Life -Awe and wonder – open your eyes, breathe and give thanks.

 

Let’s put aside all our differences. Leave politics and religion to one side; forget race, age, gender and culture; forget our fears, passions, hatred, loyalties and even our loves and desires – just be.

 

Pretend that we are new and are opening our eyes for the first time.

 

It does not matter how you view the world or where you think you are going. That is of no consequence. What is going to happen or why that is.

 

Just open your eyes and look around. Isn’t this stupendous?

 

We are standing on the thin crust of a molten planet under a sun, moon and sky full of a trillion stars.

 

We have air to breathe, food in our bellies and we are clothed and comfortable. We have friends, lovers and family. We have music, dance, art, literature and all that is creative. Nothing is threatening us right at this minute. Bask in it. Feel replete.

 

Above us the sky is beautiful and blue, the plants are green and the sun shines with constant warmth and light. Birds fly, insects chirp, and creatures drink in the same wonder as us.

 

Not only that but we have eyes to see, ears to hear and a mind to stretch out in the delight of it all.

 

This is life. This is what we take for granted. But this is a marvel, a delight and a wonder. It is a mystery and a conundrum.

 

Why spoil it with division? Enjoy it for what it is. Even if it is all we have it is more than enough.

 

This is life - ours to fill. This is mystery, wonder and awe enough for a lifetime. We don’t have to sully it with tribal allegiance, answers, questions or beliefs – just soak it in. Who cares what it means – it is! That should be enough.

 

It is ours. We need to cherish and look after it.

 

This is the moment.

 

Delight in it.

 

This is life.

Comments

Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 31, 2017 - 3:19pm
This is life. This is what we take for granted.
 
We HAVE to take it for granted. Because we don't know anything else.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 31, 2017 - 3:22pm
....but we chose another way. It's not our fault as individuals. Collective stupidity overrules individual intelligence. Why ? Because we're a "social" species. Strange, eh ? ;-)
opher goodwin Added Aug 31, 2017 - 3:30pm
SEF - then we have to do something about our collective stupidity. There has to be a way.
Michael Cikraji Added Aug 31, 2017 - 3:32pm
Nothing is threatening us right at this minute.
Yea, except the asshole terrorists, that find joy in murdering little girls at concerts, blowing up crowded subway tunnels, running people over with trucks or cars just walking down the street.... 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 31, 2017 - 3:36pm
MC
 
All this has a background. And don't believe what you read or see without seeing what could be the cause and - the goal.
 
We say here: The one who commits the crime does it often without knowing that others wanted him to commit it for other reasons....
opher goodwin Added Aug 31, 2017 - 3:36pm
Since I've been on this blog I have found a lot of hot air, partisan views on religion and politics, personal insults, bad mouthing, insults, intransigent views, frustration, anger and yes, even hatred.
I thought that for a moment it might be good to look at what we have in common and be thankful for being alive. We've got more in common than difference between us.
This is a great life. We should enjoy it more. We are all intelligent people with differing points of view and we should appreciate each other more.
I am just as guilty. So I'm calling a time-out.
opher goodwin Added Aug 31, 2017 - 3:38pm
SEF - we do take it for granted but we can step back and be more objective, we can think about it and marvel at it from time to time.
Sometimes we just need to lie on our back and peer up at that magical sky.
Sometimes we just need to laugh with a friend. Sometimes we need to play some great music, drink some wine and chill out.
Sometimes we need to appreciate each other more.
Michael Cikraji Added Aug 31, 2017 - 3:47pm
Hey Opher,
You're right. My bad, sorry to be so negative. It is a beautiful life in general... we have much to be thankful about!
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 31, 2017 - 3:49pm
Opher
 
Sometimes we need to appreciate each other more.
 
