I try to focus on the upbeat or at least the intellectual. Lately, that has been difficult. I have a wonderful blog written about my failure to get my Lowe’s extended warranty Whirlpool dishwasher working on a more than occasional basis, but who wants to read about that?
Then there’s politics—enough said . . . .
So, it’s not that I’ve been ignoring everyone, it’s that I, like Don Quixote have been seeking something; he sought dragons in the windmills. I seek humor in today’s world. Cervantes gave Don Quixote Sancho Panza and the Golden Helmet of Mambrino, but alas, I have neither plucky comic relief nor magical accoutrements to find the humor in today’s world.
But, then again, Don Quixote saw Dulcinea—the perfect woman within Aldonza. Maybe, as we approach Hanukah, Christmas, and the Winter Solstice, we are being called to find, if not perfection, at least that glitter of gold in one another.
Now THAT would give me something great to write about.
Steve, that’s the issue with you geniuses: You take us, loyal followers, from the simple and recognizable (your whirlpool dilemma)—to the esoteric and eccentric (the great lover, Don Quixote) as if our mind is an artist and what we draw, we realize. Like Einstein, for example. He was asked to “simply” explain “relativity” to a bunch of reporters and so he said: “Put a hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour: Sit with someone good-looking for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity!”
At the same time, Albert Einstein could be and would be eccentric, NUTS even. He said, “I don’t fear being eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted… was once eccentric. If I can’t explain things to a six year old, I don’t understand it well enough myself. You see, I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination: Imagination is more important than knowledge: Knowledge is limited; Imagination encircles the world.”
“There’s nothing magical or mystical about great thinkers and doers. Everyone has the ability to enjoy thinking deeper and contributing. Thinking simply is the ultimate sophistication, and is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals. The great thinkers and doers simply add, divide, subtract, and multiply—and reduce all problems to their most simple common denominator. For example, to solve the human equation, we need to add love, subtract hate, multiply good, and divide between truth and error. So, it’s not only in math but in life too–that we seek the most simple common denominator.”
Hey, Steve, maybe we can apply some of Einstein’s basics to your Whirlpool dishwasher and even to Don Quixote’s love escapades?