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GeeeorgieBoy Thinking

                    On this page are things that an old man thinks about when he 
                   has absolutely nothing else to do......Which is most of the time...... 
                  These stories are nothing  but my thinking. As I've mentioned  
                 elsewhere, I have no control over the way I think. So don't blame me. 

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         THINKING 
    I never thought much about thinking until my Dear Helen with vascular dementia 
lost the ability to think and I met so many other dementia patients  in the home where 
I had to place her who suffered like she.  I had always taken thinking for granted but  
now I've come to realize that the ability to think is truly one of gods greatest gifts.  No  
matter what our physical condition, if we can just think, we can live. Without the ability 
to think, we are dead. 
    I've always hated to have to wait. Whether in a line at the grocery store or stuck 
in traffic or whatever, because I considered it such a waste of time.  But now I realize  
that I can make use of that time by just thinking. 
     Of course we can only think of one thing at a time so our best thinking is done 
when are senses are completely free........ not seeing or hearing or feeling anything  
at all.  Our little brain is completely free of any distraction.   
    When I go to bed at night I enjoy just lying there completely relaxed with nothing  
to do that needs to be done. I can think of all the  things I need to think about and  
choose which ones I please. And then, the next day I put my thoughts into action. 
    I've been reading about some of the ancient and medieval philosophers like Aristotle, 
Socrates, Plato, Confucius, ect. and more lately Newton and Einstein and find that 
they were not only great philosophers but also great physicists and scientists. It must  
be true that the one thing they had in common was that they were all powerful thinkers. 
   Albert Einstein always said that his brain was just the average, but what made him 
different was that he was intensely and passionately curious. When alone, he was  
always deeply in thought. Once his wife asked him. "What are you thinking about, 
dear?" His reply, "If I could travel at the speed of light, what would I see?" (I've thought  
about it myself, but that's another story). 
   We give Einstein credit for his scientific theory because it has been proven.  It's no 
longer a theory.  It's a fact.  We ignore his thinking on the purpose of life, humanity, 
eligion, and patriotism because we don't agree with it. 
     Maybe we should do a little thinking ourselves.

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               THE  GIFT  OF  ADVERSITY ……..   During my caregiving days 

    As I read about all the sad problems of my caregiving friends,   I'm thinking about  
my own sad journey and what all this really means to me. I was once free to choose  
between the adversities of care-giving and freedom.  And without hesitation, I chose 
care-giving, with all the problems and adversity associated with it.  
    Looking back on it, there never was a time when I doubted my choice of adversity  
over freedom and I'll tell you why........As I've said before, The greatest gift life has 
to offer me is happiness. That's what I live for. What else is there? What makes me happy? 
just two things.  A good opinion of myself..,.......and seeing happiness in another... 
especially if I had something to do with creating that happiness. 
    Now....What would my self-esteem be like if I had chosen freedom over care giving?  
What I actually chose was happiness over despair. 
    And now that I'm on my soap box, I need to mention a few more things that I've 
learned. The happiest people that I've ever known, have suffered some tragedy or been 
afflicted throughout their lives by serious adversity, either born with a physical defect 
themselves or like me, caring for a loved one who is afflicted. So it all boils down to a 
simple formula..... 
    Adversity brings self-esteem....... which equals happiness.  
As I  continue to think about it,  Over and over again I hear this message 
..........Adversity builds strength. 
..........If life was a bowl of cherries it would not be worth living. 
.........Without bad times there would be no good times. 
  
              What message do you get from this little poem? 
  
Whenever Richard Cory went downtown, 
We people on the pavement looked at him. 
He was a gentleman from sole to crown. 
Clean favored and imperially slim. 
And he was always quietly arrayed. 
And he was always human when he talked, 
But still he fluttered pulses when he said, 
"Good morning," and he glittered when he walked. 
And he was rich -- yes richer than a king, 
And admirably schooled in every grace. 
In fine, we thought that he was everything 
To make us wish that we were in his place. 
So on we worked and waited for the light. 
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread. 
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night, 
Went home and put a bullet through his head. 
            By Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935) 

