Observation is my very reason for being. But, thinking, pondering, and rumination are what fuel my obsession to observe.
It seems that almost all topics eventually boil down that timeless conundrum:
What came first, the chicken or the egg?
Do individuals shape society, or does society shape individuals? Who and when started the whole glorious mess?
Hmmmm, not that I think about it, is a conundrum best described as "timeless", or would "perpetual" perhaps be a better choice, in that it continues to feed upon itself, like the elusive notion of perpetual motion..
See, one more thing to ponder.
Regardless of our
social position or lifestyle. Be it genetic, hereditary, or chosen. It would
seem that the one thing that we can all
agree upon is that; society is in dire need of change, if the human race is to
survive. This is nothing new.
In fact, I suppose that general
opinion agrees that society has been heading to hell in a hand basket since the
discovery of basket weaving. And they
were no doubt being carted off to doom by some other conveyance prior to
But, am I, or you,
or we, willing to change? Doesn't it
make sense that any change in society is commensurate with the ability that the
individuals within it are capable of changing themselves?
Just this morning my mind was wandering and somehow landed upon a social topic
which I have given considerable thought and rumination over the years. In fact, I had formed what I saw as a
well-informed opinion on the issue long ago.
I had looked at from what I saw as a broad perspective, analyzed it from
every angle, and had been very objective in my analysis, or at least as
objective as my then perspective allowed.
I had my thoughts on the matter well-rehearsed and was willing to share or more
accurately impose my objective opinion at the slightest mention of the
topic. What's more, I had practiced my
speech with a group of broadminded and objective fellows whom I knew were most
likely to agree with my opinion, and between us, we had covered every angle,
every possible loophole that allowed for argument on the issue. But, I realize
now that we or at least I, had managed to eliminate the prospect of basic human
desire that comes from the heart. We were after all pragmatic thinkers.
I was ready to espouse and expound my opinion at any given moment, and I'm sure
my husband got so sick of hearing my arrogant orations and no doubt cringed any
time the topic was mentioned.
But, just this morning for no known reason, I caught myself revisiting the
topic, and was surprised to find that I no longer hold those ideas to be
true. As I reexamined the topic, I began
to look at it from the point of view that there could be possible
"exceptions" a get out of jail free card, or a grandfather
clause. But, as I continued to look at
it OBJECTIVELY, I could see that my opinion just no longer held water at all.
No need to look for a breech in a dam that has ceased to exist.
Since my last assessment, there have
been some societal changes. Changes that could have come about only as
individuals became willing to entertain
a change of thought, resulting in a change of mind, a change of heart, and thus
a change of opinion. Changes based on sound logic and reason, combined with the
important factor of humanity's desires and needs of the heart.
Hell, now that we've
"jumped the broom" so to speak, it becomes more patently obvious that
many of these values were actually never of much value in the first place, but
were born of a skewed moralistic view that was in fact inherited and taught,
from our own parents, church, village, or society at large.
Now that I've dispensed with my old ideas, I'm left with the task of creating a
new speech, a new oratory diatribe to visit upon my reluctant minions, and all
within earshot. Like it or not, I am
very much my father, that man I resented so for his obnoxiously opinionated
My poor husband, I honestly don't know how he tolerates me at times. Even I find myself an intolerable bore, boor,
boar… take your pick.