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Have you ever noticed those who hold their nose the highest in the air are usually trying to hide the zit on top of it?

Consider that if there be truth to the diet nazi's claim that you become what you eat then the conundrum of the male feminist is neatly explained.

There is a substantial difference between being free, and being in control of the tyranny wherein one is incarcerated.

Isn't it a funny thing, how the children of the gay all speak Spanish.

Never loan a lesbian your caulking gun... once she figures out what it's good for she'll never give it back.

It takes a very large herd to get anything done when public education has converted the entire society into politically correct one trick ponies. No wonder bdsm is on the upswing.

There is no fortress harder to assault than a nuerosis defended by a knowledge of psychology.

If I meet someone and among the first things they reveal about themselves is their religion? If they make it a point to lead off by saying they're a Christian? My first thought is always to wonder what secret sin has such command of their life they feel compelled to give everyone they meet fair warning in advance.

As a consequence of the law of averages it is a given that the higher your level of art the smaller a viable audience you have, the bell curve of human intelligence and sensitivity sets the numbers. And what's worse is the fewer who can understand your art the more viciously and vociferously the critics representing the average will attack at any and every opportunity.

The handle on your spoon should always be at least as long as the chord tangent from the bottom of your bowl to the rim, rough numbers some three quarters of the diameter... otherwise? You get to fish your spoon out of the bottom of your soup, which just doesn't do the soup or your fingers any good at all.

One of the cruelest things you can do is do someone's homework for them. You've just robbed them of something they're going to need from now on. You see someone doing a child's homework for them? Report them to child welfare, because that is child abuse, pure and simple.

One of the thoughts the world really, really needs to wrap its' head around is some way to put an end to the lie that sexy ends when children begin... I'd say a good fourth of our society's problems have that lie deeply imbedded in their foundation.

One of the most powerful weapons anyone can own is an understanding of what motivates his enemy, and what price his enemy pays from the other elements of his life to maintain that motivation. It is possible to overdrive them to the point they self destruct.

So many think they want to fit in, be part of the whole... many never do feel that, and for them that's a sadness. But what is sadder is those who do fit in, and then years later realize what they fit themselves to is a set of chains that make true freedom of self impossible. The lonely can find friends, companionship among the other outcasts. The chained must find a hacksaw.

Be careful of the word freedom. It is a noble word, a noble thought, and yet still a dangerous thought in ways very few ever realize. The word freedom should never be allowed to stand alone, it should always be keeping company with the question "freedom from what?" To many will say freedom and mean freedom from responsibility and become parasitic thinking they are free when in reality they are enslaved to whatever or whoever serves as their host. Others will say freedom, and mean freedom from the emotional burden of caring, with the end result being they become callous and a lean bit to the cruel side, they are free of the very thing needed to avoid hurting others without intent. It happens all the time, look around at the people in your world, it won't take you half an hour to see examples. Freedom is a noble thought, but it needs understanding to keep it from setting a life free to starve in abject loneliness, if not some worse fate.

You save water by showering with a friend, but you save energy by turning down the cold, not turning up the hot.

The order things happen can make quite a difference. For example, if you think first of the things you can't do instead of thinking first of the things you can do? You'll end up poisoning your own life with despair.

Since the appetites of humanity are reasonably consistent the best way to estimate the degree of hypocrisy in a strange town is to observe the ratio of churches to pubs to meat-market singles bars. If it ain't going on in one place it is most likely going on in the other.

At the end of the day poetry is still just the most elegant of speach impediments... it's the thought that counts, as always.

Social momentum: what happens when the liberals can't believe there can be a solution for a problem the conservatives can't believe exists.

I'm afraid that in the end ART is simply the illusion of purpose painted over that which is simply... pretty.

The first casualty of war is always innocence.

It's easier to convince a liberal you have to be able to pay for it than it is to convince a conservative you have to be willing to imagine it.

Understand, "ANGEL" is a career choice, not another species.

It is said we should learn to laugh at ourselves, lest we come to take ourselves to seriously. Possibly true, but if so then one should never laugh more than once or twice at the same event... more than that becomes self abuse.

A small, but potent, tidbit of a thought: those who think they know? They are the ones who never learn anything more.

How dumb is it, to ask for an apology from someone you won't believe anyway?

It is a fact that one cannot forgive what one cannot admit to themselves, and it is widely held as true that what one can't forgive one must take with them when they leave mortality for the eternal.

To begin with let me say right up front this story is true, and most likely it’s not the first time you've heard something similar.  But like all stories there’s more than one side, and the point of this post isn't the first side, nor even the second, but actually the third side of the story I’d like to bring to focus: the third side that’s actually responsible for the story in the first place even though to seldom mentioned. 

