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October 2014

Extraterrestial Life That’s Just of Average Intelligence

Funny Alien

Despite our extensive, and sometimes expensive, efforts at trying to find intelligent life other than us in the universe, it appears for now that we are alone in the universe as we know it. But this won’t put to rest books, TV shows, and movies that fantasize about extraterrestrial life. Fiction that typically portrays extraterrestrial life as somehow having superior technology, superior communications, and having a much higher intelligence than human beings. I’ve always wondered why that is? Why do we assume or why is it preferred that other beings, if they do exist, are way smarter than us.

I wonder if we’d spend so much time and effort trying to make contact or fictionalizing about their existence if we knew that they were just as dopey, mediocre and confused as we are. Or worse, they end up being awkward, unaware, insecure, and lacking ambition. An alien race that doesn’t understand that “no” means no and they try to contact us like 15 or 16 times a day, after we’ve initially made contact.

To me it would make me feel better and make sense that if there is life other than us in the universe that it would be of just average intelligence. This would be consistent with claims of seeing UFO’s that never ever land or even try to make contact with anyone when they pierce through our atmosphere. I suspect just like us they’re either lost and don’t want to ask for directions or they are just not interested in making contact with beings that have just as many problems and flaws as they do.

Lyrics to Old Songs: Philadelphia Lawyer

Woody Guthrie

Way out in Reno, Nevada
Where romance blooms and fades
A great Philadelphia lawyer
Was in love with a Hollywood maid

Come, love and we’ll go ramblin’
Down where the lights are so bright
I’ll win you a divorce from your husband
And we can get married tonight

Wild Bill was a gun-totin’ cowboy
Ten notches were carved in his gun
And all the boys around Reno
Left Wild Bill’s maiden alone

One night when Bill was returning
From ridin’ the range in the cold
He dreamed of his Hollywood sweetheart
Her love was as lasting as gold

As he drew near her window
Two shadows he saw on the shade
It was the great Philadelphia lawyer
Makin’ love to Bill’s Hollywood maid

The night was as still as the desert
The moon hangin’ high overhead
Bill listened awhile through the window
He could hear every word that he said

“Your hands are so pretty and lovely
Your form’s so rare and divine
Come go with me to the city
And leave this wild cowboy behind”

Now tonight back in old Pennsylvania
Among those beautiful pines
There’s one less Philadelphia lawyer
In old Philadelphia tonight

-Woody Guthrie

Virtue and the Law

Japanese wisdom meditation

…that the only real control in life is self-control.-Jeffrey R. Holland

Emerson on Imagined Fears

Deep fear of businessman

Some of your hurts you have cured,
And the sharpest you still have survived,
But what torments of grief you endured
From evils that never arrived!
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Finding Our Original Joy

Old shipsThe voyage which I was born to make in the end, and to which my desire has driven me, is towards a place in which everything we have known is forgotten, except those things which, as we knew them, remind us of an original joy.-Hilare Belloc

The Truth is Not Easily Offended, But a Lie Always Takes Offence

autumn-leaves-830489-print I definitely don’t have the corner on truth and regretfully don’t act on truths as much as I should, but recent events got me thinking a bit. And maybe I’m off my rocker, or completely bonkers, but some of what I thought of lately seems to make sense about the truth compared to lies.

The truth I’ve noticed it is rarely offended, but a lie always takes offence. Whereas the truth is discovered, a lie is fabricated. A truth exists independent of humans, but a lie depends on us to give it life and to perpetuate it. The truth provides a light that looks to quietly benefit the many, a lie shouts loudly while seeking a darkness that secretly benefits the few. Truths exposes lies, the best lies twists truths. The truth allows for dissent, questioning, and even rebellion, but a lie insecurely suppresses dissent, quiets questioning, and ruthlessly puts down rebellion in fear of being exposed. Along with the truth comes lasting joy, mercy, peace and justice, the lie brings with it dissipating pleasures, confused misery, never-ending contentions, and corrupted justice. The truth unites, but lies divide. And the last thing I’ve observed is that the truth in order to be the truth is endless and unchanging, but lies go in and out of fashion with the times.

The Ways

autumn-maple-leaves-912447-printTo every man there openeth
A Way, and Ways, and a Way.
And the High Soul climbs the High Way,
And the Low Soul gropes the Low,
And in between, on the misty flats,
The rest drift to and fro.
But to every man there openeth
A High Way, and a Low.
And every man decideth
The way his soul shall go.

—John Oxenham

Lyrics to Old Songs: Moments to Remember

Four lads

(January to December)
(We’ll have moments to remember)

The New Year’s Eve we did the town
The day we tore the goal post down

We will have these moments to remember

The quiet walks, the noisy fun
The ballroom prize we almost won
We will have these moments to remember

Though summer turns to winter
And the present disappears
The laughter we were glad to share
Will echo through the years

When other nights and other days
May find us gone our separate ways
We will have these moments to remember

(The drive in movie where we’d go)
(And somehow never watched the show)
We will have these moments to remember

Though summer turns to winter
And the present disappears
The laughter we were glad to share
Will echo through the years

When other nights and other days
May find us gone our separate ways
We will have these moments to remember

Monkey Business: Innate Differences

Bonobos“Chimpanzees brought up in a home do not speak, think, or act like people, and that is because of the information in the ten megabytes of DNA that differ between us. Even the two species of chimpanzees, common chimps and bonobos, which differ in just a few tenths of one percent of their genomes, part company in their behavior…. Common chimps are among the most aggressive mammals known to zoology, bonobos among the most peaceable.”—The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature, Steven Pinker, p.45


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