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OK-Let's Jump from the bridge together
By Ric Polansky
Sep 21, 2011, 10:20

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That's it! I am not watching the news,
nor listening to the “noticias” on the radio. Don't buy any newspapers. Why pay money to read the world is riding a roller coaster to hell? If it's not the economy, its the politicians, then the immigrants. Today, American international broadcasters informed me there is now a "killer snail" whose very touch can be lethal. We´ve got killer snakes, scorpions, bees, spiders and now killer snails. We´ve got revolutions in more countries than I can count and demonstrations and protests in all the others. Those not out demanding immediate change, have locked themselves indoors and ain´t comin´out until they have some money to spend. Why go on?

What if some bright spark finds out too late that the fly that just crash landed on my balding head has been infected with some disease that scientists haven't even come up with a name for-- let alone a cure? I am at the end of my rope. I can see no space for maneuvering, adjusting, stepping back-- keeping out of harm´s way! Religion yields no shield of comfort, nor soul searching either. Dying, starving people all over the world naturally have it worse, for a little while more. I can't speak with anyone without finding out some new bit of information that will infect me instantaneously and make me depressed. It is bad, dire everywhere, and getting worse by the second. Which way to turn? To run? All directions amount to the same state of affairs-- desolate depression!

I will have to return to my book of wisdom written by the renowned Bennie. It was popular in New England just before the American Revolution against what was then called “England”, although no English was spoken in the courts. The book was entitled POOR RICHARD´S ALMANAC, and it was chuck full of good common sense in the form of proverbs and advice. “A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush”. Aphorisms that could stand the test of time. If you had an original copy of that book, you wouldn´t be broke. “Does thou love life, then do not squander time... for that is the stuff life is made of.” Popular not only at home but abroad in England and France. Napoleon had copies translated for him.

If you are not familiar with the personage of Benjamin Franklin you have indeed missed the perfect American Rensaissance man. He was honored by the country by being the only non-president embellished on its native currency. It is Ben Franklin on the 100$ bill. Not only an inventor, scientist, writer, politician (signed the Delaration of Independence, and a very large ETC., he has had countless books penned about about him. Virtuous, puritain, Christian, well meaning in his every action, thought, and deed, he once wrote (and I have religiously saved it and quoted the matra on many important occassions like this): "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Benjamin Franklin
You see, even in his infinite wisdom, he knew there were times that we could do nothing about our collective fate (unless pray). Assuming that you´ve prayed, we can but sit back and patiently await history´s unraveling, for it is truly in the hands of the gods. So, my friend, pull up a chair, sit down, and share a pint. Let´s see what´s going to happen.

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