Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Major of Minor Things!

I gotta be me. I am a revolutionary!

How is it that the little things tend to be the ones that really do us in. Isn't it the slightest little thing like open cabnet doors, capless toothpaste, dirty catsup nozzles, dingy whites, human noises, ice crunchers, soup slurpers, hummers, gum poppers and general other junk that tends to ignite the dynamite.

Ok...I am an anal retentive. I complete all single similar functions then go to the next. Sock, sock, shoe shoe. I know that makes sense now that you've read it. Do you? Or are you a sock shoe, sock shoe? The Pensive and I have many fascinating converstations on many different subjects and levels. This one was no less. In theory, it should be EASY to over look minor, little, petty things — wouldnt you think? Well thinkin' aint doin' and if it was ever as easy as sayin,' folks would do a lot less prayin'!

So back to the major of minor things. Is it really the thing we hate so much or is it that it might remind us of ourselves? [stay with my ramblings for just a moment more] But, I say to myself, I don't pop gum because its so irritating to me — so maybe its someone else's lack of consideration of ME! Does that make me selfish? So I go to someones home and throw my dirty feet on their furniture. But I wouldnt do that; why isnt it ok if they do? Is that being selfish? Maybe its the same as piped in music...it doesnt matter if its music you like — its piped in; you HAVE to listen to it. Is that the crux of this pontificating ramble? Is everything really about ourselves? Is it all a great circus to belabor our own greatness in contrast to someone else...kinda one of those "hold still so I can stand on your head kinda things because it makes ME feel good." Isnt there too much credence given to "feeling good." What happened to the generations of great sufferers/sacrificers for those coming later?

One might argue that the well-meaning parental philosophy of making sure my kids have it better than I did has come back to bite us in the buttocks. NOT only is there a lack of appreciation; but work ethic, thankfulness, ownership, patience, responsibility and moral conscienceness. In fact, hands out before stepping forward — is that our destined legacy.
Ralph Waldo Emerson notes:
But worse than the harping on one string, Nature has secured individualism, by giving the private person a high conceit of his weight in the system. The pest of society is egotists. There are dull and bright, sacred and profane, coarse and fine egotists. 'Tis a disease that, like influenza, falls on all constitutions. In the distemper known to physicians as chorea, the patient sometimes turns round, and continues to spin slowly on one spot. Is egotism a metaphysical varioloid of this malady? The man runs round a ring formed by his own talent, falls into an admiration of it, and loses relation to the world. It is a tendency in all minds. One of its annoying forms, is a craving for sympathy. The sufferers parade their miseries, tear the lint from their bruises, reveal their indictable crimes, that you may pity them. They like sickness, because physical pain will extort some show of interest from the bystanders, as we have seen children, who, finding themselves of no account when grown people come in, will cough till they choke, to draw attention. ...more

It's all about me and whatever makes me feel good; so what if you dont like it. I heard part of an arguement after schools in middle TN decided upon a certain dress code. Ironicly, a parent got on TV an complained that their dear child was being robbed of his indivuality. Then homeschool! You dont own the school, it belongs to someone bigger than you. Maybe you havent noticed; but kids are dying over brand name shoes/clothes. Perhaps it not a question of the "have's" and "have nots" but one of what is the focus of school. It certainly isnt fashion. The legacy we havc fed will soon turn to feast on our rotting aged defenseless bones; all the while, being broadcast on youtube for mere entertainment's sake. But we will all nod and agree; we certainly dont want to be labeled. Shhhhh....its harmless kid fun. It's not a MAJOR problem that the boys can't read anything but the cup sizes on little suzy in math class. It's ok that she dresses like that, someday she will be a star! She's gotta get her foot in the door young. He likes his hair in his face, it matches his ear rings. If he pulled up his pants he would be like everyone else......blah blah blah blah.....


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