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The Middle Path, One Day At A Time

So, What Have You Done Lately?


I don’t care what George Bush does.  He’s a loose cannon, but he will do what he will do, no one can stop him, and it will go down in history along with his failed legacy and whatever he manages to make of the rest of his life.

The same is true of any further Sarah Palin shenanigans.  She has had her fifteen minutes.  If her followers are foolish enough to try elevating her further, it will simply make her an easy target for more skilled thinkers and doers.  I will not consign her to being a Nobody, for we are all more than that, but unless she again threatens my country she’s not very interesting, and I won’t be paying much attention to her from now on.

As for John McCain — I frankly believe that he would have tried hard to be a good president.  Whether he has it in him to rise above the level of his predecessor we will never know, and that’s a good thing, considering what we seem to have gotten instead.  But don’t speak to me of John McCain’s faults unless you can favorably compare yourself to his virtues.  Your work is cut out for you.  Get back to me on that.

I care about things I can do something about.  The election’s over.  It’s time for new concerns.  My man Barack is going to need all the help he can get — positive, forward-looking, problem-solving, good-hearted, hyper-hyphenated help.  This country, and the world it will once again be leading, are in deep, deep trouble — almost certainly the worst trouble that has ever faced the human race.  From now on our efforts have to be positive, ongoing, and unencumbered by old thinking and grudges.

We, as a species, have not been good for this planet.  The experiment of putting a big brain into a bunch of apes without first implanting common sense and decent ethics is a bust, if you ask me, and I’m pretty sure the place would have been much better off without us.  But here we are, and we owe it to the rest of our fellow travellers on the Big Blue Marble to get over the superstitious idea that our imaginary friend will clean up our room before Mom sees it, and start shoveling our own shit.  If we don’t, we shall surely be the losers — but we’ll take a lot of undeserving, suffering creatures down the slope with us.

We may not be able to save things.  It’s entirely possible that we have shat once too often in our own nest.  But we can at least try to mitigate the suffering, and save what we can.  That’s where we need to be putting our energy, our thoughts, our faith and our prayers.  It’s time to look to the future, before all we have left is a sordid past.  We don’t need to be wasting our time and effort throwing stones at icons already toppled.  We need to be building new visions instead.

Ask yourself “What have I done to improve things lately?”  We told folks, “If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain!”  Similarly, if you’re not trying to improve your little corner of the world in some useful way, don’t distract the rest of us with your whining.  It’s hard to write a new song when someone’s humming the same old sad tunes, over and over and over.

Author: Bill

Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

2 thoughts on “So, What Have You Done Lately?

  1. Well said.


  2. Now that’s what I’m “talkin’ ’bout”.

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