Our way of life has made us to unlearn this.
Mike Haluska Added Aug 31, 2017 - 3:54pm
opher -
Great post!  God made a beautiful world and we need to enjoy and appreciate our short time in it.  We also need to acknowledge that as the most intelligent species on the Earth, we need to be good stewards of it and each other. 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 31, 2017 - 3:55pm
Mike
 
....Dino ? LOL
opher goodwin Added Aug 31, 2017 - 3:57pm
SEF that is our chief aim then.
opher goodwin Added Aug 31, 2017 - 3:58pm
Mike - thank you. I appreciate that. I also appreciate the spirit of the comment and reciprocate.
opher goodwin Added Aug 31, 2017 - 4:01pm
Michael - yeah we are all, I hope, immensely angry at that, but every now and then we have to put that aside and look at the positives. I believe they far outshine all that horrendous crap.
We do indeed have much to be thankful for - and being able to talk to people all over the world and share our views is one of them.
Donna Added Aug 31, 2017 - 4:02pm
Opher- Love this!! So true, we are all different, yet the same..
family, friends, the earth, streams, birds, plants, all such beauty.all at our fingertips..
If we could all focus on the positive, it may help the negative ease away..One step and minute at a time if necessary, bet it can be done..)0(
opher goodwin Added Aug 31, 2017 - 4:04pm
Donna - I love that. Thank you for saying that. If we can only be positive then I think we have a chance of communicating and healing wounds.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 31, 2017 - 4:13pm
Opher
 
HOPE has never changed the world, as a "god" didn't as well. We have to take the finger out of our fucking ass and start to act. But who throws the first stone and survives ?
 
See Bernie Sanders on that for the US, Sankara for Burkina Faso, Kwame Nkrumah or ... remotely Saddam or Gadhafi for that.
 
I heard even JFK had good intentions.....
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 31, 2017 - 4:17pm
BTW:
 
I'm too old to change the world, besides, no single person can ever. But I can change my environment and I know that I will have a big family in several countries (all of them are my "family") who won't forget me when I'm gone. All that stays of you are memories.
 
Not an old iShit or a car you bought once.
 
So what is worth more ?
Dino Manalis Added Aug 31, 2017 - 4:34pm
Life is precious and temporary, enjoy it without abuse!
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 31, 2017 - 4:46pm
https://youtu.be/eIVi0RkIS6E
 
Watch this.....
Jeff Michka Added Aug 31, 2017 - 4:59pm
I'm too old to change the world, besides, no single person can ever-True, besides the World's clothes are at the cleaners, so there's nothing to change the World into.
opher goodwin Added Aug 31, 2017 - 6:21pm
SEF - maybe hope is the first step that leads to action? Right now perhaps we should just pause and appreciate it for a while.
Imagine that campfire you talk about with everyone sitting around laughing, talking and sharing.
opher goodwin Added Aug 31, 2017 - 6:22pm
SEF - maybe we all change the world a little. And if there's a lot of us then that's a lot.
opher goodwin Added Aug 31, 2017 - 6:28pm
SEF - that video was great - made me think of how much time I spend on things like this forum. I should be spending more with friends and family. Thanks for that Stone.
opher goodwin Added Aug 31, 2017 - 6:29pm
Dino - thanks for that and I reciprocate.
opher goodwin Added Aug 31, 2017 - 6:30pm
Jeff - Ha ha - how about a new dress for the big lady?
Ray Joseph Cormier Added Aug 31, 2017 - 8:25pm
opher, I 'liked' this plea you make. If everyone followed that as "The American Dream,' all the money spent on the Weapons of Death, Destruction and Intimidation would be spent on improving the lives of all the people on the Planet, eliminating the causes for War.
 
Unfortunately, there are hard core Realities people love to avoid.
 
The Revelation is when you can see the spirit of the letter unfolding in this flesh and blood Material World.
 
And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should give reward to your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear your name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth                                                                                                                  target="_blank" rel="noopener">Revelation 11:18
Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.
target="_blank" rel="noopener">Revelation 12:12
 
With the Wars and threatened Wars, the terrorists, and among ordinary people, everyone can see the Nations are angry and getting angrier, as many people are acting out that wrath of God.
 
The wrath of the Nations, the wrath of God, and the wrath of the Devil. The challenge is discerning which wrath is which?
 
S-E F that's an interesting video with the theme of "human loneliness."
 
