I used to have an Aunt that loved to read. She would give me books and have me tell her what I thought of them later. It was nice. I learned a lot. Mostly what not to read. But she was of the opinion that everyone should be heard once…at least. “Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice”. Well, that’s all very good in a perfect world…but. It is getting harder.
Anyway, I would read an author suggested by her and really enjoy him/her…for a while. Then move on to someone else. This puzzled my Aunt. “You get bored with writers pretty quickly, huh?”, she once asked. Yes, I do. Even my own drivel. And I can control that. But I take what I can. What is there for me. Why stay? The authors are only human. They normally have only a few things to say and when they have said them, the rest is mere repetition…right? I have found that to be true of most all those that express themselves in any artform. Music, painting, prose or poetry… you name it. I certainly am a prime example of the above. I have a few things to say that I have concluded from taking a little of this and a little of that from those with only a few things to say. Y’know…humans. That is fine for artistic purposes. For politics it is kind of different. But that’s as may be.
I’m not going to try and tell you how to live your life. I guess that you have kinda figured that out already. I’m sure you have a handle on things…or at least think you have a handle on things. Maybe you do, and maybe you don’t. As long as you can function in your life as you see fit, and your opinions dovetail with things that happen around you…well, you probably do have a correct view of things. If you don’t, well you may beat the shit out of your wife and kids regularly, or drink too much, or need to take drugs of various kinds. If this is the case…you need some adjustments. But that isn’t you, I can tell.
More and more of us need to listen to the few things that others say. And when those wise few things have been repeated and not heeded over a great length of time…and our souls are sick…well, we should start looking for answers in these eclectic endeavors. A little of this guy‘s opinion…a little of that one’s. One ingredient in a soup makes for a pretty bland, non-digestive and unsafe diet. I am reminded of a phenomenon about Irish poachers. Hundreds of them died over a period of time because rabbit was all they ate. Following their intuition that meat is to be eaten by the carnivores that we humans are…they ate rabbit. Exclusively. They met their demise through malnutrition. And so shall we all perish by worshiping selected individuals whose ‘few things’ that they have to say, lead us down a path of their agenda…which is not necessarily good for us. Celebrity can take over your better judgement. The first bite is with the eye, is a true maxim. But you don’t have to take the whole kit. You can open the package and take what you need, leaving the merchant to peddle what is left to suckers.
When it comes to celebrity, I ain’t interested. John Lennon had Yoko, a calculating antithesis to all his efforts. Kurt Vonnegut sold the rights to one of his best books to Jerry Lewis, and was married to an opportunistic jewess. Martin Luther King was known to sleep with several women at a time when on one of his peace march campaigns. Bill Hicks was a severe alcoholic. JFK was a notorious womanizer. And on and on. This is not smearing…this is fact. There are no gods among men. No messiahs that have blood in their veins. Few that have more than a few helpful things to say. And that is one of the few things that I have to say.
Bubbles burst when humanness is exposed. But that is a GOOD thing. Learn from that fact. It is grounding and sobering and instructive. And humbling. For there is a tendency to even take ourselves too seriously, I think. To make celebrities of ourselves. Of course I began this site to point out those of a certain cult that excel at this. And I will continue to do it. But it is just one of the few things that I have to say that might help you. And to help the cause to remove them from social and political power. Because in my view of things(and many others now), the few things that they as a culture/cult have to say, are not helpful to anyone but themselves. A self-indulgent culture from which you can learn nothing of value for your journey through life.
But some have more to say than others. That is, more of value. That doesn’t make them worthy of worship however;even though I have found myself symbolically bowing to the knowledge and wisdom of the author I quoted at the top up there. It seems that there is nothing that I have learned throughout my short life, and hold to be true, that hasn’t been covered in one of Shakespeare’s works. He had more than just a few things to say and is one of the few humans that I will take more than just a little of, to form my opinions. And an author about which my Aunt and I agreed. There is no better.
” That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west;
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire,
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the deathbed whereon it must expire,
Consumed with that which it was nourished by.
This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.”
So take what few things I have to say and roll them around in your brain. Take a few things from all of us out here and use what you can. Discard what you must. But unless we are talking about the likes of the Bard…don’t take it all from anyone. Just sayin.