MENTAL NOTE

"Though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run."
Blue, resist the urge to use facebook. You can do it. Good luck.
Cats and dogs can be friends. So can cowboys and indians. So can we.
Why try to be the best when there's no hierarchy in heaven?

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Meter's Running

For a lesson in humility, check worldmeters.info. It's a clock, but it doesn't tell you what time it is. It's a Casio with a twist. As I type this, the current world population hits 7,218,470,413... 7,218,470,474…. 7,218,470,592. It's hard to keep up. I know what I'm looking at intellectually, but I'm trying to feel what it's telling me. I'm also informed about the number of people who died today: 12,077. I close my eyes and look again: 12,191 people dead and gone, 12,198… 12,210… 12,222… 12,234… It makes me wonder how important we are. How important I am. But I guess I've always known the answer. 

If I weren't such a coward, I would have jumped ship a long time ago. But as a kid I was brainwashed properly and I still believe that giving up is a definite no-no, so I'm still here. I'm a proud member of the Club of the Very Big Seven. Hello world, how are you today? Better answer quick for the clock is ticking', you see. I just went to drain the Handsome Snake and now Mr Casio says, "Deaths today: 14,424." That is not something to take lightly, my friends. Are you still there? I hope so. I also hope I'm granted enough time to finish this post. I mean, it would be rude to be snatched away in mid-sen…

Just kidding.

Still here.

Now, let's see… There are 321,798,312 Americans. I close my eyes again. I open them. Still 321,798,312. Still 321,798,312?! How could that be? It takes about 20 seconds before another American is born. You really need to hump on, people. How come you're so slow today? So I was watching this movie my Colombian friend Angie recommended (not my American friend Angie or my Indian wife Angie or my mother's best friend's daughter Angie that I dry humped when I was too young to know what I was doing, except that I did want to contribute to this future website called worldmeters.info and make my attempt at I-didn't-know-what count)... So this movie, it's called Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and in it this handsome actor Javier Bardem says, "We are meant for each other and not meant for each other. It's a contradiction. In order to understand it, you need to be a poet, like my father." Does it also require a poet to believe that I'm so important someone out there is actally meant for me and I'm meant for her? (My wife... You think?) Look: 18,200 people dead today… 18,244... 18, 289... I'm rushing towards that cliff. I'd better say something meaningful.

Right now.


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56 comments:

  1. I read somewhere once too
    That there are now more people alive across Earth's zoo
    Than there ever been people who are dead
    Even way back when when they chomped off your head
    Hmmm not sure on that
    But it is an interesting stat
    And yeah so many die a day
    And more born as we humpity hump away
    Maybe more americans are snip snip
    And they can't get a grip
    Or the rednecks just like the sheep lol
    My,today you went deep
    Canada is the place to be
    Largest country and less people from sea to sea
    Way more space
    I guess we ump at a slower pace lol

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    1. Chopping off heads big and small
      People've been having quite a ball
      And with so many things for which to yearn
      I guess we'll never really learn
      Some say we don't have impeccable taste
      But I sure know time's not for us to waste
      No snip snip for me, no siree
      I'd rather have some English tea
      Or eat a flee
      With thee for free
      Somewhere up a Canadian tree
      Yep, Canada's really large
      With a big rhyming cat in charge

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  2. It's easy to feel insignificant when you think in numbers like that, but just think, each one of those is an astounding number of hours of experiences. Of stories. Of love and happiness and anger and sadness and all kinds of other stuff that gives writers like me something to yak about.

    What I'm saying is, if you think it's hard to get caught up on all the movies that are out right now, try getting to REALLY know 14,424 people.

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    1. I just stumbled upon that website and I saw the meter running. It got me thinking. But I hear you, fellas, and you're right.

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  3. 73.6% of all statistics are made up

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    1. I know, but still. Seeing that meter run - even if the numbers don't add up - made me feel what I already knew. Do you know what I mean? Just have a look.

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  4. Ah, I remember dry humping. Those were the days of exploration -- very tempting exploration.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I bet you do. So how come you never said anything about my rocket? No pun intended.

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  5. Grr! What the heck? This is the third time I've tried to comment. Let's see if you have moderation on….

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  6. What the???

