Sunday Rant – 21a13

[date Tue, May 21, 2013 at 7:16 AM]



Memory is not static for me. The abuse of power demonstrated by the current administration defies description. I’m at a loss for words. Thank God (or your “higher power” of choice) for Jeanine Pirro. This is an excellent no-holds-barred assessment to date of the activities this corrupt administration. She is heroic:

This is a MUST VIEW over and over again.

Four events (out of hundreds) that should bring about the end of the Obambi administration and the end of his presidency. These are only four of many (too many) – it can’t be incompetence for them all, can it?:

Of course, progressive thinking won’t allow the admission of culpability in any of them. What a sad, incompetent, ignorant, and dangerous mob.


“It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.” – Walter Lippmann

I comprehend this above quote a certain way. The metaphor is a bit off for me….. a problem I have with most quotes. The music is the music, whether anyone else can appreciate (hear) it or not.

Consider some of the great minds of the past, such as Isaac Newton. I can imagine he felt alone in some of his endeavors, but his singularity wasn’t a burden. Consider this quote attributed to him –

“Live your life as an Exclamation not as an Explanation.” – Isaac Newton

Is this wisdom? Or is it knowledge? Or is it enthusiasm? Here’s Henry Ford on the latter subject –

“Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.” – Henry Ford

As to the Lippmann quote, does wisdom have a language? i.e., is wisdom portable / documentable / teachable? If a “wise” person from New York City meets a “wise” bushman from the Kalahari, do they recognize their mutual “wisdom”? Is there a “universal” wisdom? Is there a wisdom “ceiling” beyond which some cannot pass, while others do? Is wisdom directly or inversely related to intelligence, or is there no causal relationship?

I need to know. I’m like a two year old: lots of enthusiasm, not much wisdom….. I’m working on it.

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” – Isaac Newton


I try the local newspaper crossword puzzle every issue. It seems a bit “crossword for dummies”, because sometimes I get it 100%, and I don’t have an imaginative or deep vocabulary. Nevertheless, today I learned a word I’d never heard, and didn’t have a clue –

Wisent. The spell checker underlines it in red because it doesn’t know it either. If you pronounce the “W” as “V” (a la German), and make the “T” silent, you get “visen”. The word means “Bison”, referring to the European Bison. By writing this note about wisent, I hope to remember the word and the meaning. I miss the Reader’s Digest for that……

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