Friday, May 7, 2010

History 101

I recieved a history lesson from an old freind the other day. He got to talking and I got to listening and this is what he came up with. I found it thought provoking. Although I have to admit I've never quite seen a provoked thought with my own eyes.

Accept(acceptance)-To receive or approve as adequate, satisfactory or admissible. To submit to without argument.

Tolerate(tolerance)-To put up with, a capacity for allowing or enduring an adverse condition.

Weak(weakness)-Lacking firmness, strength, definition, character, ability, will or conviction.

Collapse-To fall down or inward suddenly. Break down. To suffer a complete loss of power.

Society-A group of human beings distinguished from other groups by shared interests, behavioural characteristics and a common culture.

Almost all great societies in the past were destroyed from within. A major factor appears to be an acceptance or tolerance for deviant behavior that ran counter to the culture which built the society in the first place, weakening the infrastructure to such a degree that there was no common set of standards. They collapsed due in a great degree to a break down of structuring laws and subsequent loss of national integrity. Loose knit groups with no established set of values is destined to failure. Close knit groups or countries that fail to maintain their laws and cultural values will disintegrate from within. History has proven that time and time again. The question is this: Will the society you live in eventually tolerate itself into oblivion too?

Your children and grandchildren will know the answer............................Joe

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Ernie Harwell

Hey Ernie Harwell,
whether the Tigers won or lost, we still had you to look forward to.

If there's a ballpark in Heaven, may you find it.
If there's a round table for great guys, may it find you.
If there's an announcers position open may it become yours.
If you can smile down on us from time to time, please do it.
If the sun shines on the Tigers we'll know you can.

You said you were blessed to be with us.
It was us who were blessed.

As Bob Hope used to sing: Thanks for the memories. R.I.P. Ernie Harwell. You helped change lives for the better......................Joe

Sunday, May 2, 2010

right or wrong, I just can't say

You can't tell anyone they are wrong anymore!

Recently it appears that, other than a select few exceptions the lines between right and wrong have become so blurred that telling someone they are wrong is almost considered assault. In schools kids are passed from one grade to the next, regardless of achievement levels, in part because telling them they have to repeat a grade may harm their delicate self esteem. Firing an employee because they can't keep pace is a no no. Firing someone may destroy their entire future. And, heaven forbid an employer ever say anything negative about a past employee without setting themselves up for a law suit. If a child is misbehaving in a retail store and an adult other than the parent attempts to correct him, well he/she just better be prepared for a verbal lashing about how it's none of their business. If a parent tries to discipline their own child with some sort of firm/corporal butt paddling in public and in some cases in the privacy of their own home there just may be a knock on the door from child protective services. When a person of low integrity starts blasting away with a barrage of filthy language in front of anyone, including children any offended bystander best keep their mouths closed about it lest they interfere with freedom of speech. Freedom from oppression be hanged. If a reckless driver puts others in danger causing stress and fear to others, no one should express their fear because then they are considered to have caused road rage. Don't you dare suggest that someone needs a bath, they are entitled to their own opinion of hygiene regardless of it's eye watering affect on you.

Those are only some examples but I think you get my drift here. However, there are a few favorite subjects that are completely opposite. If you wear after shave or perfume you better be ready to be ostracized for polluting the atmosphere. Don't pray on public property either, you may cause good to happen and we all know what that does. You, as a taxpayer are admonished for resisting exorbitant taxes that reduce your quality of life. Don't mess with the pay and benefits of government employees, those involved in education or elected officials or you'll be accused of conspiring against the government and just plain mean.

I read in the paper and heard on radio and TV that the authorities can't tell the difference between a pop bottle prank with dry ice and water by some not too bright college students and a terrorist bomb attack. That's what I mean. Kind of interesting isn't it? One guy calls it being wrong without any consequences, unless you are right in the first place but then you're wrong to express it which makes you wrong all over again but being wrong is quite OK you understand, don't let it hurt your feelings.

It looks like rain but I'm probably not right or wrong about that....................Joe
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