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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Got Rants In your Pants?

Among my favorite videos is this one on the subject of Mr. Richard Arvin Overton when he was only 109 years old. He lived a few years beyond that but this vid presents the enigma.

It's well-worth pondering. I'd be delighted to find out what brand of cigars he smoked.  Sadly the tobacco industry cannot advertise their products as aids to longevity. Now I got rants in my pants! However, I'll contain myself...but...

But another thing! Why would we have older books, people, cave art or dreams of bygone loved ones if our predecessors  were not trying to talk to us? The enigmatic silence of the future, where we have concerns about lives yet to come, disturbs us. We can predict bits of future rarely, but we can sure get a load of the past and that helps, I guess. So I'll close with a question about our status as a species:

Are we an evolutionary expression of sentience, discussion and stewardship of a planet, or simply another historical excrescence?

Mr. Overton's bias toward happiness is at the heart of the science we need.

 

14 comments:

  1. What a wonderful smile Mr. Overton had! Thanks for that lovely, uplifting clip, Geo.

    As for tobacco, that's what killed my husband, so be careful, my friend.

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    1. Dear Jenny, thanks for your comment and kind caution. I am corrected and improved by it.

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  2. At our best we should be both. We need to take care of now while looking to the future. Our minds are designed to have new ideas for both. Historical excrescence is a bit harsh. We will leave our imprints as those who came before us did.

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    1. Dear Emma, You're quite right, our minds are meant to navigate the universal moment. We do our best. My unfortunate inclusion of historical 'excrescence' came from a sudden giddiness caused by remembering how to spell it. Happens sometimes.

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  3. Thank you Mr. Overton indeed. A wonderful prescription for a happy life.
    I was pleased to see he was a cat person too. And a soup lover. We'd all be better off if we could smile like that. Thanks Geo for sharing the video of an evolved human being.

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    1. Dear Tom, I too was impressed by Mr. Overton. Imagine experiencing more than a century of history and endorsing simplicity, ice cream, good company --things, animals and people who make you happy. I'm only a kid in my 70s and just getting the hang of it. Soup with every supper now.

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  4. Living simply and leaving a healthy imprint on what we leave behind has always been my goal. Not sure if it's the key to living long, or if it's the key to living happy.

    But I do know soup and animals are keys for warming the soul. And far less controversial than smoking.

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    1. Dear Juli, I certainly agree that living simply and happily are conducive to longevity --but there are far too many variables to make it axiomatic. I believe it because it feels right. We are, after all, among the experts on ourselves. Recreational smoking, drinking, gator-wrestling etc. should be enjoyed in moderation.

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  5. Excellent post and video. If we all could have such equanimity, world would be a better place. Thanks, Geo.

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    1. Dear Mike, Thanks. Planet is definitely improved and stabilized by Overtons.

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  6. Stewardship of our planet? Hardly a shining example of human expertise. If we do leave imprints, I wonder if there will be anyone around to read them. If there are, let us hope they read the imprints correctly.

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    1. Dear Tom, Maybe it's a kind of intertemporal communication: we learn from the past because it speaks to the present, as the present addresses the future. The constant is unconditional caring.

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  7. What a wonderful video, Geo! How inspiring to see someone happy in his own skin and grateful for what he has in life. And what a beautiful, heartwarming smile Mr. Overton has. I'm a big believer in smiling. I definitely think that we are an evolutionary expression of sentience. Our planet is very, very rare, and we are unique as far as we know it. Where that leaves us in the great scheme of things, I'm not sure. But I don't think we are meaningless. I have great hope for the future and what we can do to mitigate the harm we've caused through ignorance. This hope comes from Terry and my families next generation and the amazing things these "kids" are doing. Some are tackling climate change and robotics, others are championing human and animal rights, and one is spreading joy and happiness with good food and wine. We hear so much about all the bad things, but many good and hopeful things are happening too. I'd be giddy too, if I could spell "excrescence." My big spelling success last week was memorizing "Lichtenstein." Our predecessors are talking to us, and I think they do so because they don't want the meaning and value of their lives and dreams forgotten. Wishing you and Norma a happy and healthy week. I hope you're still feeding beautiful kitties!

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    1. Dear Louise, thanks for your very generous and thoughtful comment. Read it just before Norma asked for two more hands feeding 7 cats in our yard. I watched from behind as she actually REALLY herded cats (adrift from homes cleared by Covid) toward our barn. I began singing the old "Rawhide" song from the '60s. "Rollin' rollin' rollin', keep them doggies (?) rollin'" ...then abruptly, mercifully, stopped. I believe it's a footnote of Mosaic Decalogue that cats can't be herded.... 
      "We know their dream; enough
      To know they dreamed and are dead; 
      And what if excess of love   
      Bewildered them till they died?   
      I write it out in a verse—
      MacDonagh and MacBride   
      And Connolly and Pearse
      Now and in time to be,
      Wherever green is worn,
      Are changed, changed utterly:   
      A terrible beauty is born."  
      --In the 1960s, I attributed the poem to "Rowdy Yates", a character played by Clint Eastwood in "Rawhide" --because Rowdy always took the side of enlightened and principled liberty.  W.B Yeats's poem took a side to a cause close to him:  killings that led to a reinvigoration of the Irish Nationalist movement rather than its demise. I used the Rawhide spelling despite challenge. Although questioned by my teacher, I persisted with "Rowdy" Yeats (small compromise). We all do our parts.

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