Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Give Me That Old Time Religion

Give me that old time religion
Give me that old time religion,
Give me that old time religion,
It's good enough for me.

Let us worship Aphrodite
In her silky see-through nightie
Though she's mean and somewhat flighty
She's good enough for me.
Let us sacrifice to Isis
She will help us in a crisis
And she hasn't raised her prices
And that's good enough for me.

Let us sacrifice to Kali
Let us worship her, by golly
To ignore her would be folly
And that's good enough for me.
Let us worship Zarathustra
Let us worship like we used to
I'm a Zarathustra booster
And that's good enough for me.
Let us all bow down to Buddha
There's no other God who's cuter
Comes in copper, brass, and pewter
And that's good enough for me.
Let us travel to Valhalla
In Volkswagens, not Impalas
Singing "Deutschland Uber Alles"
And that's good enough for me.

Let us pray with dear old Buddha 
'Cause there ain't nobody cuter 
Comes in plastic, wood and pewter 
And that's good enough for me 
 
Let us pray with those Egyptians 
Built pyramids to put their crypts in 
Covered subways with inscriptions 
And that's good enough for me 
 
Let us pray with good old Loki 
Let us pray with good old Loki 
He thinks Thor's a little hokey 
And that's good enough for me 
 
Let us pray with those old Druids 
They drank fermented fluids 
Waltzing naked through the woo-ids 
And that's good enough for me 
 
Hare Krishna, he must laugh on 
To see me dressed in saffron 
With hair that's only half-on 
And that's good enough for me 
 
Let us pray with lovely Venus 
Of the gods she is the meanest 
She once bit me on the... elbow 
But that's good enough for me

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Fly in Social Media

Reasons for discontinuing social media vary: it eats up time, it results in conflict, people make catty remarks, and it fosters a sense of discontent and dissatisfaction with one's own life and accomplishments. A big one, in my opinion, is the time it demands to follow others and to write about oneself.

There's the realization that web pages are a form of self-advertisement. Some people find it needful to portray their life as more interesting and successful that it really is, given that so many others engage in glowing self-descriptions.

Lately, though, another reason has emerged from the chorus of people angry at the doings of Donald Trump. While you might expect conflict and irritation by people who disapprove of his particular viewpoint, and sometimes this gets rebutted impolitely, some people expressed dissatisfaction with being exposed to people incessantly complaining about politics; even if they largely agreed with the viewpoints being expressed.

I think this is the result of the repeated reminders that things are off kilter; and that things are as bad as they seem. There's no respite from reality. Things are bad; and there are no guarantees.

I wonder how it was in the days of Nixon and Watergate. Did people feel so hopeless then also?

And there might be a certain amount of anxiety lest one is found to be incomplete in one's orthodoxy regarding the prevailing viewpoint.

We are not in terribly forgiving times; live and let live is not in many playbooks.