— “May you live in interesting times.”
An English expression, which supposedly is a translation of a traditional “Chinese curse”.
Although it sounds more like a blessing, the expression is normally used ironically. The implied understanding is that “uninteresting times” of peace and tranquillity are more life-fulfilling than interesting ones. From a historical perspective, “interesting times”, suggest disorder and conflict.
No known source has been attributed to the expression, and there’s only a similar phrase according to sources better informed than myself. The similar phrase does catch the concept.
— “Better to be a dog in a peaceful time, than to be a human in a chaotic (warring) period.”
— “World history is not the ground of happiness. The periods of happiness are empty pages in her.” — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
By THEODORE R. JOHNSON |
Northam’s decades-old racist behavior does not inherently suggest he lacks the moral acuity to govern now. If he is to be taken at his word—that he is not racist, ardently supports civil rights and is genuinely horrified by his past attitudes and actions—then his growth and maturation could be seen as evidence of his fitness for office.
This distinction, however, is immaterial because his moral failing in the past is a political liability today. And, especially on matters of racism, politics—and the defining of what is and is not a liability—polices the boundaries of what we’re willing to accept as a society.
We live at a time that seems more interested in finding social approval than a basis for moral judgement. There’s a philosophy of relativism, without moral absolutes. Right and wrong are an opinion based on current trend and social acceptance.
Somehow, what people have done 30+ years ago is relevant but the current taking of innocent life isn’t. Note, recent decisions by some local governments on abortion at full term. What people won’t do to puppies or kittens, they appear to have no hesitation in killing babies.
Stealing from people you don’t like is OK, as long as it’s not you or someone you know. Recommendations by some for taxes up to 80 or 90% on the wealthy.
Men lie about rape, women never do. (Unwritten rules probably inscribed in stone).
Men who claim strong religious faith find new ways to lie to the public.
Rules and laws are subject to adherence on the basis of how you personally feel? See sanctuary cities in defiance of federal law. Pay no attention to the parts of the U.S. which at one time went to war over how they felt about sovereignty and slavery.
So, what’s right or wrong? It looks to be all relative.
What do you think?
How do you start your day? They say breakfast is an important meal that shouldn’t be skipped. What about your brain? What do you ingest the first few hours of your day?
You can either start you day with junk food for the brain (the internet, distracting apps, etc) or you can start the day with healthy food for the brain (reading, meditation, journaling, exercising, etc). When you start the day with junk food for the brain, you put yourself at a self imposed handicap that inhibits your ability to get into flow and prevents you from doing deep work. When you start the day with health food for your brain, the exact opposite happens.
By Srinivas Rao September 18, 2017
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