May 7, 2009



Oh, it's a mystery to me
We have a greed with which we have agreed
And you think you have to want more than you need
Until you have it all you won't be free

Society, you're a crazy breed
Hope you're not lonely without me...

When you want more than you have
You think you need...
And when you think more than you want
Your thoughts begin to bleed
I think I need to find a bigger place
Because when you have more than you think
You need more space

Society, you're a crazy breed
Hope you're not lonely without me...
Society, crazy indeed
Hope you're not lonely without me...

There's those thinking, more-or-less, less is more
But if less is more, how you keeping score?
Means for every point you make, your level drops
Kinda like you're starting from the top
You can't do that...

Society, you're a crazy breed
Hope you're not lonely without me...
Society, crazy indeed
Hope you're not lonely without me...

Society, have mercy on me
Hope you're not angry if I disagree...
Society, crazy indeed
Hope you're not lonely without me...

13 comments:

Shmazya said...

true...true

LOL said...

Great Movie... Better Book..

Anonymous said...

Great movie, I play that song loud in my car while driving through traffic thinking about the day I can escape to my property in Oregon. We make good money, but unlike most of our peers we save 35% and only have banks note only on the property. The guy who lives next to me has two jobs his wife works and can't believe that my cars are paid for. PEOPLE you really don't need all that crap you have. Question can you park your car(s) in your garage? Most likely not that is the test for americans is their garage is full of crap. Oh did I say we live on one income and decided to invest time with our children not sending them to some daycare with employees who hate being there.

euonymous said...

Keith,
I hesitate to write, because I didn't read the whole book.

What I'm thinking, anyway, is that he took off, into the Wild Blue Yonder, for a reason. It became more painful to stay at "home" than to take the plunge and escape.

We all have a yearning*, at least some of the time, to escape from where/what/who we are to somewhere else.

What say you? What advice do you have? Are you willing to share your fears, from what you remember, when you first started off on your journey? Are you willing to share your regrets along the way, and if there's turmoil now, what is it about?

The whole world is your audience, and right now a whole big S-load of the whole world would love to be a happy and contented "drifter."
(BTW, I never thought of you as a "drifter.")

*Disclosure: I'm way older than you are, and still.......
what is first and foremost in my mind every day is:
a) "escape" to something (hopefully) better?
or
b) not, and just deal with it.

At any rate, it appears you've done a good job with the drifting thing. Kudos to you for that.

Last thought... have you noticed the more intense interest when you broach the Really Just Being Human stuff?

suzanne researched it... said...

Keith,
Thanks for posting this up. Makes me smile.

On a side note, the book "Back to Basics", 2nd edition from Reader's Digest is a wonderful book that would be very useful to one stranded in the Great Alaskan wilderness. I was referencing it this evening for knot tying directions.

-SRI

les said...

Here's a little story I copied from Mike Folkerth site:

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

“Not very long,” answered the Mexican.

“But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the American.

The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The American asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life.”

The American interrupted, “I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.”

“And after that?” asked the Mexican.

“With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate
directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.”

“How long would that take?” asked the Mexican.

“Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years,” replied the American.

“And after that?”

“Afterwards? Well my friend, that’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the American, laughing. “When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!”

“Millions? Really? And after that?” asked the Mexican.

“Are you kidding? After that, my man, you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends.”

And the moral of this story is: ……… Know where you’re going in life… you may already be there.

Anonymous said...

Obama brings some Change(tm) to Afghanistan:


US Afghan Strikes Kill 100, 'Mostly Civilians'.



Mmmmmm.. I just looove the smell of hypocrisy and denial in the morning.

-Gonzo

Tyrone said...

Spitzer Video:
Part 1: Sheriff of Wall StreetPart 2: Sheriff of Wall Street

Mike H. said...

Keefer,

Into the wild was a good book but not so much a quest as much as a guy who made a few dumb mistakes and then became worm food.

Nothing so romantic about that.

-Mike

Stuck in so Pa said...

God, that reminds me of that scene from "My Fair Lady" where Alfred P Doolittle is lamenting to his daughter Eliza that going from penniless to a man of means has made his life miserable (a deceased American millionaire left him a bundle.)

When she asks him why he simply doesn't just give the money back (to the estate) he replies:

"It's easy to say chuck it...........But I haven't the nerve!"

If only WE could ALL find that nerve!

Anonymous said...

Obammmmyyyy...gimme KFC!

What a fiasco here in the US over this Oprah free chicken promo!

KFC CEO announced it today:
On Thursday, KFC president Roger Eaton issued an apology for the coupon fiasco, but said the chicken giant will no longer accept the coupons.

"We would like to apologize to our customers who have been inconvenienced by the overwhelming response to our free Kentucky Grilled Chicken offer," Eaton said in a statement. "The lines of customers wanting to redeem their coupon have been out the door and around the block, so we're unable to redeem customer coupons at this time. Instead, we will be issuing rainchecks to customers which can be used at a later date. We're asking our customers to kindly visit their local KFC to find out more about rainchecks."

We are so sorry, but due to the overwhelming response to our FREE Kentucky Grilled Chicken™ meal coupon, we can no longer redeem the free coupon at this time. But we will honor our commitment to giving you a free Kentucky Grilled Chicken meal.

Please visit a participating KFC restaurant for a rain check form. Complete the form, attach your original coupon , and give it to the KFC restaurant manager or postmark per the form’s instructions, by May 19, 2009, and we’ll send you a rain check for your free Kentucky Grilled Chicken meal at a later date, plus a free Pepsi with our compliments. Your participating KFC restaurant will provide you with the form you need.

Please note that the redemption periods of the rain checks will vary. All other terms and conditions of the original free Kentucky Grilled Chicken coupon will apply.

Thank you for your understanding,
Roger Eaton
KFC® President

too much rope said...

les,

Great story, I've heard that one before. For the time being, I live in a town where the American from Harvard would be quite at home; everyone acts like an total ass and tries to bulldoze anyone that might come between them and "more". The problem with kind of attitude is it affects everyone, not just the morons. Look at real estate: those who just wanted to buy a modest starter home found that it got flattened to put up a McMansion with granite countertops. There is no long a live and let live attitude in regards to rampant consumerism.

bottom feeder in philly said...

Made me think. Looking foward to the yearly columbus day week escape to worlds end state park in sullivan county Pa. It's basic cabin living, and backpacking trips with the whole extended family. There is no cell phone reception unless you drive 25 miles to the nearest town, (which I do every other day blasting my crotch rocket on twisty mountain roads at about 125mph, you can't get away with that in suburbia). Other than that brief communication with the real world it's hiking, fishing, wood cutting, campfires,motorcycle racing with my brother and law, and family. It takes 2 days to decompress, and the stress comes back as soon as we get on the road home and the cell phones work again. Those 4 days inbetween make me realize that I am busting my ass to try to make enough money so I can just live a simple life, and provide better opportunities for my kids than the ones given me.
bottom feeder in philly