there is a lot of open space in the Outback of the USA…not only in terms of empty land, but also in terms of empty minds…. sometimes it feels like a curse to be smart…even though if you call someone else dumb the worst thing he or she can think to say to that is, “it takes one to know one”…it’s like oh well sticks & stones, ya know…. the empty land is cool — lots of trees & deer & cows, goats, even cactus, oak trees & ponds…. but lesson learned, one must have a viable means of transportation to escape the empty land in order to make runs for chocolate & thus to maintain sanity…. the empty minds on the other hand are harder to deal with…because the way of dealing with empty minds is a constant struggle to keep one’s…well, MY…mouth shut so as not to be harmed in any kind of physical way…. empty minds tend not to see all sides of an argument, just their own, so there’s no sense in tempting ’em to pull out the hunting knife or the shotgun…. if someone in the Outback wants to feed his or her dog FISH or refuses to vote or doesn’t want to know what a budget surplus is or wants to work for Wal*Mart & have a 6-day work week with no OT pay…who am I to judge?…. but I still gotta wonder, IS ignorance bliss???…. I have never known personally…god made me this way…from the time I was a wee child, I carried the weight of the world on my shoulders: compassion for the Underdog; sadness & anger about cruelty to animals; contempt for corporations; a ton of Irish & Jewish guilt…. I also carried a library card…. so when my orbit is infiltrated by folks who don’t read (ANYTHING) or play Wii games all freakin’ day or tie their dog up to a pole outside without water to drink or use double-negatives when they talk…well, how does that work for them? did god WANT to create empty minds or was that a glitch? did god want humans to evolve so that instead of going outside & walking they could sit on a couch & pretend to play golf with a Wii thing? are empty minds HAPPY??? I have no answers…god has not let me in on the joke…I didn’t even know what a Wii was until a couple months ago…. so I guess it’s okay to be smart in a dumb world…it’s just a matter of being careful to keep it to yourself when you’re out-numbered in the middle of a lot of empty space….
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