HISTORY IS MORE ABOUT THE FUTURE THAN IT IS ABOUT THE PAST:
For as long as I can remember . . . I pondered the Past in Correlation to the Future, and long before I was even remotely aware of what was going through my mind, it always bothered me, how Humankind could repeatedly REPEAT History in one-way or another, seemingly never to learn.
When I was in University, I needed several optional Courses to get my Degree (which I never finished). I finished the courses, but I didn’t finish University, since I saw no merit in getting a Bachelor’s Degree in anything, which in the Real World wouldn’t amount to a Hill of Beans for me to earn a living. But I digress.
One of the courses I took, which was in my opinion . . . was going to be a Slam Dunk, was PHILOSOPHY 101 . . . the study of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Descartes . . . ETC – some of whom, like the Great Greek Philosophers, who went back hundreds of years before the Birth of Christ, were to my mind, a useless waste of my time to study, but a necessary undertaking if I was going to Score an easy Credit.
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED TO ME ON MY WAY THROUGH PHILOSOPHY 101:
I READ ALL THE COURSE-BOOKS . . . written by the great Philosophers, which were Interpreted, Debated and Argued by the World of Academic Professors of Philosophy – WHICH BORED ME TO TEARS.
TO ME . . . The Philosophic Writings of the Authors from the era of Pre-Christ, to the modern day era of Philosophers like Bertrand Russell, were more or less like reading the Rants of People going through an LSD Trip, constantly arguing the Meaning of Life and Existence. Arguing PRO One Minute . . . and CON the Next, enough to boggle one’s mind and turn someone onto Drugs.
IN SHORT . . . I hated Philosophy 101, and completed the course with ZERO Passion and even LESS Zeal.
All I wanted was the Credit. And when it came time to write the exam, which in its own way was as CONVOLUTED as were the Opinions and Writings of the Philosophers . . . I surprised myself.
To know what we learned about Philosophy, the Exam Question was designed to Determine how we understood the Thought Process of the Philosophers we studied, which lead me to RESPOND with an answer as Convoluted as the Subject Matter was in itself.
AND HERE’S WHERE TRUTH BECOMES GREATER THAN FICTION:
I ACED THE TEST . . . and if memory serves me well, since this was almost 50-Years Ago (and I believe that it does), I was given a Perfect Score in Philosophy 101, which at the time was meaningless to me. And pretty much still is, but what I learned, actually, in a reverse way, helped me to form the opinions I hold today.
LET ME GO BACK SOME 50-YEARS . . . When I went to the Yeshiva (Rabbinical College) in Montreal. Amongst many other things, which I studied, was the Talmud, which is a Collection of Thoughts and Musings Debated through Millennia on the Meaning of Jewish Laws and Jewish Morality.
In my younger years, I never gave it any thought about what the Talmud really was . . . which was a vast collection of Philosophies Written by Thousands of Rabbis, going as far back as before the Birth of Christ, which were and still are Vigorously Debated and Argued amongst LAY-PEOPLE & TALMUDISTS, all of whom see multiple interpretations throughout the THOUSANDS (more than 6,000 Pages) of written Talmudic Pages . . . DIFFERENTLY.
MY STUDY OF PHILOSOPHY . . . HAS TAUGHT ME THAT NO ONE KNOWS:
TO ME . . . Philosophy is the ART of Convoluting Everything . . . where everyone is Right – and everyone is Wrong. It describes how many Angels can Dance On The Head Of A Pin, even if we don’t know that Angels really exist, or if Angels can really Dance, or what is the Accepted Diameter of the Head of a Pin.
AND TO ME . . . THAT’S THE CORE OF THE PROBLEM:
There are far too many People Deciding for us . . . How Many Angels Are Dancing On The Head Of The Pin.
LIFE ISN’T THAT COMPLICATED . . . We are Born. We Live. We Procreate. We Love. We Hate. We Die . . . and everything that happens Before and After is Conjecture. So I prefer to live MY LIFE in the here and now, based upon 10-Simple RULES outlined in Judeo/Christian Beliefs, handed down more than 2000-YEARS AGO, which have been ENUNCIATED and Made into Secular Law through the US Constitution, specifically through the existing 27-Amendments, starting with the FIRST TEN & THE 13TH, which to me establish the Simple Rules of Governance.
THE PROBLEM . . . AS I LEARNED THROUGH PHILOSOPHY – is that we Complicate Society by trying to be Everything to All People. IT JUST DOESN’T WORK. In effect, we have to STOP trying to determine How Many Angels Can Dance On The Head Of A Pin . . . because that’s where we are today, and it’s killing us.
WE REFUSE TO SEE TOMORROW FROM YESTERDAY:
It’s not so much that we don’t Remember or Learn from History . . . it’s that we can’t help ourselves, but to do it over and over again. It’s also not that we don’t care, it’s more because we care too much, and aren’t smart enough to care enough to fix Complicated Problems, which we Create for ourselves, before they become IRREPARABLE.
AS LORD ACTON FAMOUSLY WROTE IN 1887 . . . “Power Tends To Corrupt, And Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely” – which can only happen when we confuse SIMPLICITY . . . with the CONVULSIONS our Elitists Force Upon Us through issues that are of No Concern to the Individual Struggles which befall all of us, which we have to bear on a daily basis between Birth and Death.
PLEASE THINK ABOUT THIS . . . You wake up in the morning, and you deal with your daily chores, whatever these chores might be – from making a living to raising a family. And in one-way or another, you do this for your entire life, paying Taxes along the way for Relatively Simple Services from the Governments . . . Municipal, State/Provincial and Federal. SO WHY IS GOVERNMENT SO COMPLICATED?
And Why Has Government So Complicated Our Lives?
Why have we become the VASSALS of a System of COMPLICATIONS, when the Essence of our Lives, for which we pay for everything who govern us are Simple to Explain? . . . AND THAT’S THE RUB.
TO CONSERVATIVES . . . Life is what it is. To the LEFT, life is all about HOW MANY ANGELS CAN DANCE ON THE HEAD OF A PIN?
THE OVERREACH OF GOVERNMENT . . . has all of us Debating on How Many Angels Can Dance On The Head Of A Pin, INSTEAD OF DEBATING THE EXCESS OF GOVERNMENT.
The Great Philosophical Debates are Wonderful for the Demented Brains of some, whose Existence is Predicated on trying to Discover the UNDISCOVERABLE Meaning of Existence, WHILE THE REST OF US ARE SIMPLY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO EXIST.
And for this . . . there is no Philosophical Answer – other than to live YOUR Life FULLY, and FIGHT for what YOU have, because there will always be the LEFT . . . Always Debating How Many Angels Can Dance On The Head Of A Pin, as they SUCK the World into their NEVER ENDING MENTAL MORASS, which is where we are at today.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov