SHARING MY WORLD, SUCH AS IT IS – Marilyn Armstrong

Share Your World 1-8-2020

QUESTIONS:

Is ‘hello” enough for you these days?  (credit to Rory – https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2019/12/29/is-hello-enough-for-you-these-days/ )

I’m not actually sure what this means. I think I’m missing something. Let me put it another way: why wouldn’t “hello” be enough? Is there some cooler way to greet someone that I don’t know about? Should I text them first?

Do you believe in Murphy?   For those who aren’t familiar with Murphy, here’s a wee explanation:  Murphy’s law is an adage or epigram that is typically stated as: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

Murphy is everywhere. Every profession has its own set of Murphy’s Laws, too.

Does evil come from within?  If so, why?

From Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s “Good Omens”

I believe in evil. Just look at our current government. See those hoof prints?

If that isn’t evil, what is?

I think we all have a basic sense of right and wrong from a very early age and that our sense of “wrongness” is part of our DNA. We had a huge fight about this when I was in college. They had decided to let the leader of the American Nazi Party speak at our school and as far as I was concerned, it was evil. Wrong. Bad. The guys on the radio thought the concept of evil was too silly to even consider. I think they had no moral center

Are intelligent people more or less happy than others?   What defines intelligence?

My bottom line is the ability to grasp complex concepts quickly and easily. Pretty much all the people I know are intelligent, but some of them are absolute geniuses. But not at everything. Geniuses usually have a specific thing that they understand better than everything else. Like physics. Or astrophysics. Or medicine. Or computer development. I don’t think anyone is a genius at everything.

I’m very smart, but I still can’t change the ink cartridges in my printer. Or get my head behind how my smartphone works. I could probably figure it out, but first I’d have to want to figure it out, which apparently, I don’t. I suppose I could also change the ink on my printer, but I refuse. I don’t do printers or copy machines.

Are intelligent people happier? I can’t imagine NOT being intelligent, so I wouldn’t know. Happier than who? And under what circumstances?

Gratitude

This is not a good week for gratitude, so let’s leave it with being glad enough that we are alive and have a home in which to live. I’m personally terrified of the fires and the destruction of humans and wildlife in Australia — so it’s hard for me to feel particularly positive. I’m trying. Just not succeeding.



Categories: good-and-evil, intelligence, Marilyn Armstrong, right and wrong

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19 replies

  1. Just once I’d like to wake up to some cheerful news in the morning. Have to admit that I did not understand that first question at all.

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  2. Thanks Marilyn for Sharing Your World, even if you find it wanting right now. 😦 We’re ALL horrified with what we’ve been presented with, it’s just the degree perhaps. Hoof prints? Oh yes. Animal Farm. Realized. Without the cute animals…

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    • It’s a bit of a nightmare for me, so just imagine how horrendous it is for Australians. It blows my mind and scares the hell out of me.

      I think maybe we’ve left Orwell in the dust and have moved on to some weird sci-fi movie.

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  3. “Hello”? I prefer to doff my fedora and sweep the ground with my pom pom.
    “Evil”? The devil is your friend. He teaches you stuff you wouldn’t by the pool in heaven.
    “Intelligence”? Some ‘intelligent’ people aren’t that smart.
    “Gratitude”? Without gratitude you don’t get no pie.

    My work is done here.

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    • I think a lot of people define intelligence by amount of education gotten. My first husband worked full-time at a university and I met a lot of really dumb Ph.Ds. They were smart about what they were trained to do and clueless about the rest.

      The hardest thing to get from someone you’ve helped is a simple “thank you.” Don’t know why that is, either.

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  4. Good answers Marilyn.
    Leslie

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  5. Evil exists, whether it’s inside or people get tricked by ‘The Devil’ it’s still there. I don’t think most people are evil, but it only needs one person to murder a child to surely prove Evil exists.

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  6. after the Holidays, the bills begin to arrive, did I spend that, January, you tend to focus in on what is ahead of you, bills for most people, cheers Marilyn

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  7. I love your answers. I can see the hoof prints too.

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