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pick me, the universe, and finishing well

June17

WordPress has some pretty cool tools that help you track things such as the number of visitors to this Blog (there are a lot of you – and, thanks) on a given day.

One such tool (I am also considering the use of the word implement here, as well), in particular, that I always find intriguing is Search Engine Terms (and a wide variety of word combinations) that people use to find certain blog posts. A recent example that someone apparently used that led to this Blog was: “there is no grand purpose in the universe”.

…also: “ridgeback puppies” is quite popular. Over six thousand hits today alone.

I’ll find the first example inspiring as it led that particular searcher to my blog posts: existentialism isn’t cool it just is and, two sides rhymes with suicide. There, they no doubt found me a man of formidable opinion, wit and conviction.

When people make bold, albeit seemingly sophomoric statements like the universe has no purpose I’ve decided it’s really more a question than a position. That person was likely faced with some form of dilemma – for example – disappointment, or a challenge they felt intimidated by. Thusly, they more likely than not mean: “what is the meaning or purpose of the universe?”

Me! Pick me!

The universe exists to test me and you. Character is more often best when tested. So, the opportunity, and the answer, here, is to finish well.

We all need to have faith in something. So, it might as well begin with ourselves. Then we have our best chance to leverage that divine gift of discernment, and everyone and every thing in the universe wins.

I’m listening to: Not Afraid by Eminem. “Take a step, everybody”. And, I mean it. Also, a variety of stuff by Justin Bieber – because my girls like him, and I want to always understand.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

just so you know

May10

Last week the Dow Jones Industrial Average (“DOW”) plummeted close to 1000 points, and only began to right itself as the closing bell sounded. This represents the single most volatile trading day in market history. Just in case you forgot about this already; or, possibly failed to care – here is a link to the story: Link To Ridiculous Story – and another for good measure: Link To Another Ridiculous Story Discussing The Hapless Trader, however, this is my favorite: A mysterious day jolts Wall Street watchers.

The stock photo images of grim-faced and distraught traders on the floor and news reporters are priceless.

Several theories abound as to why, or how, such a thing could happen. Foremost amongst those rabid speculations was a story that some (rogue) trader inadvertently placed a coma in the wrong numerical sequence and initiated a enormous sale order that sent the automated systems into a tail-spin. That means something akin to: “he accidentally pushed the wrong button”.  Mind you, this (the event; I very am skeptical about the button) stopped the recent global enthusiasm and the markets upward trending, dead-in-it’s tracks. Markets around the world pulled back – generally stating concerns over what’s happening in Greece… for good measure…

The Greece “thing” has some merit. And, I’ll discuss that later this week.

In any event, that (all the rest of it) is likely nonsense (the theory, not the loss of enthusiasm; or, what’s not happening in Greece).

Today, markets are a bit more bullish, as is the DOW. I can prove this information by having you simply view this link:  The Dow on May 10, 2010. I’m quite clever with such things.

Okay… So, what has really occurred is: analysts and traders (think Goldman Sachs needing to “war chest” funds to cover their pending indictment) decided that by pulling off a well-orchestrated scheme stunt (also, and often, referred to, derisively, as: “shenanigans”), they could drop the market and take out a bunch of unsuspecting citizens. They probably shorted key stocks under index. They then picked their bottom-number and started taking buy-side positions in the same stocks knowing they would be bought up by day-traders (a most-excellent example of the sophomoric, if ever there was one) that thought they were buying into an upwardly trending market. So, having hedged their bet, they made big money going both ways at the expense of a lot of people reading this post.

Voila.

In the weeks to come you’ll read how the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Obama will call for some vague investigation. But, nothing will come of it.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

shakespeare and quixote and life

May7

I haven’t been myself of late.

I’m going to die, and it’s hard understanding comprehending that.

All of which means that I am out of my element and doing a great deal of reading, almost none of it pleasant.  I have forced myself to make time to care about other things, and I’m disinclined to fiddle about even with leisurely pursuits, except when I simply can’t take it anymore. That’s when I run, and hard, like few mortal men are capable of.

Aside from that milestone, and considerations abounding what happens next, there is a lot happening in my life – and more or less importantly, in other people’s lives. And, I worry about all of them. It’s a self-imposed burden. I might also pause, here, and ponder if it might be self-evident, but others, will most certainly call it, now or later, self-indulgent. But, regardless of my legacy, be it evident today or tomorrow, I feel responsible – for everything and every body. Just so we are clear on the subjects, I don’t feel guilty about what’s been happening with Brett Michaels (the former lead singer for the 80’s “glam band” Poison), although the ecolological travesty unleashed upon us and the shorelines of  the Gulf Coast by British Petroleum has me on edge.

However, I see a glimmer of hope. Nearly four hundred years after the death of William Shakespeare (some called him Bard, while I know him as impish), scholars are ready to add a new play to his canon.

It’s true. You can read something about the events, unfolding by the hour, here.

The play is called Double Falsehood, or the Distressed Lovers and it’s believed, by the Prudent Gentlemen, anyway, that Shakespeare wrote the play, but found itself improved upon by, another dramatiste, John Fletcher, a Jacobean Playwright (The Jacobean era refers to the period in English and Scottish history that coincides with the reign of King James I (1603– 1625) of England, who was also James VI of Scotland.) who followed Shakespeare as official playwright for the King’s Men.

The play is apparently based on an earlier work by Shakespeare, based on an episode from Cervantes’ classic Don Quixote. Rest assured, this is naught less than a cause celebre for the Prudent Gentlemen, and an object de gravitas for myself. Consider my passion for Quixote, here: tilting don quixote.

“Double Falsehood has thrills, spills, sword fights, violent sexual assault and to, most modern ears, the potential for a terrible ending.”

I’ll trust that Haley Anne and Emma Jo will read these words, perhaps one day. Without the eye-rolls I suffer today, the effort that is Double Falsehood, will be evaluated, with conviction, remembering the face of their father, and perhaps with fondness over his keen sense of proprieties.

Anyway, whenever it is, I’ll surely await its coming with unseemly interest.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

why forgiveness might be overrated

April15

I’m waxing sophomoric, here, and distilling some thoughts into the simplest of terms.

Practicing Christians will hold that forgiveness (which is apparently divine), and “turning the other cheek”, are vital elements to a sustained scociety and civility civilization.

Muslims extol the thinking that an “eye for an eye” can offer similar benefits, albeit with a greater emphasis on an ultimate and expedited solution.

A reason, but not necessarily, the reason, for my pondering much of this stems from my current investigations into existentialism and heterodoxy. In fact, you can read through my initial thinking here:  dangers of the authentic Life.

I understand, sort of, why it might make sense to turn a cheek when someone takes a swipe at you. But, on the other hand (perhaps literally) it also makes sense, to me, that if you cut off the hand that offends, the perpetrator can’t won’t likely repeat the mistake offense.

…pausing, here… I use the cross-out effect for affect – just so you know.

It takes character (ponder that play-on-words) to absorb a lot of Christian-oriented punishment. However, in the Muslim perview, the limited number of limbs (and life) increases the sense of urgency when it comes to playing fair.

Somebody has to pose these question and sort out the thinking. It’s what Prudent and Optimistic Gentlemen, do.

Peace be to my Brothers and sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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