Source/note: Montage of a Dream Deferred (1951)
It’s early Saturday evening, and in an hour, the sun will be setting at 8:24 PM. Have the windows open, the baseball game is on the TV, and the best part is, the numerous birds all happy and chipper as they are tweeting away in one massive chorus. Sitting here listening to the birds, they are saying that there is still a lot to like about the earth, that we all call home. With a touch of Zen, life is grand.
It seems that mother nature has a problem.
The problem is, she must have a very itchy scalp.
With all the dandruff falling from the sky above,
it looks like she needs a good shampooing, with
a good rinsing.
Then a apply some conditioning, then rinse
Now, all this dandruff is landing on planet
earth, and are the ones who have to deal with it.
When the weather warms up, then a real good
rinsing will commence, and then it will wash away
all the built up dandruff, that she wanted to
share with us.
– A Pondering Mind
For those who have seen the Earth from space, and for the
hundreds and perhaps thousands more who will the, experience
most certainly most changes your perspective. The things
that we share in our world are far more valuable than
those which divide us.
– Donald Williams
From the email inbox:
When everybody on earth was dead and waiting to enter Paradise, God appeared and said, “I want the men to make two lines.
One line for the men who were true heads of their household, and the other line for the men who were dominated by their women.
I want all the women to report to St.Peter.” Soon, the women were gone, and there were two lines of men.
The line of the men who were dominated by their wives was 100 miles long,and in the line of men
who truly were heads of their household, there was only one man.
God said to the long line, “You men should be ashamed of yourselves, I created you to be the head of your household!
You have been disobedient and have not fulfilled your purpose! Of all of you, only one obeyed. Learn from him.”
God turned to the one man, “How did you manage to be the only one in this line?”
The man replied, “My wife told me to stand here.”
We go to school
We watch TV
We go to movies
All the things we do or, for some people some of them.
We’re all human, and since we’re on this planet for a very short time, we should enjoy everything we do.
It’s what makes life on Earth interesting.
A Pondering Mind 2014
The most important thing about Spaceship Earth – an instruction book didn’t come with it.
— R. Buckminster Fuller
My definition of a philosopher is of a man up in a balloon, with his family and friends holding the ropes which confine him to earth and trying to haul him down.
— Louisa May Alcott
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.
— Mahatma Gandhi
Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children.
- Samuel Butler
From my email inbox:
If people walk in the woods for the love of them half of each day, they are in danger of being regarded as loafers; but if they spend their whole days as speculators, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, they are esteemed industrious and enterprising citizens. As if a town had no interest in forests but to cut them down!
-Henry David Thoreau
You’re not going to make me have a bad day. If there’s oxygen on earth and I’m breathing, it’s going to be a good day.
And man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use. And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried: “Look at this Godawful mess.”
Art Buchwald, 1970
I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.