Thursday, June 17, 2010

Life Is

For years, I've seen a guy at a bar with a tattoo on his arm that says Life is . . . Something. I can never make out the last word because I never get close enough to see what life actually is. The font he chose doesn't lend itself to spying. This bar, a brew pub from any of my normal haunts, has a strong hippie vibe and the guy with the tattoo looks like a young Bob Dylan and wears a shirt that says Zero and carries around the kind of books that I used to aspire to read, like Being and Nothingness. I'd like to say that the young Bob has a disdain for technology, but I saw him texting last time with his Life Is arm. The book this go around was by Rollo May. At least some things don't change.

So what is life? I have no idea. Maybe seeing the tattoo would be a huge disappointment. Maybe I don't want to know. I've always liked word tattoos (no worries, I am not getting one because all the things I want to say are truly depressing and don't need to be inked onto my body as they are already burned onto my mind and heart). Last time I thought the tattoo said, Life Is Good. Maybe I'm projecting because I believe it to be so. Despite everything, life is good.

Michelle's Spell of the Day
"Hope is necessary in every condition." Samuel Johnson

Cocktail Hour
This weekend I have a little surprise for this section of the blog -- stay tuned!

Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Thursday!


John W. May said...

Amen to the Samuel Johnson quote .... I love love love your Spells of the Day (your other blogs are pretty tight too) ...

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds like the tatoo is better as what you've read so far. Much more inspiring.

Anonymous said...

ever heard of eonian life? which jesus is.


Anonymous said...

maybe this will help you out:

Life is eonian, which is to say Emmanuel, God with us,

It is a profound matter that incorruptibility is in fact demonstrated
by being subjected to mortality,
and mortality cannot intrinsically alter incorruptibility,
so that out of incorruptiblility, death is finally conquered.

A masculine-feminine time-space matter armageddon in God's eternity, that's life.

John Gavazzoni

Anonymous said...

It's time for you to read Heleen Keizer's book on the Greek word aion. Declares a lot. Also Bob Evely, at the end of the ages.


Lana Gramlich said...

Why not approach him at some point & ask him? Worth a shot, probably...

Heff said...

My guess is the tattoo ends with "like a box of chocolates"...Just a guess, Mr. Gump.

By the way, tell The Walking Man he's missed.

R's Musings said...

Life is... an idea. :)