This is real, and it is good

The sad tally this past week:

  • Raccoons – 3
  • Squirrels – 2
  • Unidentified – 3
  • Cat – 1

The Free Online Dictionary defines “roadkill”, with it’s number 2 definition as:

Slang: One that has failed or been defeated and is no longer worthy of consideration.”

Are not most Americans now “roadkill”? Our economy is disintigrating, and for about 30% of us, education and college degrees have no effect on job searches. As far as I have been able to discern, the primary qualification for getting a job, is being under the age of 40. The younger, the better. And if you are cute, that is a major plus.

Roadkill? We are all roadkill. Some just don’t know it yet. “It will get better, it always has before, so it will this time.” Really? Open your eyes and use logic and ask yourself the question again.

What is the old saying? “If your neighbor loses their job, it is a recession. If you lose your job, it is a depression.” Can we not see beyond the tip of our noses? What was the old Simon and Garfunkel song, The Sound of Silence:

“Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools”, said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed
In the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sounds of silence”

Well, I haveĀ an excellent quotation at home on my fridge, but I can’t seem to find it on the internet. I think it is by Carl Jung, and it goes something like this:

If we follow the rules and regulations of society, we may be accepted, even admired for our good deeds; but following the mores of a society may just be a mask. For deep inside us, there may be an uncomfortable feeling that something is wrong.

I will have to get a copy of the actual quote and print it out. It is a very thoughtful quotation. If we follow the rules and laws of our society, does that mean we are “good”? Even if everyone around us accepts these laws and mores as the highest standards of human behavior, are they really? We need to think for ourselves and examine why we do what we do.

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