To live fully, one must be free, but to be free one must give up security. Therefore, to live one must be ready to die. How’s that for a paradox? ……Tom Robbins
We are, without question a most remarkable species. We have the potential within us to create a Garden of Eden or, if you will, an absolute paradise, wherein all life could coexist in reasonable harmony, and where a sustainable future, outside the realms of natural depredation, could be guaranteed for all Once furnished, such a creation could enhanced further by our undoubtedly fine cognitive abilities, and with our capacity for ingenuity and inventiveness, even more progress could be made All this is true, even to the most hardened of doubters or cynics, like myself for example, so why is it that we keep on getting things wrong
That is the paradox of man, or maybe I should say Humanity, as from such a primal base all other paradoxes that bedevil us, both as individuals and as a species arise, In creating this blog I was faced with two choices. The first option is to tear apart humanity, as some might suggest is both commendable and inevitable, and the second option is to soften the first option by writing in a more humouros and/or philosophical vein. On balance the second option is the one which seems more applicable, and in doing so I am reminded by a quote by Robert Burns (1759-1796) which, in translation, runs as follows
“Oh would some Power the gift give us, To see ourselves as others see us”
I cannot think of a finer gift that we might receive for, though at times a somewhat salutary, it offers us the chance to truly appreciate, at all levels of observation, and especially through humour, who we really are.
So this is the course that I will be pursuing during the course of this blog, and I hope that you will follow me on what I hope will be a fascinating, if at times sobering, journey to come.
Anything else to add, not really, so I’ll end by saying get yourself a beer, a tea, a coffee or a whatever; sit down and enjoy the links below, the first is a John Cleese video on Stupidity and the second a joyous flash mob rendition of Beethoven from Spain. I hope you enjoy both of them, and I hope you can see why I have put them side by side