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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"I Did It My Way"

I really hate that song.

Just for all that it represents. Some schmoe who's insisted on doing it "his way" and is damned proud of it, no matter how things turned out. Arrogance, hubris and stupidity all set to a tune.

What brought this on was scanning the news and seeing that Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden voice, has checked out of rehab against his doctors' orders. I've known a few alcoholics & drug addicts over the years, so when I say it's a recipe for disaster you can bet that knowledge comes via hearing many other folk in similar situations who did the same damned thing. Just think "Lindsay Lohan" for an example we all know of.

This is a part and parcel of our culture, the myth of one who goes against the common grain and proves himself to be more than just another face in the crowd. Didn't Ayn Rand & Nietzsche propose similar prototypes? Nice ideals in theory, not so good in reality.

I've known far too many folks who had this "I'll do it my way" attitude. Without ANY exception their lives turn into train wrecks. This includes the relative who defiantly smoked four packs of cigarettes a day, casually dismissing all health concerns with "Ya gotta die from something, don't cha?" That individual passed away at age 57 from a very aggressive cancer of the lung. Smooth move, ExLax.

It includes all too many jerks who felt the rules & regulations of the military didn't apply to them, even though they formally took an oath to the contrary. They were more a colossal pain in the ass to deal with than anything else. For the record folks; Rambo was the product of some idiot's imagination. In real life our military doesn't work with "Rambo" types. Even Audie Murphy was a "follow all orders" type. The military is built on teamwork and there really is no "I" in T-E-A-M.

As I've already implied, it includes one HELL of a lot of people I've known in AA who felt they could do it better than the rest of us. AA follows (loosely, but it follows) a program that has certain "suggestions". They're called "suggestions" because too damned many alkies are pigheaded enough to think they don't need any stinking rules or regulations. Even that is too restrictive for many, once they've a few 24 hours of sobriety under their belts they're ready to remake the world. It normally ends with them passed out drunk again.

Don't get me started on fools who think they can have a "special" relationship with their kids, totally eschewing the traditional parent-child model. Trying to be buddies with a twelve year old who thinks they know everything only insures the kid will become an insufferable self-centered asshole in about ten or twenty years.

And those who routinely disregard safety precautions almost always will prove in sufficient time the truth that all precautions were written in someone's blood.

Wanna know who succeeds best? It's the guy/gal who knows rules should be followed, they're more than likely find success in life. The one who follows the doctor's orders to improve their health. The one who doesn't believe in the 11th Commandment, i.e. "Thou Shalt Not Get Caught". The nameless, faceless type who is one of many and doesn't seek to stand out from the rest of us to prove how "exceptional" they are.

Back to Ted Williams. God have mercy on him, I believe in less than six months he'll be back to standing on a street corner with a sign begging for charity. What a waste.

The gutter is filled with highly intelligent and talented folks. They're kept there by their own pride and nothing else.

Nothing much to this post, just blowing off steam. Lately I've been dealing (again) with a family member who knows it all and if you don't believe it you can just ask him. So the story about Williams struck a nerve.

People can't help being ignorant, they can't help it if they're born stupid. I've always felt sorry for anyone who wanders through life perpetually confused. But self-willed ignorance and stupidity are without any excuse and deserves zippo sympathy.

Thanks for listening.


Cookie..... said...

John Wayne said; Life is hard. It's even harder when yur stupid." How true. More later, right now I gotta take the wife out to breakfast if'n I want a peaceful and enjoyable day. ;-)

Subvet said...

Cookie, "She Who Must Be Obeyed" should always come first. When Mama ain't happy..., you know the rest.

Cookie..... said...

There, "She who MUST be obeyed" is happy and satisfied. Now...

I've been watching his "progress" as well and to folks like you and I the probable results are clear. Like many of us had to learn the hard way, that "Stink'n think'n" will get us everytime. He became homeless originally because of booze and drugs and it looks like it will happen again. "There but for the grace of GOD go I."

Subvet said...

Cookie, amen to that!

Adrienne said...

Excellent post, Sub.

When they first pulled 'ol Ted off the street, I figured it would last a week or so. Hate it when I'm right about stuff like that.

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