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A Parable Of Pants, Belts, and the Economy

13 Aug

My brother Dan, alone on the farm after chores one night, was leading a Clyde stallion from one barn to another when the fool horse decided to settle who was boss – an annual discussion with this horse. The horse reared and struck at Dan’s head, narrowly missing him.

As the horse reared, Dan grabbed the lead rope with both hands. He forgot he’d lost weight and wasn’t wearing a belt. When his arms went up, his pants dropped to his ankles. Dan and the horse fought back and forth over a few hundred feet in itty-bitty steps before the stallion settled down.

Dan won the fight before reaching for his pants. He’d be dead if he hadn’t. That night’s ‘discussion’ reminds me of other competing problems with differing solutions. Maybe that’s why I hear the ‘whoosh’ of a large hoof whizzing past my head whenever a politician offers to save my grandchildren’s future by balancing the budget with cuts in funding for education.A Parable of Pants, Belts and the Economy


Geo. Bernard Sh…

3 Sep

Geo. Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutionaries, in Man and Superman. 1903.

Every fool believes what his teachers tell him, and calls his credulity science or morality as confidently as his father called it divine revelation

From “Maxims for Revolutionaries,” in Man and Superman. 1903.


“Any effort tha…

1 May

“Any effort that has self-glorification as its endpoint is bound to end in disaster.”
Robert M. Pirsig, in “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”

Motive counts, and the larger the undertaking, the greater the effect motive is likely to have.