The Way of the Dodo

by Brad Nelson5/7/16

Mankind is destined to be ruled, his relatively short flirtation with self-government going the way of the Dodo, and for similar reasons: We have become a flightless, dull thing, our survival abilities eroded by being isolated — not on the island of Mauritus but on the island of dependency.

A prophet sees great things in the little details. There is a vocational skills school across the street from my office. “Vocational skills school” is another term for “Expanding the bureaucracy of the education system…in this case to try to give remedial education to those we have failed in our degraded high schools the first time ’round.”

It’s rather easy and tempting to call the kids who congregate across the street while waiting for their classes to start, creating mounds of cigarette butts and discarded potato chip wrappers, a bunch of losers. But if not personal losers, their loser propensities have been facilitated by an education system that regularly produces illiterate, ill-prepared yutes.

But, you’ll surely be thinking, given that so much of school time now goes to socializing them in Progressive ideology, at the expense of academic subjects, at least they are intent on “saving the planet.” Well, no. Every other day I walk across the street and pick up the garbage these yutes leave behind. I don’t believe this generation, so indoctrinated in environmental wacko-ism, is going to save the planet. But they will likely be ruled by those who purport to do so.


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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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11 Responses to The Way of the Dodo

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Oh, they want to “save the planet”, all right. But it never occurs to them that this has anything to do with their personal behavior. It was Bush 41 who put in separate bins for different types of garbage, as I recall — and the “environmentalist” Bill Clinton and his staffers ignored them. What counts is holding all the Left views, not actually doing anything oneself. Very convenient. And I suspect your conclusion is all too accurate — not only for them, but for those of us who know better.

  2. Anniel says:

    Every year we have two big spring events in Anchorage. The first is the “Walk For Hope.” This is a walk where pledges are given for each mile walked by the participants and supports a rehab group for the developmentally disabled. The second event is one week later and is a Spring Cleanup, it pays nothing but we get to be like Brad and pick up everyone else’s garbage, a lot of it leftovers from the Walk For Hope.

    I never support the walk, it is just inane. But if someone was smart enough maybe the two events could take place at the same time. I would gladly pay someone for each bag of garbage they pick up, and it might teach the participants not to throw garbage in the first place.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Have they ever had a “Walk for Fallen Arches?” How about a “Walk for the Heartbreak of Psoriasis”? I find these “walks for this” and “walks for that” incredibly inane. Better to just pass the hat and then send the money to whatever charity you wish to support. And apparently this would help save the planet as well. There would be less garbage to pick up later.

      But then in this extremely narcissistic and silly culture, it’s not about curing cancer or anything else. It’s about being seen to be caring.

      One of the best quotes in the Bible is relevant here:

      But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their reward.

      It’s a great quote because its got snark.

      • Anniel says:

        Oh vey! Love it, too. Oh, and we let prisoners out of jail under guard to help pick up garbage, too. Bear says they get paid. Gotta be fair to the little dears.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        And don’t forget to wear the pink, or other colored, ribbon on your walk.

        • Anniel says:

          My oldest son is an origami enthusiast. He found a way of folding paper money into ribbon shape. So if you want a ribbon you can believe in . . .

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            That makes me think of the old-fashioned practice where a mother pinned money to the inside of her child’s pants the first time he left home on a trip.

            Definitely, something you can believe in. I think I would prefer the ribbon in Swiss Franks.

            • Anniel says:

              Bear’s Swiss relatives love your attitude. They have good sense there.

              • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

                Having lived in Switzerland for about two years, and visiting it many times since, I hope some of their good sense rubbed off on me.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                One thing I like about the Swiss is their awareness that a free country has an armed citizenry, that a disarmed citizenry must fear the government and a government that fears an armed public is a government that seeks to be a tyranny.

  3. Anniel says:

    Every Citizen of the United States of America should shout the praises of Switzerland for making certain their citizens are armed and ready.

    Good sense. We all need a new dose and then maintenance.

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