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Three dogs were basking in the sun and conversing. The first dog said dreamily, “It is indeed wondrous to be living in this day of dogdom. Consider the ease with which we travel under the sea, upon the earth and even in the sky. And meditate for a moment upon the inventions brought forth for the comfort of dogs, even for our eyes and ears and noses.”
And the second dog spoke and he said, “We are more heedful of the arts. We bark at the moon more rhythmically than did our forefathers. And when we gaze at ourselves in the water we see that our features are clearer than the features of yesterday.”
Then the third dog spoke and said, “But what interests me most and beguiles my mind is the tranquil understanding existing between dogdoms.”
At that very moment they looked, and lo, the dog-catcher was approaching.
The three dogs sprang up and scampered down the street; and as they ran the third dog said, “For God’s sake, run for your lives. Civilization is after us.”
Once there came to the court of the Prince of Birkasha a dancer with her musicians. And she was admitted to the court, and she danced before the prince to the music the lute and the flute and the zither.
She danced the dance of flames, and the dance of swords and spears; she danced the dance of stars and the dance of space. And then she danced the dance of flowers in the wind.
After this she stood before the throne of the prince and bowed her body before him. And the prince bade her to come nearer, and he said unto her, “Beautiful woman, daughter of grace and delight, whence comes your art? And how is it that you command all the elements in your rhythms and your rhymes?”
And the dancer bowed again before the prince, and she answered, “Mighty and gracious Majesty, I know not the answer to your questionings. Only this I know: The philosopher’s soul dwells in his head, the poet’s soul is in the heart; the singer’s soul lingers about his throat, but the soul of the dancer abides in all her body.”
The Manti Te’o Question
Who the hell really cares? To those that do care or pay attention to this sad display of either ignorance or guilt, I ask you this. Do you really think this should be that relevant in national media? Perhaps there exists other more pressing issues such as the game of fiscal kick the can our elected (can not stress the word “elected” enough) officials are playing, or, if American politics is not your cup of tea, the future of the war in Afghanistan. The future of people who volunteered to protect you from our nation’s enemies, foreign or domestic. Still not relevant? Would you care for an issue closer to home? Fine. Have you planned on how you will effectively protect your sons and daughters from crazed gunmen WITHOUT relying on big government to pass a weapon ban which completely fails to address the existing prolific illegal arms trade? Have you made conscious and dedicated efforts to lose weight, eat healthy, and reduce the negative effects your polluted habits are having on the planet? Have you spontaneously helped a stranger today without any thought of gain or praise? If the reader actively mulls over and participates in these issues of varying levels of importance, I applaud you; you are the few and proud to which the derelict term “civic duty”, has significance. If not, why not? Our system of government, far from relying on aloof, myopic and corrupt statesmen, requires as its most critical element the participation of an active citizenry, armed with the political will and conviction to effect national change and progress. Where the people go, the government follows, not vice versa, as has been the recent case. So, before you listen to the latest report of how Manti Te’o enacted an unscripted episode of Catfish, ask yourself, “is this beneficial given the state of things?”
A disgruntled Rob