|Current mood:|| depressed|
|Current music:||Christopher Jordan, WSAR Fall River, MA. April, 1974|
Just More Ranting That Won't Change Anything
I wish a lot more people would do a lot more thinking before they say things like, "Life is what you make of it," and "You're only as happy as you want to be." Because even a little more thinking would almost entirely stop comments like that. Before I go any further, I want to, in the interests of full disclosure, which I wouldn't be at all concerned about if my lawyer, Grace Van Owen, weren't constantly nagging me about it, that I know the people who use the aforementioned phrases are correct because I've been in enough physics labs and talked to enough of the really big league physicists to know that the little unexplained things I've personally witnessed aren't figments of my imagination or coincidence and that means that we, among other things, do create our own reality and to boil the whole thing down a bit: Prayer does work, intentions count and at best, everything we perceive as reality is just the shoddy and poorly built set of a really badly written C picture.
In fact, even long before I started visiting physicists and their labs, my friend Al told me, "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Al was a patent clerk...Well, he did later become a physicist but before he got a better job and you had to schedule appointments instead of just dropping in whenever you felt like it, he was a patent clerk. Be that as it may, the point is that the idiots who say, "Life is what you make of it," and "You are as happy as you want to be," are right but they are far more wrong because the false perceptions we are stuck with are what we are stuck with and no one knows how to change that. The only thing we know for sure is that you are not as happy as you want to be and life is not what you make of it.
And that when you say stupid things like that, you foster an environment that is more accommodating to despots like Mitt Romney. You give them an engraved invitation to talk about the dignity of work and the horror of entitlements and how the government should stay out of your life but not your vagina if you happen to want to terminate a pregnancy or your mouth if you want to drink more 16 ounces of your favorite soft drink in one serving. And if you think they're going to keep their grubby mitts off your trigger finger, you've got a big surprise coming.
And what if you have to sit in the back of the bus because you aren't the right color, can't get married because your spouse is the wrong gender and/or work yourself to death because things like vacations and pensions are entitlements you aren't entitled to? Do you have any right to complain about any of those things? Or any of the billion or so other annoyances that our lives are filled with?
Not if life is what you make of it and you are responsible for your own happiness. Because under those rules, you are at fault. You are the source of your own misery. It really is a perfect system. For some.