Once again, I’m a day late on this. But yesterday I chaperoned The Girl’s class trip to the Nashville Islamic Center and attended an evening meeting for a local volleyball club she wants to join, so my day was rather full. I hope y’all are doing well today, and I look forward to hearing from those of you who have time to respond.
Q: What is your favorite beverage? (for those who really dislike “favorite” questions, hey, time to time, one just pops in and will not be denied).
A: Evan Williams on the rocks, though I’m currently sweating my way through a teeth-gnashing, hair-pulling, voluntary forced separation…
Q: What is your interpretation of The Golden Rule? Are there ramifications to breaking it?
A: My interpretation is its inverse. Or converse. Or reverse. Or opposite. Screw it, I can’t keep ’em straight, help me out dear philosophizing friend Steven Williams: “Do NOT do unto others what you do NOT want others to do to you!” Yes there are ramifications to breaking it, but not always. I don’t believe there’s some all-seeing power watching to see who breaks such rules and waiting for the right opportunity to mete out just punishment. But if you do something mean or harmful to someone, and that person sees what you’ve done or hears what you’ve done from what they consider to be a reliable source, there’s a pretty good chance that, at some point, they’re gonna get even with you.
Q: Are you a sunrise person or a sunset person?
A: Both. I love both and don’t have frequent enough opportunity to bask in the beauty of either, so I cherish every minute of each one time, the universe, or circumstance allows me to observe.
Q: Do people in modern society anthropomorphize animals too much?
A: I don’t consider myself to have the right to pronounce judgment on the degree to which anyone else should anthropomorphize animals, just like I don’t have the right to tell others what they can or cannot do to their own bodies. However, if in a given instant I see that someone’s actions, inspired by their anthropomorphicization of an animal, are about to cause a person or an animal harm, then I have not only the right to speak out to try to change their belief in order to prevent that harm, but the absolute duty to do so.
Q: What were you grateful for during the past week?
A: So many things, but most of all the news the Paul Manafort finally made a plea agreement with Robert Mueller’s team and that the fearful, old, wealthy, powerful, misguided white men who currently control the Senate Judiciary Committee have agreed to postpone the vote on insane clown president Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and give his brave accuser Christine Blasey Ford a public hearing. American women, please, please, PLEASE get out and vote this November and especially in 2020.