starts like this. I'm watching something on video,I can't concentrate
on what I'm looking at, because I'm worlds away in thought about some
stunning epiphany I'm having, so I set about to actually write an "essay"
detailing my gifted ramblings, and fire up the computer, only to open
an image or webpage authoring software, and then spend hours composing
"graphics" instead of writing down my stellar observances for
the benefit of others.
That was the first paragraph. I made it. I'm writing. And, then, and here's
the kicker. I've forgotten the point.
Which, as I always like to point out, is the point.
Something has to be said which connects the dots, puts everything into
perspective, and unites the warring "tribes" of humanity. If
this doesn't happen, then we're doomed. I see this clearly, and I have
this now beautiful website, which, if ever visted, and investigated, would
offer the visitor some knowledge and talent, and might, with the help
of these "essays" share in the ultimate truth of humanity and
join me in discouraging the apathy and hopelessness we see every minute
of every day, even if it's only in the newspaper or on television.
I'm astounded when I think of how my own life now seems notoriously wasted,
and even when I do in these rare enough instances these days type a few
random paragraphs into the word processer, those words never seem to be
the ones which were in my thoughts, and they merely serve no purpose really,
rather than as a plea to sanity, if not humanity's, then surely my own.
I have called the section for which I'm feverishly penning this missive
"The Next 30 Years." The title is that of a country song by
Tim McGraw.The essay shall detail my sense of dread at becoming so disconnected
by the same society I once saw fit to shun that now I am, as was onetime
predicted, in mortal fear of becoming a big screen DVD renting hermit,
content to watch video, and let my mind wander in wonderful ways, but
being doomed, as I am now, to not being able to astound my page with these
astounding feats of meaning which seem so meaningless.
"The Next 30 Years" is a song about a guy who turned 30, and
I last year I attended the 30th "Class Reunion" of my highschool
class. The big news for me, of course this year, is turning fifty years
old. 50 is an astounding age to be able to get to, and I of course am
thinking about my father's death at 54. and if I feel my life still feels
relevant, if in fact it ever did. Have I accomplished my goals? Have I
touched that one human soul? Did I matter? In my present state I feel
as if, like Capra's "Jimmy Stewart" I would be able to see the
world as if I hadn't existed, it would probably be a better place.
But one of my most often heard criticisms is that I "put myself down".
My poor mother used to accuse me of having delusions of grandeur. Then
she called me a genius, so as to confuse me.
Well, now I have written a few thousand words and will end for now.
In the next thirty years, so the song goes, I shall probably have to straighten
up and start eating right. I will move a little slower, hopefully won't
need a replacement hip replacement at least in the somewhat near future,
and will most probably feel pain, as if I haven't been feeling pain for
most of the first fifty years.
The year is slipping slowly, as the pages, such as this one, which shall
chart the course of direction over the next thirty years, as slowly appear,
with first a few sentences, then updates, and meanings, and finally, a
cohesive whole, a diagram of existence, a tome to trumpet the coming perfection,
and to put my thoughts in place.
As I finally come to grips with the words which shall hopefully teach,
enlighten, and elucidate, I watch the world seemingly fall apart. I view
destruction, threats, reprisals, bankruptcies, moral decay, lies, covert
bullshit, and grieve for the state of mankind that he has let himself
come to this. After the "Events of Sept. 11", when I wrote my
poem, and created my composite, I thought perhaps this would be a beginning
to the ultimate form my website would take. I ventured forth into the
cyberspace, and I preached peace love and understanding, and nobody would
listen. I was belittled and berated in message board after message board
for questioning the blind rampant patiotism which replaced the nation's
shock and horror. I still question, and it looks like the War On Terrorism
is being waged on whomever the antichrist Bush sees fit to wage it upon.
America the Beautiful might soon get an uncurable black eye.
I worry, but then I sit back and stop thinking, and get back to watching
the video. My existence, such as it is, now encompasses the "media
room", my twentyfirst century audio video home movie theater. I watch
the movie, in the dark, enjoying the art and the story, the literature
and the philosophy.
Existence is fleeting, it might seem.
And perhaps we collectively will see the end of this one.
As I ponder the next thirty years, I take stock of what I want to accomplish
for the rest of humanity. I hope humanity reads, and learns, as I think
I have, that he is failing the test he has been given. I hope to share
my thoughts with you these next thirty years.
to take it easy and slow down, but the more I want to ponder and think,
the more I think and ponder that I'm wasting time doing that, instead
of "acting". Acting on what, I don't know? Impulses? Fear of
Aging? PMS ?.Male Menopause? I keep thinking I won't finish. I won't be
able to make the difference I always thought I would. I've got to make
a concerted effort in the next thirty years to establish the guidelines,
draw out the floor plan, and get on with life. Oh, that things would have
lucky. Incredibly lucky. My operations so far have all been successes.
I made a pact with myself, and, to tell the truth, with Pat, because I
was living with her, loved her, and wanted to please her, to "straighten
myself up by the time I hit forty, and I accomplished that goal. That
I know have thousands of dollars in credit card debt because I cleaned
it up and was able to be sold credit too easily doesn't matter. What matters
is that I did what I told myself I would do.
next thirty years, I should make more of these pacts. One of them is to
write more. The more I age, the more I think I know, and the less I seem
to want to say. That is nothing but procrastination. If I wish to write,
I shall write.
of the world is deplorable. Perhaps I will be able to talk to someone
about this. If only myself. And I should listen.
year passes, and promises made seem to get broken, but other promises
show up in their stead. As I age, I tend to visit my doctor more often,
in hopes to insure that my health doesn't fail as my parents did, causing
me to be a little more careful than I used to in life. In the latter part
of 2003, my doctor surprised me with the news that I had cholesterol levels
which dictated a change in diet, and the change forces me to give up foods
which I really enjoy. So barring an incredible turnaround in health, it
seems the next thirty years will mean I can't enjoy eating fine meals
as much as I used to, becuase now almost all dairy (cheese is a favorite,
as are biscuits and gravy in the mornings) red meat, and egg yolks (there
go my omelettes). Instead of denying the condition, as I probably would
have just a few years ago, I am following the diet, have established an
exercise regimen, and feel healthier, at least. Now to cut down on the
alcoholic beverages again, in order to lose weight in the all important
beer belly, and perhaps I will not have to worry about biting the bullet
at 54 as dad did, and I can, in fact, live at least another thirty years.
poet, philosopher, fool