Tag: Gumption

A Treatise on Thinking

Someone and I were discussing the morass that infects congress and the presidency in the United States and how people can consistently be counted on to vote against their own self interest.

That got me to thinking. There’s a reason why this is so and some theoretical on my formation of this post.

How it got that way is Republicans of course – education policy is keep them just smart enough to push a pencil or push a button, but not enough to think about how they’re getting fucked at every turn. For an example, how many schools still teach civics? It was on the way out when I was younger – my political awakening happened early on as my family was heavily political and I’ve met pretty much every mayor the city has had plus governors, senators, etc. I know how the game is played and never want to be a politician – wouldn’t mind owning a few someday though.

Now in our discussion today I said it’s not so much because thinking is hard, but because it’s hard to reconcile what you know to be truth against the bovine effluent of others. You know both of us have met numerous millennials – my experience in the I.T. world had told me that most people are in fact sheep. But then in our social life there are millennials whose idea of cool is a mirror in a vintage clothing shop. Yeah, I weep for the future.

But it’s not all gloom – we can in fact tell people it’s ok to think as long as you can accept the rabbit hole that some people can go down. It’s a bit like how sausage is made. And some people are very squeamish about stuff like that – including blood which never really bothered me.

And I term it as gumption, like getting up and learning something new. I do that regularly. And people even some of the millennial generation – they do have it like I do. I know that sometime thoughts can go into the dark recesses but that’s the fun of it.

In fact what brought this up was a question on a Quora forum – what would you send back to the past. I thought for a bit and said either a Bible in the local vernacular or Darwin’s Origin of Species in very same local vernacular. Just imagine what effect that would have some 2000 years later.

Pondering the Rose Bowl and Providence, RI Gay Pride parades

So I’ve ruminated on this before. Look at the Rose Bowl parade – the floats in particular. Or the Disney Main Street Electrical Parade since RI’s Gay Pride parade is held at night.

I learned long ago how to put together a float. Lots of chicken wire, tissue and spray paint and you can create some pretty cool shit. And with what I know of LED’s, EL wire etc. lighting shit up isn’t a problem with judiciously place Cree LED’s.

I know, I know. I should get involved. But been there, done that, got the t-shirt. I think enforced viewing of the above parades should be the precursor for any parade. And maybe just maybe I should get involved with RI Pride – but like I said done it and got the t-shirt. Now I can sit on the sidelines and bitch.

And more – the corporate side. I know Northwestern Mutual has a float that is bedecked with flowers and shooting fireworks. Meanwhile in RI at Gay Pride, CVS, Blue Cross, and other corporate sponsors send a bunch of people in t-shirts with company logos and a banner out front. Come the fuck on – a little imagination if you will. It’s not like the corporate side doesn’t have the dough necessary to build a kick ass float. They just lack the motivation and the imagination to make kick ass floats.

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