Anyway, the story goes like this.  Once upon a not very long time ago a comely young woman was having trouble with her automobile, it was overheating, not a happy machine at all.  Aghast at the price a local shop was asking to engage with the problem she took a gamble on a friends’ advice and allowed a retired industrial mechanic to take a look.  He (correctly) diagnosed and changed out a defective thermostat.  Not a big job, not at all, a common inexpensive part and most generally no more than an hours work even just goofing around. Coolant flow restored her ride went back to being a happy machine.  The veteran checked a couple of more things, just to be certain, and satisfied her car would remain a happy machine sent them on their way.  He took lunch money and a thank you as his reward, it wasn't much of a job.  Story told?  Not quite.

Now the young woman wasn't having any problems with her car, but likely as a consequence of the time she spent watching the mechanic work (no doubt in a driveway somewhere, you know, where the customer isn't banished from the work zone safely away from all that black magic under the  hood) she was much more aware of her machine.  One hot afternoon a few days later she parked her car and was horrified to notice liquid dripping onto the pavement beneath.  OH-MY-GOD!  Something is leaking!  Knowing the local shop she’d approached had wanted a good amount of money to even bring her car into their shop, and suddenly mistrusting the old industrial mechanic (after all, he’d worked in a factory, he didn't have all the auto certification placards hanging over his bench like the guys in the professional shops had, maybe he just thought he knew what he was doing... it had looked terribly complicated under the hood) she took the car to a brand name corporate shop who agreed to do a diagnosis for free.

Two hours later it was grim news the burning rock shop manager brought her.  Several hoses on the back of the engine had been misconnected, the engine no doubt heavily damaged as a consequence, the repairs might run as high as a couple of thousand dollars.  Allowing for the age of the vehicle it might be cheaper to just install a new engine and be done with it.  

In point of fact the shop manager overplayed his hand, he misjudged how much money the lass had to work with, he misjudged how much she loved her old friend, how much she was willing to spend to keep it.  She didn't take his bait, said she needed to investigate a bit and think about the situation.  After all, if it was time for a new engine then it was likely time for a new car and there was no sense in spending that kind of money on the old one.  Into the teeth of his dire warnings the inevitable failure would be sudden and likely leave her stranded by the side of the road, totally vulnerable to lord anything and everything, she got back in her car and left.

Where did she go?  Back across town with anger boiling in her heart to find the fellow who’d changed out a thermostat for her. If nothing else by God she was going to give him a good piece of her mind.  By the time she got there she’d worked up quite an eloquent and vitriolic case to present to him.  After all, it was his fault she’d have to give up her old friend that had been so faithful and get a new car she really couldn't afford.

She found him sitting in a lawn chair beneath a shade tree beside his just mowed lawn, sipping a cold beer and admiring his work.  Into his driveway she pulled and out of her car she got.  Once glance down: still leaking more than ever.  She marched over to where he sat and began her fully rehearsed rant, intending to recount in detail the shop manager’s critique of his work and the consequences of his errors.  She pointed to the still visible drip under her car as proof, and was even further outraged to see a soft sad smile take possession of his face as he took another sip of his beer.

Before she could say another word he arose from his chair and walked to the side of her car, going to a knee to inspect the situation.  He leaned down, reached under the car to collect a generous sample of the liquid from the puddle on the pavement onto a calloused palm.  He pulled himself back to his feet, lifted his hand to his face, took a sniff, then held out his hand for her to inspect. 

What in the world was going on?  What he’d drained out into the bucket while he’d been working had been distinctly green, and it had a funny sweet smell to it, but this was crystal clear, no hint of color, no hint of odor.  Confusion took over her face. The old mechanic caught her eye, lifted his beer bottle and wiped the condensate from the cold glass onto a dry finger, held that hand out for her inspection.  Identical.

“It’s just water dear, and if it’s putting out that much condensate I’d say your air conditioner is working just fine, doing exactly what it’s supposed to.  What’s the problem sweetheart?”

The lass nearly collapsed into tears as the full scope of the situation crashed in on her, the injustice of the whole affair coming and going. What’s the problem?  She suddenly realized the problem, and her entire attitude changed in a heartbeat.

Do you see the problem here?  There is one, a big one, a very big problem.  As a matter of fact it is a bigger problem than anything having anything to do with automobiles, large as automobiles are in the modern world.  The problem is even larger than the outright fraudulent deception the shop manager attempted to perpetrate on the lass, cold and callous and dishonorable as that was.  It is more than a big problem, it is in fact a huge one.

The real problem here, the third side of the story, is the grotesque amount of ignorance in the population at large concerning the workings of the physical world.  In this day and age perhaps no more than one in ten have any idea how the world they live in actually works.  In many cases their ignorance is approaching total, they truly have no clue, no tiny fragment of a Rosetta stone from which to begin learning, and in their ignorance they are totally vulnerable to anything from the sort of fraud the shop manager attempted to outright superstition taking over their lives. 

