****editorial note**** This post was actually scheduled back in September. I had no idea at that time how prophetic it would be and again making me realize how signs are “The Story Of Our Lives.” On Friday, Nov. 1 all the residents of the apartment building were served notice that the building was under new ownership. And while I was not entirely surprised: This building was built in 1920 and has been in a state of steady decline for years. Because of the historical nature of the building, the cost of maintaining it was astronomical – i.e. “a money pit”. The notice went on to state that the new owner would not renew any of the leases and that all current tenants had to vacate the premises by 1/15/2020. So while I wasn’t entirely surprised about new ownership it was still a shock to the system to be told that I would have to find a new residence. My present address is 22 Rhodes Ave and I have lived here 22 years and 6 mo. so there is not only a long building history but a long personal history attached to this location so it is not only a mental and physical adjustment but also an emotional adjustment. Perhaps its just some sort of funky synchronicity or kismet. I really hate (read H-A-T-E) abrupt change and this was abrupt. Well, for the past two weeks I’ve been adjusting to the idea and forcing myself to search for a new location that is closer to my place of work. It’s been very stressful. I can’t wait until this is over and I’m settled in a new place. From a posting point of view; I have image posts scheduled through the end of January 2020. I may not be checking on your posts until things get settled. I apologize if I seem an absent friend for a while; so, until things settle down, I am “Out”. I wish all of you many successful posts even if I’m not able to enjoy them until I return.
Leaves are Falling
Swimsuits exchanged for flannels
Signs of Autumn
I’ve been a fan of composer, musician Jia Peng Fang (Chinese: 賈鵬芳)
for years. He’s from China and plays a traditional folk instrument called the Erhu (Chinese: 二胡). I find the mournful sound soothing as the Summer drifts quietly and slowly into the sunset and Autumn rises in the cool crisp morning. May this new season bring many blessings to all who read this.
***fyi – Artist website is very interesting with great pictures, videos etc – but only language options are Chinese or Japanese – however, you don’t need to understand the spoke/written language to understand the language of beautiful music – so check it out.
We are living in a time where civil disobedience may be needed.
Some favorite quotes from a classic scholarly treatise from someone who might be considered a domestic terrorist in our current time ~ Henry David Thoreau: July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862 – Quotes from CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AND OTHER ESSAYS.
“If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth–certainly the machine will wear out… but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.”
“Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once? Men generally, under such a government as this, think that they ought to wait until they have persuaded the majority to alter them. They think that, if they should resist, the remedy would be worse than the evil. But it is the fault of the government itself that the remedy is worse than the evil. It makes it worse. Why is it not more apt to anticipate and provide for reform? Why does it not cherish its wise minority? Why does it cry and resist before it is hurt? Why does it not encourage its citizens to be on the alert to point out its faults, and do better than it would have them?”
“If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.”
“Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men.”
“A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men, serve the State with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated by it as enemies.”
“I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right. It is truly enough said that a corporation has no conscience; but a corporation of conscientious men is a corporation with a conscience.”
“Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government? Is it not possible to take a step further towards recognizing and organizing the rights of man?”
“I believe,—“That government is best which governs not at all;” and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.”
*****Do you have a favorite passage from this particular collection of essays that is not in the list above? If so feel free to post it in your comment.
Now, a classic hiphop tune for your enjoyment – civil disobedience in the 20th Century and beyond.