Open Thread - Friday, January 12, 2018
Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.
- Deepak Chopra -
I have a close friend who recently referred to me as a curmudgeon. I can accept that. The world is full of schemers and grifters, so there is no sense walking around with rose colored glasses.
During the past 3-4 years, I had been off the social scene, and foregone our annual New Orleans trip. I returned, this year, and had a good time. I also noticed some social group idiosyncrasies. While doing my care giver duties, I let my hair grow long and my cynicism has grown exponentially. The remainder of the group is still working and accepts portions of the conventional wisdom. During the course of this year's trip, I noticed cliques and a tribalism. I also noticed antipathy toward the guy with long hair and leftist leanings.
So, I canceled my New Orleans reservation for 2018. It's all good! Alternately, I plan to meet my daughter and her boy friend, out west. People are OK, but I really enjoy going off by myself. I think I would enjoy sitting on a rock among natural splendor, more than urban debauchery, or the prescribed company.
Along the same line of thought, the corporate media is into full bullshit mode, and not worthy of sustained attentiveness. It is all designed to mold and hold a complacent populace. Count me out.
I hope everyone is warm and happy! Don't let my bad attitude drag you down. Watch word: situational awareness.
Have a great weekend!
The thread is OPEN.