We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Like that "we were not born to survive.
But only to live._"
What Jesus was talking about when he talked about how those who seek to save their ife will lose it, etc. And Auden when he wrote "we must love one another or die" and the prayer of St. Francis.
Any smart animal can survive. Happy and blessed is the humanoid who can occasionally sacrifice, have a taste of life beyond themselves. When we are dragged kicking and screaming into doing something kind or brave or considerae of others, we find peace for an instant.
Earning a living is surviving. We find life thru conquering our fears even temporarily, reaching out even when we know it is dangerous,
Wanting to tell those unpatriotic Berkeley jerks that a scared 18 year old Marine knows more about life than they ever will. We are grass, the thing that makes us beautiful is the breeze of God's spirit making us shimmer, moving us, gold in His light and only He knows when we shall live and when we shall die. As mother THeresa reminded us, it was never up to us...
ENough of my nonsense, off to usual errands, but thanks for poem, to reread
Retriever seems to have taken this a bit too much to heart. The eighteen year old knows no more than the Berkeley student. Each wrestles with life as he or she sees it and will, years later, look back on the path they cut perhaps from the same prospect arrived at differently. Harsh judgment one of another does not advance or help the human condition.