My Great Wisdom At 75

It took me a long time to get to 75. Here’s some vitally important stuff I picked up along the way.

  • I learned at age eleven, at the sunburned end of the first day the public pool was open, that pale skin is not superior.
  • Real food has one ingredient.
  • Never buy food from someone who gets an annual bonus.
  • There is nothing corporations won’t do for profit. Take toothpaste. What used to be one or two kinds per manufacturer now takes up ten feet of shelf space because they now make the same stuff in twelve different flavors.
  • The US is a great place, a huge country with astonishing and beautiful things to experience.
  • The US is a lousy place where only money matters, plagued by too many people who view themselves as chosen because they have a lot of it.
  • The US has been a bully from Day One. Every two years on average we invade a small country in order to seize its riches, destroy its government, and impoverish its people.
  • By 20 I was sure I was a mature adult. It turned out that wasn’t exactly true.
  • Hatred is an equal opportunity religion. Every religion has followers who somehow miss the central message about love, tolerance, and compassion, and spend their time murdering people they don’t know.
  • Revenge is equally stupid, with the same result.
  • Politicians should be amateurs who go home when their sentence is up.
  • Corporations, like religions, should be prohibited in politics entirely.
  • Money isn’t speech. Speech is speech. Corporations aren’t people. People are people.
  • Fundamentalist Christians are trying to impose their version of Sharia on us.
  • Gay is not a “lifestyle”. Your kids can’t be “recruited”, either.
  • You’re not going to look great when you get old. Don’t worry about it.
  • The older you get, the more weird things grow on your body.
  • Don’t invest too much of yourself in any one thing. No matter what it is, it will eventually go away.
  • Don’t waste your time looking for “meaning”. In a universe as amazing as ours is, “meaning” is meaningless.
  • Every abortion marks a failure. Regardless, anti-abortionists should get the hell out of your womb.
  • I’ll worry about abortion when all of the 13,000 daily unnecessary deaths of living, breathing children cease to happen because anti-abortionists did something about it.
  • People who are a lot smarter than you are not necessarily right, and the world is full of rich fools.
  • You can be happy at any age. Unfortunately, you can also be unhappy at any age, but happy is better so let yourself be happy if you can.
  • Spanish is not a foreign language. The US is not America. Puerto Ricans are not immigrants.
  • Immigrants should learn the prevailing language of their new country. In much of the US that language is Spanish, and the immigrants are Anglos.
  • There is no official language in the US. If there were to be, perhaps it should be Navajo.
  • Being dead is no big deal, and worrying about it is a waste of time. Now, dying is another matter. If you want to worry, worry about dying. But that won’t change anything either, so why bother.
  • The older you get, the more time you have.
  • Everything changes. Everything.
  • All of humanity is of no consequence. Neither is the Earth, or even our solar system. In fact, our Milky Way Galaxy, where the closest of uncountable stars is much too far for humans to reach in a single lifetime, is only one of billions. This shouldn’t make us feel insignificant. We should feel amazed at being part of this astonishing universe.

If any other great wisdom comes to me I’ll get back to you. But I doubt it.

Published in: on 2014/04/19 at 4:41 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. Hilarious and sage words. On the last point: I tried blogging about this just this morning, but you’ve just said it perfectly. Letting go of our own self importance is for me, is the most delicious liberation of all. Then we can down to the real task at hand: loving one another.

    • Well said, especially the last part.

  2. […] My Great Wisdom At 75 from Class War in […]

  3. Very, very good. Let me just add……well,……I guess I can’t add anything. Anyway, Good job. Keep Writing. Keep Blogging.

  4. Most quite true. I would amend bullet four: the business of corporations is to make money.


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