Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Thought

According to some of the commercials I've seen tonight, it is time-consuming and next to impossible to crack an egg, wipe your behind with toilet paper (which, apparently, is also disgusting and old-fashioned), fold a shirt, slice vegetables, peel a potato, and assemble a three-piece food chopper. I have to wonder: Are there actually people as inept as these commercials would have us believe? And if so, how are they managing to do things as complicated as walking upright? Suddenly, American political decisions are beginning to make a lot more sense...

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"