Today is my birthday and I turn fifty-two.
So what does that mean, for me or for you?
There’s not much about age that the math can provide,
Save the count of our years and its sting on our pride.
Here’s a little math trick on which you can chew,
‘Bout the momentous occasion of turning fifty-two.
The math is sound, and it is also quite true,
That at some point in time this math will apply to you.
Today is my birthday, and I turn fifty-two,
So what does that mean for me or for you?
Not much save that regardless of who you might be or what you may do,
The math at this point probably yields that I’m the older of the two.
In everyone’s life we arrive at a place,
Where we can no longer prevent wrinkles on our face.
We can no longer assume that with everyone we meet,
We are always the pup, the youngster on the street.
52 is the point where the odds shift the norm.
And they accomplish this with such curious form.
If we pay attention and listened while still being weaned,
At this point we’d savor the knowledge we’ve gleaned.
And if we’ve become wise and learned how to love,
We can share what we’ve learned and what comes forth thereof.
My twenties ran by, or rather they flew.
My thirties fit me like a comfortable shoe.
My forties made me ask if I’d learned what I thought I knew,
So, I leave you with this: good advice – served up in a tasty word brew:
Today is my birthday and I turned fifty-two.
So what does that mean for me or for you?
I choose to share what I’ve learned and hope that it’s true,
That you’ll do the same, when it’s your turn to be the older of the two.
We are all we have.
We can do better.
Since I moved the Catalogue of Calculations to wordpress, I don’t think I have ever addressed you, all of you, directly. I have no problem when my mind tells me that I am writing for all of you, but even though I know what the numbers that represent how many of you there are mean, I have had no sense of scale with which to compare that written numerical quantity, until now, and I have not completely assimilated the scale yet.
…for crashing two of my mail servers with the ocean of condolences, blessings and good wishes that I’ve received after posting a few words in recognition and in honor of my father, who passed away this last Saturday; July 6. I am moved beyond words, but for only a few seconds!
WOW!; there are SO MANY OF YOU! I had no idea what that felt like so thank you also for doing some math that allowed me to have a sense of scale. I do not know exactly how many e-mails were received, some of them may have been lost when the server crashed, but it doesn’t matter it would take more than 3 of my father’s 90 year lifetimes, reading without stopping for food or sleep for 92% of each lifetime to make a small dent in the total that made it through.
I could easily say that I don’t know what to say, but that would be a lie and I would fall down dead immediately. It’s not that I don’t know what to say, it’s that I can’t fathom how to reply to each and every one of you even to just write THANK YOU. That’s the thing about time, you can delude yourself by thinking she will succumb to math, but she laughs at math and at us. (If we were able to perceive time as a human manifestation, it would indisputably be a female manifestation). I can’t count this post as a means to accomplish what I want to do because it doesn’t. It would be cheating; it would simply way beyond comfortable to express my love and gratitude to each one of you with one general-purpose thank you post, in fact it would be cheating, which is a first cousin of lying and once again, I would immediately fall drop dead. A short while ago, I thought of something that might just come close to answering each and every one of the e-mails that continue to arrive. I remembered that in mathematics, you should always use the right type of math for the problem to be solved. Since I was counting, a function of quantity, I naturally continued to think in terms of Arithmetic to figure out how to solve this quandary. This math can’t be solved with Arithmetic; it’s not a numeric problem as much as it is a matter of scale, so that makes it a job for physics! The rest came easy. Here’s the math:
I am not physically able to individually write a response to each and every one you, but I can THANK YOU in all of the languages that you have written to me in, or at least the ones I’ve encountered so far. This way the scale can be accounted for through the use of language and linguistics. Each one of you knows what language is your primary language and it is also the language you used to write so many beautiful words. Below this paragraph is an image (it had to be an image because we still suck at font compatibility). In that image, the words THANK YOU are written in each of the 51 languages that you have written to me in, so when you read it in your native language, know that I am thanking you directly, and every other person who wrote to me in your language instead using individual names. It’s the closest I could come to a personal reply that yielded a valid condition for the purpose of the function. So here it is;
(The last one- with all the numbers; is thank you in binary. It would be unacceptable to leave out computers. I owe them a great debt for sacrificing so many of their total number at the hands of my dad! They provided him with comfort, entertainment and even companionship at times. So they go on the list.)
On behalf of my father and myself, I’ll thank you all one more time, in the one language that isn’t on the list because it is my primary language and I wanted to write in a very personal way, with every ounce of my heart:
We just DID better, keep it going!
The systematic destruction of language and linguistics, particularly of the English language continues to progress and has recently made an appearance in the political arena. Recently the political issues regarding gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and trans-gender (also known as GLBT) rights, in particular the legality of same-sex marriage, have taken center-stage in the political news arena in the U.S.A. after a landmark decision by the Supreme Court.
In many of the seemingly endless and redundant articles and posts on the matter of the Supreme Court’s decision and the same-sex marriage controversy, the word homophobe has been used regularly, in fact, in terms of linguistics; it’s a wonder why homophobe hasn’t been officially categorized as a neologism yet. It’s been used as to describe a person who dislikes, hates or is otherwise biased towards the GLBT community in general and any individual member of that community in particular for a long time.
