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THE XEROIC RESPONSE TO FEAR

THE XEROIC RESPONSE TO FEAR
(A conversation between Xero Aticus
and the Psychedelic Toad.)
Lee Broom

 

PSYCHO: So tell me Abner, what is it that you fear the most?

XERO: Nada, zilch, double zilch.

PSYCHO: What rhymes with zilch?

XERO: You’re changing the subject.

PSYCHO: It’s my subject. It was I who asked you what you fear; it                                 was I who asked you what rhymes with zilch. The answer                           is filch, which I believe is a word for theft, which is what                               you are doing when you beat around the bush.; you’re                                 stealing your own identity…
So tell me; what are the four things you fear the most?

XERO: Why four?

PSYCHO:(Silence.)

XERO: Okay, okay.

PSYCHO: (Silence)

XERO: Four things?

PSYCHO: (Silence.)

XERO: Okay I’ve got it.

PSYCHO: Ribbet

XERO: Toads don’t say “ribbet”; that’s the language of frogs.

PSYCHO: So…

XERO:  The four things are…

PSYCHO: (Silence)

XERO: Baptists, Muslims, Republicans and Democrats.

PSYCHO: Libertarians?

XERO: Them too.

PSYCHO:  Librarians?

XERO: Not afraid of Librarians.

PSYCHO: Why is that, Abner?

XERO: It’s okay with them if I think.

PSYCHO: Aren’t you a Lutheran?

XERO: I am.

PSYCHO: Why’s that?

XERO: Martin Luther was a Librarian in his spare time.

PSYCHO: Really?

XERO: Really.

 

THE BLUE MARBLE SPEAKS

File:The Earth seen from Apollo 17.jpgThe Blue Marble  Wikipedia File:The Earth seen from Apollo 17.jpg

 

THE BLUE MARBLE SPEAKS

Earth is a rock; Earth has no opinions; it cannot think, it cannot speak;  however…

Earth has a belief system.

If Earth could speak, it would say…

“I am hurtling through space in a perfectly straight line. I am not sure of my destination but I will arrive at the earliest possible time. Nothing can deter me; nothing can slow me down; I am following a perfectly plotted, straight path.  I am going where no Rock has ever gone before. I am Earth.”   

Of course, in reality this strong-willed rock has been in orbit for a very long time.  And so have you and I and everything else in the universe.

And that’s the Truth.

Overheard in an Alley

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Voice One: The guy with the hair; what’s his name again?

Voice Two: I forget.

Voice One: They say he’s guilty.

Voice Two: Who says he’s guilty?

Voice One: Everybody.

Voice Two: Really?

Voice One: Yeah, really. So Whaddaya think?

Voice Two: About what?

Voice One: Is he guilty?

Voice Two: Who? The guy with the hair?

Voice One: Yeah.

Voice Two: Guilty of what?

Voice One: I don’t know, actually. It must be something awful.

Voice Two: Why do you think that?

Voice One: Well, because; He won’t defend himself.

Voice Two: Did he say why?

Voice One: It didn’t make much sense, come to think of it.

Voice Two: Okay, but what was it; what’d he say?

Voice One: Something about turning his head or something like that?

Voice Two: Could it have been about turning the other cheek?

Voice One: Cheeks, yeah. Turn the other cheek. That was it. Whaddaya think he
meant?

Voice Two: Well you were there. What did you think?

Voice One: Beats me.

Voice Two: Then why do you think he’s guilty? You don’t know what he’s guilty
of but you think he’s guilty. He doesn’t defend himself and you seem
to think that this is evidence of his guilt. And now that you’ve heard
his reason for not defending himself, you don’t know what he means
but you still think he’s guilty?

Voice One: Everybody else does.

Voice Two: What he said was that when someone wrongs us or metaphorically
slaps us across the cheek that it is better to turn our cheek and let
the offender slap the other cheek than to have our revenge with him.
His reason appears to be that it is better for only one person to suffer
than two.
And you know yourself that when you argue with someone it is rare
for anyone to come out on top.

