Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force. Evil always carries within itself the germ of its own subversion in that it leaves behind in human beings at least a sense of unease. Against stupidity we are defenseless. Neither protests nor the use of … Continue reading Understanding Stupidity #3 – How To Get The Better Of It.
I have been struggling about six months now, trying to decide whether to call myself autistic. My main trouble with that is that I just don’t relate to what the general population thinks is autistic. To them, there are two classes of autism. The first is the savant, that is a person who is exceptionally talented in one area of life. It is estimated that … Continue reading I Choose Asperger’s
Welcome to the first post in the new “Happy Hodgepodge” category here on RJsCorner. It’s about things that just don’t fit anywhere else, but makes me happy for one reason or another. Welcome Aboard the Happy Hodgepodge Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I really enjoy a rare piece of beef, but other times I love my veggies. This is one of those recipes that I … Continue reading Roasted Asparagus
We are in almost total lockdown at my retirement community now. The dining room is shut down, and they have even stopped chauffeuring people to the local college basketball games. That was the one exemption that was left after last week’s notification. Don’t ask me the logic of that, but I am glad to see that it is now included with all the rest of … Continue reading RetComLife #25 – LOCKDOWN!!
A recent study found that the people with higher IQs have more stable interactions between regions of their brain. This seems to back up the general thought among the specialists in studying intelligence agree on. Simply speaking, high intelligence is linked to areas of the brain working well together. But this study suggests another possibility. “Our results suggest that processes of controlled attention – that … Continue reading High Intelligence And Asperger’s
As mentioned in the previous post in this series, I have discovered the hard way that happiness can never happen when you become fixated on your unhappiness. I think this post will be the end of this series, as I am becoming happier each day now. So, what have I learned. Happiness is a state of mind, not a destination Until you lose your focus … Continue reading Happiness #9 – Conquering Unhappiness
What makes you think that you are not a figment of my imagination?? RJ Walters I have been reading a lot of philosophy stuff lately, and have come to the conclusion that all of this nasty stuff going on today is just a figment of my imagination. None of it really exists, except in my mind. One of my favorite subjects in high school was … Continue reading What Makes You Think…
Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force. Evil always carries within itself the germ of its own subversion in that it leaves behind in human beings at least a sense of unease. Against stupidity we are defenseless. Neither protests nor the use of … Continue reading Understanding Stupidity #2 – Stupidity Is A More Dangerous Enemy…
This is a new Special Series here at RJsCorner. It will be ten posts long and cover the things on the poster to the right.. Life’s Rules is about “being” a good person and a world citizen and caretaker. It is about respecting others, even if they don’t return the favor. I don’t recall where I originally came across this poster, but I quickly purchased … Continue reading Life’s Rules #1 – Prepare To Learn
This is my 5,000th post here on RJsCorner. When I started this blog fourteen years ago, I never imagined that I would write so much. Five-thousand, 500 word posts equals to about 28 novels, or 3.3 Bibles! I didn’t know I had that many words in me. RJsCorner has changed significantly over its life, but then again, so have I. Continue reading 5,000!!
Today’s post of my view of my retirement community is about the latest lockdown and how my community is communicating with the residents. The Omicron version of COVID-19 has much of the country running scared right now, and my retirement community is no exception. The dining room is all but inaccessible again, at least to me. Social things have been cancelled. Everyone must wear masks … Continue reading RetComLife #24 – Lockdown & Communications
I’m just not a “manly” man. I’m not afraid to say that. It doesn’t hurt my ego at all. In fact, I am quite proud that I have many feminine characteristics. One of those is that I love the “Anne of Green Gables” TV shows. There have been many of them lately, it seems. I enjoy just how uninhibited Anne is. She doesn’t worry about … Continue reading Finding Your Kindred Spirit
Ok, with this post, I am going to give you a personal secret on how I have finally became a happier person. No, I don’t think I have achieved total happiness, but I am on my way to it. I bring back the quote I ended the last happiness post with. “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive … Continue reading Happiness #8 – Doing What Makes You Come Alive…
I have been a regular user of the Firefox web browser for a few years now, but I recently tried Microsoft’s new browser tagged as “Edge”. It finally won me over. I am an Apple guy to my core and Microsoft is considered the enemy to many Apple users, so this was not an easy transition for me. 🥸 I made this switch for several … Continue reading Just Browsing Around…
As promised on my December 23rd post, this is the first in a series about Stupidity. It might seem strange to make this topic for a weekly series, but stupidity has serious connotations for our times, as it did during Bonhoeffer’s time in Hitler’s Germany. I came across Bonhoeffer about twenty years ago when I was doing an objective study of the Bible. At the … Continue reading Understanding Stupidity #1 – The Origins Of This Study
I am enjoying a high-level view of various philosophers through the ages. Aristotle is perhaps my favorite, but Francis Bacon has recently come to my attention because of his view on adversity. Some of his words on that topic are what this post is about. The virtue of prosperity is temperance; the virtue of adversity is fortitude; which in morals is the more heroical virtue. … Continue reading Philosophers Look At Adversity
Some people think the two words in the title above are the same thing. My wife was one of them, and of course, I was the opposite. It wasn’t until the end of her life that I found just how serious her anxiety was. She never allowed me a view of that before her last week on earth. I knew she always got physically sick … Continue reading Challenging vs Threatening?
