Monthly Archives: August 2015

Not A Vending Machine?

Since the first vending machine, in 1888, in NY City, dispensing Adam’s gum, few have been exempt from a familiar frustration. Not getting the item, for which we deposited our money. Worse yet, we didn’t even get our money back. Outrage is eclipsed only by a litany of expletives spewed forth, and a “righteous kick” for good measure. Even with advanced digital technology, there’s no guarantee we’ll get the item we selected from that “unsympathetic machine.”

A successful financial mogul of the past century was asked, “Would you ever pray?” he replied unapologetically, “Of course! If there was ever something I couldn’t buy.” Does that ring familiar? We often speak of our inadequacy to get “beyond our human dilemma,” yet relying on a flimsy personal experience alone. “Pulling ourselves up by our humanistic boot straps,” some reply. Off-springs quickly learn to parrot such rhetoric when life pummels them relentlessly. Existentialist, Soren Kirkegaard, whose theology was unorthodox, however, this observation is irrefutable, “Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.” Prince or pauper, the sparks will fly with certainty. read more


Is Loitering Permitted?

Most of us have seen, at one time or another, a sign prominently posted, “No loitering!” It’s not as common as it was years ago. In some locales loitering may be prohibited by a local ordinance, or have the full force of the law accompanied by a monetary fine, free ride to the edge of town, or a complimentary night’s lodging in the local hoosegow. Webster defines loitering as, “to linger in an aimless way, spending time idly, without purpose.” German philosopher Von Goethe captured the essence of it, “Lose the day loitering, twill be the same tomorrow, and the rest more dilatory.” read more


Getting Beyond Pedantry

Caution! Don’t tell a perfectionist minutia isn’t important. You risk incurring their wrath. It’s uncertain whether they’re born that way, or not. Either way, details are everything. “There’s a reason,” they vow. We who round off our checkbook, it’s unfathomable. In 1954, a love song charted in the UK and here, titled “Little Things Mean A Lot,“ by Kitty Kallen. The lyrics went, “Blow me a kiss across the room, Say I look nice when I’m not, Touch my hair as you cross the room.” The last verse, “Send me the warmth of a secret smile, To show me you haven’t forgot, For always and ever, now and forever, Little things mean a lot.” We get it. Little things matter to many. It’s the preoccupation or overemphasis on trivial, relatively unimportant things that qualifies as “pedantic.” Webster states, “a narrow-minded teacher who insists on exact adherence to a set of arbitrary rules; ostentatious focus.” We must get beyond that in our nation that faces disturbing consequential issues threatening our Republic. read more


Selectively Extolling Death

Since creation mortals have had to confront the certainty of death. Someone labeled death as the “great equalizer.” With rare exceptions, most fight “tooth n’ nail” to cling to life. Some societies absent Judeo Christian underpinnings, honor, or extol suicide. The Kamikaze pilots from Japan considered it an honor to die in combat. Evil Muslim terrorists are banking on death to “cash in” with their equivalent of “a bevy of virgins.” Most healthcare delivery systems are designed to keep us healthier to slow down the inevitability of our demise. One may recall the exchange between a female bulwark of faith, of the downtown Baptist church, and her “dear friend.” The former long repeated her desire to “soon be with the Lord.” The latter, her “dear friend,” opined impatiently, “ The next time you’re deathly ill, do not phone the physician!” Ouch! Many choose to ignore the subject. Is denial palliative? read more

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