Stop Making Sense

The Rolling Stones – Stop Breaking Down

Today’s Quote: “There’s many ways to victimize people. The most insidious is to convince them that they’re victims.” — Tom Robbins

Here’s a short list of things that just don’t make sense:

  • Why doesn’t technology actually make our lives any easier? When it works, it’s wonderful but when it doesn’t, which is more often than not, it further complicates our lives and raises our stress levels.
  • Why is clothing required in a gymnasium when the name of the place is derived from the Greek gumnasion, to exercise naked? By definition, a gymnasium is a place to exercise naked. Of course, it logically follows that a gymnast would be someone who exercises in the nude and gymnastics would be nude exercise.
  • Why aren’t there any truly Christian holidays? Other religions have holidays that are deeply rooted in their own history and traditions. The Jews have Yom Kippur, Chanukah, and 35 others. Islam has a host of holidays that are strictly Islamic. Yet every Christian holiday is a pagan holiday or festival that was acquired by the Church in a hostile takeover, given an arbitrary link to Jesus or a revered saint, and given the infallible papal stamp of approval. The birth of Christ is celebrated in late December although the Gospel of Luke clearly indicates He was born in the spring. The commemoration of His crucifixion and resurrection is based on the lunar calendar to coincide with ancient pagan fertility rites rather than the Jewish Passover, which is the reason Jesus was in Jerusalem. It seems rather obvious that Passover has more to do Christianity than rabbits and eggs.
  • Amerika’s love/hate relationship with breasts and nipples. People are fascinated by them yet when they actually see them, they’re revolted and terrified. They’re used to feed infants yet older children must be protected from them. Apparently, Amerikans are okay with man boobs which I find rather disgusting.
  • Women’s clothing sizes. I’ve heard it’s a mystery to women too.

Here’s the contents my fortune cookie from our office lunch the other day:
You should do well at making money and holding on to it.
I’m not sure how to interpret that. Does it mean that I have an aptitude for making money and holding on to it or does it mean that it’s something I ought to do?

ExileMainStStop Breaking Down by The Rolling Stones, Exile On Main Street (1972)
It was originally recorded by legendary Blues singer Robert Johnson in 1937. The Stones also covered Johnson’s Love in Vain on Let It Bleed (1970). I really like The Stones’ live version on Get Yer Ya – Ya’s Out (1970), which is, in my humble opinion, the best live Rolling Stones album ever recorded. If I were to receive Get Yer Ya – Ya’s Out on CD this Christmas, I would be very happy and very grateful.