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Genesis 2
 
N.B. meet not meat
 
 
Jeff Michka Added Aug 31, 2017 - 9:49pm
opher Goodwin asks: how about a new dress for the big lady?-Sure.  We'd all love to change the World, I'll chip in. LOL
Ray Joseph Cormier Added Aug 31, 2017 - 10:09pm
Ten Years After 1971 - I'd Like to Change the world
 
Everywhere is freaks and hairies
Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity
Tax the rich, feed the poor
Till there are no rich no more?
I'd love to change the world
But I don't know what to do
So I'll leave it up to you
Population keeps on breeding
Nation bleeding, still more feeding economy
Life is funny, skies are sunny
Bees make honey, who needs money, Monopoly
I'd love to change the world
But I don't know what to do
So I'll leave it up to you
World pollution, there's no solution
Institution, electrocution
Just black and white, rich or poor
Them and us, stop the war
I'd love to change the world
But I don't know what to do
So I'll leave it up to you
John Harris Added Sep 1, 2017 - 12:01am
Excellent piece Opher. We all have much in common and to take time out to be grateful is wonderful.
 
We need to stop the incessant chatter, the stories we have made up that we believe to be real and true. Just let it all go. If but for just a moment. Create a space between the stimulus and the response. A space where we can choose something else. 
 
This is why meditation is such a powerful force. When we are meditating we are not arguing, fighting, bullying, hating etc. We are just breathing and letting it all go.
wsucram15 Added Sep 1, 2017 - 2:21am
IT is great Opher..I love life and people.  All kinds of people, the world  has changed now though.
But life is still a blessing for as long as you are lucky enough to be here. 
wsucram15 Added Sep 1, 2017 - 2:54am
Opher..we need more of this...my next three articles I think are tough ones.  Im going to take a break and I go away in November so I just want to enjoy the posts.
Thanks
John G Added Sep 1, 2017 - 3:42am
Well you should be sure to post this to the people of Gaza living under the cosh of western imperialism.
It's all A OK providing WE are happy, innit.
Pathetic.
wsucram15 Added Sep 1, 2017 - 4:09am
JohnG..you are Expat.  Too angry, opinionated and pissed off to be anyone else. 
Except he was always happy where he was...he had that.  Perhaps you should move to Thailand and enjoy life, everything is not about anger
John G Added Sep 1, 2017 - 4:16am
You truly are stupid.
John G Added Sep 1, 2017 - 4:31am
Have you been to Gaza, Jeanne? 
Don't tell me, you've researched it and spoken to the UN Secretary General about it. And appeared before the Galactic Council about it.
And marched. And seen everything you need to know but can't explain in plain English.
opher goodwin Added Sep 1, 2017 - 6:57am
Ray - let's beat the swords into ploughshares - at least for a day.
opher goodwin Added Sep 1, 2017 - 6:57am
Jeff - that's two of us - it's a start.
opher goodwin Added Sep 1, 2017 - 6:59am
Ray - a great one but really - there's no point leaving it to other people to make things better, is there? Surely we all have to do our little bit?
opher goodwin Added Sep 1, 2017 - 7:01am
John - thank you. You are so right. Every now and again we have to let it go and take a deep breath , look around and see the beauty. There is life beyond the intrigue.
opher goodwin Added Sep 1, 2017 - 7:02am
wsu - the power of positive thinking. I remember it was what powered all that creativity in the sixties - all you need is love.
Everybody now...........
opher goodwin Added Sep 1, 2017 - 7:05am
John G - yes the world is full of trouble and there is no way of solving all that injustice. But don't you think that sometimes we can turn off from it and appreciate what we have? We are lucky.
The strange thing I've found when travelling the world is that a lot of the poorest and hard-pressed people seem the happiest.
Donna Added Sep 1, 2017 - 11:51am
opher- I have always believed we all leave a small foot print on the earth, weather we are a small person who works all week, or a CEO, i think we all leave something behind. 
I would like to think we could all do better in some areas, it does not take much to simply say hello, or do you need a hand, the simple little things we all saw happen when we were growing up, that have been lost here for many reasons..
Those are the things that can make a community come together no matter the divide on any side..
Problem is all they want us to focus on is all the negative, if they keep us doing that we will never figure a way to make it better for all of us..IMHO
Even A Broken Clock Added Sep 1, 2017 - 11:55am
Opher - great post. Whenever I want a bit of perspective on life, I find myself drawn to those wonderful philosophers, Monty Python.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buqtdpuZxvk
 
