“‘Put it behind us and move on’ is a political term used meaning, “I’ve done something I ought to be thoroughly ashamed of, if not actually prosecuted with the full force of the law, so I wish to push the issue away before people start looking too hard.” – Terry Pratchett.

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on October 26, 2019, in Not A Poem At All and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Sadly, none of it matters to those too entrenched in their support.

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    • What’s that old saying about power and corruption?

      And then of course there’s

      “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” – Albert Einstein.

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  2. What a wise man Terry Pratchett was, I loved his books

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  3. I continue to think the “Un” may fall aside … let’s dig as deep as we can, uncover as much as we can … will be very interesting to read a history book in 20 years or so and see what’s said about this guy after he’s no longer dictating his “virtues” to the masses.

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    • I think 45 was never in essence anything more than a colourful clown/puppet and a distraction from the savage butchery going on. A loose cannon and a risk of course but then when/if his value to ‘them’ was spent they always still had plenty of Pence remaining in their pocket. Oddly enough I haven’t come across this point being made anywhere else (not that I’ve been looking).

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  4. I miss Terry Pratchett – he had such a way of putting things.

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    • Me too. Always excited to learn there was a new book coming. And prolific? Wow!!! With no loss of quality; rather the reverse. I am generally wary of the term “genius” but for me he has to come close. The only other writer I can think of with such an exquisite blend of wisdom and humour is Douglas Adams. Oddly enough both British. And then of course there is the Monty Python crew …

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      • I saw him once – just randomly bumped into him – and I think I was genuinely more excited about seeing him than probably anyone else I could think of. Someone once read my fiction and told me I wrote like I old British guy and I said “thank you!” 🙂

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  5. It seems Terry Pratchett had a way of nailing things down – sort of like Will Rogers. (Thanks for reminding me of him, Ben. It’s been many years since I’ve read one of his books.) The quote certainly fits current events….

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    • A perennial plague I think. It’s just more obvious at some times than at others. (Sighs.)

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      • Guess it’s a cautious comfort, then – to know these things repeat and somehow humanity survives. I often worry though that we’re never going to evolve. Humanity has so much potential….

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        Perhaps the only
        Evolution we need to
        Concern ourselves with

        Is in fact our own.
        Then again it’s probably
        The only one we

        Can do much about.
        It’s as if the two were made
        For one another

        (As you can see, I’ve been spending too much time working with the senryu/haiku format recently. 😀 )


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