Blog 1270 – 03.02.2019
Truth On A Postage Stamp
I often give people who talk in tweets, trucker hat quotes, and bumper sticker slogans a hard time but only because I am looking for longer more well thought out answers to the great questions of life. When I was a lad it was horoscopes, fortune cookies, and Double Bubble fortunes at the bottoms of the waxy little cartoon inside the gum wrapper. Life can often be a little bit more complicated than a “one liner” or even a “one paragrapher.”
Two of the most eye opening books that I ever read, “A Course In Miracles” and “The Way Of Mastery” sadly will never even be picked up by most because they are long, involved, and require a big chunk of time to read and digest. Oddly enough The Bible and Koran and other so called Sacred Books fall into that same category because although many people know how to read we have allowed TV, Social Media, Politics, and yes even Religions dumb us down and shorten our attention spans to where we seem to prefer being spoon feed by others – pablum, pre-chewed, and even pre-digested nuggets instead of adult food.
Someone has said we are no longer individuals with individual opinions and tastes but borrowers of others tastes and opinions. Time was when people read widely and took time to investigate claims philosophical, scientific, political, and religious. Or maybe I am just deluding myself that more people did. Maybe most people have always been more concern with eating, drinking, sleeping, and sex, probably not in that order. But, I’d like to believe that those more basic needs and wants being satisfied that thinking minds would look for challenges, to understand the deeper meaning of life.
Perhaps it is a lack of training or education that is at the root of this lack of desire to dig deeper, if not something as sinister as our puppet masters not wishes us to truly question the “parties lines” that we are being feed. If one’s idea of an education is understood to be only memorizing a few dates, formulas, and facts then that misunderstanding might indeed be the culprit. For a true education teaches us to think, to research, to look at issues from all sides, before choosing what we believe is the best way to go.
I like quotes and I have no real problem with tweets, trucker hat slogans, bumper sticker truisms, or postage stamp sized sayings but they are only starting points, launching pads to dig deeper, to look up higher, and investigate longer till the conclusions we come to are not those of others alone but our own. Truths we can own and build something solid on are seldom if ever pre-packaged, pre-sorted, and pre-digested. Eat up, but be sure your diet includes some adult food. Try starting off with The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis or for your college level readers, The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, not the movies, but the books, way more good food there. Why if they could make three movies of the much smaller volume prequel to The Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit, imagine all the good stuff you could learn in the books. Spoiler alert there are a lot of good detailed delicious meals written about too. I wish you good digestion.
Your friend and fellow traveler,