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                   OUR  GREAT  FOREFATHERS 
  I've been hearing a lot about our great forefathers who founded this great nation  
and decided to do a little research on them and the nation they founded. I found out 
that the nation they founded was nowhere near the nation we have today. 
   This is the nation that our great forefathers founded.........Because of the pigment 
of a person's skin, they should forever be slaves.....Women are incapable of thought  
and cannot be allowed to vote .These are the two most glaring differences between our 
nation today, and the nation our forefathers created but there are many more. 
   The original constitution that our great forefathers created has been amended 27 
times making our great forefathers look rather inhumane  and a little crazy by today's  
standards. From what I have read about their personal lives, they appear to be no 
different than the politicians we have today. 
   It's a well known fact that it takes a lot of money to get elected to office. The same 
in our forefather's day as it is today. If you don't have the money, you are the pawn  
of whomever provides the money. It's as simple as that. Money rules the country.  
    I'm tired hearing about how great our nations forefathers were. I think they were no 
different than the politicians we have today.  

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                     POSSESSIONS 

           "Each possession I own is but a stone around my Neck"   Albert Einstein  

    How True...I watch those TV shows about hoarding and can well relate to hoarding. 
I don't have stuff stacked from floor to ceiling in every room because the house has 
so many rooms. Plus a five car garage and two extra storage buildings on the property. 
All the wardrobes, closets, and cupboards in the house, the extra space in the garages, 
the shelves and space in the storage buildings are full of stuff we've accumulated over 
the sixty-seven years we've been married.    I'm all alone now,  with Helen's little dog  
"Ozzy", and I would have to say that Ozzy and I have absolutely no use for 98 percent  
of this stuff.  
     When my Dear Helen first started this dementia trip, we considered moving to a 
nice senior community (Hillcrest in La Verne Ca.) where two of my sisters were already 
living, but we just could not handle the trauma of parting with our stuff.... Why are 
we so attached to stuff?    I've decided to just not worry about what happens to it.  
 I'm going to leave it where it is. It's not hurting anything. I've enjoyed it while I've 
been here. When I'm gone, who cares? 

           EDITED, Three years later....  
      Now I have moved into the Hillcrest retirement community and given up 98 percent 
of these possessions. I told my family and good friends to come by and take whatever, 
and what's left will be sold by professionals in one big yard sale.  They want me to  
stay away from the sale and I can understand why. 
     I've been  living in a small apartment in the Hillcrest community for six months now 
and it's like a whole new life. I think it's the best it can be for a cranky 94 year old man.  
At least I don't have those stones around my neck anymore.

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             WHAT  THE  HECK  IS  MUSIC ? 
   Neuroscientists tell us that when we hear music that we really like,  
our brain releases a certain chemical called dopamine. Which gives us a 
mental high. Cocaine, amphetamines, and marijuana, etc.. also release 
dopamine to give us the same high.  
   Of course we all know that music is nothing more than sounds. And  
the sounds usually have a certain pitch and a certain timing or rhythm.  
Rhythm seems to be more essential than pitch. 
   In most of the world, we configure the musical pitch to conform to  
the twelve tone scale and arrange the notes that are played together so  
that they harmonize. And we can understand harmony by noting the 
mathematical relationship between the different frequencies. 
   Also we know that what sounds like music to one person may sound  
like noise to another. But that's about all we know for sure, 
   I can get a pleasant high after drinking one martini, and I can get  
the same high listening to my favorite music. I think it's true. 
   I also think that certain lyrics, (words) that conform to the  
sounds, help with the high feeling. 
   So....Now I have to figure out exactly why I like certain sounds with  
a certain rhythm, and other sounds are just noise. 
   To satisfy my curiosity, I made a little song entitled "BACKWARDS MUSIC" 
You will hear the last eight bars of the song "Over the Waves" as normally 
played by three instruments. Then you will hear the same eight bars with 
the same three instruments playing it exactly backwards. 
   Sounds terrible to me.... But why ?....It's the same notes.... 
I guess I'll have to think about it..I need something to think about anyway. 
.......What is it that makes music out of sounds and rhythm ?

