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My post’s conclusion yesterday was, “It’s what I physically do with what I’ve got that matters.” But no one knows or cares what I’ve got, so what it comes down to for others is it’s what I physically do that affects them that matters. It’s true for you, too.

For public figures, actors, poets, writers, politicians, lawyers and ministers what they say is counted for doing. But what is it that they are doing? They are spinning words that motivate people to action. Generally speaking, the part of their public that matters most to those word spinners is their paying public. That is, their personal value is measured by how much money they pull in with their words. It’s what they say when they are on view that counts, not what they do when others are not watching.

I’ve never valued money very much beyond what was needed to maintain a student level of shelter, food, clothing, access to books, and coffee; and nowadays a good computer/smartphone-camera and internet access. Fortunately for me, my couple of years as a US Air Force pilot is putting up substantial money to keep my geriatric years healthy, which these last few weeks have been a lot because of the series of forty-four radiation treatments. Of course, I never see that money, but I do feel its effects.

Yesterday I wrote a list of important character traits, including “The Reliability of physically doing what I say I am going to do.” I think of it as a measure of my character, and of yours too. But I wonder how true this is of me because I avoid making commitments as a way of not defaulting on them. Here in today’s Bend, Oregon, there is a much looser relationship between what a person says they are going to do and what they actually do, than back in Berkeley, California, where I lived most of my adult life. Appointment times and traffic speed limits are treated more as suggestions by people here than I am used to.

Life persists here on Earth but its a small thing in my Universe of 1tic23 stars and their planets.

 

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