Friday, August 04, 2006

Morrie was a sweet old fool

But a fool just the same.

I rather dislike speaking ill of the dead, but someone should.

Mark Wayne and I last week read "Tuesdays With Morrie" by Mitch Albom from the vast Subtle Oak Flavor library during our car trip up north. Or, rather, I read to Mark Wayne while he drives. If you've never heard of it, "Tuesdays" is a book wherein the successful protege of a dying professor (fancy east coast variety) learns he really isn't successful 'cause he works too much and he makes too much money. Plus the protege learns he (the protege) is rude. (Information he could have discovered from his ex-wives.)

We haven't finished it, yet. It's possible that before the book is finished we'll have discovered something profound in Morrie. At the moment, it seems that Morrie's idiotic philosophy is just the stuff to keep you sad and imprisoned your whole life.

For example, from page 33, most people are unhappy because "the culture we have does not teach people to feel good about themselves." So, in other words, you can't be happy until the entire freaking culture changes. That's like saying that the entire culture must change and racism disappear before the crime rate can go down. Or, the entire culture must change, and every last racist must disappear, before black employment goes up. If you listen closely, you'll hear that during the next election.

Or, the reverse of Morrie's assertion, EVERYONE in the country would be happy as hell if the entire culture changed. If you believe that, you really have to get out more.

Whenever you hear someone talking about culture change, it is a sure sign that individuals are behaving badly and liberals are trying to excuse them.

In that one sentence we also have the hapless fool dredging up the "feel good" culture. Spare me. Most of the people in this culture have yet to learn what Christ taught 2,000 years ago. If you want to be happy, give of yourself. Note I didn't say "give back." Most of the time no one in the world has ever given anything to you. Give regardless of whether you get.

Or, just DO something. All the happy, slappy, dippy, dappy feel good crap in the world ain't gonna help you until you accomplish something worth feeling good about.


Blogger Pamela said...

The culture keeps changing because the liberal elite are pullling us over the precipice (y do I use words I can't spell, much less say) ... anyway the cliff.. of immorality.

One thing that does make me UNHAKPPY is that criminals are not held accountable for their crimes (especially against children) and punished accordingly.

Oh... dear... didn't mean to rant on your book review.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Mark Wayne said...

Sometimes I think I married a genius... then she say's something about "the middle east" and I'm jerked back to reality. lol

9:14 PM  
Blogger Walker said...

Pamela, rant away, dear! Love it.

Mark Wayne! Humph!

11:03 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

"All the happy, slappy, dippy, dappy feel good crap in the world ain't gonna help you until you accomplish something worth feeling good about." And that is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! Excellent, Walker.

12:25 AM  
Blogger Karmyn R said...

didn't they make a t.v. movie out of that book? I think I watched it - and I do remember one thing the t.v. "morrie" said that was profound (or sad)...

Why is it that babies crave touch while grown-ups push it away?

So - maybe there is something in it good after all.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Walker said...

If Morrie said that he was half right. Touch, love, understanding... these are the heart's desire of the vast majority of adults.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Walker said...

I should say these are the desires of all humanity. Indeed, the longing for connection defines humanity.

7:07 PM  

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