When Superman himself sends you a challenge, you answer.
My good friend, Bill, mentioned me in his mighty blog – of which there is no equal – and asked that I join in on the 3, 2, 1 quote challenge. Not being a superhero in my own right I didn’t fully understand the rules, so I asked: “what are the rules?”
Billy Mac responded with this: “Thank the 1 blogger that mentioned you. Post 2 quotes. Then select 3 others to take up the challenge.”
Or something like that.
Then I said: “Is there a theme?”
And he said: “…”
At the time of this writing he hadn’t responded to that question. Probably lives in a later time zone than me. Or is in the Fortress of Solitude or off in deep space defending Thanagar from Mongul or something.
Five merits to anyone who understood any of that.
So I’m going to move on (a) without a theme, and (b) by thanking Bill the Thrill for his recommendation. I’ll fail as little as possible.
But before I get into the quotes business I want to reach out to folks across the aether and recommend three wonderful stalwarts to take up this challenge. Jane, you are the queen of quotes so you get one. Go to town. Your theme is faith. (I’m making the rules here!).
Dylan, you’re up next. When you read this in July of 2020 you must take up the challenge. The world needs you. Your theme is perseverance. Hate me later.
Jen? Jen? Jen are you still out there? You started a thing now continue it. Maybe you just need a … um … challenge? Okay, give me two quotes, a good four or five whacks with a paddle, and a big hug. Your theme is determination.
Now that I’ve gotten the hard stuff out of the way, here’s a quote or two:
There is some dispute over whether Albie actually said this, and it’s probably true that he didn’t. But I have always liked this quote and I like it being attributed to this guy, so there. It’s my blog I’ll misquote if I want to. The gist of this one is easy to understand: there are no limits to human stupidity. “Human stupidity,” Harari says, “is one of the most important forces in history.” That’s an actual quote. And it’s true. We live in a time of infinite information, the entirety of human knowledge is open to us, and instead of solving the enigmatic conundrums of mankind we watch reality TV, elect idiot celebrities to high office, and refuse to give up our belief in sky-daddies. We can create societies with universal health care and sensible gun laws all around the world (finite intelligence) and deny it all in the “greatest democracy the world has ever seen” (infinite stupidity). As Einstein also once said: “Oy vey.”
Okay, so this one is probably attributable to Dean Martin. Or Jack Lemmon. But, come on, you know it’s true. Considering the infinite potential of human stupidity (see above) you know that we can probably wake up feeling good most days and have that feeling ruined just after breakfast by idiot drivers/presidential tweets/work hassles. But, then, when you get home from work (or take a good, long lunch) and pour that first ice cold adult beverage in a mug/over ice/into stemware you begin to feel like you just woke up again from the best dream. Or not, if you don’t drink. If you don’t drink you just sit there and stew about the day in an endless fury of ineffectual rumination. Frank Sinatra feels sorry for you. Or he would if he were alive and/or said this quote. I don’t mind if you do and I don’t mind if you don’t, to be frank. I’m three drinks in; life is good.
Thanks again, Billy Superman, for the prompt. I finally got to use the phrase “an endless fury of ineffectual rumination.” Checked. That. Off.
I hope I did ya proud. 🍻