offset or compare the value of (one thing) with another.


The only reason it’s possible for life to exist on earth or anywhere else is the delicate balance of the essential elements for sustaining life. All life forms we’re aware of live within the confines of some type of balanced lifestyle between their individual existence and the propagation of their species. Homo Sapiens struggle mightily with this essential dynamic. We tend to confuse our will to survive with this notion of free will. Possessing the capacity to choose doesn’t relieve us from maintaining this balance. The human balancing act falls along the line between capturing as many moments as possible, and putting them off because time feels so damned abundant to us. Tomorrow only exists to measure the value of today. Filling ones life with stories of true meaning far outweighs the accumulation of stuff to numb the regret that comes with watching life tick away. 


This paradigm of balance delivers humanity a grand dilemma though. If we don’t prove we’re intelligent enough to stop our own extinction, none of this will matter. The social issues befalling the species atop all others on this planet, will ultimately spell the collapse of the essential elements necessary for our existence. How you feel about your life won’t replace the devastating effects brought about by our ill fated ignorance to the larger problems. “Hot, Flat, and Crowded” is the title to Thomas Friedman’s 2008 cry to anyone who cared to read it for recognizing the forces at work, and the stakes of ignoring them. Now, a decade later we face an even more expanded set of circumstances with little to no improvement. Some 68 million humans migrated last year away from the political strife besieging their homelands. Scientists continue to fumble around without much success at creating functional nuclear fusion to relieve the climate deterioration, yet nothing is being derived to tackle the social struggles facing humanity. A standard of care for children beyond infancy, to allow the development of more adults with the full range of cognitive capacity necessary to embrace a truly connected species. The expansion of the inequalities that have plagued humanity from the dawn of civilization are destined to doom our existence, if we don’t adjust the perspectives of more individuals. All the while, technological advancements are continually delivering increasingly more access to consumption of emotionally charged and intellectually numbing cognitive rubbage. No wonder given the emotional conductivity the average person represents. 


The problems are complex, and the solution isn’t an instant fix. We need a better generation established and cultivated to provide subsequent replication for all the future generations. Humans not so distorted by the affects of culture and ideology, that the species is the focus. Gender, race, and discrimination fall to the wayside in lieu of greater good for everyone. Not just the lucky ones born into beneficial circumstantial advantages. Giving everyone a chance to flourish, and accepting the limits on our species and our impact on that delicate balance that allows us to exist in the first place. Free from anxiety about our differences, and centered around the commonality of what we all share. The distortion from our past won’t light the way. This vision requires a totally uniquely different set of lenses. Prying people away from their comfort provided by centuries of ill informed complacency is the challenge we all must face.  Subduing the natural tendencies of procreation absent of how to provide for the unregulated selection of who has children.  (imagine the political shit show associated with that)  



Any attempt at leveling outcomes is and always will be an exercise in futility. There are too many complex components involved in the sequence of events contributing to any outcome. Individual effort can only be measured by capacity to perform. Trying hard with little to no success falls on the participants. The only person that can verify or dispute your best effort is yourself. Physical and cognitive constraints between individuals differentiates outcomes greatly. Equality doesn’t truly exist in this realm. Flourishing as an individual though, can be levelized in the sense that, everyone can do their best to live their best without fear or anxiety of being judged for any shortcomings. We also should express more restraint in glorifying the perception of success. Athletes achieve great accomplishment from a very narrow perspective, yet nearly all fail to contribute to meaningful social or cultural enriching. 


It it would appear as though I’ve stumbled upon a subject worthy of much more deliberation and scrutiny. I’ve grown weary of publishing content simply to amuse the fancy of people I’m not acutely connected with. Let’s just see where this vein runs to😎 





“...how do you feel about squirrel and dumplings?” 


~Pat Sajak~


Contextually speaking, if we cherry pick our words to best suit their intended purpose, we can imply whatever the fuck we choose to.  



“...chicken shawarma deserves to be recognized”

Unsettled to the notion of sitting idly by, I dig for whatever exist within me, that I have yet to uncover. This replenishment program forces me to reach beyond today, while sifting through each moment as if it could become unexpectedly meaningful. The most gratifying aspect of any life is simply living it. There has to be a better future ahead, we already know this shit we’re doing now is not sustainable for another two hundred years. 


   “...My name is 'Roger the Shrubber”

 “...My name is 'Roger the Shrubber”

The Voice is on, and I find myself captivated by these stories within this process of the contest. There are people behind the lives displayed on the show. Swinging around your emotions the way they do, only to be rejected at some point. The essence of vulnerability.



  “...farm livin is the life for me” 

I had written this brilliant paragraph in this exact same space previously, only to have it come up missing from a shitty internet connection that didn’t actually save it before closing out the app.  



   “...hummus knows the way”

I’ve let this script run over its timeline, and now have several days worth of notations here. There’s no actual schedule for anything showing up here anyway. This has to ebb and flow with the proverbial tide. There are plenty of occasions where something swells up within, begging to be written down, and I look up to find I’m nowhere near any means of transcribing my thoughts. Such is life? 🙄 





   “...guest shots from friends river cruise”


Today is the first tornado weather of the year for our area. Natural forces can be incredibly powerful and devastating at times. Predictably unpredictable, these tightly wrapped extreme rotations of air masses drop down out of the clouds to wreak their havoc on the surrounding areas. 




   “...building responsible adults”


This post has become so random at this point, I couldn’t help but to throw that last one in there😎  

Life is busy in all the right ways. Allergies in full bloom with the arrival of spring foliage. The dogwood trees are finally bearing their flowers, and everything with leaves are transforming from their winter listlessness to the splendor of the green beauty we enjoy the majority of the year.  



   “...meatballs from heaven”



My goal for today (it’s already Saturday, I started this piece on Tuesday) is to shake off the physical/mental distractions stemming from my allergies and focus on focusing again. Awareness of all that you can keep a thoughtful eye on combined with distraction free focus on points of emphasis within your life. Floundering around absent of purposeful direction is not a good fit for me. Identification of the correlation between health, body, mind, and spirit leads me to want a better quality of daily existence. Overall quality of life is more tied to this daily experience than the peaks and valleys prevalent in the social fabric surrounding me today. Media from all sources, over expresses the extremities of life, thus giving many people the false sense that their life may be lacking somehow. Ignoring the urge to compare one life to another, or focusing too much attention toward what’s missing. Avoiding distractions from the beauty each and every moment offers. Accepting how life fits within our perceptions is the key.