Adjusting The Lens

You can see clearly, in most lights, by simply paying attention to how you adjust your lens. This also applies to projecting your image or opinion on others – focus carefully upon what you wish them to see before you switch on your lamp.

You may live a life of luxurious misery or one of desperate happiness. Or board at any house in between. It is generally your choice how happy you are with where you are.

Please don’t imagine I’m trying to make you contented with being exploited or demeaned.  Cry to heaven for surcease if this is the case, or start slitting throats if you decide you can’t wait – it’s all up to you. You are the captain of your soul and the commander of your destiny. Mind you, so was Captain Smith of the TITANIC, and didn’t that work out well…

But look carefully at how happy you are as compared to how happy you expect to be. If you are not in deficit, take some time to count the blessings. You need not prepare an Excel spreadsheet nor account to any government department for most things that make you genuinely happy. You may be surprised at the quantity and variety overlooked in daily life.

Be careful that you do not feel compelled to be as happy as someone else – you can’t see all their soul’s secrets and cannot know, in many instances, whether they are really happy or sad. Leave that to them.

Be especially careful not respond when someone tells you how happy you need to be. This is generally a softening-up procedure for an advertiser. They are eventually going to try to sell you something or force you to do something. You’ll be supplying money, sex, work, or obedience to them under the guise of making you happy. In any affair like this go in with your eyes wide open, or at least squinted slightly into the eyepiece of a gun sight. Beware of recoil.

Blessings From Above

Whenever someone pious tells you that good things descend upon us from above, remind them that it is the same delivery system for mortar rounds.

Of course some people deserve more of this sort of blessing than others, and I would welcome a chance  to provide them, but there are inconvenient laws. In the past I have had to settle for daubing them with Golden Syrup and shaking a jar of ants over them. There are statutes, of course, about ” noxious substances ” and ” wild life ” but Golden Syrup is actually pretty good and insects are not covered by the state fauna laws.

The concept of a blessing from above revolves around two points; someone being in control of someone else and holding the power of doing them good or bad. And then deciding on the former rather than the latter. It’s a power play no matter how you look at it. If you decide to give the power to an invisible supreme being that you declare is your friend, you ask for blessings, and those who receive them are then obligated to you. Doing it the other way and asking for curses is also possible. You only get a favourable result in this if you are a prophet – most other people cursing just get cursed back in return.

Quite what the deity you have invoked might think of this is unknown. Presumably He, She, or It has Their own opinion and plan of action and using them like a remote machine gun turret operated by your fire control station is rather like  making God into a B-29.

I prefer to leave divinity out of the bless/curse/loot-the-survivors cycle. If there is any of that sort of thing needed I like to see to it myself. This is not overweening pride – more of a division of labour. God can make a tree and thunderstorms – I just settle for making a nuisance of myself.