Icy cold shadows, Scarcely in the light. Icy rainbows fade, Hiding what might. Icy shoulders, all so cold, You see never kindly, But, icy growing mold. Am I missing something? Tell me if you please. Come remove this icy thing, Help me fell this killing freeze. Icy sun on mountainside, Can ne’er forget the other side. What goes lurking there? Hiding in those shadows? Icy imagining creatures dear, You see the cleavers in the dark. Cause things with horns are never fair, Icy monster, faerie’s shark. Plotting plans against the light. Let’s escape Sun’s fencing glare! Am I missing something? Tell me if you please. Come remove this icy thing, Help me fell this killing freeze. -M. Matheson 2011 Revised 2016
As a former Outlaw and ne’er-do-well (although if you look up the latter word, I was never lazy), and a present follower of Christ and Curator of Truth, I have always been enchanted and fascinated by things of Medieval Times. Which on the one hand was a bloody time and on the other an era of noble deeds and noble hearts.
Knights, Castles, Moats, and Dragons evoke for me a sense of faith and nobleness in the heart which I admire. Live-action-faith not the wishy-washy kind of girly-type faith (no offense ladies).
I believe the trait of nobility in our hearts is something missing in much of North America today and that dearth of character couldn’t be better illustrated than the with the current Presidential Election.
1.the quality of being noble in character, mind, birth, or rank.
synonyms: virtue, goodness, honor, decency, integrity; magnanimity, generosity, selflessness
“the nobility of his deed”
Take a look at our current choices for President.
Could there be two less appealing people on the planet to choose between?
These two characters could use a lesson from myth, legend, and medieval times. If I ruled the world, I would sit them in a corner and make them learn by heart the Code of Chivalry from the legend of King Arthur which reads:
- To never do outrage nor murder (not to assault or murder anybody) This one fits many of the outlaws I’ve known, not most, but many.
- Always to flee treason (do not commit treason, a crime against your country or king)
- To by no means be cruel but to give mercy unto him who asks for mercy (Do not be mean. Grant mercy to those who ask, even in combat.)
- To always do ladies, gentlewomen and widows succor (‘succor’ is an old word for help; this means that the knight must promise to help women if they need it. Note that this does not necessarily include peasantry.)
- To never force ladies, gentlewomen or widows (never ‘harm’ women. Note that this does not necessarily include peasantry.)
- Not to take up battles in wrongful quarrels for love or worldly goods (do not even join in fights over anything less than God or country)
Now I know that Hillary Clinton supporters would apply this mostly to Donald Trump and that would be the quick, easy answer. I agree that he has publicly displayed his disregard for the thought of a noble heart, but I point you to the last question posed by an undecided voter in attendance at the Second Presidential Debate before you decide which candidate’s heart is more noble or less evil.
Mrs. Clinton said, “I respect his children. His children are incredibly able and devoted, and I think that says a lot about Donald.” She said more, but she didn’t say anything directly positive about Donald Trump which pointed to her heart which I believe Mr. Trump said was evil.
On the other hand, Donald Trump chose the high road, something which Hillary claims her campaign has done. Who believes that? I don’t believe Mrs. Clinton even believes that which again points to her heart.
Mr. Trump said:
I will say this about Hillary: She doesn’t quit. She doesn’t give up. I respect that. I tell it like it is. She’s a fighter. I disagree with much of what she’s fighting for, I do disagree with her judgment in many cases, but she does fight hard and she doesn’t quit and she doesn’t give up and I consider that to be a very good trait.”
I ask you, who showed the most nobility? Who chose the high road?
or·di·nar·yˈôrdnˌerē/ turns out to not be so ordinary after all.
Since there is only one of you and one of me, how can there be any ordinary people? Even the simplest of human beings can parse the correct answer.
Perhaps in its usage, such as, ordinary looks or he was quite ordinary we are being quite prejudiced and simply trying to place whom we feel is less desirable somewhere under us in the prehistoric pecking order.
Maybe Ordinary People should rise up in armed revolt and demand equal time, pay and attention to their ordinariness. Of course, at that point, they would stop being ordinary and the rest of us extraordinary persons would embrace them into the fold of special people.
Taking my tongue out of my cheek and choking down my self-entertaining humor for a minute, let’s get serious: each one of us is extraordinary. The creator’s mold was broken when you broke the womb on the day of your birth; or depending on your belief system, the mud puddle dried up after you crawled out of it.
How much better would our world be if we saw no one as typical and there was no such thing as normal? If you pictured the person on the train next to you as extraordinary, your fear and bigotry would melt into nothing.
Leaving that dead horse to die on its own, consider today. Today is no ORDINARY DAY. This day, August 25, 2016, will not come again. When the clock tolls MIDNIGHT, it is all in the can. Those things you put off until tomorrow—which is finally here—didn’t get done. You are late or even later depending on how many times you pushed that chore into the future.
If you intended—yesterday—to tell your kids, spouse or parents how much you love them, you missed the boat. I am normally a fiction writer, but as my own press says, I am also a curator of truth.
As you read this, I can see you visibly bobbing your head in agreement.
Today is extraordinary since it has never been before and never will be again. There are monumental news items that will happen today and never again. Some good. Some bad.
People will come into the world and some will leave, and none of them will be ordinary.
Speaking of death, let today be the death of ordinary in your life, and the birth of extraordinary. Today you can do things that can’t be done tomorrow, and if you do push them off the cliff into the next day, they just might lose their impact.
The death of ordinary is the death of boredom.
In this amazing world of ours, it never fails to amaze me at how often I hear people tell me how bored they are.
Books still exist, at least in America, READ ONE before they’re not. Book lovers are on the decline, though. Movies, some of them good, are churned out at a phenomenal rate, and there is always Netflix and Amazon Prime if you happen to have watched the 300-600 new movies made every year.
I personally think there is no good excuse to be bored, but for a differing POV (point of view) and a great article click here.