I'm always adrift, seeking the strength to manage my emotions, something I attribute to the randomness of my thoughts.
So here are random thoughts.
Tux the cat tried to bite me last night, hissing after I'd been scratching his neck and head. It's the second time it's happened. I believe he was abused and I think a male did so, judging by differences in his approach to me and my wife. The bite reaction has come after he saw my hand close up, approaching his blind eye.
Lashing out at me - but not breaking any skin - he made it clear no one was going to hurt him and he was going to fight. I applaud his reaction, that he wasn't going to take it, but it's disheartening to realize how he probably arrived at that reaction.
I retreated from him with slow, non-threatening motions and spoke softly, reassuring him that I wasn't going to hurt him. Without laying blame on him through my voice or behavior, I returned to my house and left him alone.
RIP – James Gandolfini. I enjoyed his acting. His turn as Bear in Get Shorty was my favorite performance although Tony Soprano remains his signature role.
Celebrity death remains problematic for me. We speak of the tragedy and loss but yet so many others die without being mourned, without their talents and potential being fully realized.
Gandolfini had achieved some success. He seemed happy in interviews, as much as you can judge such a condition. So, I think of his death and celebrate his life.
Philip K. Dick. Been thinking about him a great deal, along with George Orwell, as more is revealed about the NSA’s data collecting programs and confirmations that drones – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – are being used to patrol America to help keep an ‘eye’ on things. Wiretapping, spying, surveillance, data collection, demands to conform and not rebel, propaganda and marketing spin were matters these writers - and many more - portrayed with accurate and clever chilling insight.
A favorite PKD story was about an apocalyptic world. Food and supplies are dropped into an affected area that’s been cut off. Children race out to find the food and supplies. Back in their survival digs, the adults are obsessed with dolls and game playing.
Reminds me so of our current leadership. We have leadership consumed with games and trivia while more critical issues go unnoticed. Too troubling, leadership’s attitude isn’t limited to America but seems endemic in capitals around the globe.
What especially prompted my thinking were two matters. One, a US Senator called for an end to the IRS and taxes. Apparently that’s what causes all of our problems. What will he do to build roads, bridges, educate people and so on, you know, attend the commonweal? Perhaps he dreams of a world without these things. In a display of gross insanity, indecent pandering or amazing stupidity, the same Senator always votes for war and more defense appropriations while demanding taxes are cut. Nuts.
The second is that as more of the US suffers droughts and wildfires, Congress cut funding for fighting fires and coping with droughts. Again, that seems like it's nuts - but it's aligned with cutting assistance for the starving and poor, validating the position through action, money is more valuable than life.
Mister Dick would not be surprised.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com