Sunday, February 17, 2019

Imagine a World Without Faith...

12 comments:

Franco Aragosta said...

Rand was right about a good many things, but her militant lack of altruism marred any good effect her thinking might have had long term.

Bill bckley knew her quite well, and said she had ine set of rules for herself, and a other for everyine else. §;-∂

Maybe she really WAS a leftist at heart after all? };^)>

Her real name was ROSENBAUM, yo]u know.

-FJ said...

Yes, "Rule Girls" are everywhere, on both the Left and Right.

The one's on the right follow "tradition", the Left, "conviction".

Franco Aragosta said...

Yes, sure, but I LIKE what that hideous caricature of Death had to say.

Franco Aragosta said...

I don't think of the Ideals of Faith as "fictitious," at a ll, however.

Instead,I believe GOD in the form of Absolute Truth and Love certainly, exists, but"we" –– meaning "people," have been on blundering, stumbling, haphazrd "path" leading ever-so-slowly to an ever greater UNDERSTANDINg of Truth.

It's been going on for untold hundreds of millennia, and I believe as a species we often reject –– or fail to remember –– much of what a few of our more honestly curious and enlightened members have discovered, but the Quest goes on. If it ever stops, Life, itself, will cease altogether, and once again all will be "covered in darkness, and without form and void."

Franco Aragosta said...

The mind of the dreamer
_____ is a secret storehouse
__________ wherein may dwell
_______________ all youthful fond illusion ––
The embryo of each utterance of hope ––
_____ each word of comfort ––
__________ and each song of joy.


The mind of the cynic
_____ is a well-known asylum
__________ wherein lies disenchantment ––
_______________ destruction and despair ––
The insidious, lisping voice of the Serpent.


O, foolish Man! Why choose strife,
_____ when only what you choose to dwell upon
__________ has life?


~ FreeThinke

Franco Aragosta said...

INFINITE WISDOM FROM BLOODY MARY:

Happy talk keep talkin' happy talk.
Talk about thngs you like to do.
If you don't have a dream,
If you don't have a dream,
How're ya gonna make a dream come true?

Talk about the moon
Floatin' in the sky
Looking like a lily on a lake.

Talk about the bird
Singin' to his mate
Makin' all the music he can make

Happy talk keep talkin' happy talk.
Talk about thngs you like to do.
If you don't have a dream,
If you don't have a dream,
How're ya gonna make a dream come true?

Talk about the boy sayin' to the girl
"Golly, baby, I'm a lucky cuss."
Talk about the girl sayin' to the boy,
"You and me is lucky to be us."

Happy talk keep talkin' happy talk.
Talk about thngs you like to do.
If you don't have a dream,
If you don't have a dream,
You'll never make a dream come true?

If you don't have a dream,
It'll never come true
So keep dreamin'
To make dreams come true.


[SPOKEN] It's a good idea. You like? Ha ha ha ha ha!

-FJ said...

South Pacific....

Franco Aragosta said...

Of course, South Pacific, but what does that show MEAN? Why was it so successful? Why is it still frequently performed all ver the world? Why –– seventy years after it first appeared –– do we still remember it with love and gratitude?

I was fortunate enough to be taken to the show durng its FIRST RUN in New York soon fter it opened in 1949. I was only eight, but the show made a deep impression on me. In those days I was madly in love with Honey Bun, I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy, There Is Nothing Like a Dame, and I'm Gonna Wash That Man Righ Outta My Hair, where Mary Martin actually stepped into a shower onstage and literally washed her hair –– in front of the audience seven performances a week. Much was made of that in magazine articles and radio interviews at the time.

It wasn't until many ears later that I came to realize that the TRUE Central character in the piece was Bloody Mary, whose bright enterprising spirit, uniquely exotic comic charm embodies the Greatest Wisdom of all the characters. THOUGH NOT TOUTED AS A LEADING FHARACTER BY THE AUTHORS, NOR RECOGNIZED AS SUCH BY THE CRITICS, Bloody Mary's understanding of Life's deepest longings and fondest hopes –– revealed in Bali Hai, and espcially in the seemingly childlike Happy Talk –– have come to touch me most deeply.

South Pacific along with The King and I have been sustaining influences in my life that continued to grow and develop in my consciousness for the better part of seventy years.

This may come as a surprise to you, FJ, but I have come to regard Oscar Hammerstein II as one of the greatest poets America has ever produced. His work is filled with deep understanding of the human condition, compassion, affection, and gentle good humor all expressed with great charm in terms of utmost simplicity.

I don't believe we should ask for anything more.

-FJ said...

I suppose I'd be lying if I said that I didn't enjoy R&H musicals, but I don't think I'm as affected by them as you. Of course, I didn't experience my first Broadway show until the 70's.

Franco Aragosta said...

What we are apt to become has a great deal to do with the cultural influences to which we are exposed in the frst six to eight years of life.

As I've said –– endlessly, I know, –– the was culture changed radically by Main Force of wielded by Evil Cutural MarxianManipulators in 1955.

This septic influence began around the time my parents were born –– just over a century ago –– but the dleterious effects of this insidious movement were not noticeable to many until the SICK-sties.

It's as though I had been weaned on Nectar and Ambrosia, while younger generationss –– post 1955 –– have been weaned on Junk Food, Kool Aid and Twizzlers.

Not to cas any aspersion YOU, good sir, but –– whether you are able to recognize it or not ––, you HAVE been conditioned by nefarious forces who have never had YOUR best interests a heart.

It speaks very well for your intellectual acumen that your sense of CURIOSItY is as great as it is.

YOU give me hope, as few others do, Alas!

Joe Cameltoe said...

Perhaps I escaped much of their influence. I spent my 3 pre-K thru K years in Madrid, Spain, and my 4th-7th grades in Caracas, Venezuela in the shelter of my father's USAF service.

Joe Cameltoe said...

Franco's Spain was a little bit different than the good ole USA.