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June 7, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Chapped. Snapped. Whoops. Rural holler.

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For the “He who laughs last, laughs best” award, this smokes the room:

Ya’ know the Europeans brought epidemics and disease to the Americas. And in fair trade, indigenous residents handed over tobacco.

Guess they were patiently thinking long-term.  Tobacco is still killing Europeans.

Slow and steady wins the race.

For best emotionally stirring, but now meaningless, buzz phrase: “We want justice”

So, exactly what is it that you want?

You want the individual caught, arrested, put in jail, put on trial, tossed in a cell and the key thrown away? A chance to get up on the stage and get applauded for saying how much you forgive them for whatever. Want someone to physically pound them to a pulp so they know what pain is? Want to file a lawsuit? Maybe demanding new law be written or an old one changed. Maybe only that existing laws be enforced? Is the intended message simply “Stop killing”?

Figure it out and get back with us. Specifically.

We’d be interested then.

Meanwhile stop with the overused “justice”.

It’s like walking into Baskin Robins and yelling out “ice cream” while the counter help looks up and wonders what specific flavor you want.

For the best new Summer Social Event: marches.

Oh, actually, if people were really honest, some of the 60’s campus protesters were there to be cool, to see and be seen, and to find cute dates. Social consciousness and strength of conviction in the face of tear gas were pretty attractive. “Intellectual” individuals were fashionable along with smudged, common man working jeans.

Similar now: People coming together because.

Although most without any bothersome understanding of  NVR history, Gandhi, or Thoreau.

One small caution: unpredictable mobs can be such a painful first date.

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Simply the most worldly of philosophers? “I made a study of the ancient and indispensable art of bread-making,..” Henry David Thoreau.(USPD/

Oh, well. That’s a deep subject.

I’ll forgive you if you don’t get that joke…probably didn’t grow up with Mad Magazine, much less Rocky J. Squirrel or pronoun antecedents.

Everything old is new again, it appears.

Eventually written relics by great thinkers will be rediscovered.

The insights repeated…if anyone can figure out how to concisely shrink them into a 140 character Tweet. Life is busy, you know.

“The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.” (Thoreau)

“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.” (Thoreau)

Someone will get it.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

  • “In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.”
  • “The language of friendship is not words but meanings.”
  • “If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things.”
  • “Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are.”
  • “That government is best which governs least.”
  • “What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”
  • “The Indian…stands free and unconstrained in Nature, is her inhabitant and not her guest, and wears her easily and gracefully. But the civilized man has the habits of the house. His house is a prison.”
  • Henry David Thoreau, who enjoyed living in a holler, has more to say about writing, nature, government, clothing, and being vegetarian here and here.
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  1. Kate Crimmins / Jun 7 2017 7:20 am

    My favorite phrase is “people are weird.” They don’t know what they want and it changes depending (on what I don’t know). Now about those 60s marches…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 7 2017 7:40 am

      That is the perfect and most accurate phrase. Only thing that explains it.
      Thoreau wrote more about writing than I realized. Knew Civil Disobedience, living simply, and all the nature musings, but his We only know poetry when we are told poetry quote was new – humorous and true.) Then there was his universal observation “Things do not change, we change.”
      The 60′ – wonder anyone lived through it all. Protests were the new tool for change then. Now it seems like here it’s yawn – at least one a day ( for a number of years it was one a week in a certain local spot – at least a variety of topics). One extremist activist group is planning multiple dueling marches – with different issues on Sat. I’m always amused by the cell phones held high facing the marching owners…Facebook fodder? Age appropriate as long as no one gets violent or hurt. Future elected officials if they follow the path of some from the 60’s.
      Now Venezuela, those are serious marches…the average weight loss for citizens there is 20 lbs with the lack of food, medicines, toilet paper, and just about anything – since the Brazilian Olympic Games. Airlines suspending flights in and out. Life is much harder in so many places.
      Thanks for marching over with a comment

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      • Kate Crimmins / Jun 7 2017 7:42 am

        Whenever people annoy me (which is like once a day) I remember to be thankful I like where I do. Life is much harder in many other places. Love Thoreau. Simple is best.