Once upon a simpler time almost everyone had a decent understanding of the physical world, almost everyone worked with some part or portion of the physical as a consequence of earning a living.  They understood the difference between fact and opinion, between truth and belief.  Almost everyone knew someone who dealt directly with any given facet of the physical world, it wasn't hard to find someone to teach such things.  In those days the education establishment made sure everyone was exposed to a little of the other things, the non-physical things: art and literature and philosophy, the matters of the mind.  Just so people would know such things existed and have some idea of what they were.

Of course the situation now is exactly reversed, our society and the technology that supports it have grown to the point the majority are never really exposed to the physical, their worlds’ revolve around an entirely different set of skills and demands.  If you grew up in the nine out of ten families where the physical is no part of how you earn your livelihood it really isn't so very easy to find someone to teach, even if you’d like to learn, even if you’re willing to endure the subtle and entirely to common bias and bigotry found in the nine out of ten against the socially inferior troglodytes who do know. 

The problem lays squarely at the feet of the education establishment for failing to protect everyone from the potentials for fraud and abuse by providing a workable minimum of understanding of how things actually work, for failing to teach how to think about a situation in the physical world where the facts are the facts of science and belief, opinion, has no real power, to teach physical reality as a rational and understandable thing open to anyone and everyone. 

Of course education is the servant of the establishment, and the establishment has never had any problem creating and exploiting ignorance for its’ own power and profit, so perhaps education has been very firmly and very, very quietly instructed to leave the situation as is. 

Perhaps this might be a good place for the right Honorable Senator Elizabeth Warren, long time champion of consumer rights, to focus a bit of her attention and work to reverse this discrepancy in public education as an aid in putting down her long time adversary: fraud of the sort the burning rock manager attempted on the innocent girl trying her best to take care of her own.  To my thought that would be the American thing to do, work to fix the problem rather than treat the symptoms and live with the consequences.

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myriadwhitedarkness Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the fav! :aww: 
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Footnoting Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Thanks for the fave.
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cyranosdemet Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Most welcome.
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enigmaticsmile Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the fave on "lost art of the previous occupant." :)
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AngelsSolace Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the watch! :)
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KelaLewis-Morin Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Writer
thank you for the fav and comment it means a lot to me :)
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Footnoting Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Thanks for the watch.
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KelaLewis-Morin Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student Writer
thank you for the comments :)
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Moon-Crafter Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for visiting
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cyranosdemet Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Most welcome, and thank you for the glimpse into a world quite different from my own.

*chuckle* DevArt: 1 part "Stranger in a Strange Land", 1 part "Stranger in Paradise" and 3 parts "Truckin' (what a long strange trip its' been...)"

I'm sure I'll visit again, there is a depth in your writing I can full appreciate. Good to meet you Cissy.
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Moon-Crafter Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You may come anytime. Someone as eloquent as you is most welcome. :D
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DanStefan Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   Photographer
Hello Fred !

Thanks for fav " Thinks about "


All the best !
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ersatz-moon Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hey :heart: wow. i loved your gallery, your poems and words are phenomenal...you have a thing with words~
maybe you could read mine? :thumb297394046:
i'd love some feedback :heart:
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cyranosdemet Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Hello! Most pleased to meet you, and thank you, so do you.
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ersatz-moon Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i was wonderinh if your username is related to the movie cyrano. i loved that movie. (:
and sorry for the wrong thumbnail, could you please give me a feedback on my newest poem? it woul dmean a lot coming from you
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cyranosdemet Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
PinkPromise, I’ll be delighted to comment on your latest work. As for my pen name? *chuckle* I’ve been asked that question before, the full story of how it came to be is told here: [link] .
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alapip Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
if you're of a mind, 'nos, i've never seen
a good debate on Ayn Rand.

in today's DLDs - [link]

:)pip
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cyranosdemet Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
*chuckle* I popped a burst across his bow, we'll see what he comes back with. I've glanced at some of his other work, he might make an interesting sparring partner.
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alapip Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
i might have to regret linking
you to his article, nos. don't
forget you've been discussing
Rand for decades, where he is
a student, maybe for the most
part just parroting what he's
been recently taught.

so, be nice... ok? ;)

yes, he does seem to be a bright
young fella.
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cyranosdemet Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
I'll play fair... and if he is a student then I might provide enough diversity of perspective to empower his studies out of the academic and into reality... lord knows the academic establishments aren't going to encourage anything beyond their stock outa the box indoctrinations they're substituting for an aducation.
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012   Writer
I put you on my :+devwatch: finally.
Late I know, but now I can roam your gallery and page a bit, if you don't mind.
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cyranosdemet Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Hi, and thanks for noticing my works, for the many faves. I can't really say how good it is to meet someone who understands where I'm coming from, it doesn't happen often :-)
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012   Writer
No, it doesn't happen often.
I rarely 'meet' many here besides folks too busy at a uni or in high school. ;)
You're welcome for the faves.
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poemagraphic Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
just a chance encounter

I enjoyed it...

I'll be back
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cyranosdemet Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Hi, and thanks for stopping by. May I invite you to my blog [link] where I post my serious work?
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