Thursday, August 20, 2009

Right there with it

"The world was moving, she was right there with it yes she was."

Talking Heads, really great band. Sometimes not as cool as they thought they were, but don't we all wear that uniform now & then?

But the world is moving David. Its centrifugal force has thrown open cage doors you locked yourself inside.

It's not much different from that Gary Larson cartoon, is it? In the background a circus performer with a whip is making bears do tricks. In the foreground, two bears. One has a muzzle in his cookie hook, telling the other bear, "Hey! These things just snap right off, how about that?" It's likely going to be an interesting day at the circus, ya think?

You're really free now. All that stuff happened. What do you want, a parade or something?

The IQ test at age six... such a serious guy asking silly questions!
"A judge sentenced a man to death then said he hoped that would teach him a lesson, what do you think about that David?"

"Well Mister, I don't understand how he's supposed to learn a lesson by being dead, what are you talking about?"

"Please look at this picture and tell me if there's anything that doesn't make sense to you?"

"Well Mister? That one house there has two TV antennaes on the roof, and that don't make any sense cause everybody has just one TV (Damn Dave, you are old!) is that what you're talking about?"

Don't know if I got extra points for asking more questions of my tester than he asked me. For all I know, might have asked him how it felt making a living by asking kids really dumb questions.

That was a long time ago. I really enjoyed elementary school cause I mostly just sat in the back of the room and drew pictures of pyramids and stuff. It was very low stress.

You'll always be the hostage of your troublesome IQ. But the world is moving, and its centrifugal force has thrown open old cage doors in new and exciting ways. Your IQ ain't tattooed on your forehead, is it?

You're free now, if you'll just let yourself be free. There is more to you than meets the eye, more to you than can be assayed by standard IQ tests, more you can give than what can be measured in productivity improvements in a factory.

There really is a person named David. He is one third Paul, two thirds Peter I suspect. Why don't you have fun while you still have time? Why don't you walk out into the cold hard daylight with the attitude of the bear, "Hey! These things just snap right off!" and bless all you meet, embracing fully the joy of being an always flickering candle in a very dark world. It's all gonna be all right man.

The world was moving, he was right there with it, yes he was.

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