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  2. easyweimaraner / Jun 7 2017 7:40 am

    I agree that#s the language of friendship :O))) seems in excahnge for the not so good stuff europe got something from america… the marches… it is trendy here now too :O)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 7 2017 8:44 am

      Maybe it’s the new exciting, healthy, exercise program: Walking is always good (if only they don’t trip while watching their cell phones).
      Molly yawned and said she’d think about marching if they go through the hollers as there’s always lots of sticks and good smells in those backwoods valleys. Rc just sniffed the dog is a totally ignorant hillbilly. Molly responded that at least she’s a meaning full happy one. Paw waves and thanks for marching with this pack

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  3. RKLikesReeses / Jun 7 2017 8:04 am

    ::sigh:: Missed the “energy” of the 60’s – I was living in my own little world of classical music and grades and “being good.” All these decades later I’m still trying to absorb what I missed. The music of the time is the most wonderful surprise. But it’s all so poignant – choices that marched past me and I barely acknowledged them. Wonder now how things would’ve been different if I’d paid attention, joined in. Never read Thoreau except for the required things. Stuck with grim Russian novels instead. You’ve shown me that I should rectify that! Oh, wow: “What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” BOOM! Perfect!

    Thank you for this post!!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 7 2017 9:09 am

      Ah, an era of poetry and protest. Pretty gritty and messy at times. As a classical musician, you are probably better to analyze and understand the beats and measures now.
      When I was little we lived in a university town near Boston. There were so many visitors/tourists from overseas – many from India and Asia – that revered – the true meaning of that word: regard with great awe and devotion, to show devoted deferential honor to, regard as worthy of great honor” Thoreau, his words, his home on Walden Pond almost a shrine – that it made an impact. People from around the world came to stand near where he once stood. (And my mom read us passages of his works all the time)
      Seeking some sense, I’ve been reading it again. Love the part where he says something like “it’s good man can’t fly, or we’d mess up the sky, too”…words long before space travel? Writers peek ahead of the rest of us sometimes
      Thanks for walking through this wooded holler

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  4. pegoleg / Jun 7 2017 11:05 am

    Thanks for the thoughtful reminder that it’s past time for me to visit Thoreau, along with so many writer I digested as a required and somewhat bitter tonic, like castor oil that you “should” take.

    Ah, the marches. I love the part about the cell phones. “Look at me, all civic minded! I’m DOING something.” Well, no, not really. So many people want full credit for their good intentions, regardless of whether or not what they propose will actually do anything good. And if what you propose sounds “mean” or “selfish” it doesn’t matter if it might actually work. It makes me weary.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 7 2017 4:37 pm

      Weary is the word, all right. Fine.
      Rediscovering some of those old mandated readings now. So much still fits…and a lot more interesting with no pop quiz looming. Thanks for marching by to leave a comment

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  5. RKLikesReeses / Jun 24 2017 8:18 am

    Came back to re-visit this one. Last time I was here I neglected to cheer for:

    “Oh, well. That’s a deep subject.”

    “I’ll forgive you if you don’t get that joke…probably didn’t grow up with Mad Magazine, much less Rocky J. Squirrel or pronoun antecedents.”

    Hooray for ALL of that!!
    Big fan of Mad Magazine, Rocky, and also being ruthlessly fussy when confronted with grammatical “flubs” and missteps in logical thought.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 24 2017 9:57 am

      Happy paw waves! Hope summer is going good for your realm.
      Funny, that “well” phrase was actually used sarcastically by teachers and parents to try and break children from using “weeeellll” when speaking. It’s a bad habit. Along with “uuuuhhhh”. Adults used to correct children’s speech to prepare them for a successful career/job/place in society. For their own goods or of thing. Now? Either too busy to notice/ don’t know themselves / correction would make the child feel bad about themselves / free speech? HAHA
      Mad magazine and even the cartoons of that era required a little thinking on the receiving in….also good practice for future endeavors….
      Cheers for your lovely visit!

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