    Okay, here's what I said, kind of…

    Adam's comment reminded me of a quote from Anchorman:

    60% of the time, it works every time

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjvQFtlNQ-M

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    1. That makes perfect sense, Elsie. And it's based on studies, too. ;)

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  7. This sort of thing would stress me out too much. Why are you doing this to yourself Blue? Tick tock, tick tock...
    You do make me smile :)

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    1. I knew you'd understand. It's not like I was looking for that thing. I stumbled upon it looking for a world clock. So when I saw it, I just went a-staring for a long time. Not good, not good.

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    2. No, not good at all. STAY AWAY from the clock! That's what my Mum always taught me :)

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    3. Your Mom is a wise woman. I'd better stay away from that clock alright.

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  8. My wife and I contributed 2 of those 321,798,312 Americans so I think we covered our fair share.

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    1. Well done. Bet it took you longer than a mere twenty seconds.... ;)

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  9. Does this counter thingy include the countless lil Rafi's born from bursting, yet mercilessly gassed in ma' mister's chamber? Thar's gotta be millions (billions?) dead from this morning's activities alone. Just be happy you're a naturally fast swimmer, you weren't dumped in a quagmire and SMILE:D, dangnabbit!

    Or is countless implied?

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    1. I didn't dare ask. Do you think it should? I think it should. Rafael's merciless gas... I wonder if my car would run on it.

      Of course it's implied.

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  10. One of my favorite quotes and so true--

    "To the world you may just be one person, but to one person you may be the world."

    I think it is important to love whom is around u. If we all just took care of one person or one animal, the whole world would be cared for--

    No???

    I am in love with my "Alex". I will be posting some photos of us soon. We went to "surprise" visit his rescuer.

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    1. Good afternoon Miss Stormy Marples. How are you and your new little friend doing today? Love that quote.

      Yesss

      I'm happy for you, but you knew that already.

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  11. I don't feel stressed about the population of the earth. Or the number of people dying each day. If I read Time Magazine I'd probably feel stressed, and depressed. But I found out long ago that the owners of that magazine are full of crap. So I turned my back and walked away from their entire assortment of publications. Sometimes it helps to know who is the old man behind the curtain working the Wizard. It makes it easier not to worry about the things they want you to worry over when you know what their up to.

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    1. Amen. Of course, I never read Time Magazine. That does not mean those covers I picked were randomly picked if you know what I mean. Time passing by does not equal people learning much.

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  12. Alright, fuckin' A, there is a dramatic difference between what I've typed and what is ending up published here. I don't know why. THAT is stressing me.

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    1. Don't blame me. I just work here. And I'm no Wizard.

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  13. Haha Blue, for someone so snarky, you sure have all the hysterics in place. The only thing we seem to be perpetually in denial about is Death. Even as I type this, I acknowledge it, but I can't comprehend y'know. And in the time it took to type this, maybe 20 people have departed this earth. Sometimes I wonder if they're the lucky ones...

    Hope all is well cuz!

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    1. I've never been called snarky before. Cute, yes. Allow me to savor the moment. Snarky Blue... I like it. Well, you know me... There's only one thing that makes me really nervous, not believing what you believe and all :( I guess no one is perfect after all. When I try hard to remember the year 1900, I can't. Or when I try to remember 1950... I can't. That's what death must be like. But what do I know....

      Just send you an email :) I'm doing just fine, all things considered.

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  14. Wow, what kind of crap sexism is that 90s cover? Interesting snapshot though, thank you...

    The handsome snake? I haven't heard that one before. Is he blue too? :)

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    1. Like I said.... time passes by and sexism is still around. You bet you sweet Kitty he's blue. I'm not a freak, you know ;)

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    2. but the real question is - does it glow in the dark? :)

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    3. That IS the real question. I'll keep you posted once I've gotten round to finding the answer to that mother of all mysteries.

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  15. There are already more than 7 billion people? Oh, my, it sure ain't easy being special in such a big crowd.... Especially since doing something really meaningful, like inventing a cure for a disease, treating thousands of patients, teaching thousands of students, doesn't really make you known and famous in today's world. Maybe we should just get naked on a wrecking ball and lick a sledge hammer, Blue? Twould make us famous among those seven billion :)

    I too smiled naughtily at the mention of a handsome snake.... you know me all too well :)

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    1. You just want to hear me say you're special. You're special. There. I said it. I, for one, have never done anything really meaningful, Dezz. Sure, I've tought thousands of students the difference between "do me" and "do for me", but that's nothing. I don't mind getting naked, but I draw the line at licking a sledge hammer. Why don't we just get hammered instead?