Katharine Otto Added Sep 1, 2017 - 12:01pm
Opher,
Great idea.  I'm lucky enough to live in a place surrounded by nature, marsh, sky, trees, birds, wildlife, and I have no television.  But I do appreciate "modern" conveniences, like indoor plumbing and electricity. Otherwise, when confronted with Humanland and its petty grievances, I wonder why we seem to make things so much harder for ourselves than necessary.  
 
As much as I like lying back and looking at the sky, I'm then assaulted by mosquitoes, and they are followed by the taxpayer-funded mosquito-control helicopter that sprays malathion on all this wonderfulness to kill the mosquitoes.  It also kills honey bees, lightning bugs, and untold other contributors to the food chain.  The helicopter--and those of the Hunter Army Airfield, police, and other "protectors of the public"--are also loud and intrusive.  So my peaceful appreciation of nature is destroyed and is replaced by helpless rage against Humankind's assaults on itself and the rest of nature.  
 
Still, your plea is well received.  We do seem to take ourselves too seriously, sometimes.  I've found a sense of humor--especially about myself--is a great antidote to exasperation.
 
Katharine Otto Added Sep 1, 2017 - 12:12pm
SEF,
I watched your video and would agree about the loneliness, but i don't blame social media.  Social media is a result of loneliness, as we--at least in the US--have moved toward private homes, private cars, private lives, and away from community-oriented activities.  Our lives are so externally regulated, and society is so judgmental, that people are led to re-invent themselves for public consumption but feel lonely inside because of the outer deception.  
 
Also, I contend we all change the world, although we can't know what effect we have on others. Communication platforms like this one do allow people to be more honest about their thoughts and feelings, and to find more simpatico intellectual associates.  We may never meet in real life, but you can influence people the world over by what you write.
Jeff Michka Added Sep 1, 2017 - 12:36pm
RJC, aka Mr.&Mrs. Gawd, rips off Alvin Lee, "I'd Love to Change the World.": Think you missed the point.  That tune is pure apathy, not a call for "Change." Lee had the same problem:  the World's clothes were at the dry cleaner so "I don't know what to do So I'll leave it up to you"
opher goodwin Added Sep 1, 2017 - 1:41pm
Donna - I've just moved into a new village. When you walk down the road everyone says hello. In the shop they smile and greet you. It makes a difference.
opher goodwin Added Sep 1, 2017 - 1:48pm
EABC - Monty Python are my favourites. I remember as a youth avidly watching each new episode. Then all the films. They were so different and astute - so hilarious.
The Galaxy Song was brilliant. Eric Idle was so clever. Nick Harper used to sing it in his act and did a great job. What an incredible song. I just took time out to listen to it through. Thanks for that.
opher goodwin Added Sep 1, 2017 - 1:50pm
Ksatharine - I agree. The world is full of problems to get heated about but if we put it to one side and take in the wonders around us then we should be overcome with thankfulness.
opher goodwin Added Sep 1, 2017 - 1:51pm
Sorry - I meant Katharine
opher goodwin Added Sep 1, 2017 - 1:52pm
EABC - and pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space because there's bugger all down here on Earth.
Jeff Michka Added Sep 1, 2017 - 3:34pm
D anal Yoder sez: Is that Jeff and Dannl working together to chip in? Opher! man, whatever was in that passage you published. Do it again! :)- I'd rather cut my leg off with a chainsaw than work with you, "Yoder."  
Jeff Michka Added Sep 1, 2017 - 4:17pm
Ah, Anal D, Replies with a nappy comeback: I have one you can borrow, acne face. Don't bluff. talk is cheap.
Thanks for proving my point.-I don't bluff, I'm not the one pretending to be "the good ol country boy." You are.  Some day you'll grow up and figure who you want to be on WB.  Might want to lose the cornpone crap, Anal D...
opher goodwin Added Sep 1, 2017 - 6:12pm
And it was all going so well.
Jeff Michka Added Sep 1, 2017 - 6:36pm
D anal Yoder writes: Opher, I forgive Jeff everything, since, you and SEC, and wsucram15 have obviously forgiven me.-Well, forgiveness?  Somewhat unlikely, but I will say sorry to opher, who had a calm thread.  You should have "guessed" I'd respond, and not in kindness, all things considered.  And I will keep my leg.  I need it to stand and put the World's tie on when the world gets changed.
Ray Joseph Cormier Added Sep 1, 2017 - 7:03pm
RJC, aka Mr.&Mrs. Gawd, rips off Alvin Lee, "I'd Love to Change the World."
aka Mr.& Mrs. Gawd??? I posted the lyrics to show with all the hopes for a better world, the change starts with the Individual changing him/herself first.
 
