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There was a wonderful song back in 1956, sung by Doris Day. Que Sera, Sera. No doubt millions and possible billions of people have enjoyed that heart stirring melody and lyrics. After sweet words of nonsense about being pretty and  rich, and living a life of endless rainbows, loving mothers and with handsome sons we come to the again and again to the message.

Que sera, sera.
Whatever will be, will be.
The future’s not ours to see.
Que sera, sera.
What will be, will be.
Que sera, sera.

It is all very nice, maudlin but nice and I enjoy it as much as the next person. However, it is not a song which will inspire anyone to heroic action. It is an anathema to anyone who has a desire to be creative and do something  other than ordinary in this world. It’s a song for complacent losers living in a rut. It’s for those who want to turn off their mind and just whistle their way through life like The Fool.

Tarot Fool

The Fool from the Tarot Card Deck

I got on this rather brown-study high-horse because of the book I just read and reviewed called, Why The West Rules – For Now, by Ian Morris. One of the points he makes repeatedly throughout the book is that civilizations are not made by specific human actions but by the necessity of the moment and the geography of the moment forcing certain things to come into existence. He doesn’t seem to want to admit that there are an infinite number of ways the future might develop. There are some tiny things which happen in physical reality and in the mind which can change everything forever. Geography can change but it isn’t necessary to always submit to its demands, and as he says geography itself changes all the time.

The Fool can sometimes choose to go another way.

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