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October 19, 2012 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Thought in any direction

Oh, all the signs are there.

But we can’t figure out where it is.

Just go home and come back in three or four months and maybe it’ll be big enough for us to find it.


Everything says it’s cancer, but they can’t tell him where it is?

Maybe we’ll have more luck after it grows a bit?

Is that fun or what?


There are limits to human knowledge and abilities.

People don’t like to admit that.

Want to blame someone.

The raging against the Universe.

But from that torquing earthshaking answers can belched up out of the muck.

“What if …” morphs into “this works. What’s next?”

Creative thought in the past has driven this country.

In garages, in dirt fields, in unfocused eyes

There’s velcro, memory foam mattresses, weapons against diseases – even water roller coasters flowing uphill.

Feedstock for thought:

Discomfort, need, and whimsy, too.

Too much thought? Can lead to thoughtlessness.

(Think about that if you can. Some can’t.)

Desiring the easy way out?

Those profit seeking companies and institutions: mindless of damaging thought potential?

Pick an answer between “A”, “B”, or “C”. Only these.

No room for variations or seeing around the curve: just A,B, or C.

No room for challenges, explorations, expansions, or leaping-light-years-ahead discoveries

No room for the answers mankind needs.

No thought?

More than Dull: death in a mental straight jacket. 


As dangerous as any cancer.

As dangerous as an earthquake for any civilization.

A danger to survival of a species, ours.

A penny for your thoughts.

(Well, maybe a bit more these days for intellectual properties.)

Thought and Profit: odd partners. 

Dependent on one another

Requiring balance?

Still, thoughts move mountains. 

So guess one moved one Doctor.

It was there – where he just thought to look – although there weren’t any tell-tale signs – yet.

Lucky. Usually once found, it’s too late.

No way to destroy it. Can’t fix it. But have halted it – for now.

He just thought.

And you should too.

Bloggers for Movember is a movement to promote mental health and/or cancer issues.

Discover more about it from Le Clown, whose post became Freshly Pressed.

You can grow a mustache in support or try a less ticklish alternative use Le Clown’s post as your guide.

A fleeing thought:

While support of the arts is nice, Big Bird is reduced to enjoying bird seed, and some have decided to poke around in other countries’ business, what about folding more tax money into cancer research?

Hate to see those researchers moving over seas and taking all that intellectual potential with them.

Just a thought,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Thought for the day? Toss those cigarettes. Oh, yeah, lungs – but they “repair” themselves some once you quit. But the bladder doesn’t – and smoking is one of only 2 ways of getting bladder cancer…which is almost impossible to detect before it’s fatal. And it’s not “might get” – it’s simply “when?” if you smoke. So give it a thought. 

Second thoughts? Grab the hat, always use sunscreen, and lip balm with sunscreen. Avoid melanoma and look younger, too. Win-win! Second that!

Don’t be thoughtless.

Read more from Bloggers for Movember. Here’s “On Movember” by A Frank Angle to get you started.

thought in motion

thought in motion


  1. jmlindy422 / Oct 19 2012 6:03 pm

    Wonderful! Gonna do my post in Movember. Dad has esophageal cancer and mom died from COPD.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 19 2012 7:41 pm

      The crowd is growing! Decided to go ahead and publicize the event a bit…get people thinking. This is something that touches just about everyone – or will. Thanks for joining in


  2. aFrankAngle / Oct 19 2012 9:07 pm

    Love this one: “There are limits to human knowledge and abilities. People don’t like to admit that. Want to blame someone.”

    Here’s another twist to that: People don’t admit there own lack of knowledge, thus look to blame someone. After all, the political season provides much evidence of that!

    Thanks for the shout out … and I welcome your readers here to stop by. After all, I am a gracious host. 😉


  3. writingfeemail / Oct 19 2012 10:23 pm

    I have just discovered aFrankAngle, Le Clown, and Movember. Cancer is a scary thing to have taking over parts of the body and mental illness is tragic unless treated and even then, can leave damaging effects on the entire family. We are often ignorant of what people are going through and how devastating it is until it happens to us or someone we love.

    Very thoughtful post.


  4. jmmcdowell / Oct 19 2012 11:38 pm

    I’ve lost too many people to cancer but also know some amazing survivors. Think how much research could be done with the cost of one stealth bomber or fighter. Great post, and this blogging community is a great one for getting out such important messages.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 20 2012 12:20 am

      Wish there was a little better prioritizing of grants and funding…some of the “research” is ludicrous – especially when you consider people are dying…many are children. I try not to get too serious with writing, but Le Clown’s request is important. Thanks for thinking about stopping by


  5. rumpydog / Oct 20 2012 2:34 am

    Hmmmm…. I could write about cancer in animals I reckon. Have to think about this one.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 20 2012 4:07 am

      Oh that’s an excellent idea – it really starts next month, so there’s time to think…thanks for bouncing over


  6. roughseasinthemed / Oct 20 2012 5:15 am

    Have to say anything to do with Le Clown has me running and screaming in the opposite direction, even though mental health and cancer are extremely valid subjects. So much so that I have written about cancer before:

    So I won’t be joining in.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 20 2012 12:31 pm

      You’re probably not running alone!
      Obviously you’ve done more than most already. It’s a topic many don’t like to think about.Thanks for adding the links


