Food. Not food. Simply good.
A loss for words. By brain damage or superior intellect? With the political climate, maybe a loss for words is a real asset.
Guess the Animal Kingdom gloats superiority in this. Life is so much more simple: food or not food. That’s pretty much it.
Humans, perpetually tweaking and improving, did this to themselves. Had to assign lines and squiggles to sounds and beats. Not good enough just to utter a response. Had to compose a system of reading utterances back – to nag and destroy.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker is now probably wishing he’d remembered the phrase “Silence is golden” after Monday’s comments .
Could written language be the real Forbidden Fruit from the Tree of Knowledge?
Oh, no. The invention of writing was definitely for good. Even with the potential for confusion.
Lots of benefits.
- Think: peace treaties and legal contracts. (Oh, well, maybe not that last one)
- Think: yummy recipes, bar style drinks, and life saving medical treatments.(Concerns. Seriously? The first 2 are good, for sure – and the last? It’s Big Pharm, not the drug, that’s a problem.)
- Wait. Scientific knowledge helps civilization progress – like smashing the atom. (That was all for good, right?)
Good. Now there’s a perfect example.
A common well-defined word.
Lots of people know and use it daily.
We’ll all agree on that one.
Everyone wants to be good and have “good”. (Or was that to have goods? Anyway.)
Wait. Can good ever be bad?
(No, we are not talking about pretty girls in plaid skirts.)
The Olympics are good, right?
A chance for all to compete equally in fair competitions?
- Well, there’s that small issue about some countries paying their athletes’ living expenses and having national training centers and others not.
- And the concern that wealthy nations are able to hand their athletes specially designed apparel that can shave minutes off competition times.
- Even more complex is the suggestion some counties’ athletes use performance enhancing drugs or are a genetically of a different gender that the others in the event.
Still overall, the Olympics are good and benefit so many.
Well, maybe not the residents that had to get out of the way for the new construction. But hey, it’s only human to want things to look nice for visitors! And those visitors spend lots of money at the Games and jobs are created, so that’s good, right? A few are unhappy for the common good?
Does good have to be a balancing act?
Promoting friendly competitions during the Olympic Games is good.
But promoting a nationalistic idea or philosophy during the Olympics like in the 1936 Olympics, isn’t good.
Things are getting a little confused here.
But it’s all good these days.
We teach children good.
To be kind. To be cooperative. To be considerate.
Like don’t hold up other travelers in the airport.
“Sorry, mommy can’t go with you. Don’t cry. Let the TSA agent do that. I know mommy and daddy said to never let anyone touch you there – And scream and run away if anyone tries – And to tell mommy or daddy if anyone makes you uncomfortable when they touch you.”
Don’t be afraid. It’s making us safer.
It’s for the common good.
Now a kid, relying a lot on body language and tone of voice to understand things, might want to have a short philosophical conversation about “good” and “safer” at this point – if the kid only had the words to do so. And if any adult would actually listen and seriously consider. Confusing, good and simple.
It’s just so human: making things complex.
Shades of meaning requires a discerning mind.
Requiring higher level thinking?
(Oh, we may be in trouble – if reports are true that students today are lacking that ability.)
Maybe it’s for the best:
Food. Not food.
A loss for words.
(Maybe not so good?)
Sounding the depths,
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge
Related posts may be found by clicking the “Language” tag in the sidebar
Odd, but true department: If you read many blogs, you’ve realized that sometimes multiple bloggers spontaneously create posts on the same subject. Bound to be discussions there about universal mind and stuff. In any case here’s some related posts you might find interesting (and there are others ….please add to the list):
Roxie’s Blog “Sunday’s Funny: Name it!” (May 20 – Odd names. Names for your characters?) Turn on the red light-Rox. – Oh, sorry, Roxie. Couldn’t help it…you started it.
You Knew What I Meant: Errors and Intentions. Blog muses over hilarious mistakes with language and words - every single day.(those are tears of joy, right?) Great read.
Shoreacres: The Task at Hand, A writer’s on-going search for just the right word. “Liberating Language” (May 14. Passive and Active vocabulary. Using language as a tool. Richness of language. And some very good stories, tales, observations, and interesting places.)
Mere Inkling ”Mastering the Contranym” (May 6 The odd English language), “The Single Source of All Good” (May 10 – complex view of “good”.)
Finally Home Rescue. “A Funny thing happened on the way to the….” (May 17. A post about “good” – and the struggle of what it means to a be a good person in real life.)