AUGUST’S OVER AND FALL BEGINS

SHARE YOUR WORLD 8-31-2021

And suddenly, summer is ending. Last I looked, it was spring. I know time flies, but this is ridiculous. Blink once, summer’s gone. Blink twice, it’s spring again and the same people still haven’t gotten vaccinated. We are still in the same place.

QUESTIONS

Are human beings required to better themselves and will doing that make them happier?

I doubt there is any manmade law requiring us to improve ourselves, but certainly every philosophy and belief system requires it. I’m pretty sure the injunction to “make oneself better” is not intended to make us feel better. It’s there to make us feel more righteous and have the satisfaction of doing the right thing, even when it is inconvenient or difficult.

Certainly Christians who try to emulate Christ are not making their lives happier in any exterior way, though they may feel better about themselves.

Is it easier to love or to be loved?

Is love ever easy? Falling in love may be easy, but everything else is complicated.

Outside traumatic brain injury, can memories be completely erased?

No. Even in those with Alzheimer’s or dementia, memories remain. They may be disorganized, even chaotic, but they are there.

Is there such a thing as a good death?

Gibbs, our Scottie had a great death. He went to sleep on the sofa and didn’t wake up. I wish that I could have such a clean death.

Gratitude?

I’d like to thank my son for all the help he has given us, Garry for hanging in there with me, and the Duke for helping us laugh through hard times!

I know I’ve been less connected recently, but I’m getting older and more tired. Yesterday, for example, I couldn’t find a thought anywhere in my head. It was completely hollow between the ears. Some days are just like that! I used to get a bump of energy in the morning. I still do, but it’s a lot smaller a bump than it was.



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5 replies

  1. Thank you Marilyn for using some of your ‘bump’ to Share Your World! I look forward to reading what you offer, and I realize that things slow down considerably the more we climb that age ladder. It’s all good. Gibbs was a good boy and I think he passed in a way that hopefully caused the least trauma for his family. He and Bonnie were so lovely, and I’m sure Duke misses them sometimes. I know Ziggy stops and looks for Pudge sometimes (it’s been a year since Pudge passed away). I hope things are a bit more temperate on the East coast than they have been and that you are staying well! Have a pleasant week!

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    • I actually think the Duke is VERY happy as our only dog. I don’t think he was very attached to Gibbs, though he was definitely much more attached to Bonnie. I know he missed her in the beginning. Now, though, he’s decided WE are his pack. And those pesky squirrels on the deck!

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  2. Improving ourselves comes from an inner desire to be better. It’s not mandatory

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    • I agree. It’s absolutely part of ALL formal religions — but it’s also a part of any humanistic philosophy. The issue that comes immediately to my mind is what, exactly, does “improving oneself” mean? I’m sure to many people, it means earning more money and has no social or cultural connotations. Too broad a point of view without clear definitions. Judaism, for one, has VERY clear definitions of what is good, better, and best. I don’t know if that’s true for Christians, though I’m sure it is true for Islam.

      The problem is interpretation.

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      • I agree that improving has a very wide meaning. Islam stresses on improving too be better humans, kinder ones. As I know Judaism does and so does Christianity.

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