Archive for the ‘philosophy’ category

Bad Eggs Cancel Egg Hunt!

April 2, 2012

— As we enter Easter week, it would seem that Peter Rottentail made an appearance at past Easter egg hunts at Bancroft Park in Colorado Springs, causing that event to be cancelled because of some parents leaping over guide ropes to blatantly grab eggs for their children!  This avarice caused other children to go eggless while some raked in the eggs,  and kinda spoiled the supposed mood of the event.  We will bypass tempting economic and political analogies represented by this occurrence to state the seemingly obvious to the offending parents and their ideological clones elsewhere:  egg hunts are for kids, to paraphrase the great Trix Rabbit, who can teach us much about the nature of desire, frustration, and deprivation. –Wise, long-suffering Trix Rabbit!   One may learn so much from him, and profit from his instruction!   But I digress…

Things seldom get as distasteful and as thoroughly messed up as when parents seek to live vicariously through their children, expressing their greed and Alpha-male dominance needs through them.   We can see this mentality represented in youth sporting events where some parents convey the notion through action and word that yes, winning is everything!   Some even curse other child competitors, or get into physical altercations with other parents.  It’s a mentality that their child is the only one in the universe, or that in a world of supposed equality, some are more equal than others, remembering George Orwell.

I shall mourn the tainting of the humble and lovely tradition of the Easter Egg hunt, which was never intended to be an ego-invested greed fest.  Perhaps it is as worldly philosopher Homer Simpson once observed that we all want the same thing:  preferential treatment!

Liberating Lobsters…

August 10, 2011

 – – In Gloucester, Mass. on August 3rd (Wheel Turning Day),  a group of thirty Tibetan Buddhists bought 534 live lobsters from a seafood wholesaler, clipped the bands binding their claws, and then released them back into the Atlantic from a whale-watching vessel, saving them at least temporarily from the boiling pot.   Among those setting the lobsters free was a chef who no longer cooks live shellfish.  The Buddhists typically liberate masses of the expensive seafood a couple of times each year.

While the Buddhists recognize that the lobsters may be re-captured, it is felt that by the action, the lobsters have had a longer life, even if only by an hour.  Lobsters to the Buddhist are viewed equally with other life forms, with their happiness and suffering  just as important to them as it would be to higher life forms. 

And for the fishermen paid for their labors, it’s a win-win proposition…I dunno what the lobsters think about being captured and then released, but they may perceive it as a near-death experience…

Points To Ponder…

December 3, 2010

– – It’s  deer hunting season again in Pennsylvania.  A  thought on the subject:

“Whether hunting is right or wrong, a spiritual experience, or an outlet for the killer instinct, one thing it is not is a sport.  Sport is when individuals or teams compete against each other under equal circumstances to determine who is better at a given game or endeavor.  Hunting will be a sport when deer, bears, elk, and ducks are endowed with human intelligence and given 12-gauge shotguns.  Bet we’d see a lot fewer drunk yahoos (live ones, anyway) in the woods if that happened.” — R. Lerner

‘scuse me…I gotta go help even the odds out there a bit…




Vote!

November 2, 2010

– – Here at Foxsylvania, we take our civic responsibilities seriously, and accordingly urge all of our readers who are of legal age to do so to get out on November 2nd and vote! Those who do not may be forced to listen to the negative political ads of the past campaign until Xmas, or have their mud wrestling privileges out back temporarily suspended…

So vote!- -Don’t make the Philosoraptor angry…you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry!

The Tao of Furry…

April 13, 2010

– – Those who talk about tolerance and diversity need look no further than the furry fandom; while we have our share of nasties, we have a big tent, and furs may be found there of every stripe (literally) and persuasion.

To paint us all with the same broad brush is inaccurate; besides, we don’t much like being painted with brushes, ’cause it tickles! We are of every age, race, nationality, and orientation.   Some of us are extraordinary artists, while others can’t draw a straight line; some of us are musicians, while others are tone deaf;  still others are creative writers, while others don’t reed and rite too gud.   Some of us do all of these things, while others do none.   At any rate, we all get along rather well with one another, appreciate one another’s gifts or lack of same, and generally don’t try and kill one another off.   This is a lesson from which many people might learn in politics.–You wanna talk about the lion lying down with the lamb?–Furries do this routinely!

So play nice out there, humans…we do!      🙂




Howloween’s Coming…

October 29, 2009

furries– – If you’re like me, you’ve always loved Halloween…I mean, really loved it!  Halloween is the one day of the mundane world year that kinda allows the freak show playing in the heads of many of us for the other 364 days as well to go on.   It’s a day when you can bring your inner furry self out without being condemned or stigmatized as much as you otherwise might be.   For a while, you can actually just kinda belong, and be yourself!

…I think that acceptance is what a lot of us who are furries really want, because so often it seems like we are put on the defensive, forced into the position of running damage control.   We just want to be allowed to be ourselves for the admittedly strange to some but rather unique creatures that we are, with paws in two worlds…is that so wrong, too much to ask for?


Today’s Thought…

June 2, 2009

fox spirit– – “If you talk with the animals they will talk with you, and you will know each other.  If you do not talk to them, you will not know them, and what you do not know, you will fear.  What one fears one destroys.” — Chief Dan George

The Fox Spirit…

May 24, 2009

fox spirit —  The belief systems of indigenous peoples throughout the world share an almost universal faith in Animal Spirit Guides, who help the people in their daily lives by offering protection, guidance, and healing…

…while foxes are often called sly and cunning, keenly observant and highly adaptable might be a better description.  Instead of asking the world to change, those guided by the Fox Spirit trust in the possession of all the skills necessary to adapt to whatever circumstances life throws our way…

…by being flexible, shrewd, and showing ingenuity, we may, as the Borg might put it, adapt and prevail… 😉

Timeless Thought…

April 1, 2009

gandhi

–“If a man does not of his own free will put himself last among his creatures, there is no salvation for him.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Is it not curious that a considerable number of self-proclaimed religiously devout people in the western world seem to regard the entire animal kingdom as commodities, as things or resources put on this world for human use?  This is not my view, nor shall it ever be…


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