 To hear my Over The Waves Backwards,  Click  …….   HERE

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             FREE  WILL   Do we have it or not? 
    To put it simply, Do we really have a choice in the way we think and the decisions we  
make throughout our lives ? 
    Scientists and philosophers have debated this question down through the ages and  
after reading what my favorite hero, Einstein, had to say about it, I became somewhat  
engrossed in finding the answer. 
    Philosophers use a language of their own when explaining it so it took me awhile to 
 understand, but it finally came to me and it was quite a revelation. So naturally I have 
to give you my take on it..... This is what I believe....... 
    We make decisions based on just two things. WHAT WE ARE BORN WITH, and

WHAT WE  HAVE  LEARNED .....We have no control over either of them.... 

    WHAT WE ARE BORN WITH, is our enzymes, genes, or DNA that is mostly inherited. 
We certainly have no control over this. 
    WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED, is from the life situations we have faced. Especially our early 
 childhood situations. Since what we learned early in life will effect all our later choices,  
 which will effect our choices even later. 
     I think it's important to understand this. We cannot control the situations we face or  
the way we react to them, because the way we react is controlled by our genes and what 
we have learned from  previous situations. We think we are using common sense when  
common sense is different for each one of us.   Does this make sense ?......I personally 
had a hard time with it but it finally sank in. I have to agree with Einstein, Schopenhauer,  
and all the others. 
    In spite of the great scientific contributions Einstein made, he always claimed that he  
was no different than the average human, with the possible exception that he was 
 passionately and intensely curious. He said he just did what he could not help doing. 
He had no choice. 
    When we are faced with a time when we have to make a choice, We will often give it 
 much thought and concern, but whether we finally end up choosing this, or that, it will 
be the result of what we are born with and the situations we have faced and learned from. 
 None of which we have any control over. 
    Now.....What difference does it make ?.....Well, Here's something to think about..... 
We give credit and praise to people who are kind, caring and loving. But what about the 
 vicious murderer? Neither of them have any choice over their actions. Of course we have  
to incarcerate the murderer to protect society, but instead of demonizing and punishing  
him or even murdering him for that over which he has no control, we should feel sorrow  
for him because of the genes he was born with and the situations he faced early in life. 
Yes......when anyone, even  our government, puts a human being to death, it's murder.  
Look it up in the dictionary.   
    Yes....It does make a difference....And I think if people could understand it, the world  
would be a better place.......Why am I writing all this?....I have no choice.... 

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                 PRIDE 
        Do not be  proud of your nationality, heritage, natural abilities,  
brains, brawn, good looks, or whatever, You did nothing to achieve it  
or earn it. It's Gods great gift to you. 
    Enjoy it but don't flaunt it. Be proud of what you, yourself have  
accomplished and earned in proportion to how hard you worked to 
achieve it, and you will gain the greatest gift life has to offer..... 
.SELF RESPECT ......which equals  HAPPINESS........  
       P.S.  I need to add this little example........My son Has a hobby that 
he very much enjoys.  He takes photos of beautiful young women in their 
scanty underwear and uses a computer program to insert them on  
interesting backgrounds. He then publishes these photos throughout the  
internet and claims that he is making these beautiful girls so happy when  
they find that their natural beauty is so widely distributed around the world. 
      I'm wondering......How can showing off a gift make someone happy?  

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              COMPETITION 
Winning, means you are better than someone else. 
Depending on the level of someone else, you may still 
be terrible even though you won. 
Rather than wasting your time trying to be better 
than someone else, strive to be better than yourself. 
I think I should say that this was written by an 
old man who was never better than someone else. 

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            SOMETHING  TO  THINK  ABOUT  
 In the 1700's, when the United States was fighting for independence from Great Britain, 
Americans were quoting William Pitt, and saying.   
       "While foreign troops are landed in my country, I will never lay down my arms. 
Never, Never, Never" 
  
        Question: Where are people saying these same words today? 

        Answer: Look for them in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, and 
                     over 100 other countries throughout the world where 
                     the United States has stationed military forces. 
  
         I sent this to the "Letters to the editor" of our local newspaper.  
        They wouldn't publish it.  

