When you’ve travelled around the sun as many times as I have, you get a feeling for the universe and how things work. It’s mostly a series of experiments (successful and otherwise) that lead to experience. (Which is simply years of watching certain experiments go bust.) The result, however, is an unfailing intuition – sort of an informed insight. Basically, you know what’s actually going on — even though it seems as if everybody around you is caught up in something completely different. Here are a few examples.
The world is always in a mess – The natural state of our planet is agitation. There’s always somebody trying to be a dick to the rest of us. (I’m looking at you, Vladimir.) The problem is we tend to think this is the first and worst time it’s ever happened. Nope! It’s been going on since Lucy went for a walk in Ethiopia, 3 million years ago — so get used to it.
There’s always a group of people who think they have the inside track to Enlightenment – Over the years, we’ve called them Puritans, Victorians, Christians, Communists, The Taliban, Jehovah’s Witnesses and, most recently, “Woke” – but their message is always the same: “We don’t give a shit about the truth: do it our way.”
You can’t legislate an idea – No matter how many times you make it illegal, people are still going to love and hate who they want to. They’re going to get angry, cry, lie, cheat and probably eat too much when the opportunity presents itself. Fundamentally, humans are governed by the laws of Mother Nature, not the wet dreams of lawyers. Elected officials, tyrants and kings need to concentrate on the structure of society — not restructuring its soul.
And speaking of which:
This, too, shall pass – I remember a time when LSD was legal and being gay was a prison sentence. Go figure! But every generation (including mine) believes they have finally reached the pinnacle of human understanding and THEIR values will last until the end of – well – the end of everything. Guess again! Two hundred years ago, humans had no idea that dinosaurs, vitamins and germs existed. Take a minute to imagine what we’ll know two hundred years from now! Now, take another minute to realize what kind of beetle-browed barbarians we really are.
Like it or not — the true road to enlightenment is warm socks, good sex and comfortable underwear.