Voice One: Well, I still think he’s guilty.

Voice Two: Why’s that.

Voice One: Because, Silly; everybody knows he’s guilty.

Voice Two: And that’s it?

Voice One: What can you expect from a guy like that?

Voice Two: A guy like what?

Voice One: Well ask anyone; everybody knows he was born in a barn.

Overheard in an Alley

color029_sJPG_950_2000_0_75_0_50_50 Boy building a model airplane as girl watches. Robstown, Texas, January 1942. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Arthur Rothstein. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Voice One: The guy with the hair; what’s his name again?

Voice Two: I forget.

Voice One: They say he’s guilty.

Voice Two: Who says he’s guilty?

Voice One: Everybody.

Voice Two: Really?

Voice One: Yeah, really. So Whaddaya think?

Voice Two: About what?

Voice One: Is he guilty?

Voice Two: Who? The guy with the hair?

Voice One: Yeah.

Voice Two: Guilty of what?

Voice One: I don’t know, actually. It must be something awful.

Voice Two: Why do you think that?

Voice One: Well, because; He won’t defend himself.

Voice Two: Did he say why?

Voice One: It didn’t make much sense, come to think of it.

Voice Two: Okay, but what was it; what’d he say?

Voice One: Something about turning his head or something like that?

Voice Two: Could it have been about turning the other cheek?

Voice One: Cheeks, yeah. Turn the other cheek. That was it. Whaddaya think he
meant?

Voice Two: Well you were there. What did you think?

Voice One: Beats me.

Voice Two: Then why do you think he’s guilty? You don’t know what he’s guilty
of but you think he’s guilty. He doesn’t defend himself and you seem
to think that this is evidence of his guilt. And now that you’ve heard
his reason for not defending himself, you don’t know what he means
but you still think he’s guilty?

Voice One: Everybody else does.

Voice Two: What he said was that when someone wrongs us or metaphorically
slaps us across the cheek that it is better to turn our cheek and let
the offender slap the other cheek than to have our revenge with him.
His reason appears to be that it is better for only one person to suffer
than two.
And you know yourself that when you argue with someone it is rare
for anyone to come out on top.

Voice One: Well, I still think he’s guilty.

Voice Two: Why’s that.

Voice One: Because, Silly; everybody knows he’s guilty.

Voice Two: And that’s it?

Voice One: What can you expect from a guy like that?

Voice Two: A guy like what?

Voice One: Well ask anyone; everybody knows he was born in a barn.

VOICES IN THE CROWD

 

 

VOICES IN THE CROWD

A crowd gathers ’round the front door of the condominium unit;  the trauma team emerges with a zippered body bag; the stink from the apartment  quickly drives the curious back again.

As the path widens, the conversations start up, fueled by questions from one who apparently is experienced at gathering information.

“Hello ma’am, do you live next door?”

“Well yes, but he kept to himself; He’s a writer and rarely leaves his unit except to get mail.  I work long hours. My cat would have nice things to say about him if he could talk; they are very good friends.”

Chuckles.

Turning to the crowd, “How many of you live here at Villa Saguaro?”

Hands raise; voices ring out as one, “I do.”

“You there; any idea when he died?”

“His lady friend is right there beside you.”

“Oh, Hi, I don’t want to seem rude Ma’am, but were the two of you very close?

“Off and on.”

“Are you aware that he had two strokes last year?”

Eye brows raise. A gasp.  Hand  comes up to mouth. “No I didn’t know; he always seems okay except for the  medicine he takes, which  appears to slow him down.”

A DOCTOR IN THE CROWD: “Not all strokes have obvious  signals but a disabling stroke for one who lives alone could cause the victim to die a gruesome death with no way to eat or drink or go to the bathroom.

Part of the stink you detected was from urine and feces. Does anyone ever call and check on him?”

No answer.

‘Who found him?”

No answer.

“Any family?”