Let’s look at the term HOMOPHOBIA. It is made up of two root morphemes: homo-, in this case used as a common vulgar prefix referring to a homosexual (which is such a vulgar word) and the suffix –phobia which means -an extreme abnormal fear of or aversion. If we were to apply the rules of language to this combination, the term should mean someone who is afraid of homosexuals instead of a categorical title used to identify people who dislike, disagree or are biased towards the GLBT community. I guess nobody reads the dictionary anymore.
One more thing: Technically, a homophobe is a person who is afraid of anyone who is gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or trans-gender. To be scared of someone who is GLBT; isn’t that kind of totally gay?
Human beings are a trip. When will we learn that we are all we have and that we are a planet of humans and not a world made up of different kinds of people.
We can do better.
I continuously end up utterly perplexed every time I contemplate or think on the fact that at some point in time, we humans found ourselves with an entire planet as a blank slate, incomparably diverse and powerful minds as tools and thousands of years to do something with what we had; and the best we were able to do was turn the world into a scary place; a very scary place. The scariest part is that it appears we actually believe it is a scary place and therefore we live our entire lives – scared.
Without having to exercise any judgment at all, this is, at the very least, an incalculable waste – of so many things..
I may not be able to undo this by myself, but I can choose to not live in fear, so I did and I don’t live in fear. It’s not impossible and in fact, I can say it’s not even very difficult to do, all one has to do is to realize that all the scary stuff is make belief and props – just like in the movies, in fact, the “world” isn’t a scary place at all, we are simply told that it is, over and over again throughout our entire lives and we believe it; because we also believe that everything we are told or read is true.
Don’t live in fear, nothing in the human experience requires that anyone to do so; there’s nothing to be scared of except believing that we must be scared of everything we are told be scared of. There is no math I can write to express this or try to solve it; it is an incalculable thing. Why? Because the world that we think we live in not real and I don’t mean “not real” as in the Matrix movies, but not real in that what we know as our “world” and the inhuman quality of life that these scary, make-believe constructs impose on us and which we authorize by believing them, are NOT an external physical reality with its own will and judgment that imposes itself on us – it’s an imaginary construct and therefore can’t be measured or have a mathematical value assigned so as to compare any of it to the rest of the universe. Why? Because it’s not real. It is overly dramatic and poorly conceived horror story thought up by a few people thousands of years ago to try to get everyone else (who were indisputably believed to be idiots) to believe that certain things were real and scary (especially things that gave some people total authority to dictate what was real) so they could in turn, impose their will on everyone and anyone who believed the story they were told – and everyone believed, all of it; probably because the “few people” who came up with the story were our first leaders; Kings, Emperors, Chiefs, Elders, Lords, Noblemen and their various posses, so who was going to argue? This is how a small handful of us were able to define the “world” thousands of years ago and take control over the every other person living in it and how they continue to control 7 billion of us in 2013 (they still believe everyone is an idiot). In the end; thousands of years ago, before shit and shinola and when no one knew nothing about anything because everything was new, a few of us simply made up all the scary things that make us afraid and subsequently obedient, and we chose to believe them; we still continue to believe it – all of it. It is possible that we will continue to believe it, until we choose to stop, to stop believing the setup story of what amounts to a gigantic con, the biggest one and quite possibly the only one, ever. The “world”, “society”, “civilization” the concept of “sovereignty” and a few other scripted bits of nonsense are not real, they are all simply scary monsters that feed an idea which in turns allows for all humans to believe that us and them actually exists, among other things. They are the grift in the con that goes by the name of human civilization throughout history and our acceptance of all of this as “real” has allowed for everything in human history to be rigged so that the con always favors those “few” who believe they run things, generation after generation. Here’s the perplexing part; those few who have been the authors and beneficiaries of this macabre fraud are people, just like the rest of us, and that means that believe all of this shit too and live in fear just like the rest of us; they are just scared of different make believe monsters and scary things, one that supposedly have class and dress properly.
The only math I’ve ever been able to even scribble regarding this entire incalculable hallucination is that if you add all of it up, the result is zero (0). This means the when you attempt to find any value at all in the rules of the world, civilization and the human condition and the history that they imposed on humanity; there is none in the end. They do nothing and produce nothing, in terms of physics and the real physical universe – in other words it (the whole of human history) has all been for nothing.
Utterly perplexing and mind-boggling.
We can do better.
Every time a thought is left unspoken by the person who thought it, it withers and dies for not having been shared and an empty space is all that remains in all the space between all of us; space preferably full with the stuff of human communication.
Every time the inspiration to act is ignored or subdued, only inaction remains. Nothing happens at all and this leaves an empty space in all of space between all of us that could be ripe with actions; human actions, our actions; our choices.
The amount of empty space between all of us is piling up; quickly and it’s not a very good idea to have a lot of empty space, because empty space can be filled up with anything at all by anyone at all, even a hateful thought, a greedy and selfless act or generally inhuman behavior – and that is exactly what is happening.
Think, if you do, you will produce. Act; do so with love and you will build up our humanity. Speak and do, with your entire mind and all your heart. Leave no empty space in your path, the empty spaces we leave are so very tempting for selfish thoughts. We are not each other’s enemies, we are all we have. Let us be the authors and builders of our future and not the cause of not having one. Have the strength and the desire to love; do you have any of either left? You do.
We can do better.
A picture of a few words can speak a thousand words.