Share Your World — Truth and Joy

Share Your WorldIt’s Monday and Melanie is once again asking us to Share Our World with each other. She has posed some intriguing questions for us this week, so let’s just hop to it.

What is truth?

Now this is a question I wish I would have thought of to ask on my weekly provocative question prompt. Technically speaking, truth is something that conforms with facts and reality. Unfortunately, in today’s world, we have “alternative facts” when the actual facts are in conflict with what someone chooses to believe. And we have “fake news” when the real news (i.e., reality) is not consistent with what someone chooses to accept as actual reality. Furthering the blurring of truth, we have Photoshopped images and deepfake videos that effectively “alter” facts and reality. Bottom line, we are living in a post-truth age and I’m not sure that the notion of truth even exists anymore. Any that’s the truth.

What’s one thing people would never know about you just by looking at you?

That I’m a stable genius. Oh wait. That’s the one thing people would never think about Donald Trump.

Do loud noises bother you?

Unfortunately, with my left ear being totally blocked, every noise I hear gets trapped inside my head and bothers me. Hopefully, after my surgery at the end of this month, that will be corrected.

If you were guaranteed the correct answer to just one question, what would you ask?

Seriously? You asked in the first question, “What is truth?” and my answer was that we live in a post-truth age. So is there really such a thing as a “correct answer” anymore? I guess that would depend upon who you ask.

What fills YOUR heart with joy?

Right now, not much. But seeing Trump impeached (likely) and removed from office (unlikely) would fill my heart with unbridled joy.

Share Your World — Holiday Edition

Share Your WorldMelanie welcomes in December, the final month of 2019, with this week’s Share Your World prompt, which is pretty much focused on December’s holidays. As you’ll see from my answers, I’m not a fan of December’s holidays, but not being a fan of something doesn’t stop me from talking about it! So let’s get to it.

What’s your remedy for the Holiday blues?

Holiday blues? What holiday blues? I try not to think much about it, but I have no doubt that before it’s over, I’ll rant about the bogus war on Christmas promoted mostly by Fox News and Donald Trump.

In fact, I just saw a blurb in today’s newspaper about the mayor of Charleston, W.Va., who wanted her city to be more welcoming to all faiths and people, so she changed an annual celebration from the “Christmas Parade” to the “Winter Parade.” It didn’t last long. Some people thought renaming the parade was an attack on Christianity. People in the overwhelmingly white, Christian city talked about how renaming of the parade was an insult to “the almighty Supreme Being.” One person posted that, “Christmas is all about Christ, not some winter parade.”

Of course, once Fox News got hold of the story, it was too much for the mayor of Charleston, who reversed her decision and agreed to keep the “Christmas Parade” name.

Your favorite beverage (if it differs) during the holiday season? If it doesn’t differ, just answer the ‘what’s your favorite beverage” part.

I have two favorite beverages and neither is very exciting nor in any way related to any holidays. In the morning, it’s coffee. At other times, it’s caffeine-free Diet Coke.

This one has been asked before, but what’s your take on pumpkin spice?

I have no take on pumpkin spice. To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never tasted anything that is pumpkin spice flavored. And since I don’t particularly like the taste of pumpkin anything, it’s unlikely I ever will.

Is there is a person or god connected with your holiday?

  • Who are they and do you believe in them?
  • If you do not believe in these people or gods, does the celebration/honoring of that being, bother you in any way (e.g., ignored, dismissed, angry, etc.)? 

No, there is not any such person or deity that I connect with any holiday. As an atheist, I don’t believe in deities, and as a skeptic, there are very few people I believe in. As to the question about getting angry or dismissive of people who do celebrate these holidays, I don’t. I’m a whatever floats your boat kind of guy. But I do get pissed at people who try to force their believes down my throat, whether personally or legislatively.

Gratitude:

Share a song that you enjoy during this Winter season (whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, The Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, and so forth).

Share Your World — Easy Peasy

Share Your WorldTo quote Melanie, “It’s Thanksgiving … in the U.S.A. and so lots of folks will be ultra busy. I thought some general questions that are relatively easy to answer might be in order” for this week’s Share Your World edition. So here are my easy answers to Melanie’s easy questions.

What did you have for dinner last night?

We’re going to the grocery store today to pick up our Thanksgiving haul. Our cupboards were bare last night so I went out to a local Vietnamese restaurant and brought home a couple of rice plates for us to have for dinner. I had lemongrass pork chops and my wife had lemongrass steak. Yum!

Would you rather go out on a Saturday night or stay in?

Sometimes we go out on Saturday night if there’s something going on. But more often than not, we stay at home. At this point in my life — I’m an old fuddy-duddy — I’d just as soon stay home as go out.