'So I'll leave it up to you' permeates our whole Society even more so than in 1971 and that's why things get worse little by little, almost imperceptible to Society until it will be too late.
 
Jesus was talking to a Samaritan woman at a well. The record indicates she would have been considered a woman of ill repute in those Times.
She said to him,  How is it that you, being a Jew, asks drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
And so it is to this very Day, 2000 years later.
The Samaritan woman would have been like a Palestinian these days. [...] she continued,
'Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and you say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.'
Jesus said to her, 'Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when you shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.' (the Zionist/Messianic Jews in Israel Today don't like that thought)
But the hour comes, and NOW IS, when the True worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him.
GOD IS A SPIRIT: and they that worship him must worship him in Spirit and in Truth.
John 4
 
 
Jeff Michka Added Sep 1, 2017 - 7:45pm
RJC preaches: Jesus was talking to a Samaritan woman at a well. The record indicates she would have been considered a woman of ill repute in those Times.-Oh wow.  I'm impressed!  Did Geezus ask her if he needed to use a condom?  Not everything requires a religious homily.  You've made mention of Kansas City in past commentaries...what do you make of all those (25k-35k) people commonly, known as "prisoners of Troost Avenue," unable to buy any real food outside a few conveince stores, one Aldi's and a Costco?  Is it gawd's will, too?  If gawd is good for "providing" political candidates, how 'bout some old school loaves and fishes?
Ray Joseph Cormier Added Sep 1, 2017 - 8:07pm
Maybe it was prescient this article was posted August 17, just 10 Days before the Houston catastrophe that just suddenly came up without much warning?
 
REVELATION: GLOBAL WARMING – FACT OR FICTION? TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES?
 
 
 
opher goodwin Added Sep 2, 2017 - 3:32am
Dannl - thank you for your poem and conciliatory words.  Much appreciated. 
opher goodwin Added Sep 2, 2017 - 3:33am
Jeff - that is great. I did not like to think of you with one leg. And your leg will look good with a tie on.
opher goodwin Added Sep 2, 2017 - 3:35am
Jeff/Dannl - I knew this positive energy would be transformational. I can feel it radiated around the world already. Hope you've got that tie sorted Jeff.
opher goodwin Added Sep 2, 2017 - 3:38am
Ray -'There is a spirit that runs through all human beings, a zeitgeist that we build ourselves. We share and spread happiness. We care for the planet and each other. We care for all living things. This will come to pass' Opher 4
opher goodwin Added Sep 2, 2017 - 3:40am
Jeff - 'There will come a time when man will care for the needy and give succour to the poor and all will be raised into perpetual happiness' - Opher 5
opher goodwin Added Sep 2, 2017 - 3:42am
Ray - the only disasters happening right now seem to be man-made. Floods in Texas and Bangladesh.
opher goodwin Added Sep 2, 2017 - 3:43am
Jeff/Dannl - good to see you two enjoying yourself.
Dr. Rupert Green Added Sep 2, 2017 - 4:10am
Excellent post that prompted my latest one. I often look into the heaven at night and ponder that a star I am seeing died million of years ago, but I am just seeing the light because of the distance of the star. I ponder that I am eating food based on the energies of the stars in the heavens. In the morning I wake and note the plants are all pointing their leaves toward the heavens.  What this post is saying is too powerful to be expressed by mere words, so I often turn to music for understanding. For it is on the wings of music that I believe we will be ascended into the great by and by of which individuals chant.
 
