Share Your World for November 18, 2019

I want to pass my condolences along to Laura, the host of the Weekly Song Challenge, whose buddy Jazzy passed away over the weekend. She’s quite understandably taking some time off and hopefully will be back with us soon. Our hearts are with you at this difficult time, Laura.

Meanwhile, that gives me time to work on this week’s Share Your World. Melanie, the host for this blog hop, has all the rules and regulations over at her place, so follow the link above to read them. Here are today’s questions:

Can we ever experience anything objectively? Why or why not? No, I don’t think we can ever experience anything objectively, because we’re all different and are going to see everything in reference to our own beliefs, character, biases, and other factors. It’s like the three blind men who touch an elephant and try to describe how it looks, with one thinking it’s like the ears, another like the trunk, and the third by the tail. Even if we learn to put all our differences aside, we still won’t see things objectively.

Do humans have a soul? Do animals have a soul? Yes and yes. The Baltimore Catechism taught me the former, living with animals most of my life taught me the latter.

Why are people told to respect the dead? I think it’s more for the loved ones of the deceased than for the deceased, who are, frankly, too dead to care.

Without using the names of specific people, discuss “the ideal” President or other world leader. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! No. There’s no such thing, and there never will be. The President of the United States, the Queen of England, the Prime Minister of Japan, the Holy Father in Rome, the Dalai Lama, The Duke of Earl, The King of Pepsi, etc. are people. If you read my answer to the first question, then you know that everyone is different and no one is ideal. It’s a moot issue. Better that we learn to govern ourselves than to go off like Diogenes in search of an "ideal" leader.

All for now. See you in the funny papers!

NOTE: My dad, who was always a bit of a smartass (and we loved him for it), would do his best to answer any and all questions his sons would come up with. One year around Passover, six-year-old me noticed that bottle caps for Pepsi were all marked "KP," indicating that the contents of the bottle were Kosher for Passover. I didn’t know that, of course, so I asked my dad what it meant. Not wanting to have to explain Jewish holidays to his kid, he told me it stood for King of Pepsi. That’s why we loved him.

27 thoughts on “Share Your World for November 18, 2019

  1. Very well done. Humans, despite souls, are quite flawed, and incapable of true objectivity — and I feel like you lined those answers up nicely. I love your dad’s comment on KP.


  2. I believe some can be a bit more objective than others or maybe, it just means they don’t take things personally so can keep calmer than others who get upset. I agree with you though. Animals have better souls than we do. As for the dead…maybe because they died we should respect them or they may come back to haunt us. My dad would say just because the son of a bitch is dead doesn’t make him a saint. He is right. As for the perfect president…there are none but some are worse, much worse than others. I would have to choose Jimmy Stewart as Mr. Smith. Love what your dad said


  3. Your father and I would have had some brisk discussion about the whole “King of Pepsi” idea. Because totally objective folks know that Coca-cola is the King. 😛 Seriously, your dad sounds like he was a fun dad to have! How lovely for you! Thanks John, for Sharing Your World, even if it were because someone else experienced a loss. I presume Jazzy was a beloved pet? My heart goes out to Laura in that case.


    1. Dad was a Pepsi guy. For the record, Coke had the same thing, as did RC, my personal fave that I can’t get here. Sadly, Dad died before my 11th birthday, so we had to get all the fun into a very brief time. And yes, Jazzy was Laura’s dog.


  4. I like your dad’s sense of humor. I also like your answer to the question about objectivity. I think the same thing and try to remember that as I meander through life.


  5. So true about objectivity. I try to be as objective as I can especially dealing with sensitive situations, but it seems I usually end up making things worse. I think it’s always a matter of the subjective side that would be almost impossible to ignore.

      Arlee Bird

    Tossing It Out


    1. That’s just it: you can never totally put your own feelings about a subject behind you. It’s practically physiologically impossible, because you’re trying to put aside the things that make you YOU.


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