How are you, truthfully?

Aside from my ear situation, which will require surgery at the end of December, I’m good. I assume that’s what the question is asking, and it’s not asking me how I am when it comes to being truthful. Truthfully speaking, I’m truthful most of the time.

What’s the best topping/ice cream combination?

When it comes to ice cream, I’m a purist. I generally don’t put any toppings on my ice cream. That’s because I rarely have plain vanilla or chocolate ice cream. That said, if I’m having a slice of apple pie, I love to warm it up and put a scoop of ice cream on top of the slice for some pie a la mode.

For gratitude, Melanie suggests that we share our gratitude with a thought (quote), a picture or a short paragraph.

Here we go:53F68952-1F34-4F2F-8675-615D5514D5A4

Share Your World — Deep Thought

Share Your WorldWhoa. I’m running way behind today. I am just getting around to reading and responding to today’s edition of Melanie’s Share Your World prompt. Melanie has posed some pretty deep questions. Let’s see if I can come up with some equally deep answers.

Can we ever experience anything objectively? Why or why not? (Now for the people who may not understand that idea, this is what objective means (definition wise): Something that is not influenced by personal feelings or opinions).

Probably not. Thinking that we can, in all or most cases, be completely objective is not objective thinking. We are all influenced, to one degree or another, by our environment, upbringing, and experiences, so even though we might like to think we can be completely objective, we can’t.

Do humans have a soul? Do animals have a soul?

I’m assuming that by her question, Melanie is asking if there is a spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal. I’m being completely objective in my answer, which is no and no. We may be “soulful” and we may have “soul,” but we don’t have “a soul.”

Why are people told to respect the dead? (Example: “Don’t speak ill of the dead.”)

The only dead people who are worthy of our respect are those who earned it while they were alive.

Without using the names of specific people, discuss “the ideal” President or other world leader. Saying ‘anyone who is the exact opposite of a certain orange skinned creature’ is cheating. While (to me) that’s a true statement, there’s more depth to the question than to reduce it to one sentence.

The ideal president or world leader is an individual who has scruples, honesty, and integrity, and who puts the nation he or she leads and the needs of the people above his or her own interests. And I did that in one sentence without naming the current POTUS and so-called leader of the free world, who is the antithesis of someone who possesses those attributes and qualities.


GRATITUDE:

Share your gratitude! Stories, images or thoughts all welcome.

I am grateful that I don’t have an inoperable brain tumor after having had my head examined. But it turns out that the CT scan showed that I do have a mass in the middle ear of my left ear that is causing my hearing problem and that will require surgery. But I’ll hold off worrying about that until after Thanksgiving.

Share Your World — Copy and Paste

Share Your WorldIt’s Monday. And that means it time for Melanie’s Share Your World prompt. This week she asks about plagiarism, pets, and dancing. So let’s get to it, shall we?

Is copying and pasting images or information off the Internet plagiarism? Do you credit those whose work you ‘borrow freely’ or do you think the idea is repugnant?

Uh oh. I copied and pasted Melanie’s questions right from her post into mine. I’m so sorry, Melanie. I promise it won’t happen again — until next week.

As far as images are concerned, I’m going to copy and paste from my own post in response to Dr. Tanya’s question about images. I wrote, “When I write a post I will generally search Google, Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels, DeviantArt, and/or my own photo library for an image that perfectly illustrates or complements my written words. … It’s important to credit the artists or photographers whose images you use in your posts.”

Do you let sleeping dogs lie?

If you’re talking literally, then of course I do. Give that damn dog a rest.4B1C3964-757E-4F56-BCDF-B088EB6BD08DIf you’re talking metaphorically, then no, I can be like an attack dog and I always stir up that sleeping dog

What’s the strangest pet name (for adults) that you’ve ever heard someone called?

When my wife and I first started dating, her “pet name” for me was “Poopie.” I told her that was a dealbreaker and she had to stop referring to me as a bag you pick up dog shit with. I guess she liked me enough to stop calling me “Poopie.”

Do you like to dance? If yes, what’s your favorite and if no, why not?

I used to like to dance the night away when I was younger. Now, on those relatively rare occasions when I find myself on a dance floor, I usually just shift my weight from one foot to the other in time to the beat of the music. It’s something to behold.

Share some traditions you observe around Thanksgiving or if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, what are some traditions you have?

We invite our adult kids and their significant others over to our house every Thanksgiving. We usually alternate between a large turkey and individual Cornish hens. And Thanksgiving dinner staples include stuffing, sweet potato soufflé, green bean casserole, salad, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and apple pie!