opher goodwin Added Sep 2, 2017 - 5:56am
DRP - I'm glad we all share that connection with wonder. And music expresses it so well. The world is full of it. Rejoice!
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 2, 2017 - 7:55am
Yep. Music and peace such as Gangsta Rap and Death Metal LOL
opher goodwin Added Sep 2, 2017 - 8:19am
SEF - it speaks to some - NWA were brilliant. Personally not so keen on Death Metal but there are many aficionados.
Jeff Michka Added Sep 2, 2017 - 11:49am
D anal begs: Don't call anymore people "Liar" J effin.understood? Now you behave yourself or I will tell ' princess " on you!-Hey, best way to avoid that is not to lie.  If you do, count on being reminded of your falsehoods.  Sure, the WB audience is pretty non critical-they'll believe almost anything, but deserve to remember when someone has been a liar, I WILL STILL CALL THAT OUT.  Integrity, being what it is, evaporates under lies.  Whether the lies are intentional or not.  Same holds true for plagiarists.  This is WRITER'S SITE. Plagiarism=no Integrity. Hmmm. I guess they just don't mind being copy thieves, but bristle when reminded.  That sort of thing renders anything they produce to automatic BS.  Never forget.
 
opher goodwin Added Sep 2, 2017 - 12:11pm
Jeff - I borrow every word I write - I just rearrange them.
opher goodwin Added Sep 2, 2017 - 1:21pm
Dannl - every word has its own beauty. The art is to arrange them so that the rancid are coated in honey.
If my thought-dreams could be seen
They'd probably put my head in a guillotine. BD
Jeff Michka Added Sep 2, 2017 - 6:35pm
opher goodwin sez: Jeff - I borrow every word I write - I just rearrange them- But I BET YOU DON'T USE WORDS AS YOU FIND THEM IN SOMEONE ELSE'S WORK, THEN SAY THEY'RE YOURS, AND LIE WHEN CAUGHT, using an excuse close to "the dog ate it, really!" as the guilty parties hear have done, then gotten sooo angry when called out.  Although we speak American in the States, and folks in UK speak English, we only have so many words to use and arrange as you note.
opher goodwin Added Sep 3, 2017 - 4:08am
Jeff - no I don't do that. But I bet I subconsciously absorb ideas and then later believe them to be my own original thoughts. At the end of the day we all borrow from those who have gone before - some more than others.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 3, 2017 - 12:51pm
Afterword to Dannl's remark
 
I have tasted 250,000 English words
 
https://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/lang/vocab.html
 
As for German....
 
Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauun-
terbeamtengesellschaft
 
Now this is one word, is it ? Well, it is, but it can also be:
 
Donau =1 word
Dampf = 1 word
Donau, Schiffahrt = 2 words
Dampf, Elektrizität = 2 words
Elektrizitäts-, Betrieb = 2 words
Beamten, Gesellschaft = 2 words
Betriebs, Gesellschaft = 2 words
Donau, Dampf, Schiff = 3 words
Elektrizitäts, Betriebs, Werk, Beamte(r) = 4 words...
 
all give sense.
 
...etc....;-)
 
The word combines 9 words.
 
All sorts of combinations possible...and they have partly different meanings.
opher goodwin Added Sep 3, 2017 - 7:09pm
English is an interesting language because it incorporates so many other languages so there are multiple words for the same thing all with a different nuance. One can convey so much. It is subtle. English is a hybrid of many language.
Jeff Michka Added Sep 3, 2017 - 8:01pm
opher goodwin sez: Jeff/Dannl - good to see you two enjoying yourself.-Let's not put too sunny a visage on this, opher.  This is barely "pizza in our time."  LOL
opher goodwin Added Sep 4, 2017 - 5:50am
I live in hope Jeff.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 4, 2017 - 8:43am
Opher
 
I guess so. English has a lot of French, German and other stuff in it.
 
