a misc post
First, what could be cuter than a box of baby ferrets? They still don’t have their eyes open yet, but they are starting to move around a bit. They set up a terrific racket when mama ferret leaves them, which makes me nervous about our back garden with no lock on the gate…I’d hate the neighborhood kids to hear and investigate.
Secondly, I spent some time this morning listening to several of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speeches which had been archived. Although I was a little kid when he was alive, I’ve heard the most quoted ones many times. Listening to these, in their much longer versions, gives you an idea of how powerful and moving a speaker he was. (This was via BoingBoing, by the way. That post had quoted a very powerful section close to the end of the MP3:
“I say to you, this morning, that if you have never found something so dear and precious to you that you will die for it, then you arent fit to live.
You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be, and one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls upon you to stand for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid.
You refuse to do it because you want to live longer. Youre afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or youre afraid that somebody will stab you or shoot at you or bomb your house. So you refuse to take a stand.
Well, you may go on and live until you are ninety, but you are just as dead at 38 as you would be at ninety.
And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.
You died when you refused to stand up for right.
You died when you refused to stand up for truth.
You died when you refused to stand up for justice.
Many of the things that he talked about are still very relevant today, if you apply them to current events – even more so if you live in the States. The Edmund Burke quote “The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing” is something that none of us should ever forget.
Back to more trivial issues (our lives are frittered away on trivial things, while deeper issues pass us by, for the most part), raiding lately has been very much not fun. We suffer from the pre-expansion ennui and apathy, and Sunwell raids are impossible. Many people have stopped raiding, and many of those who are left are not the most serious or capable players…such as the bad pull last night which aggroed several packs of mobs, and while we were struggling to not wipe, one of the newer lootwhore healers (oops – did I really say that? my bad) was heard to say “brb, I’m going to check on dinner”. Excuse me? Excuse me? YOU’RE GOING TO DINNER?
grrrrrr….sometimes I think that I need to grow up and stop wasting time with imbeciles and children and do something worthwhile with my life. And then, as usual, I log in to do dailies. :(