  7. EllaDee / Oct 20 2012 5:41 am

    Cancer and cancer research awareness are great things to support and Le Clown’s initiative is thoughtful & clever. I look forward to seeing the results. For me, my workplace really gets into the Movember spirit and we get behind and support it that way, as well as fund raising and awareness for various charities and prgrams throughout the year. Cancer touches and saddens all of us, but it’s easy to support community projects and it’s ok to have fun doing it 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 20 2012 12:42 pm

      Awareness is critical – for survival and funding. Sometimes when communities support a cause, things happen. Polio was a tragic disease – and they solved that, some researcher will find the key for cancer. Let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later. Thanks for playing along


      • roughseasinthemed / Oct 20 2012 1:48 pm

        Um, to be pedantic. Polio and cancer are not a valid comparison. Polio is a viral infectious disease, more comparable with TB. The many different types of cancer are caused by abnormal types of cell growth. There can be no one vaccine for cancer, because there are so many types of cancer. It is unrealistic to seek a single cancer cure. It is, to be frank, like looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Which is why I say the most important aspect of cancer awareness, is to learn as much about it as possible instead of getting sucked into emotiveness.

        Your non-medical person who spent far too long working in cancer services.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 20 2012 2:46 pm

          You are right- I over generalized. You’ve been there. You know how it is.
          But I lived through and remember the polio epidemic and how it affected individuals and society as a whole.(mentally and physically – and how the public reacted to a call for support – which did bring results)
          I have docs, scientists,and multiple cancer deaths/survivors in family. Been there,too
          You are correct. Most people do not realize cancer is not one problem but a cluster/group of destructive patterns.
          The general public gets overwhelmed and doesn’t really want to know the details most of the time. You have to start somewhere – raising awareness will perhaps get a few to research and learn more – others will just hop aboard ’cause it’s a trendy popular event for a bit – but research needs all the money and recognition it can get – especially at this point here with battles over medical research funding. Each group, of course thinks their cause is the most important.
          The umbrella “cancer” group gets my vote as so many will benefit so much. It’s helped us and those I know…inch by inch there are gains – if most don’t realize what is going on – fine, as long as they give what support they can are able – even for a little while.
          While I don’t believe in rainbow’s pot of gold – I do believe in progress helping some. So I help where I can.


          • roughseasinthemed / Oct 20 2012 3:06 pm

            You are right that people don’t want to know. Which is why I write about it now and again. My partner had polio. Still has a wasted leg which is shorter than the other, and a curvature of the spine. He got it from the anti-polio vaccination.

            I think your health care in the US is so vastly different to the UK that I can’t go there. I don’t lke charity/research because it gets in the way of trying to plan how to fund the services (seriously) but that is me speaking with me public sector planning hat on.

            I think the balance is to avoid emotion while informing. Difficult. Who has not had a family member die from cancer?


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 20 2012 3:23 pm

            Polio. The disease that keeps on giving. Friend/survivor has had it reappear. Just when you think you are safe and learned how to cope.
            The whole medical research funding concept probably is different in different places. Part of the funding concern here is how the healthcare operation is changing. Major think tanks are having to think differently about budgets and money. Grants are not being awarded as carefully – and more politically. A VERY big concern.It’s disturbing that here Pharm. companies are getting so involved – yes, their money is great, but the “strings”,expectations, and goals differ. What is happening appears to be a “let’s have a show, Judy, to raise money” kind of thing – a ground roots effort. A “no one else is going to to it so I will” mentality. Those efforts are alway emotional appeals – which gets people to open their wallets. ( I always hate the Jerry Lewis/ pitiful child campaigns)
            Balance is critical – or has been – but these days with short attention spans and level of, uh,understanding…like the Kardashion followers and wanna be’s…who knows, do you have to put on a circus to get attention? The US used to be so much more science oriented.
            Oh, well, best to stay well. (vaccines are a whole different topic..have friends with children affected)


          • Le Clown / Oct 20 2012 3:34 pm

            Your actions are noble. Thank you for helping others connect through an emotional level.
            Le Clown


  8. Le Clown / Oct 20 2012 2:52 pm

    This was skilfully written. Bloggers for Movember never sounded better. Thank you for helping us raising awareness.
    Le Clown


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 20 2012 2:58 pm

      Know it was a bit early, but might be good to poke people a bit to get them thinking. Thanks for the thoughtful visit


      • Le Clown / Oct 20 2012 3:06 pm

        Timing is perfect. It’s a magnificent™ way to create buzz before Movember 1st…
        Le Clown


  9. The Hook / Oct 20 2012 6:07 pm

    My mother has cancer. Thank you for a wonderful post.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 20 2012 6:46 pm

      Sorry to hear about that. Living with cancer is difficult – my sister in law is and my husband. Cancer is a topic we just avoid as most people treat you different if they know you have it – and most just want to live as normally as possible.
      Time is precious. You just do what you can. Glad you rolled by.


  10. Spinster / Oct 20 2012 11:31 pm

    Reblogged this on Spinster's Compass and commented:
    Check out the Philosopher’s post about Blogging for Movember. I may participate in this, and maybe you should consider & do it too.


  11. jannatwrites / Oct 24 2012 4:14 am

    Cancer research is a worthy cause. Both my parents have smoked for 40+ years. Cancer is a scary and very real possibility.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 24 2012 1:07 pm

      Some people have genes that make them survivors no matter what they do. Research might be able to find out why and how that works. Thanks for joining in.


  12. Kourtney Heintz / Oct 24 2012 8:18 pm

    Cancer research is so important. I love the sunset cloud photo–really makes you think about your place in the universe. 🙂



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