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A few days ago I decided to do a trial blog, and I thought a month would cover most of what I had to say. That was January 1st, 2008, and now 2,611 posts later I’m still blathering away. Probaway stats Jan 4 2015At the top of every post is a menu of “Condensed daily thoughts 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014” a compilation of a single sentence from every post; that’s approximately 2,600 bon mots, or epigrams or what-nots. I find it interesting to read through some of them and observe where I’ve been, although I am certain that reading more than a few would drive any sane person into a severe anxiety. That first post began – 1 January 2008 – A list of Life Hacks for creating a better world with good habits.

Most of the posts were guided by that original statement. The last few months there were many on how to cope with the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, but earlier posts have been about coping with other medical problems like colds, broken bones, spider bites, poison oak itching, and the eternally popular drinking the foul colonoscopy prep drinks. Strangely these posts were rather quickly written but got a lot of page views.

The posts I felt were more important have to do with humanities survival, and personal emotional growth, and coping with reality. They get few views, but they are more important than just getting a colonoscopy. The reason is that our modern world is inundated with lies. We have grown comfortable with twenty minutes of every TV hour being filled with advertising, but what is that but professional spinning of facts to make us buy some product we otherwise would ignore? Okay, that isn’t too horrible, but it sets our minds to tolerate, then accept, then enjoy well-told lies. And therein lies the problem. We have begun to seek out beautiful lies, and when we don’t get our daily dose of beautiful lies we feel cheated. Beauty is truth! That is all we need to know.

Of course saying such things gets me branded a — curmudgeon.