Two short (religious) items…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s nice 19th c. US  expletive is ‘I’ll be dingswoggled!’ This oath is probably best said sitting on a horse thwacking your dusty Stetson against your chaps.

In general thinking is a good thing… I suppose that is pretty obvious.
Mind you, if you are a religious sort of person, thinking might not be such a good idea; you might start getting a clearer perspective on the world and the things you have, all you life, been encouraged to believe. You might come to the conclusion that you have been deliberately misled all these years. You might decide to become an atheist and unfortunately upset all your devout friends. With some religions your friends might be so upset that they pop round to your house one evening and kill you. So you might have been better off not bothering to do any thinking in the first place.
Of course if you do do a lot of thinking, but also stubbornly hang on to your religion, you’ll probably go crazy – a lot of people do that, and for some reason it seems quite socially acceptable…

Have you done the washing up yet?
Washing up, or washing the dishes, is an irritating chore that people generally rush through, wishing they were off doing something else. They even whine about having to load and empty the dishwasher.
On the other hand, for the old and the unemployed with plenty of time on their hands, washing the pots can be something to be relished! Switch the radio on – ah, the hot sudsy water, the scent of the washing up liquid, the streaming steaming white coffee mugs, the sparkling glassware, the shiny dripping plates and the glittering clanking cutlery! These people are happy to be doing something positive which fills a small hole in their long empty day.
I remember once reading a Zen anecdote about a rich bloke going to the local temple in order to seek ‘the way’. After munching through a welcoming bowl of rice, he asked the Master how he should set off on the road to enlightenment.
The Master asked, ‘Have you eaten your rice?’
The man said that he had.
The Master said, ‘Now, wash your bowl…’

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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