374. July 29th…What do the birds do when the hippo’s close their mouths…or when does an obstacle become an asset???

“Infidel by Birth” 2010

“Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.” – Jerry Garcia

I enjoy the feeling not knowing yet knowing full well….I’m not really sure how that works….that knowing both sides of anything….yet it seems that by having that right there at the front door waiting is a spectacular…event….

this is not something I just woke up thinking about…I think about this often….that whole idea that do we really know everything we need to know on some level….like a spark has the capability to start a raging fire….if we were to believe in what we know…..what would that do for us…. could we by-pass a great deal of obnoxious obstacles….or would those exist to be reminders….similar to the Yellow Brick Road….keep us going knowing that Oz was there and everybody was going to make out big when we see him…or by knowing ourselves and consulting our personal Magic 8 Ball….can we just side step the obstacles like dog poop on the sidewalk…..come up with the answers and save a bunch of time…thus being more constructive…more productive….I like words that end in “tive”….because no matter what they all rhyme…..anyway…..I guess the question I have to ask me is…”Am I designed to be more constructive…more productive?” and if I am great I have the answer…end of conversation see you later…..see there is another word ending I like…”tion”…same rhyming thing…….

but if I am not….then what’s the point of eliminating obstacles….other than ease…and does the elimination of obstacles necessarily create ease…..obstacles may very well be there to enhance our ability to become more productive and constructive…..and what we think we know may be a source of some sense of gathering it all up…..but not really knowing the “why”…behind the gathering….by confronting the obstacle…devising a plan and assaulting the obstacle at whatever level seems adequate….the idea of constructive …productive….also begins to emerge….

so…..

if we knew all the answers…had no obstacles…we’d be incapable of anything because we need obstacles to challenge us to develop the skills to install the knowing that leads us to a place where there are fewer obstacles to deal with……that is exactly like concentrated orange juice in the can…you add three cans of water to the thick slurry of juice concentrate……and presto…..a half gallon of Florida’s best……

I think the knowing/obstacle relationship can be a rather symbiotic one….bird in the hippo’s mouth or hippo…either one works…..and by developing a more precise sense of knowing….(based on previous obstacle juggling)….we also develop smaller…more manageble obstacles….(of course if we’re reasonable and taking our medication)….

so maybe it’s like a hippo dealing with the ideal bird obstacles for placement in his mouth….ideal height….not to sharp of a beak…steller eyesight….ravinous appetite for parasites….young and strong….likes to stay at home…..

however you may view a boulder in your path…realizing that the boulder is really nothing more than a bunch of little boulders stuck together to make the big one…makes the assault…perhaps a bit easier…..

in the infamous words of the Count of Monte Cristo….

“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more.”

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