      I knew that would make you smile.

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    2. You is special, Blue. You know, you never know if you actually touched some student's life just by being nice to them. I had a few cases of my students who told me that when I would leave them nice comments in their essays or just giving them a nice word during lessons and encouraging compliments, it always gave them a sense of selfworth which they didn't get in their homes or from their friends. To me it was a very simple thing, just being warm and nice, but to some of them it meant the whole world.... So my point is, Blue Dearest, that maybe you influenced someone's life in that way too and that gives you meaning and depth and the fullfilment of your life's mission.

      And I bet your handsome snake is special too :PPP

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    3. I hear you, Dezzwonder, and who knows.... you may be right again. Still, it doesn't feel like I've accomplished all that much in my 40-plus years on this planet and, in truth, I have always believed that accomplishments are somewhat overrated. I just try to help people within the limits of my abilities and I would hope for mankind to be more kind in general. I don't know... maybe I need to build that rocket, leave and make history in having done so. You know there's a guest room.

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    4. I'm ready to board the rocket, Captain Blue!
      I'm telling you, we should just ditch everything and go down to Chile to grow raspberries and blueberries with Gloria Dear.
      Thinking about accomplishments is too depressive, Randy Mandy.. I swear it is....

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    5. It sure is. It's ego-related nonsense is what it is. Or so I came to realize after semi-successfully un-brainwashing myself.

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  16. It all makes you feel rather insignificant, doesn't it?

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    1. Let's forget about it and have a drink instead. What do you say?

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  17. Time keeps on ticking, ticking, ticking, into the future ...

    Now this song is stuck in my head. I blame you for this. :-)

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    1. Feel free to blame me. That's what I'm here for. ;)

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  18. you go to this site to what brighten up your mood, life? I go to huffington post - man the comments and vile and hatred - I rather die.. :)

    So many Angies in life. You are attracted to "Angie" or all Angie find you?

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    1. Haha good one. It would sort of make sense. I don't know.... there just happen to be so many of them in my life. How are you today?

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    2. I am good Blue. In case I go under protective custody I know what name I shouldn't pick to blow cover :)

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  19. Time to colonize Mars. That'll help reduce the population a bit.

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    1. I just knew you'd come up with a solution, Damian.

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  20. Blue Blue Blue,

    You have a way of exploring the many facets of blue..but, there is only one of you..so you are significant and play an important part in the connective threads of the universe. For you have touched many lives and those lives have touched lives and so the circle goes on and on..we each bring our own uniqueness into the world..better to dwell on today then worry about the ticking arms of time..tick, tick, tick ...did you know my brother was born at 3:00 am and my grandfather died at 3:00 pm the very same day..I always found this fascinating..while one left one was born in our family..there is more to the universal plan than we will ever understand..I guess what I am trying to say is just be you as you bring joy to many and enhance life's journey. I for one am glad to have met you..and you know this to be true blue..now how about that blue jay sky..it's waiting for us to fly..

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    1. Thanks, Truedessa. I do try to bring joy to whoever's out there and you - if with a pinch of blue. No, I didn't know that. 3:00 am... 3:00 pm... that's quite a story and certainly beyond me. I'm happy to have met you, Ms. Blue Jay Sky. Let's fly.

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  21. Happy to say, I'm still here too.

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  22. As you can tell by my writing, I gave up long ago. I struggle to find meaning in all this, so instead, I try to have fun while it lasts, before over-population ends up crushing us all.

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    1. Your brand of writing has always puzzled me: I can relate and yet I wonder what motivates you. You will never tell me, I know that much. But I do know you're trying to have fun while it lasts.

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  23. We're all just statistics counting up on worldinfos counters. I'd love to personally help get the Americans population up but I don't really want kids lol. Yet.

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    1. Sometimes I wake up and there's this voice telling me, "Good morning, Statistic. Don't you even bother to get up." Of course, I never ever listen. Thanks for stopping by.

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