Day 2 Quote Challenge

Every fact of science was once damned. Every invention was considered impossible. Every discovery was a nervous shock to some orthodoxy. Every artistic innovation was denounced as fraud and folly. The entire web of culture and ‘progress,’ everything on earth that is man-made and not given to us by nature, is the concrete manifestation of some man’s refusal to bow to Authority. We would own no more, know no more, and be no more than the first apelike hominids if it were not for the rebellious, the recalcitrant, and the intransigent. As Oscar Wilde truly said, ‘Disobedience was man’s Original Virtue.’”

― Robert Anton Wilson

When I saw today’s word, profound, I thought I might not be able to fulfill my quotes challenge and my Daily Post in the same posting.  I typed into my computer, ‘quotes profound’.  Success!  The internet did not let me down.  In fact, with the quote within the quote, I get two profound statements.  Many people don’t have the time in their daily lives to wonder how we got from being stone age rock wielders to our comfortable high-tech world of today.

These are the type of statements made by philosophers, theologians, sages, and other long ball hitters.  These statements are deeply layered keen insights into our human condition.  Statements for people with a vision for what could be.

You hear people bemoan the plight of our youth, because they are immersed in their devises.  Not long ago it was wondered why we would even need personal computers for our desks.  When the television was invented people scoffed, because who would want to sit in front of that thing for hour a day.  When the telephone was invented, the break down of society was predicted because people would no longer have a reason to leave their homes.  When printing and books came into being, the powers that be were concerned about the subversive nature of materials like the Bible, which average people were not smart enough to understand on their own.

The immoral music of Prince, replaced the immoral music of the Beatles of my youth, replacing the immoral music of Elvis before that, and every new creation, back to and including the great classical music of today were immoral, subversive, or just plain weird.

This is true of every endeavor of humankind, yet we just don’t stop.  On a personal note, Hubby knew the man who invented the blood pressure device you see in drug stores.  I thought, no, people aren’t going to do that.  We did not invest.  My bad.  We could be rich, instead, we maintained the status quo.

Now I hope you will continue to read about the 3 day Quote Challenge, and visit the bloggers I have nominated.  Or you could just be happy with the status quo and stop here.

I am participating in this challenge upon the invitation of Bee Organized with Pamela, with her cheerful and welcoming writing voice she welcomes us into her home and gives us tips to get organized, along with some other pieces of inspiration.  You will enjoy your visit.  I had a rough start on this challenge, but figured out how it was supposed to work.  I apologize to my nominees for any confusion I may have caused.

According to the rules, I nominate three bloggers to participate.  It is a joy to share their blogs with you.  I hope you will enjoy their blogs as much as I do.

Today’s nominees:

spanishwoods, a wonderful photographer, poet and essayist.  Always a joy.

Monique at DiviNation, a beautifully artistic person.  You will enjoy her postings.

Covert Novelist, Phyllis, is a writer, reviewer, and fun person.  Enjoy.



A Wonderful Time

I awoke this Wonderful Wednesday to a beautiful Indian Summer day.

A few days of temperatures that dipped into freezing has put an end to the growing season.  If you had seen my pitiful attempt at a vegetable garden you would understand my great relief, but we did grow some of the best tasting tomatoes that I ever tasted on our little patch of the world.  Friends who posted pictures of their produce on social media, and will spend the winter posting pictures of the great meals they create and reference their summer harvest, possibly with before and after pictures.   Thankfully I have no fears of going hungry this winter.  Prices may have increased some, but we are secure in the knowledge that nearby grocers will be stocked with fresh produce from around the country and even the world thanks in part to the inventor of the refrigerated truck by Fred Jones.  Thanks to Jones, fresh and frozen foods are shipped from one area of the county to another quickly and inexpensively.  I will try planting another vegetable garden in the spring, because home grown, fresh vegetables are the best.

I am also thankful for computers and Google, that made it possible to find the information I heard about of the man who revolutionized the transport industry by refrigerating trucks.  Something I heard about some years back, was only a few clicks away, instead of hours of research away in a library with no guarantee I would be able to find it.   Not only could I ask who invented the refrigeration truck, but Google supplied me with a picture, and background information.   The computer isn’t just an efficient writer’s tool.

I seek information on a variety of topics each day.  While watching television we ask Google the name of that character, and as a bonus learn everything she has appeared in.  While at dinner, many a question has been answered by picking up that computer we always carry with us (our cell phone), and asking Google for information on any kind of trivia.

We can learn just about anything, and pursue any topic as far as we like. My grandson is interested in playing Chess, so I have been studying strategy.  I look for a new hairstyle on the computer.  I’ve learned to organize my home, and upscale my decorating.  I am searching Pinterest for Halloween Costume ideas for an upcoming Halloween Party.

There is so much to know, and to little time.  For now, I will go out and enjoy the beautiful fall day.

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