Monday morning blues, eh?
Well these blues are a figment of the imagination according to Australian scientists. “Friday euphoria is a chimera too,” they say.
The University of Sydney interviewed hundreds of locals to reach these conclusions. It’s easy for them to say that — they don’t have another election coming eh?
Besides, there was no support for the conclusion, but it’s understandable in a world where we can’t even trust a tomato; where bicycle valet parking is available in Los Angeles, probably on its way to a neighborhood near you; where Japanese scientists have developed a talking teddy bear to help drivers find their way through traffic, which is programmed to offer information about local landmarks when its head is rubbed; where there’s a movement in the southern United States called Praying at the Pumps. Services are held at service stations. And, finally, one of our own, a Canadian senator proposing “spanking police,” whose mandate, courtesy of the Senate shall be, “thou shalt not spank thy child, it is detrimental!”
Anyway, ours is not to wonder why, ours is but to serve and sigh. As you know, this is but a beginning of the stuff and nonsense we’re subjected to daily, and if you need a daily fix, television and the internet are only too happy to oblige with a barrage of stuff and nonsense.
Do you sometimes wish you could jump in a time machine and go to another part of history? Remember to take with you the old advice, be careful what you wish for.
Consider these words, which may have been uttered just yesterday by one pundit or another:
1.) “There is scarcely anything around us but ruin and despair.”
2.) “I dare not marry, the future is so dark and unsettled.”
3.) “I have only one desire. To play the part of Marie Antoinette in the coming revolution.”
4.) “Nothing can save the Empire from shipwreck.”
5.) “In industry, commerce and agriculture, there is no hope.”
6.) “I thank God I shall be spared from seeing the consummation of ruin that is gathering around.”
7.) With all the fascinating politicking going on south of the border, doomsayers and saviors alike, an American pundit said: “John Q American is confused. We can’t defend what we don’t understand … the future for our kind of freedom depends upon how well we explain ourselves – to others and to ourselves … If we put our faith in bullets and blank checks passed around by blank minds … it won’t be communism that wins the world. It will be democracy that loses it.”
If these ideas sound familiar, consider: No. 1 was British Prime Minister William Pitt, in 1753; No. 2, Archbishop Wilberforce, in the early 1800s; No. 3, Queen Adelaide, England, in 1837; No. 4, Lord Shaftesbury, in 1848; No. 5, British Prime Minister Disraeli, 1849; No. 6, the Duke of Wellington, 1851, shortly before he died. The last one, Dr. Albert E. Burke, intellectual, and angry American, in Look magazine August 1, 1961.
So the good old world has been in “flux” for a few hundred years, and we’ve survived despite these, and other doomsayers in high places. (Ah, but it sells, especially today.)
These years of apparent chaos suggest answers are obviously hard to find, but maybe this elder points us in the direction which might lead to a possible answer.
When he was told the reason for daylight saving time he observed: “Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom of the blanket and have a longer blanket.”
I think it’s called common sense!
A tip of the hat to common sense, real heroes, and, at the risk of putting a hex on it, may September be flush with berries, game, fish and sunshine, lots and lots of sunshine. If my wish comes true we could host the political campaigners on the deck and offer them a hot dog, a hamburger, a steak or barbequed tripe, depending on what we want to tell them about their message, eh?