Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

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Josh Garrels

I don’t know why, but I love this guy’s music.  There’s no reason why I should, but I do.  Especially with rap rolled into it.  Anyhow, I own three of his albums and love them.

Our Destination

How long until reality doesn’t exist anymore?  The US Open was this weekend, and Serena Williams lost.  People couldn’t accept that.  Speeches were made declaring her to be a champion of champions, despite losing.  The victor, Naomi Osaka, was largely ignored, because that’s not the outcome the tennis elite expected or wanted.

Life is increasingly becoming fake wrestling.

Instead of reality, we want scripted outcomes that excite and satiate our emotions.  Forget the uncertainty of reality and embrace the predetermined outcomes as envisioned by our betters.  Why should we accept the US Open victory by some nobody from Japan, when we can herald the champion we already know and love and who we all know should have won?  It’s a strange world.

Funny thing, people who want nothing to do with God and the concepts of predestination gladly accept the meddling of mere mortals in our sports, entertainment, economy, legal system, personal lives, and culture.  People are content to allow bureaucrats dictate how we operate our businesses and even our personal lives.  Forget about the reality of personal interaction, the marketplace, and freewill choices.  Give us results based on today’s version of what fair is.

Just like wrestling.  Forget about the reality of hard work in the gym, natural abilities, and the dumb luck of athletic competition.  Give us results based on what we think will make us the most money and capture the broadest audience.  It’s a strange world.

The Talking Heads talked about this.  Except I think that their perspective was that the right was manipulating people and it was wrong.  Are they as outraged if it’s the left that’s doing the manipulating?  I won’t pick on them.  Maybe they are as bothered.  I hope that they’re sincere and equally apply the standard.

Key lyrics:

Facts are simple and facts are straight
Facts are lazy and facts are late
Facts all come with points of view
Facts don’t do what I want them to
Facts just twist the truth around
Facts are living turned inside out
Facts are getting the best of them
Facts are nothing on the face of things

Tolerance

I didn’t read the article, because the title says everything you need to know. “Frozen actor grabs Trump banner from audience member during Broadway play.”  Now, it’s rude and unacceptable behavior to unfurl a banner at a private event like a play.  That’s another issue for another day.  But the behavior of the cast says something as well.  Performers have been getting political for eons, but in this era of heightened political sensitivity and polarization it gets noticed more.

So what?

Here’s the thing I find remarkable about the situation.  The “enlightened” cast members who rail against the troglodytes don’t consider that those trogs are interested in their art.  Why would unsophisticated, backward morons pay to attend and be entertained by people who hold such different views than themselves?  Is it possible that the trogs are the cultured, sensitive, open-minded ones in these scenarios?

You know the answer to that one.

Lefties will attend an event in order to interrupt.  Right wingers will attend an event in order to experience the performance.  The left has no comprehension of that.  All they understand is tribalism.  Curiosity, original thinking, and skepticism are foreign concepts to them.  Mocking established and generally accepted norms is not skepticism, by the way, it’s juvenile rebellion.

Every generation takes a run at reinventing the wheel.  The smart ones realize that millennia of trial and error have weeded out much of the bad elements of society, then proceed to build upon the successes.  The stupid ones want to tear it all down and start over.

Here’s a quick example.  Moonlight Sonata played on an out of tune piano.

Moonlight Sonata on an in tune piano.

Structure is a good thing.  Many on the left can’t grasp that concept, despite the countless times during the day that they benefit from it.  The second performance is Vladimir Horowitz, arguably the greatest pianist from the 20th century.  The piano was tuned to the highest standards.  He played it, drawing from decades of practice and adherence to musical norms and standards.  No comparison to the out of tune tinkling of a talented youngster in what looks like a spare room in the basement.

The left seems to want to dismantle the piano, then reassemble it by committee, based on how they feel at the moment.  Then they will argue that it’s superior…or at least more “woke” and therefore preferable.  That’s their agenda for western civilization.