Everything I Need to Know About Life, Zen, and Politics I Learned From Dr. Seuss

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Before I begin my short dissertation on Everything, I would like to thank all those transformative figures who have helped me to become, well, me.  For this artist, even before the tutelage of such greats as Bob Ross, Kandinsky, Picasso, and Michelangelo, there was the fantastical (dare I say “Seussical”) images and peculiar words of Dr. Seuss to ponder.  Thank you sir for you have helped me to travel the road less traveled.  And I would be neglectful if I didn’t thank my earliest and very good friend Mr. Rogers.  Thank you.  A wee bit later there was Mr. Spock, my first love, whom I will always remember fondly and logically.  Kwai Chang Caine was my first religious adviser and I shudder to think where I would be without his patient indoctrination into the realm of Eastern thought.  Later there was Yoda, my spirit animal, who kept me on the path and urged me to let go of my anger and hate issues (working a lot on that front recently), but I always know where the path I want to be on lies and will always consider it true north.   So, thanks boys.  My parents were seminal in teaching me to be an “out of the box” thinker – they were visionaries in many ways.  They were ahead of their time, class, and culture on how they saw the world and their place and everyone else’s place in it.  A most special thanks to them.  And last, but certainly not least, my most recent teacher is an unexpected one to be sure – Bernie Sanders taught me that is was “okay” to come out of the closet and really be a Socialist.  Although anyone who talked to me would have known, I always just told people I was a “Bleeding Heart”, as far left as one could go -because it was taboo to say the “S” word in America.  It is liberating, and a bit awkward if I am really honest, to say the correct word and have a label that truly fits – even though I don’t like labels.  Thank you Mr. Sanders.

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Everything You Need to Know:

Images / characters / and quotes by Dr. Seuss

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On Life:

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.  Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

“You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

“If you never did, you should.  These things are fun and fun is good!”

“Will you succeed?  Yes!  You will indeed!  (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

“Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.”

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.”

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On Zen:

“Adults are obsolete children.”

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

“Today you are you!  That is truer than true!  There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”

“And when they played they really played.  And when the worked they really worked.”

“Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened.”

“So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact.  And remember that life is A Great Balancing Act.”

“I am lucky to be what I am!  Thank goodness I’m not just a clam or a ham or a dusty old jar of gooseberry jam!”

“It is opener, out there, in the wide, open air.”

“In the places I go there are things that I see that I never could spell if I stopped with the Z.

“Simple it’s not, I am afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.”

“I’m afraid sometimes you’ll play lonely games too, games you can’t win because you’ll play against you.”

“And the turtles, of course … all the turtles are free as turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.”

“You are you.  Now, isn’t that pleasant?”

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And just because it is an election year – On Politics:

“I know, up on top you are seeing great sights.  But down here at the bottom, we, too, should have rights.”

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.”

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”

“Maybe Christmas (democracy) … doesn’t come from a store.  Maybe Christmas (democracy) … perhaps … means a little bit more!”

“It not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”

In Summation:

I hoped you liked my Theory of Everything.  The words are not mine, but taken out of context and reassembled they become a manifesto to live by.   Monica Gaylor

“And that is a story that no one can beat.  When I say that I saw it on Mulberry Street.” ~ Dr. Seuss

And because this is “Beyond the Outer Rim”

– one more tiny sci-fi thing (quote) on the issue

of politics, empire, oligarchy, and socialism:

(This is a sci-fi geek alert.  I repeat, this is a sci-fi geek alert.  You have been warned.)

This is a scene (almost the last) from Mirror, Mirror.  Star Trek, TOS  –  Four members of a landing party are accidentally transported into a parallel universe.  In this alternate universe the Federation is an Empire and the characters act barbarically and are obsessed with profit and power…  Well, you get the metaphor…

(Spock enters with McCoy.)
SPOCK: I cut the transporter power. It was necessary to delay your beam-out until I could arrive. Take him.
(Scott guides McCoy to the transporter pad.)
SPOCK: Engineering, re-activate main transporter circuits.
KIRK: You’re a man of integrity in both universes, Mister Spock.
SPOCK: You must return to your universe. I must have my captain back. I shall operate the transporter. You have two minutes and ten seconds.
KIRK: In that time I have something to say. How long before the Halkan prediction of galactic revolt is realized?
SPOCK: Approximately two hundred and forty years.
KIRK: The inevitable outcome?
SPOCK: The Empire shall be overthrown, of course.
KIRK: The illogic of waste, Mister Spock. The waste of lives, potential, resources, time. I submit to you that your Empire is illogical because it cannot endure. I submit that you are illogical to be a willing part of it.
SPOCK: You have one minute and twenty three seconds.
KIRK: If change is inevitable, predictable, beneficial, doesn’t logic demand that you be a part of it?
SPOCK: One man cannot summon the future.
KIRK: But one man can change the present. Be the captain of this Enterprise, Mister Spock. Find a logical reason for sparing the Halkans and make it stick. Push till it gives. You can defend yourself better than any man in the fleet.
SCOTT: Captain, get in the chamber!
KIRK: What about it, Spock?
SPOCK: A man must also have the power.
KIRK: In my cabin is a device that will make you invincible.
SPOCK: Indeed?
KIRK: What will it be? Past or future? Tyranny or freedom? It’s up to you.
SPOCK: It is time.
KIRK: In every revolution, there’s one man with a vision.
SPOCK: Captain Kirk, I shall consider it.
(He beams them away.)

Voting for the lesser of two evils is still evil.  I personally cannot do it.  I must vote my conscience.  (I will step down off the soap box now.)

Live long and prosper.

#Feel the Bern  #Jill before Hill  #Nina Turner  #Kshama Sawant  #Political Revolution

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