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The Dawdler 3/9/23 Don’t Mess with History

Rory has asked more questions.

Have you ever watched a long-running televised series from start to finish, and once you have reached the end, you wanted to watch it again or is once enough for you and time for a new long-running series?

No. There were many that I enjoyed but my time and interests have always been fluid. As I dislike schedules, to interrupt life to sit in front of a TV at a specific night and time, wasn’t a high priority for me. Once shows went into syndication, it was a delight to happen upon episodes that were new to me, though.

Do you think traditions are essential to society – if so, why and if not, why not?

Absolutely and unequivocally, “Yes”. Traditions are the glue that binds a society and country. That alone is a sound reason for limited and merit-based immigration practices. To dilute traditions, endangers the whole of a society. IMHO… Immigrants must show an interest in assimilation or be denied.
For anyone gasping over this, assimilation doesn’t mean erasing any immigrant’s cultural or religious customs (In the case of the U.S.-unless they are directly ‘at odds’ with our Constitution).
Assimilation means there’s an importance for the immigrant to learn the primary language, respect that country’s laws and customs, and to raise their children to participate in the country’s traditions. [Otherwise, they are no more than tourists.]
I know of no country that allows for as many exceptions to their own traditions (even to the point of allowing the villainization of basic principles and historical records) more than the U.S. It will be our undoing and those who encourage those exceptions, are either ignorant of the lessons of history or maliciously promoting that division.

What would be easier to throw away deep love or deeply lined rich pockets – flipside – can money buy love?

There are many, many, kinds of love. Romantic love seems the most fragile, IMHO.
As for money ‘buying’ love, there are also many ways people define “love”. (IMHO… sadly a great many have never known ‘love’.) I assume some people think that it can be bought but it’s not me.

To me personally, money means very little, but for others, money is their security, status, power, and motivation for living. Those people are actually the most impoverished among us.

As for those ‘kinds’ of love, I would never suggest to anyone, who values their health, to test the depth of the bond of (most) fathers and mothers with their children or grandchildren. You won’t enjoy the outcome.

Posted in Writing Prompts

SoCS Saturday- 3/12/22- Diabolical Destruction

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “trip.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

This morning we’re getting a snowstorm. I’ve been listening to newsy interviews and podcasts which have oddly not been on the war in Ukraine. There are apparently other topics out there. Who knew?
When I saw the prompt word “trip” moments ago, my morning investigating topics- that are increasingly unbelievable-moved my mind to my formative years in the 1960s. A “trip”, then, was often a reference to a drug-induced bizarre reality. There’s a major frightening difference between the bizarre experiences in the 60s and now. The bizarre takes up space in real “reality” now. 1984 has arrived.
The mental patients are officially in charge of the asylum.
Our leadership in the U.S. have passed beyond incompetence into the realm of actively doing everything to destroy the country. My opinion comes from me asking myself, “What would I do if I wanted to destroy this country?”. Well, exactly everything that is being done right now.
I’d open our border to anyone and everyone. That way, the value of U.S. citizenship could be destroyed quickly. Overwhelming healthcare systems, schools, and law enforcement with a flood of people who do not speak the language, know the culture (or even feel the need to assimilate), and who initially become an instant financial drain, is a diabolical starting point. There’s more, like drugs, human traffickers, and terrorists among them but I’m trying to be brief.
Next, shut down the most important driver of the economy… the energy sector. Bam! I’m on a roll!
Then I’d bankrupt the country. Increasing inflation (by double plus) by printing too much money and impeding the supply chains? Bwah-ha-ha!
Yeah! Then I’d spend the taxpayers’ money to expand my own power and waste much of it too, just so I look busy.
The final blow would come from the infiltration of the educational system, media, and financial powerhouses. Propaganda, baby! The tool of every government that has worked against its own people since the beginning of time. Kids will hate their country and refuse to fight for it, adults will keep being distracted by crises, that I inspire, and everyone will be confused and afraid to the point of giving up the country’s Constitution (which really ties my hands). Finally, I’ll convince everyone they are each other’s enemy. “A house divided against itself cannot stand” right? You’ve probably heard about anti-vaxxers, white supremacists, insurrectionists, and? DEPLORABLES!
That would be me! I’d do that!
This is so sadly simplified and incomplete, but I’m tired, and you probably are too. 😉