The whole concept of “reality” is so much cloudier and more dubious than it once was, and yet we press on and enjoy the little blips of recognition we find here and there in the Twitter stream of consumption and engagement.
Many are disappointed—even shocked—by the Supreme Court’s decision. But the ruling should inspire us to be more involved in electing people who reflect our views, not deflate us to the point of giving up. It’s up to us to take responsibility for the electoral process—to register to vote, and then educate ourselves about the issues that matter to us. Our nation is at a crossroads. Either we will solve problems through free enterprise and the private sector, or through expanded government programs. We should never rely on the courts to do the work that is delegated to us as citizens. Even courts with conservative judicial philosophies cannot take the place of good, old-fashioned citizenship!
Many are disappointed—even shocked—by the Supreme Court’s decision. But the ruling should inspire us to be more involved in electing people who reflect our views, not deflate us to the point of giving up.
Two prime ministers are sitting in a room discussing affairs of state. Suddenly a man bursts in shouting and stamping and banging his fist on the desk. The resident prime minister admonishes him. "Peter," he says, "kindly remember rule number 6," whereupon Peter is instantly restored to complete calm, apologizes, and withdraws. The politicians return to their conversation, only to be interrupted yet again twenty minutes later by a hysterical woman gesticulating wildly, her hair flying. Again the intruder is greeted with the words:
"Marie, please remember rule number 6.
" Complete calm descends once more, and she too withdraws with a bow and an apology.
When the scene is repeated a third time, the visiting prime minister addresses his colleague:
"My dear friend, I've seen many things in my life, but never anything as remarkable as this. Would you be willing to share with me the secret of rule number 6?"
"Very simple," replies the resident prime minister.
"Rule number 6 is 'Don't take yourself so seriously.'"
"Ah," says his visitor, "that is a fine rule." After a moment of pondering, he inquires, "And what, may I ask, are the other rules?"
"There aren't any."
aily dose of laughter. If you're like most people, you can take life and yourself a little too seriously, and that always stunts laughter. So lighten up. Relax. Remember what really matters. And remember rule number 6.