Share Your World – 7-15-19

I haven’t participated in this challenge for awhile, but today I’m raring to go and join Melanie and others in sharing my world.

Why do we seem to respect the dead more than the living? very good question – I don’t have any answer, but it’s always baffled (and bothered) me when we feel a need to eulogize a person and make him/her larger than life, and a perfect example of the human species. Truth is, none of us are perfect, all of us have done stupid things, and we are what we are. I’m not saying a eulogy should consist of the black marks, but come on, let’s be real. Let’s not go overboard with the praise.

Why is beauty associated with morality?  Or not?   (a few weeks back I asked a similar question, but the key word was MORTALITY, not MORALITY).  Is it? I didn’t know it was. I don’t think beauty and morality (or mortality for that matter) have anything to do with one another. Although someone with an inner beauty, a generosity of spirit and manner, may have a longer mortality than some others. And may or may not be more moral – but the morality comes from within the workings of our brains, not from our exterior appearance. Or maybe we need to define beauty?

Have gadgets and apps taken away emotions? No, I don’t think they’ve taken away emotions. Perhaps reduced face-to-face experiences – but then, maybe they’ve also increased our communications and contact with one another. So much easier to text or email someone who can then respond when it’s convenient for them, rather than making a phone call which might interrupt something the receiver doesn’t wish to have interrupted. Watch where your minds go there!

Is there a perfect life?  What’s your version of a perfect life if you care to share?  Until humans become perfect, life will not be perfect. Unless you view “perfect” as having a good amount of contentment, happiness, satisfaction, love, peace, joy, sadness (because how would we appreciate the good without some not so good?) If that’s what makes perfect, then my life is there. But to increase that perfection, I would put my life in a home close to a beach, where I could see the water, feel it’s soothing peacefulness, and hear its waves lapping the shoreline.

As to what I’m grateful for? Well, I spent the last week of June with my daughter and her fiancé, and then my son came and spent the following week with me. That there is gratitude and happiness making!

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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9 Responses to Share Your World – 7-15-19

  1. Thanks Carol for providing insightful and thoughtful answers to the questions this week! 😀 Thanks so much for Sharing Your World with us, and yes, having a visit from some far off loved ones is always welcome! Congratulations!

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  2. Lisa says:

    I’ve always though funerals and memorial services were not for the dead, but for those left behind. Too bad we’re not willing to tell people these “good” things about them while they are living. You pose in interesting question about beauty and morality. I never really thought the two were linked. A criticism I have with our “gadgets” and social media apps is that they seem to not foster genuine, interpersonal relationships…..which come with lots of emotions. To me, it seems there is a generation of people who have difficulty interacting outside of a screen. And, lastly, for me, that perfect life simply cannot happen this side of heaven. 🙂 xoxox

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  3. Ally Bean says:

    I find funeral services sometimes are the height of hypocrisy. I mean before the service there we all are remembering the dearly departed’s foibles, then along comes the pastor who sugarcoats the person’s life creating a fantasy. It bugs me. Seems dishonest.

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  4. leendadll says:

    totally agree on #1. I went to a memorial where everyone waxed poetic about a guy who was a blatant asshole. I didn’t dare speak the truth (I didn’t speak at all) but I’m sure he was cracking up if he was watching from some alternate space/time.

    Re gadgets: I just saw a The Great Courses lecture that pointed out that we are now, for the first time, adapting ourselves to our machines instead of adapting machines to us. It’s altering how we interact but that doesn’t mean the outcome will be bad. But I tell ya, as someone who’s in between old & new, I really miss people… strangers…. conversing face:face in public. It’s nearly impossible to meet new people in person these days!

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    • Carol says:

      I don’t know, I talk to strangers in the stores when I’m not shopping. Not long drawn out conversation, but communication. You do the same when you’re out, don’t you?

      Sent from my iPad

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      • leendadll says:

        yes. but i’m finding it’s more & more rare to find people who are not staring at their phone, or who can be pulled away from it if they are. sometimes i keep pestering them just to be an ass and force them to engage with real life instead of their screen.

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  5. Carol — And I plunk down my little home near yours on a sandy beach, where I, too, could see the water, feel it’s soothing peacefulness, and hear its waves lapping the shoreline.

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