It’s a hard world we are living in. I look around and I don’t see any good coming out of anything that is happening. I do not see humans on the road to improvement nor any sign of taking better — minimally better — care of our world.

I’m not optimistic about the human race or our future as a species. It’s one of the reasons I’m not doing a lot of writing right now. Sometimes, when you have nothing positive to say, not saying anything is a better choice. I think I’m making the better choice.

Is any one person’s life worth more than another’s? Why or why not?

Maybe but I would need to hear a lot of explanation as to why. I can think of reasons why that might be true, assuming one person has genuine value and another does not. But I suppose the real question is who are we talking about? When are we talking about? What is going on in the world? Why are we talking about this? Is there a special reason why we are weighing human value?

Can a good person do evil things and remain a good person? Under what circumstances?

No. You can rationalize the evil you do, but evil IS and there’s no getting around it. Over the course of history when I see evil accepted because it is “the greater good” of two evils, you know it will end badly. It always ends badly. You cannot avoid a greater evil by embracing a lesser one. It may appeal to your logic, but it does not work. Ever.

Is somebody morally culpable if they take a morally wrong action at the orders of a superior? What if their life is at stake?

Yes and yes, but maybe they can be forgiven because it is an impossible choice that no one should be forced to make. If you are in the military, you have (in theory) a choice between disobeying orders to do the right thing — for which you will be court martialed and almost guaranteed of conviction (no matter what you see in the movies). Or, you can follow orders, do the wrong thing and spend the rest of your live facing your conscience and maybe, if you so believe, God almighty.

It really IS an impossible choice and I’m glad I’ve never had to make it.

People had widely mixed opinions about illegal bananas, so let’s take that a step further this week:  What would be the worst thing for a government to make illegal?

I really don’t know anymore. A lot of things are becoming illegal after being legal. Nothing is simple anymore. Since Vanda already beat me to chocolate, I’ll have to go with ice cream and all that comes with it — like malteds and ice-cream sodas.

If you can be serious, you might as well enjoy frivolity.


We got our taxes done. Not enough to get a new refrigerator, but maybe enough to get a used one. Also, you never know. I might yet find a way to secure a driver’s license and the right to vote. We all live in hope.

Meanwhile, I’ll just keep drawing pretty pictures and hoping that somehow, we will find a way to pull ourselves our of our own muck.

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  1. Thank you Marilyn for Sharing Your World! I wondered how you would answer these questions and I think you did a fine job of it! Philosophical discussions at that level do need a bit of quantifying to make them fair (if possible). I loved the picture of the catbird, you have a great style! Lovely. Frivolity is what I was going for with the last question. We have enough gloom and doom to last us for a very long while, so why not temper it a bit with some silliness? It’s too depressing earth-side right now, and it’s all I can do to find even one bright spot most days. So I agree with you most unreservedly. Have the best week possible!


    • I’m beginning to think my birds would look best on a tee shirt. They just have that “look” of t-shirt art. Sharp edges and kind of blocky.

      Deciding the value of a life is easy if you are comparing someone really terrible — Hitler or a serial killer or something like that — to almost anyone else. But most of the time, comparisons aren’t that clear. Even when one person has great talent, is it greater than other artists? Artists who haven’t come into their own yet?

      I am not sure that humans should weigh the value of lives because inevitably, when we do that, the result is ugly and usually involves slaughtering one group rather than another.


  2. I agree with your answers Marilyn


    • I’m finding it difficult to find even a comfortable corner of the world to hide in. Maybe we have reached that point where we can run, but there’s nowhere to hide.

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      • This discomfort is all due to the news that relentlessly follows us. I choose not to read of listen to news and it has a lot of disadvantages but at least I’m more going to get a dose of depressing thoughts all the time.


  3. We do live in strange times. Thank goodness for animals, chocolate, ice cream and small victories.


    • Small victories indeed. For reasons that make no sense at all, the electric company raised our monthly bill by $30 — about 20%. The rates are the same. Deliver charges are the same. Our usage is the same. So after arguing with any number of people, they told me ‘Oh, it’s probably an error. Just ignore it.’

      Do victories come any smaller than THAT?

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  4. I’ll hang on to hope with you.


  5. “We all live in hope.” That is the mantra I keep chanting


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