One of the most unusual places in the U.S. is the Great Salt Lake in Utah. In a surreal way, it is beautiful and deserves a 5Star rating.
“I don’t suppose there ever was a time when everybody knew as little about what they were talking about as they do today.” – Will Rogers, 19 September 1933
I like this quote from Will Rogers so much that this is the second time I have used it here on RJsCorner. It just seems like “knowing so little” is in vogue today. Ignorance is almost topping out wisdom with far too many of us. The current Oval Office occupant prides himself on not reading books or anything else for that matter. He gets all his news from selected cable TV news programs even while he proclaims that they are all just “Fake News”. Don’t try to see any logic in that method as there isn’t any.
How does ignorance come to outshine wisdom? Of course, that is not true for all of us but the percentages seem to be drifting in that direction as our recent elections showed us. The religions of 81% of Evangelicals who put Trump in office requires all their members to proclaim that the earth is only 6,000 years old. They refuse to accept any scientific knowledge that says differently. Ignorance has trumped wisdom in their religious lives and it has bled into the rest of their lives. Ignorance outshines wisdom.
Far too many people only read things that they already agree with. Wisdom is not gained by hearing the same thing over and over again. Instead, it is gained by searching out the unfamiliar, looking for new information, new ways to solve old problems. Wisdom is gained through new experiences not just constantly reliving the old ones.
But finally, maybe ignorance is outshining wisdom for too many of us because becoming wise takes a lot of effort. It takes a lot of tolerance to see things differently. Whereas, ignorance is easy peasy. Just latch on to something you are told and disregard everything else about the subject at hand.
Ignorance is easy, wisdom is hard. It might just come down to that fact.
Let’s celebrate South Dakota in this post. I don’t know why there is a North and South Dakota, even together they make a very small State population wise. I’m sure it had something to do with politics. Yankton is one of my favorite small towns but I have also included a couple of others in this gallery.
With my brain trauma event, I seem to be taking life more personally now. After some deep reflections, I have decided that what might happen twenty years from now should not be on my radar screen. Even ten years is questionable as I will likely not be around even then. Why should I fret over a time when I won’t even exist, especially since I leave no heirs to suffer the consequences of these idiotic times.
I have been weaning myself off politics for a couple of months now and I am seriously thinking of simply pulling the plug on that topic. It is just getting too dirty for me and I simply don’t see a way out of that condition anytime soon. I will leave it to others to pull us back from the edge if that is even possible now. Summarizing, I won’t spend any of my remaining days fretting about things I have little control over.
My recent personal reflections are not all negative in nature. I have decided to take time each day to reflect on the good things that happened that day. I will thank the Lord for every day he gives me. Each one is considered precious in my mind now. How I spend those days is also changing. I won’t flitter them away waiting for better circumstances that will likely never happen. I will do my best to make something good happen every single day that I have left. I will proverbially stop and smell the roses.
How is this going to affect my blog here at RJsCorner? I know a large part of my viewership comes from my observations on politics. My hit count has already taken a serious decline, but that is ok. I will just have to take the thought that doing RJsCorner more for myself than for anything else. I will continue with some additional fervor my photography and travel posts. They are an important part of my life, especially now.
I also hope my creativity posts increase to take up some of the space left behind and of course I will continue “having my say” on non-political topics. If none of this interests you then it is time for you to delete my blog from your reading list. I do hope that there are some of you who stay around so that I am not totally talking to myself. 🙂
With my stats going down I may also need a little additional encouragement from those who continue to hang around RJsCorner. Life goes on a day at a time now…. at least for me.
I have to admit here that I am disengaging from the beltway loony bin more and more as each day passes. The cable news outlets are now erased from my satellite lists. I now get my network news totally from the PBS Newshour and the Sunday Fareed Sakara program. Yeah, I know he is on cable news but he is really different! He simply says things others don’t have the courage to say.
So, here goes on what I know about this last week. Finally, the dark side of Bill O’Rielly has taken him down. He is such a nasty person and now we find that he is also a sexual predator nasty person. Of course he will get his $25 million golden parachute, hopefully he will use it to buy some small island and we will never see him again. Hopefully…
I see they are again beating a dead horse with the GOP version of TrumpCare. Even if they can get a few of those holdout radcons to sign on it will never go anywhere in the Senate so let’s not get too worked up about it.
Other than these things it is totally saber rattling inside the beltway as far as I am concerned. Here we are approaching the 100-day mark of the Trump Administration and virtually nothing has been accomplished. But we all knew that he is pretty much all wind so that is not surprising. He wants to do taxes next but doesn’t want to show us how he managed to pay zero federal income taxes for the last decade or so. It is nice to hear even those on the Republican side say that he must show us his taxes before they will support him changing the rules.
Given that so little of anything resembling “meaningful” is happening inside the beltway I don’t know how often I will be making these loony bin reports. We will just play it by ear so to speak. If anyone wants to chime in with their thoughts go at it.. 🙂
Understanding body language, things like facial expressions and tone of voice are important for social interactions. But many of us Aspies are just not very good at those type things. To us, it is a strange and mysterious thing so we often tend to misinterpret what is actually being communicated.
Without recognizing these things our response to some conversations seems inappropriate. We generally take many things literally and based on the facts in front of us instead of as they may be intended.
Of course, I have a more difficult time of tone of language than most Aspies since I don’t hear any tone. Being deaf makes that impossible and that is compounded when I am reading sign language as my primary input. While signing most often gets the basic point across, it just doesn’t help with nuances at all. One sign can often mean many different things and it is up to each of us to discern which meaning is the most appropriate for a given thought. That alone makes for some confusing dialogs. Put together it makes some social interactions almost impossible.