Here I am in post #23, and I have yet to talk much about what lifecare means. So, here goes There are thousands of nursing homes that dot the country. I am willing to bet that they are in at least 95% of all the counties in the country. In my view, their function is to have a place for people who can’t afford to … Continue reading RetComLife#23 – Life Plan Communities
I know the title above probably confuses you, but if you think about it, (and are smart 😎), you will realize that the phrase is true. Let’s look at Jeff Bezos to see how that works. Bezos is worth over $200 billion, so he must be a pretty smart guy. About 25 years ago, he took a simple idea of selling books on the thing … Continue reading Smart People Are Actually Wrong – A Lot
If we could just find the reason for why we are not happy maybe we can finally find happiness. That is the core thought for this post. Most people, including me for much of my life, feel unhappy. Good things happen to us, but we just have no idea why happiness eludes us. From what my research has discovered, here are a few causes : … Continue reading Happiness #7 – Why Are We Unhappy?
I know the term “Coexist” is primarily associated with religions. I have had a sticker on the back of my vehicles for longer than I can remember to that effect. The world would be a much better place if all religions agreed to just coexist with one another. But, I kinda think the term can be applied to other areas of life. For me, that … Continue reading Peaceful Coexistence – In Marriage
The trouble with living on the margins is that we too often get trampled by the mainstream herd. The mainstream is like a massive herd of cows, or maybe I should say sheep. It is kind of like a super-tanker, it can’t be turned quickly. Trying to get the mainstream to understand those on the margins is a very long-term thing. It simply doesn’t happen … Continue reading The Trouble Of Living On The Margins.
Autism is a neurological condition. That means those who are autistic are wired differently than those who are neurotypical (meaning like everyone else). We are not necessarily dumber, more handicapped, or smarter, just different. So, you could say that Autism is a parallel universe to the neurotypical world. If someone is autistic, it does not necessarily mean that they Less intelligent Have a severe disability … Continue reading Autism As A Parallel Universe?
I was browsing through my 2006 Alaska cruise pictures recently and decided to select a couple of my favorites. The two that came out on top were not all the “mountain’s majesties” but instead were of simpler things. This was from a quick stop in Prince Rupert, BC, Canada. I don’t remember what else we saw there, but this sign and its surroundings has just … Continue reading A Few Of My Favorite Things…
A recent study from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College found that 38 percent of 65-year-olds will develop moderate needs, almost one-quarter will have severe needs, 22 percent will have minimal needs and 17 percent will have no care needs. I don’t know the new math, but that says that about two-thirds of us Baby Boomers will soon require care that most families … Continue reading RetComLife#22- How Many Will Need To Join Retirement Communities?
These last few years have been a struggle for all of us. There was the lying idiot narcissist who occupied the Oval Office. That made those four years almost intolerable, and then came the virus which we were totally unprepared for. Then for me 2021 was consumed with the death and dying of my wife. The trauma of that nearly consumed me. Now that this … Continue reading We All Need Something To Laugh About
Some people seem to just be happier than others. I envy them in that regard. But there are things that we can all do to be happier people. There are some things that each of us are intrinsically drawn to that are focused on personal growth and community. That can help boost our happiness. Another is to just enjoy the moment, and at least temporarily … Continue reading Happiness #6 – Cultivating Happiness
The best description of my country right now is a thousand pieces of shattered glass. Like Humpty Dumpty it’s hard to imagine putting it back together. I am a history buff, so I know this is not the first time we have dealt with this type of situation, but it does seem like the worst occurance to this 75-year-old. In the past, we have always … Continue reading Making Something Beautiful…
It seems that my new goal in life is making me a teacher about those who live on the margins of life. But sometimes I feel like the guy above who came to teach but no one showed up. Currently, I am teaching a class here at my retirement community about coping with hearing loss and having fun learning some sign language along the way. … Continue reading Becoming A Teacher…
The realization came to me the other days that for the first time in my life I now have total control of what I do and how I choose to live my life. That is a very exciting thing, but scary at the same time. My life, like everyone else’s, started out with my parents telling me what to do. At the age of 9 … Continue reading For The First Time…
Let’s all vow to make 2022 the best year of our lives. Continue reading Happy New Years From RJsCorner