Thursday, June 08, 2006
Yeah, I'm still here. I'm not dead. I didn't leave town. I didn't give up.
I have been reading and working and gardening and thinking and hobbling around on my now gimpy knees.
I'm learning that pain has a way of humbling a person. Don't get me wrong. I'm not suffering unbearable pain. Me knees hurt. They are stiff, balky. It makes moving around difficult. I can't sit for long. But I can function. I do my job. I take some pills. They help.
Much of my reading has been disturbing. I will attempt to report on some of it soon. I'm only posting here now because I am having a problem with software I use for work.
I have just picked up something kind of pleasant: Life, Sex and Ideas: The Good Life Without God by A.C. Grayling. I've only read a few pages, but I like it. Regarding religion Grayling states that "there is no greater social evil."
A couple of good random quotes from what I've read:
Grayling quotes Antonio Porchia: "In a full heart there is room for everything, while in an empty heart there is room for nothing."
He quotes Epictetus: "Only the educated are free."
Grayling on a liberal education: Education in literature, history, and appreciation of the arts opens the possibility for us to live more reflectively and knowledgeably, especially about the nature and variety of human experience. That, in turn, increases our capacity for understanding others better, so that we can treat them with respect and sympathy, however different their outlook on life. When sympathy and respect are returned, the result is that the differences which cause friction, even conflict, come to be resolved or at least tolerated."
I like this guy.
Oh, and the photo? Yours truly. Probably the summer of 1967 on the beach at Galveston, Texas. Probably hung over. My wife says I have sandy hair. That's likely because I've got sand IN my hair. I may be using the rag in my hand to wipe some barf out of my back seat.
See anything askew about this photo?