8:30 am - Mon 11/1/04
My "thing (Or things) I'm happy about":
1) Yesterday, in the break room at work, there were two kinds of pie (Cherry and apple), M & Ms, cookies, and pumpkin ice cream (I'm going to choose to be happy about that, instead of depressed that my latest resolve to lose weight died so quickly and easily).
2) Tim told me that he was planning another trip to Chinatown with John C. on Thursday, and asked if I wanted to come with (I did).
3) Erin gave us our book credits yesterday. Yay! (I used some of it to buy dinner in the café, but I have to save the rest, because another 40% off weekend is coming up in a few weeks).
Recently, I read George Carlin's newest book, the one that Wal-Mart won't be selling, When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops?.
I started out intending to read the whole thing, but most of it was so boring and out-and-out bad that I started skimming through it, skipping over just about every other page, till I got to the end, thinking the now-hackneyed thought "Well that's a couple days of my life I'll never get back...".
Turns out, the most thought-provoking part of the book occurred in some quotes before Chapter 1:
Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.
That was Herman Goring, at the Nuremberg trials.
Sound at all familiar...?
The other quote was from S.J. Perelman, who I don't think I've ever read (Though I probably should, since he inspired Groucho Marx and Woody Allen, two comic writers I have read and enjoyed):
The main obligation in life is to amuse yourself.
I'm not 100% sure that's true, but I will say this–the fact that I find a lot of my life distinctly un-amusing strikes me as a very serious problem.
Interestingly enough–Well, I find it interesting–that quote about one's "obligation" in life is the second one I've run across recently, making me wonder if "life" is, in fact, trying to tell me something:
To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation.
That's from The Alchemist (Paolo Coelho).
"Realizing one's destiny" sounds even harder than "amusing yourself" to me.
But maybe I'll get lucky. Maybe it'll turn out that my "obligation in life" is "to realize my destiny by amusing myself, and amusing millions of other people in the bargain".
I think I'd like that...
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