“He was offered $200 a month rent for his unused parking space and he turned it down so his family  would have a place to park if they came by.

“His landlord came by to collect the rent. The rent is usually in the door; it wasn’t there so he came in. The door wasn’t locked. The deceased always left the front door unlocked  when he went to bed. That way if he had to call 911 in the middle of the night the door wouldn’t have to be knocked down.”

Another very audible gasp.

QUESTIONER: “If you checked on your friend now and then you might have saved him from all this.”

“Well, it doesn’t really matter.”

“Why’s that Ma’am.”

“Well he  brought it  on himself; ya know what I mean?”

“No ma’am I don’t know what you mean;  what do you mean?

“He was an agnostic.”

“I beg your pardon?”
(A Frown darkens the face of the questioner.)
“That doesn’t make sense.”

“He wasn’t a believer.”

“Oh”.

 

DOGMAN AND BLONDIE VERSUS RICKY the RIGHT

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DOGMAN and BLONDIE vs RICKY the RIGHT

Those of us who set out to prove a thing to be good or bad are not reporting evidence. We may however, be the biggest supporters of that which we think we are fighting. WE are not reporting evidence; we are  in fact, simply passing along someone else’s propaganda, caling it proof.

If we think something bad is happening, perhaps it is.

However…

If we try to prove ourselves right, we will probably become just another street corner bill peddler or so, passin’ out silly old newsletters.

Do some research; then report.

Personally, I think that BLONDIE is a hopeless psychotic, but that DOGMAN is much more dangerous. I wonder if his Hound from Hell has six testicles on the other end of his three-headed countenance…

(Of course my thoughts don’t count. )

I have also discovered evidence that suggests that DOGMAN has probably been the largest campaign contributor in American History and who has exerted significant influence over the last three presidential campaigns. (Yes, I said “three”.)

Those among us  who seek to prove that something bad is happening are helping to make it happen.

Hint: We can always discern PROOF from LOGIC: by asking the question “Which came first, the EVIDENCE or the CONCLUSION.

Stop it please.  (We don’t want to shoot the messenger but we may have to unpack the leg irons.)

PROOF WILL NEVER REPLACE THE VALUE OF DISCOVERY.

We already have enough evidence to hang a couple a’ bad guys.(They have their own rope.)

Hint: Suppose BLONDIE never had any intention of making RICKY pay…

ACCEPT THE LOVE AND PASS IT ON.

 

DOGMAN AND BLONDIE VERSUS RICKY the RIGHT

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DOGMAN and BLONDIE vs RICKY the RIGHT

Those of us who set out to prove a thing to be good or bad are not reporting evidence. We may however, be the biggest supporters of that which we think we are fighting. WE are not reporting evidence; we are  in fact, simply passing along someone else’s propaganda, caling it proof.

If we think something bad is happening, perhaps it is.

However…

If we try to prove ourselves right, we will probably become just another street corner bill peddler or so, passin’ out silly old newsletters.

Do some research; then report.

Personally, I think that BLONDIE is a hopeless psychotic, but that DOGMAN is much more dangerous. I wonder if his Hound from Hell has six testicles on the other end of his three-headed countenance…

(Of course my thoughts don’t count. )

I have also discovered evidence that suggests that DOGMAN has probably been the largest campaign contributor in American History and who has exerted significant influence over the last three presidential campaigns. (Yes, I said “three”.)

Those among us  who seek to prove that something bad is happening are helping to make it happen.

Hint: We can always discern PROOF from LOGIC: by asking the question “Which came first, the EVIDENCE or the CONCLUSION.

Stop it please.  (We don’t want to shoot the messenger but we may have to unpack the leg irons.)

PROOF WILL NEVER REPLACE THE VALUE OF DISCOVERY.

We already have enough evidence to hang a couple a’ bad guys.(They have their own rope.)

Hint: Suppose BLONDIE never had any intention of making RICKY pay…

ACCEPT THE LOVE AND PASS IT ON.