Must be soap-box time for me.
The holidays seem to bring out all the latent philosophers with slogans and well-wishes, and ….how can I say this gently? Preachiness. And of course, I am no different.
So when I revert to quoting Frank Zappa, … one of the most controversial, free-spirited and free-wheeling musical/film-directing artists of his day rather than the standard fare like Lao Tzu or Einstein, etc., then something somewhere must be askew.
And yet, the mastermind behind the epic album: “Freak Out!” is the one who best captures today’s moment for me, or as the graphic above states: “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” Frank Zappa
A simple morning comment about how intentionally ‘psychologically-appropriate’ I thought the President-Elect is by restraining himself during his comments on the Toddler-in-Chief’s current dereliction of duty during his waning days in office (or actually golfing at his resort in Florida while the rest of the country is under pandemic lock-downs and nearly starving, while he refuses to sign the relief bill to prevent people from being evicted penniless from their homes and apartments during the holidays—mid-winter no less), and it quickly reverted to my partner’s theological declaration of how deeply the President-Elect is steeped in his Faith to handle things the way that he is. Uhm… no.
“I think that is how YOU are choosing to interpret the restraint that ‘the P-E’ is showing by not laying into Mr. Ineptness like you or I would be doing because we have less personal control of our tempers,” I said confidently, slurping more coffee, again citing the clever, behavioral-restraint counter-measurers ‘the P-E’ is deftly employing against a sociopathic, power-hungry, malignant narcissist who is currently controlling the United States nuclear codes and who has his oversized shorts in a bunch over the election results not favoring him.
To which was calmly replied. “He (the P-E) is a man of deep Faith and he demonstrates that Faith in his actions.”
I shook my head. Continuing this discussion would go nowhere good, very fast. So I shut my mouth and swallowed my responses. But not for long—that’s why I have this blog.
To me this ‘BELIEF-dependency’ is part of the problem we have as a collective presence in the world today, because WHICH belief is the one that YOU (or whoever is in power at the time) follow to make all your group-dependent decisions where lives are at stake and world economies precariously teeter?
There are thousands of world religions right now—all with offshoots and tributaries, not to mention diverging cult-like facsimiles that bear little resemblance to the founder of the original religion’s intentions and premises.
So WHICH BELIEF-SYSTEM do you adopt as the epitome of cultural and behavioral norms to follow as you govern a world culture?
Please tell me how tacking a religious label on a standard of behavior or a descriptor of moral character becomes anything but divisive to those who stand against that particular religion in favor of the one that they instead follow.
So maybe it’s time to get our heads out of our own particular BELIEFs, and to lean toward universal behavioral standards in order to live in peace with each other.
Let’s open our minds as we parachute into a new way of thinking and acting toward each other.
Or we could do as Frank Zappa previously suggested: Just “Freak Out!”