Calendar and our awareness of the clicks of the seconds on a timepiece are all structures which we have built. They are agreements we have made with the larger “other” of our communities so that trains can pass and have semblance of order – for example. Or so that we all know when to say to someone, “Happy Birthday to you.” So on this day of longest light…I offer some inspiring quotes intended to get you thinking… about what is and what seems.
All the spheres revolve about the sun as their mid-point, and therefore the sun is the center of the universe. Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 – 1543)
We take our understanding of the universe and our earthly seasons for granted. But for Galileo – his observations were a matter of great controversy…
The doctrine of the movements of the earth and the fixity of the sun is condemned on the ground that the Scriptures speak in many places of the sun moving and the earth standing still…It is piously spoken that the Scriptures cannot lie. But none will deny that they are frequently abstruse and their true meaning difficult to discover, and more than the bare words signify. One taking the sense too literally might pervert the truth and conceive blasphemies, and give God feet, and hands, and eyes and human affections, such as anger, repentance, forgetfulness, ignorance, whereas these expressions are employed merely to accommodate the truth to the mental capacity of the unlearned. Galileo Galilei ( 1564 – 1642) The Authority of Scriptur ein Philosophical Controversies – Condemned by the Inquisition)
For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are. Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 – 1527)
I cannot say what loves have come and gone, / I only know that summer sang in me/ A little while, that in me sings no more. Edna St. Vincent Millay (1923 written)
Sunglasses are the twentieth-century equivalent of fans and veils. People use sunglasses to hide themselves. There is a particular art to taking off sun glasses, of choosing exactly the right moment to reveal yourself. Jane Seymour (from Guide to Romantic Living, 1986)
The swirl of attention for the sixteen minutes of fame generated over the internet sensation “last Friday night” has me amused and a little puzzled. That our internet culture elevates a run-away “youtube hit” featuring drug and alcohol induced memory-fog, disarray of life in general and law-breaking alongside Congressman Anthony Weiner’s resignation makes it a peculiar news week. The contrast is mighty stark. The very thing that is sensationalized and held up as entertainment is cast down as unforgivable when found in real life rather than entertainment about real life.
In the search for excellence, the quest for personal insight and self improvement I think we may have left our sight for the dark side of our humanity behind. We all have shadows. It is what happens when we stand in the light – we cast a shadow. A shadow of varying lengths depending on the light and where we are standing in relationship to it. The metaphor is practically singing out, isn’t it?
THIS Friday night I’ll be setting aside any attention to “Last Friday Night,” Ms. Black’s copyright issues or Katy Perry’s play on the event…and focusing on THIS Friday night. Now, metered verse is so far from what I do that I can hear all my friends screaming, “Don’t embarrass your self! Some things don’t belong in print.” They may be right. And this may be the very first time in my life I’ve included the word “farty” in anything. But for your snickering and entertainment pleasure – Imagine a music video of four long time friends gathered at home, playing word games, telling stories and having a mindful, unencumbered, lawful blast!
This Friday night old friends are driving near
I count the minutes, I know they are almost here.
Projects and deadlines get set along the way because
THIS Friday night all we have to do is play.
THIS FRIDAY NIGHT I’m grateful to stay home
Just because we’ve got gas doesn’t mean we have to roam.
We’ll travel light (sofa bound) with funny stories that we tell
And the rest of the news? can go to, Well,
let me say…
instead of THAT- a different way –
THIS FRIDAY NIGHT we’re staying healthy and strong.
We’ll party hearty while not doing anything wrong.
No innuendo or crisis will make us front page news
Because we’re simple and stalwart and we don’t have to choose
Between creating harm or having fun…
Because if it hurts us we aren’t one
to claim it in our party
That might make us “old and farty”
But in the larger scheme of things between resignations
and singing dingalings…we’ll pick the path that
has least resistance because, in truth,
we’ll go the distance
along with our friends,
simple life in tow,
THIS FRIDAY NIGHT
will be a quiet but memorable show!