nature and hopelessly in it; he is dual, up in the stars and yet housed in a heart-pumping, breath-gasping body that once belonged to a fish and still carries the gill-marks to prove it. His body is a material fleshy casing that is alien to him in many ways—the strangest and most repugnant way being that it aches and bleeds and will decay and die. Man is literally split in two: he has an awareness of his own splendid uniqueness in that he sticks out of nature with a towering majesty, and yet he goes back into the ground a few feet in order to blindly and dumbly rot and disappear forever. It is a terrifying dilemma to be in and to have to live with” …………….
Ernest Becker The Denial of Death
Or to paraphrase another writer ‘ a billion dollar brain within a 98 cent body’
Short Intermission for Reflection…..
but no relief as we are reminded
Trust Woody Allen to be more prosaic on this issue.
“I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. I don’t want to live in the hearts of my countrymen; I want to live in my apartment”
Here are few of many aphorisms of my own
“Ireland is a good place to be buried. If you’re lucky it will happen post-mortem”
“Most people lose sight that they are less than a grain of sand in the Grand Scheme. Many see themselves as the entire beach. More fail to see the larger desert that surrounds it!
“If you win all of your battles except the last one; you lose! That’s Fortūna at her most fickle.”
“Life would probably be a longer process without processed food”
“Deja vu is not what is used to be”
“First impressions are important they say. Who are ‘they’ by the way? Subsequent ones too I suspect. Yet the shape from the mould ought to be more worthy than the impression!
“Consciousness if conceded to the consortium has consequences. Many cons, you see. Therein lies a clue. Contagia! Don’t be controlled ! Contest it! ”
” Controlled consciousness consumes consumables but ultimately is consumed itself. Ask yourself thi0s “Do you want to become consommé?
Maurice O’Sullivan Aherne
Some lighter thoughts from the worldly wide web
If it’s true that we’re here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?
If 4 out of 5 people suffer some affliction, does the fifth one enjoy it.
It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning.
We are born naked, wet, and hungry. Then it gets worse!
Eat right, exercise daily, live clean, die anyway.
Today is the last day of some of your life.
What a wonderful life! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.
Maybe life isn’t for everyone
Anything good in life is either illegal, immoral, or fattening, or causes cancer in poor lab rats.
My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.
The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it’s true.
I cut this gag to it’s essence ‘cos that’s the way they should be told!
Lawyer* I have good news and bad. Client. give me the bad. Lawyer. DNA tests showed that it’s you. Client: No!!!! what’s the good news then? Lawyer. your cholesterol is down
By lawyer I mean those who justly practice law and not those who unjustly profit by it you’ll understand.
Some ‘facts’ below with my response. (It has been a slow day)
The average human produces 25,000 quarts of spit in a lifetime, which is enough to fill two swimming pools.
Best reason to avoid public bathing areas.
Human brain weighs around 3 pounds.
That’s just packaging! 200 billion neurons, 125 trillion potential synapses in the cerebral cortex alone. Remarkable! Are your lights on?
If you gave each human on earth an equal portion of dry land, including the uninhabitable areas, everyone would get roughly 100 square feet (30.4 m).
The current population being 7 billion plus+, the statistics seem wrong .Only 100 sq ft?. Who choses whether it be a jungle in Borneo or Casino Square Monte Carlo?
Only one person in 2 billion will live to be 166 or older.
They’ll inherit the land above and will breathe possibly breed with the other 3. Illogical but it’s a gag!
1/4 of the bones in your body are in your feet.
Ouch! I always knew that. Too late…. again!
Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.
Makes evolutionary sense! Economical too regarding socks!
You blink over 10,000,000 times a year.
Is that 20 blinks a minute? Seems excessive!
Women blink nearly twice as much as men
could suggest women are blind twice the time, but make up for it by multi-tasking. I think both conclusions are wrong by the way
The average human blinks their eyes 6,205,000 times each year
Humans are blind a lot of the time!
The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year.
Never the right ending.
Sneeze travels out of your mouth at over 100 miles (161 km) an hour.
Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards—
Don’t get your ice-cream served backwards.
Some outsourced advice from Sages of the Web.
Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of repayments
Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you’ll have their shoes.
If you lend someone 20 euro and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. Nothing to lose except some cash possibly
The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
Never miss a chance to shut up.
There are a few theories to arguing with women. None works.
Experience is something you don’t get until after you need it.
By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.
I conclude here but ask you to bear in mind….
What not to do at your next Interview.
10.Challenge the interviewer to arm wrestle.
9. Wear earphones explaining you have a talent to listen to interviewer and music at the same time.
8. Bring large dog to interview. I’d say a small dog might be a problem too!
7. Refuse to sit down and insist on being interviewed standing up.
6. Excuse yourself and return to the office minutes later wearing a hair piece.
5. Say you would show loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on your forehead
4. Doze off. When awoken, exclaim “I didn’t rob THAT bank”
3. Interrupt to phone your therapist for advice
2. Explain that a long-term goal would be to replace the interviewer.
1. Say you never finished school because of a kidnapping.
Just remember even moreso than last time I advised you……
This last illustration could be copyright of the late Dr. Sagan’s estate. I hereby acknowledge.
NASA I expect had a role too.
I still hope GOD or the Supreme Entity who was around before the Initial Singularity has overall copyright.