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               RIGHT  AND  WRONG 
    Some say that right is right and wrong is wrong...Period...Others say there is no  
right or    wrong....that thinking makes it so. 
    We all agree that wrong is the opposite of right and that right is good, fair, correct, 
proper, and best for everybody, but these are only words and we don't agree on what 
these words mean. So it must be true that it's all in our thinking and we think differently. 
People who know about this say that our thinking is determined by just two things. 
       FIRST---What we are born with like our genes, enzimes, dna.... 
       SECOND--What we have learned from the situations and experiences that we 
have faced, early in life... 
    We have no control over any of these things that determine the way we think. 
In our country, these factors that determine our thinking are usually much the same. 
But in a far away country, they can be quite different. So naturally, what is thought 
to be right or wrong in a far away country may be quite different than what we think 
is right or wrong. 
    War is never a conflict between right and wrong......It is a conflict between two 
different rights, or two different ways of thinking. How could  the Germans during 
world wars one and two think that they were right?  I think that with their over-patriotic  
leadership and lack of understanding with the rest of the world, they had no choice.  
    We Americans fear people who don't think like we do, so we go to their country 
and drop bombs on them, and then they fear us and come to our country and blow  
themselves up just to kill a few of us. 
    If the people of the world could just try to understand each others way of thinking 
and allow others to think and act the way they choose as long as they are not harmful  
to others, our world would certainly be a more peaceful place. 
    Over time, thinking can change. We Americans have to remember that a few  
centuries ago, in our own country we thought women were too dumb to  vote and that 
some people should forever be slaves. 
    Let's just leave others alone and they will evolve like we did. Today, there are many  
peaceful ways to promote what we think and help other people find a better way of life. 
    All this is just what I think, and my thoughts are beyond my control. I'm not certain 
that I'm right because there is no right. 
    Now I think I should get off my soap box ....Right may not be right, but enough  
is enough......and I'm tired of thinking. 

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                 GOOD  LOOKS 

     I've often wondered why so many professional golfers, tennis and especially polo 
players and race car drivers are good looking and basket-ball, base-ball and foot-ball 
players, not so much. But I think I figured it out. Here's my take on it. 
    Golf, tennis, polo, and race cars are a rich man's sport. You have to have a golf 
course, a tennis court, a race car or a horse to engage in these sports. So only rich 
kids can afford these sports and rich kids are better looking than average kids....... 
Why is this so?....... Here's my take on that. 
    Good looking women like lots of money so they marry rich men. Then they pass 
their good looks to their rich children who play rich men’s sports. 
Does this make sense to you? 
    And while I'm on the subject, Here's another question. Are good looking people 
happier because of their good looks?  
    Another story about good looks.........When I was in the army in Anchorage Alaska, 
one of my buddies, Louie Fosen, would spend hours in the rest room, combing his 
hair and picking at his face, (he had slight acne) before going into town on Saturday 
night to charm the ladies. He was not really good looking, but he had a fun personality 
and was quite the ladies man. 
    As he was primping himself in front of the mirror, I would hear him say over and 
over again......"Oh Lord, Why wasn't I born rich instead of so damn good looking?" 
    To sum it up.......I think that personality is much more valuable that looks.  Good 
looks can sometimes be  a curse. especially for women, when it leads them to thinking 
that it's all they have.

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             HERO  or  TERRORIST ? 
     We call our boys in the military "Heroes", We call the boys they are  
fighting "Terrorists". I don't quite understand these labels and have been  
thinking about it for some time. 
     I can understand that both "Heroes" and "Terrorists" are soldiers who  
are at war, and I can understand why someone might want to be a "Hero"  
because I was one myself. (My folks were after me to get a job and joining  
the army saved me from having to go to work). But "Terrorists"? ......Why  
would anyone want to be one of them? They are so evil. Coming to my  
country and killing people. So I researched the 9/11 terrorists through the 
internet and found out to my surprise that they all seemed to be well 
l educated, polite, serious, and deeply religious. So I decided to put myself 
f into the position of a "Terrorists" to see if I could understand why anyone 
would want to be one of them. 
  
