Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “wallpaper.” Use it however you’d like. Have fun! This prompt was one I almost didn’t join. “What am I going to do with that?”, I thought. Then a song started echoing in my head accompanied by a vision of the bold flower-patterned wallpaper from the 1950s and 1960s. The song is Flowers on the Wall by the Statler Brothers. I hope you take a moment to enjoy it posted below. Well, upon listening to the song lyrics, I found out that I have more to opine about. Where do people ‘get off’ telling others how to behave?! During the pandemic, my sensitivity to such things was understandably overwhelmed. When the nosy Karens pursued mask and vaccine ‘offenders’ as if they were terrorists, I wanted to scream into a pillow. (Just so ya know, your safety, in a FREE country, is singly your own responsibility.) Here’s an aerial view of Woodstock during the 1968-1969 Hong Kong Flu pandemic. What’s happened to us?
But I’d like to get back to the meaning that I found specifically in the song lyrics. Have you heard people tell shy people to speak up? Or thin people to eat more? Or anxious people to just relax? I have. How about suggestions like, ‘homebodies’ should travel more, or ‘bookworms’ ought to clear their cluttered bookcases? The list is endless. I can only imagine that that level of ignorance comes from a very narrow and self-centered world view. I’m sure these self-appointed ‘advisors’ most often mean well but their failure to grasp the concept of individuality is still maddening. There are 7.79+ billion individuals on our planet. And here’s the shocker, there are the same number of viewpoints (aka personalities). [I’ve noticed that the people who truly grasp this concept, seldom see the need to compare themselves to others.] Diversity according to culture, race, or any other superficial subgroup, cannot compete with that. Yes… I do secretly laugh at people who dwell on immutable or circumstantial diversity.
So, the benign prompt of “wallpaper” moved me into a rant. Who knew that was possible?
Time for a favorite saying as I cool off, “Mind your own business, folks, and one day you may have a business of your own.” LOL
Have your own kind of wonderful Saturday everyone!
The very first law that came to mind is “Eminent Domain”.
According to Wikipedia it is, ” the inherent power of the state to seize a citizen’s private property, expropriate property, or seize a citizen’s rights in property with due monetary compensation, but without the owner’s consent. The property is taken either for government use or by delegation to third parties who will devote it to public or civic use or, in some cases, economic development.”
What the heck?
The proper exercise of this would be by an all knowing, all loving god!
I’ve yet to meet a human being that qualifies for that position.
The State has proven it cares not for individual rights and the Legislature cares only for the almighty dollar. Yet, they are the deciders of who loses property?
A citizen who owns property should be subject to laws to maintain it but NOT at a threat to lose it. Certainly not at the judgment of the State.
“Due monetary compensation” is a bit, pathetically, vague.
Nowadays, more than ever, my trust in government and, it’s interest in the individual, is very low.
Hate to have that kind of power in the hands of the State.
I'm nobody! who are you? Are you nobody too, then there's a pair of us. Don't tell! they'd advertise you know. How dreary-to be somebody. How public-like a frog. To tell one's name-the livelong June, to an admiring bog. Poem by Emily Dickinson.