Good Morning Digital Neighbors! Hello Supporters, Members and Visitors to @-Padre's.
Pills, pills and more pills. Maybe because of our love easy solutions and the effectiveness of so many pills in our lives the usage of pill as a force for change does have a great hold on our imagination. The Red pilling of Neo reminded us that one can be living in a dream that is in fact a nightmare. A beautiful lie is still a lie and a comfort prison is still a prison. No good idea remains pure in the marketplace, CAPTIALISM ALWAYS WINS! as dear @Bridgetphetasy likes to say on the Dumpster Fire. Now we have Black Pills and White Pills. Black for the Doomers and White for the Hopeful. (Hard to escape the binary nature of life) I am sure there are other pills out there as I sail into the waters of old fogery, I miss more current things as I spend too much time looking back with fondness and looking forward with a tired mind and heavy heart. In the end I am a White Pill person because of faith, but I tend to be a fan of the final chapter as one of hope and providential fulfillment. The interim chapters look rather black.
I am not a fan of doomcasting, a good friend of mine has entered the "I told you so" stage of recalling statements made in the past that predicted things getting worse. While he is often right, predicting things getting worse is not really that great of an accomplishment in my thoughts. It takes no effort, planning or dedication for things to get worse, just ignore things and plenty will get worse on its own. Turn in to yourself, join the self-absorbed and things will get worse for you and for the common good.
Maintaining the good, expanding its reach takes sustainable effort and dedication, it often requires those with a willingness to sacrifice some of their own ease and peace for the greater good. I don't think we are too far over the cliff, but I don't think there will be a painless fix. No pills for the potential pains that may await us. Hard work, sacrifice beyond self, hopeful attitudes, little oases of rational thought and classic community with a real appreciation for broadness of thought and a dedication to sustainability might be the future. Time will tell. Thanks for listening to the morning ramble. Happy Wednesday my friends!
On to the quotes and a beautiful barn. These old barns always prompt me to imagine what lives and stories might have happened there for families that owned them.
Vermont Colchester Autumn Barn - Martin Spilker
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service, when it is violating all His laws. - Thomas Jefferson writing to John Adams.
Experience should teach us to be most on guard to protect liberty when the government's purpose are beneficent . . . the greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding. - Justice Louis Brandeis
Hey @SEPTUAGENARIAN, hope they make you smile
Thank you @MinaH for the posting by Neil Oliver, scroll down to find it. It is worth the 10 minutes it takes. I offer my feedback on on the issue of trust and forgiveness.
Good Morning Neighbors from across the Local's landscape! Happy Sunday Refugees, Early Birds, Later Dayers, Conversants, and Lurkers! Hey there Phamily, Dawn Patrol, Day Walkers, Supporters, Members and Visitors! Hello again Triggeratti, Fascinating People and Beautiful Bigots! I am sure there are other wonderous Local's communities with their own vibe and rhythm, but there is only so much time to visit even the ones I favor.
A late start to the day, I was content to listen to the Dark Horse Podcast before hoping further online. I am sure I will be posting it later at Padre's. Some really good discussion about the gaslighting of the last two years. Whatever the day ahead of you holds, I hope you discover joy, or more likely bring joy to the day ahead of you. A few quotes on joy for perspective on a Sunday. Have a blessed day my friends!
Long but very worthwhile analysis of the gaslighting of the last two years and a path forward after the narrative collapses, or more likely pivots as is often the case.
Welcome guests and digital neighbors! I hope you enjoy your visits here. May this little spot become a haven for those who want to connect with others away from the toxicity of many sites. Locals is a great experience for me and I hope it is a good experience for you. Any community is only as good as its members, so please see the community "About" section for guidelines as to what I hope will help us enjoy our visits here.😇
Dues to changes @LOCALS this community is no longer a free community if you want to participate. I believe you can lurk about and read things, but you will be unable to post without signing up for $2.00 monthly charge. Since this changed has happened, I want all of you to know that any funds that come as a result of this community will be given to charity. I came here for community - not for profit.
The two charities I want to sponsor at the beginning will be our St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry that services our New Melle Community. The other charity will...