A World of Thinkers — Andy Derryberry

Osama “thinks” I’m a running dog infidel who should be murdered

Some of my Christian brothers “think” I’m a stinking low life liberal

Occasionally ‘ol Harley boys “think” I’m a punk a** s**t for riding a Japanese bike

People younger than I am may “think” I’m past my day and should just go away an not burden them

A good percentage of my friends and relatives “think” collateral damage is perfectly OK

American’s seem to “think” that those designated winners are superior to those designated losers

A multitude of modestly intelligent people “think” they know how it is I came to be here punching these keys

A great gaggle of people “think” the truth is entirely separate from the facts

A high school pal “thought” I was too independent

What do I think?

You don’t wanna know

Some Thoughts from the ’50’s – Andy Derryberry

Our concern with environment cannot be reduced to what can be used, to what can be grasped. Environment includes not only the inkstand and the blotting paper, but also the impenetrable stillness in the air, the stars, the clouds, the quiet passing of time, the wonder of my own being. I am an end as well as a means, and so is the world: an end as well as a means. My view of the world and my understanding of the self determine each other. Forfeit your sense of awe, let your conceit diminish your ability to revere, and the world becomes a market place for you. The complete manipulation of the world results in the complete instrumentalization of the self.

Humankind will not die out for lack of information, but for we may perish for want of appreciation.

In a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.

– Abraham Joshua Heschel


Psalms 88

13 But I, O Lord, have cried out to You for help,
And in the morning my prayer comes before You.
14 O Lord, why do You reject my soul?
Why do You hide Your face from me?
15 I was afflicted and about to die from my youth on;
I suffer Your terrors; I am overcome.
16 Your burning anger has passed over me;
Your terrors have destroyed me.
17 They have surrounded me like water all day long;
They have encompassed me altogether.
18 You have removed lover and friend far from me;
My acquaintances are in darkness.

The New American Standard Bible, 1995 Update, (La Habra, California: The
Lockman Foundation) 1996.