Sunday, March 2, 2014



When you read the blogs across the internet probably seventy percent of them are doom and gloom.   They expound about things going wrong in their state, their town or the world – and they are right.  Humanity is fucked up.  But there is nothing new. 

The human social condition is like war: there have always been wars and there will always be wars; the weapons change; the venue changes; the participants change but the results is always the same: people die.

The point I am making is: I am 70+ years old and I have seen it all before.  There has never been a time in my lifetime when everything was not fucked up.  My first memories are of the Second World War – then the McCarthy era, Southern states rights and segregation, the Korean War, the Cuban crisis, the Presidents assassination, Vietnam War, integration struggles, race wars, Nixon, Clinton’s blowjob, Russia, the Cold war, Bush years, Iraq…  Then each state, city and town had its own issues: corrupt police forces, corrupt politicians, religious intolerance, murder – rape - riots – carnage – shit, fire and molasses. 

It is amazing that we have the internet and we can express our frustrations and incredulousness with the state of our individual worlds; but nothing has changed and nothing will ever change.   The players will be different, the venues will be different, the crisis of the moment will be different; but the world will remain fucked up – that is the natural order for the human race.  

Most individuals are basically decent people; but as soon as we pack – we heard up – we take power over others we become corrupt.  That’s who we are. 

It is hard to find something positive to blog about – perhaps cats.  

But in the meantime my blog will join the majority seventy percent and continue to express wonder at the insanity the human race brings to bear against itself. 

There is a ZEN story about a man on a journey that builds a boat to cross the river then drags the boat with him for the next hundred miles. 


It is good to be cognitive – it is good to be aware – and it is fine to be troubled; but let us remember we all have eighty-six troubles and let’s not drag the boat once we have crossed the river.

Have a good day
the Ol’Buzzard


  1. There is a reason I have a blogroll of Sanity Savers. When I start to feel like there's an excess of negativity in the world, I go to Cute Overload. Hedgehogs, kittens, otters, piglets, puppies. . .

  2. Hah, your zen story about the man building a boat and dragging it 100 miles made me think of my favorite Italian Spaghetti Western the original Django! Except the dude was dragging a coffin through the desert and there was a circa post civil war machine gun in it....It was great when he finally opened the coffin.

  3. I need to find that quotation from Jonathan Swift about how humans are the most contemptible and evil vermin that have ever cursed the earth by existing. There's truth to it. But not the whole truth. I guess that's the point.

  4. What's always been interesting to me is how people are fine alone but as you say, put them in groups/herds then they are very much a different beast. I've never understood why this is so.

  5. "Wherever we go ... it is thus."

  6. or!!! when in danger when in doubt in circles scream and shout. repeat.

  7. Some people are only happy when they are bitching about something.

  8. Well, since I started blogging again, I sure have been adding to the gloom and doom. as to the human herd...Insanity in individuals is something rare -- but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule. -Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)


COMMENT: Ben Franklin said, "I imagine a man must have a good deal of vanity who believes, and a good deal of boldness who affirms, that all doctrines he holds are true, and all he rejects are false."