I have always been much more fascinated with the underlying tides of life far more than the surface waves that consumes humanity’s attention. This even though I fully understand that what my professor of English calls the emotional rhetoric of humanity is that which moves folks to feelings and action.

I know that when I talk of such abstractions as probability balance, an unwritten law that is difficult to quantify but is easy to observe (if one has the inclination to ponder such things), it causes folks’ minds to drift and their eyes to glaze over. The hard fact is that the greatest majority of people have no interest in gathering insight. They want to grove on hope and tales of inspiration — they respond to the Tony Robins of the world not to inconvenient realities. But in the end good feelings change nothing.

On the other hand gathering profound truths in a rigged universe can also be of little account, so why not just concentrate on those things that makes one happy — the ignorance is bliss route. In the end I suppose that option is the best option, and all I’m doing when taking of such things as ego being the base mind and intellect as a positive override of ego is merely dredging up the sorts of things that most folks are trying very hard to forget. As it has been said, men prey not so much for their daily bread as they do for their daily deception. Right Mr. Trump?

Jim Ridgway, Jr.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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