               As a Terrorists. 
     So here I am. Born in what some call a third world country. From a  
middle class, close, loving family. I'm well educated and proud of my  
heritage. Big armored tanks are roaming the streets and bombs are  
falling from the sky, killing my friends and family. What can I do? 
     I have very few options. I pray to my god every day and ask for  
guidance. God tells me I can pack myself with explosives and go to where  
these "Heroes" are and blow myself up, killing a few of them, or I  
could place a land mine somewhere to destroy one of their tanks. But  
these tactics will not make much difference to an enemy that is hell bent  
on controlling my country and my way of life? They have killed tens of  
thousands of my people and it seems that killing is the only thing  
they understand.  
     So I must do God's will and become a "Terrorists". I must go to the  
enemy's country and kill as many as I can....I have no choice. 
  
            As a Hero. 
     So here I am. Born in America and joined the army so I wouldn't  
have to get a job and go to work.  I go to far away countries and kill 
people in order to protect American Interests. I don't put my life in much  
danger because I have all the best tanks, bombers, guns and armour and  
the enemy has almost nothing. 
     I don't really understand the what and why of American Interests in  
these far away countries but I like being a hero. I'm well paid and get  
lots of veterans benefits and respect.  
                    
            Now....Back to thinking  
      I am wondering if I've missed something in my reasoning. It seems to  
me that for the true dictionary meaning of the words "Hero and  
Terrorist", We have them exactly reversed. Would not a "Hero" be  
someone who gives his life to defend his country against a foreign  
invader, and a "Terrorist" be someone who without putting his life in  
much danger at all, and for no good reason whatsoever goes to another  
country and kills people??? 
     I just don't understand......... 

            Religion  and  Patriotism 
    My nephew, Tom Cook, sent me this video link, telling me to watch every minute 
of it to find out who my enemy is. It is a message to president Obama from Brother 
Rachid, a former Muslim whose father is a well known Iman. Brother Rachid is a talk 
show host who claims to have converted 150,000 Muslims to Christianity..............  
Below is the link and my response to Tom........ 

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxzOVSMUrGM 
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Dear Tom: 

    Thanks for the introduction to Brother Rachid and his ideas about who my 
enemy is. I took your advise and watched the whole video and It got me thinking 
about enemies. The dictionary says that an enemy is someone you consider a threat  
to your security and the way you create an enemy is to threaten his security.   
 This is my interpretation of that...... 
                 IN ORDER TO HAVE AN ENEMY, YOU HAVE TO BE ONE       

    I have to admit that my great country has threatened many peoples security 
around the world by dropping bombs on them and killing thousands, thereby cr 
eating a lot of enemies, but I don't consider them my enemies because I have 
always done my best to promote peace and understanding instead of murder. 

    Brother Rachid feels threatened by anyone who does not believe as he does and  
he can find plenty of bad things in other religions which threaten him. And those of 
the other religions can find many bad things in Brother Rachid's religion and feel  
threatened by him. So they are enemies. It doesn't matter who is Christian or Islamic 
or Buddhist or Hindu or whatever. They are all just religions, advocating good things 
and denouncing the bad. 

    I strongly believe that the greatest enemy of mankind is RELIGION (as Einstein  
believed) All the Gods of all the religions of the world preach the same principles  
of love, compassion, forgiveness, ect. but they all want to be the only God, and 
anyone who does not believe in them is an enemy and should be stoned to death, 
beheaded, or burn in hell. Why can't these Gods just get along with each other and 
practice what they preach? 

    Of course it's very comforting to believe in some higher power that is watching 
over us and guiding us, but that doesn't mean that we have to blindly follow word  
for word, some ancient writings like the Bible or Quran that someone dug up in a 
cave somewhere. I have my own God and he's always with me-------like right now.  
I remember John Lenin's song "Imagine, a world without religion" ......  
What a wonderful idea. 

    Now I should mention what I strongly believe to be the second greatest enemy 
of mankind----PATRIOTISM-----Patriotism, like religion is the need for security. In  
every country of the world, people feel secure amongst their own kind, and feel that 
others who live and believe much differently than they do are a threat to their security. 
The definition of an enemy....... Just because we happen to come into this world in 
a certain spot where people have certain beliefs we are enemies of people in far away  
countries who have very different beliefs...... That's patriotism, or you might call it  
nationalism, and it exists in all the countries of the world. 

    Now Tom, you asked me to find who my enemy is and I've done my best to  
explained it to you. My enemy is RELIGION and PATRIOTISM .....That’s what threatens 

my security........So I’ll get off my soap box and  practice what I preach,  

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