“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
I've said this before:
language is everything.
But it is.
Every single word.
Not just that but it's the quality, timbre and cadence of your thoughts because they come well before your utterances.
Of late (certainly since the weekend — haha) I've been checking in on myself having noticed how dour and po-faced I've become.
I'm trying, therefore, to check myself before I say too much. Some may confuse this with a dark brooding shadow, others, one of my typical sulks, but I know I need to quieten the inner chatter and then when I do speak it's more measured, and surprisingly well, if not upbeat, less knee-jerk to the extant language or media that's in my bailiwick.
And I feel better. Not heaps, but I know my language is kinder and certainly (which is a good thing) there's less profanity. (It had gotten out of control.)
Does this sound contrived? You bet. Then again, even in the noticing bit I'm bound to ask, "Why now?". I don't know. Perhaps the Gods are trying to tell me to lighten up, to stop being so hard on myself or the world but it might be nothing of the sort. You know how these things go: first, it's this, then that and if you're lucky some of the better or nicer or more loving bits stick.
Anyhow, call it a practice if you wish but for now, it's something I'm intent on fashioning my days.
- Tue, 13:00: out my mind https://t.co/VkH4JBI1xy https://t.co/FJLauIAJNn
- Tue, 16:37: Missed taking out Alfie today. He's on three legs for now and with a high dose of morphine. That said, he's more like his old self but can't do the usual jumping up and wagging the tail nonsense we've all become accustomed to.
- Tue, 18:25: I wonder when we'll stop eating meat and fish? To me, it's so unnatural.
- Wed, 05:41: Here again https://t.co/3n5MjMnl2F
- Wed, 06:00: “The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.” ― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
- Wed, 07:00: Language is everything https://t.co/kYFsgRfUuD https://t.co/NBoo2f86jO
- Wed, 08:35: A walk without Alfie. Feels very odd. Anyhow, eyes down for another day of contract drafting. I'll be glad to see the back of this week. https://t.co/xBugqGMmXc
- Wed, 08:37: How we ever ended up with Boris and this (so called) government I'll never know. https://t.co/HG9T4qEihQ
Scientists say decline in calves born in past 15 years due to diminishing herring stocks in warming north Atlantic.
It makes for sad reading.