THE ROSE

If it interests you...here you can observe the compass by which I navigate my life -- my philosophies and belief systems upon which I mostly live. I've traveled a great deal and met a vast array of people and changed my ideas very radically many times about many things, so my brain is not hardwired to one strict concept of anything. I've been turned 180 degrees more than once on serious matters; and I hope that, as I age, I continue to embrace wisdom and anything that might change my mind on any particular matter, rather than simply fossilize myself merely because it was my earliest exposure to something. 
It's not meant to be a narcissistic diatribe, just a simple means for those who may want to know me a bit more intimately to do so.

POLITICS

I SUPPOSE...I have a much more epoch-natured

attitude towards POLITICS.

Nations rise and fall.

We flatter the likes of Rome and Egypt even while most of us would

have hated every element of their political character

Ages pass, ideas come and go: democracy, socialism, communism.

Despots die away and sometimes are replaced by others worse

and others better according to what we think is

worse or better, even while what we think is worse or better

will likely be considered insane 2 millennia on.

When I read the communist manifesto it made sense to me.

But then so does animal farm and Gibran's THE PROPHET.

It seems that ideas are best when they are made a social infrastructure

only when it is done so without singularity.

As soon as one idea or notion is made our paradigm, it's doomed to fail.

Canada is more socialist than it is democratic,

though most don't wish to see it.

Jesus was more a communist than a teacher.

History has taught us that all the best and most meaningful

progress was made during eras whereoligarchs reigned.

Humans seem to need leaders who lead by ignoring the democracy.

Einstein said most of the people are wrong most of the time

and it's been my observation that the most common

and popular thinking is likely the wrong one.

To be daring...maybe Trump is a bit whacky after years of power and wealth...

but I'm fascinated as hell to see what he does after

Obama did literally nothing and everyone loved him.

He was a pleasant man and pleasant president.

But he was a bland disappointment.

Maybe Trump will dazzle us!

JFK would have been disdained these days for being himself.

They'd have impeached and tossed him out on his ear.

I suppose what I'm saying is that we live in a small time with

small problems and a smaller

place in the grand scheme of things; and while we all tend

to be temporal-centricwhatever era we live in, the seeds we lay

now are not really that significant for the future.

We're not that important.

We are small.

Millions have come before Trump and Castro and probably millions

more will come after them.

Patriotism is only as meaningful as it is to your country of origin

like a basketball team.

We are not the greatest country in the world and certainly

Americans are just awful awful people!

Meh! C'est La Vie Du Politique.

Your great-grand children will think you were terrible people

and that their nation is resplendent

compared to yours -- and they will be as correct as you are correct

thinking yours is better than your

great-grandparents.

People like Americans and Canadians do a crap-load of bitching,

whining and complaining for

people living in such an improved time and superior to other countries.

If Canada and America are so great you'd think the citizens

would spend less timecomplaining about what's wrong and

congratulating themselves for what's so much better.

Genuine progress demands we find some sort of political framework,

but it seems we should be currently thinking

about a world-government, instead of one defined by borders.

That would be progress.

At this time in history we're just shaking foam fingers at one

another in the standscheering on our own and jeering at others.

 

All the smaller chatter seems a silly waste of my time.

I don't wanna set the world on fire...my ambitions are small.

I'll settle for setting you on fire.

IFUSEEKAMY