Good attitudes can be trumped short-term, but liberating outlooks will survive and prosper if built on fact or fact-based imaging.
Those images are of increasing importance since so many of the others have been scattered about.
A little humor helps if we can find it.
Never in my experience has there been nonsense of such triviality, and never before has trivial nonsense been so extensive. Previously, the grading of nonsense had less relevance than it does today, where an entire news organization has staked its future on it.
I know because I’ve lived through a lot of it; when people died for reasons they believed correct but weren’t or only partially so — now they die for no reason at all.
There is nothing funny about any of it.
Consider the following inquiries; then ask if posing the question implies an unresolved issue that lacks humor.
What is the supreme law of the land? (Hint – it’s not a person).
Our nation’s Capitol has been invaded three times, twice by a foreign power. Who conducted that third invasion?
After Congressman Jack Bergman’s recent attempt to block the votes of thousands of his constituents — including mine — should he yet be considered as representing anyone?
Would you be interested in knowing what or who prompted Congressman Bergman’s attempt to hijack so many of his constituent’s votes? I would. I wonder if he thought it was a joke? If so, what was funny?
Or was it all just about money?
5. And I wonder who Congressman Bergman perceived would benefit from his betrayal of me?
The Webb Space Telescope blasted off based on hard-earned knowledge — the accumulation of generations; still, its main attraction is its few preconceptions.
If that’s not a New Year’s blessing, what is?
I mentioned the prospect of humor being helpful if we could find it.
Try going to YouTube and watching laughing babies for a while. There isn’t much that can bring a smile more readily than the full-on joy of a baby laughing.
We can work our way along from there through various sources and memories until we reach that place where we can start chuckling to ourselves, at ourselves before breaking into open, full-throated laughter.
Laughing at ourselves requires perception.
But then, the essence of all humor is perception, isn’t it? To appreciate the humor in something, we have to perceive it — possess an awareness of what makes it funny.
That doesn’t mean it has to be complicated in any way. All of us easily perceive the humor in a Three Stooges skit.
But, now, stooges’ skits are played out by those who seek to mislead us, making no attempt at humor, though there is often humor in watching them proceed.
Still, we have to perceive what it is they’re attempting.
Here’s a guide:
“Listen to the mustn’ts, child.
“Listen to the don’ts.
“Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts.
“Listen to the never haves,
“Then listen child to me —
“Anything can happen, child – anything can be.”
— Shel Silverstein
Have a great New Year!
Doug Pugh’s “Vignettes” runs weekly on Saturdays. He can be reached at email@example.com.