Laughing with thee genius
"The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright--
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.
O Oysters," said the Carpenter,
"You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
But answer came there none--
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.'
The Walrus And The Carpenter
Life is fascinating and if we only concentrate on sad things we will die young and exhausted. If we concentrate on the seemingly good things we can become obese because food seems to be the ultimate reference point; food and maybe drink.
So we better concentrate on the ODD things because those are in abundance nowadays and you can laugh or cry at your leisure. Whatever you prefer. I made my judgment.
1. The election day is Nov.6, which is a day before the 95th anniversary of Great Russian Revolution, also about 40 days before the End of Times' day, Dec.21.And this is odd because neither of the current presidential candidates know anything about Russian Revolution or Mayans ( \except for what it is written in children's book). Maybe we should not bless the beasts and the children after all?
2. Hurricane Sandy had just devastated Snooki's habitat but we can be sure she will find some another place to thrive. She is a resilient species. The new show will be called 'Staten Island', or 'After the Storm' or something else. And this is scarcely odd because you need much more than Sandy to get rid of Snooki. Maybe Ivan would do the job?
3. Guistave Flaubert once said , "Style defines a man". It sounds very odd when 100% of our politicians have NO style. Odd?
4. Our illustrious Hillary C. had recently paraphrased Caesar (who said," I came, I saw, I conquered.") by saying about our rape of Libya, "We came, we saw, he died." Ignorance does not surprise me anymore, nor does malice but what is really scarcely odd is that even in this statement Hillary managed to avoid the individual responsibility.
5. Feodor Dostoevsky once in his "Travel Notes' formulated a scathing definition of the Western society:
'A person can be even evil but still retain the sense of honor but here ( in the West,- MS) we have a lot of honest people doing dishonorable things just from the goodness of their hearts.'
It is really odd that Dostoevsky is the favorite writer of Laura Bush. At least that's what she claimed.
6. Many of my fellow --progressives write long and boring diatribes about why they will have to vote for Obama despite his vices, etc. Long, long, long,looooong self-explanations; even Prince Hamlet would fall asleep.
The ones who will vote for Romney do not seem to be in such self- doubt. It seems odd.
7. Recently Mr. Romney said at some special dinner that he did not care for about 0.5 of the US population. The media on both sides howled with pleasure and discussed that in detail, much more than Hurricane Sandy. One little caveat: there was absolutely no discussion (in the open, I mean) on who were those people Mitt gave his oath to at that dinner and why did he have to do that. None of those people were interviewed and none were even mentioned on TV (Mother Jones published the names but that was all). That was scarcely odd because our media eats sh*t on a regular basis.
8. The debates this year were so substance- less that substance was not even discussed. The two guys should not talk at all: they instead should use only gestures like it was done at some debates in Middle Ages. That was odd that what we saw was still called 'debates'.
9.Show me the money! Our GOP folks claim that private charity is much more efficient than any government service. I don't notice a pile of gold delivered to the victims of Sandy from the generous private donors. Do you? Odd.
10. Most of our young people consider Comedy Central a real news cast. That's scarcely odd because 'in the land of the blind the one- eyed person is a King'.
I would like to end my little dance macabre with another verse from the genius Lewis Carroll.
'The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown:
The Lion beat the Unicorn all round the town.
Some gave them white bread, some gave them brown:
Some gave them plum-cake and drummed them out of town.'
How relevant! And how odd.
The writer is 57 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.