Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Challenges

Carlos Castenada said:

Life is made up of challenges: to the black magicians everything is a curse or a blessing. To the warrior everything is a challenge.

We used to say handicaps; now we say challenged: Congressmen are ethically challenged, but they see themselves as financially challenged.


Physically, mentally, morally, spiritually:


Age challenged: begins at birth;
re testosterone: you will be age challenged after 18. It begins to diminsh at that point.

In your late thirties or forties you may face a sudden visit to the ER. Start watching your diet, and trying to get some exercise.

Or it may be heartburn. The challenge is to stop abusing your stomach. Fat and getter bigger? Your backbone is challenged.

Mentally: this is something we may be able to do less about. If we're born stupid, maybe that's it, but we can behave like Forest Gump. For most of us the challenge is to respect, honor and love the mentally challenged. And for all of us the challenge is to accept what God has given us and be thankful for it.

Morally: what can I say? If you're morally challenged you will most likely deny it until your dying breath.

etc.

8 comments:

xianchick said...

rumor has it that only 4 u.s. congressmen actually have current passports, and that only 6 have traveled outside of the u.s.

might they be considered challenged by ignorance?

Larry said...

I think the rumor is very foolish, Chick. I know dozens of congressmen who have visited Iraq, Israel, and many other foreign countries.

Lorcan said...

Ah... but have they really been there!?!?!?!

Staying in cushy hotels, being ushered about... I've breafed a few Congressmen in my day, a few were rather interesting and wise, many were extreemly ... thick, interested more about power and place than understanding... example...

My quick verbal notes to one...
I have less than five minutes to breaf this fellow before he gives a talk on Ireland...

"OK the diplock courts in the northern counties of Ireland, occupied by Britain... single magistrate, no jury, banged up in jail on little evidence, for example the notes of a single constable, or a super grass... a super grass is a fellow who sometimes breaks under torture and gives evidence about people in his community, no checking into the facts, they convict on this testimony than give the grass a large amount of cash and resettle him in places like South Africa.
For a community with 90% unemployment even without the torture the cash insentive is huge..."
The speach....
"In Ireland they use evidence of paid witnesses... and as there is a lot of unemployment among Catholics, they can't afford their own paid witnesses and they go to jail... "

Sounds of me banging my head against the wall back stage...

I think we need to encourage politicians to travel as a few old kings did, in disguse and among the people... of course if they do... don't trust them with thy daughters... there is a whole ballad tradition about that... many politicians are not labido challenged in that respect...

=0

lor... ;)

Lorcan said...

Oh... so maybe the rumor is not foolish, but aligorical

=D


lor

PS I would say less than 4 SHOULD have valid passports! After the vote on illegals... let them travel about in the backs of trucks and in containers in ships bound for God knows where... so they may learn how t'other half lives...

isaiah said...

"In your late thirties or forties you may face a sudden visit to the ER. Start watching your diet, and trying to get some exercise."

Ah- A thirty-something for only a few more days...I am, and beginning to creak at the edges...

...challenges, yes- to see past the number, obstacle, dilemma, previous chapter and into the center.

To a very large part- Carlos is responsible for my high-dive into 'other worlds'. I seem to have been thrown into this world (or grown out of this world) a few years behind. Carlos, Ram Dass, Joan Baez, Ravi Shankar, The Beatles, Dylan...all responsible for helping shape this mind-

...I gotta be thankful for it!

I look forward to turning 40 and the challenges that lay ahead.

I look at it this way...I'm turning 20 for the second time- how lucky!!

Larry said...

How grateful I am, dear friends: meaty stuff.

Isaiah: In my day we used to say that life begins at 40; it did, then I said 50; 60; 70, and now, using you idiom: "I'm turning 40 for the second time- how lucky!!" Yes, yes. It's all good; how thankful we are to be alive, and to be breathing on God's green earth.

xianchick said...

i think the real issue here folks is: Larry personally knows dozens of congressmen...

let's hear what the deal is on the current state of Romany rights.

i'm dying to know if there's any progress in that department.

c'mon don't hold back.

Larry said...

What a joker, Chick; and for a Christian girl like you-- tch, tch! You might check with Lorcan about that.