Now, here's a little translation example English - German:
 
arm  = Arm
hand = Hand
finger = Finger
knee = Knie
nail = Nagel
hair = Haar
house = Haus
way = Weg
 
etc.
 
German should really be easy for you. As easy as English is for us.
 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 4, 2017 - 8:45am
BTW:
 
there are multiple words for the same thing
 
Same in German. But you have ONE word which tops it all in numbers of usages:
 
GET
 
LOL
opher goodwin Added Sep 4, 2017 - 9:37am
SEF - it is fascinating to look at the English language and its origins and evolution. It tells the lie to racists.
The Celts were the original tribes - the Britons. They were pushed out by the Angles and Saxons who I believe came from Germany. Then we had the Vikings bringing their Scandinavian, the Romans with Italian, the Dutch traders, the Normans introduced French, then the Empire brought Chinese and Indians, Jamaicans and Africans.
They all came and left their language embedded in English. They also left their DNA. The British are mongrels with a mongrel language that has a German base.
I find it stupid to hear the racist little Englanders ranting on about the French and Germans as if we weren't them. We are the French and Germans.
I would like to have learnt German. We did French at school and like most English I wasn't very good at it.
Jeff Michka Added Sep 4, 2017 - 12:28pm
Hmm.  This discussion reminds me of a mid-80s TV series that aired on PBS, hosted by the late Robert MacNeil, called the "Story of English." Worth a view: http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/the-story-of-english/episodes/204625/
Dr. Rupert Green Added Sep 5, 2017 - 3:40am
Did one person in Bill Gates not change the world? Can you not name many more individuals?
 
opher goodwin Added Sep 5, 2017 - 12:43pm
Doctor Green - yes - John Lennon. I think the Beatles, led by John Lennon, inspired Russian youth to demand an easing of the Russian strictures. They wanted Rock Music and fashion. They wanted to have fun. It set a tone which led to a change of culture. They were a world-wide phenomenon with a clear stance on issues.
Dr. Rupert Green Added Sep 7, 2017 - 7:50am
@Mr. Yoder and Opher. That is why one cannot come to FB and think s/he is dealing with a bunch of morons. We may not use orthography, etymology, syntax, and prosody the conventional ways, but we sure as hell can draw upon individual and collective knowledge to fact check. I did not know about Maria Sanchez as you may not know about Abram Petrovich Gannibal and other  great and leading Russian Blacks not found in Wikipedia.  Do point me to info on Sanchez.
 
Interesting on the impact of the Beatles and Russia. Did Stephen Biko have an effect in South Africa,? Did Dr. Charles Drew help change the world?  Did Robert Jarvick?
 
So, get your shit straight before attempting to unload it on WB.
opher goodwin Added Sep 7, 2017 - 9:49am
DRG - Biko is certainly one of my heroes. I think he had a huge impact.
Dr. Rupert Green Added Sep 7, 2017 - 10:29am
@Mr. Yoder. I was in agreement and complementing of your response. Please tell me more about Sanchez.
opher goodwin Added Sep 7, 2017 - 10:39am
Dannl/Rupert - we are all changing the world.
Dr. Rupert Green Added Sep 7, 2017 - 10:46am
You are right on our impact on the world. A teacher's impact may come 20 years later through a student. Our words here may impact one of us to change behavior, attitude, and perception to impact the world from advice we impart to young children.
opher goodwin Added Sep 7, 2017 - 1:50pm
DRG - and the influence the zeitgeist of the times. Our thoughts, ideas and feelings are ripples which reach out to everyone.
I always said to my students - go out and make a positive splash.
opher goodwin Added Sep 7, 2017 - 6:46pm
I will have to check out Maria Sanchez.