humanity, lost

I tackled the weighty and important topic of reclaiming humanity in a guest post over at everday gurus. Go check it out. And make sure you poke around and see what Kozo has going on while you are there.

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Two things instantly attracted me to djmatticus–his compassion as a husband and a father and his uncanny ability to use the perfect quote from movies that I love. One of the great things about blogging is that you get to “meet” role models of the people you want to become. Matticus is one of those bloggers. When I want to be a better parent, spouse, writer, and human, I head over to his blog:

I’ve lured Matticus out of his kingdom for a little joust at EverydayGurus. He faces you today “as God intended. Sportsmanlike. No tricks, no weapons, skill against skill alone.”


If you’ve spent any amount of time with me, you will have learned that despite my optimistic outlook, my general silliness, and my overall belief that life is one grand adventure, I am fond of saying that we are doomed.  Look around.  Common sense is…

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Something’s missing

Oh, the humanity… that’s what we are missing.

I’m not quite there, but I am nearing the precipice: losing all faith in humanity.

Tonight in the parking lot of my neighborhood grocery store I once again had to get out of my truck while attempting to park so I could move the kart that had been left in the space… because people can’t be bothered to walk the kart back the 15 feet to put it in the return slot and get it out of the parking lot.

Then, after successfully navigating the aisles and procuring my wares, while trying to leave I backed out of my space until to get into a game of chicken with another driver who was in too much of a hurry to give me the time and space to pull out properly.  I’m not sure how much he missed me by, as I was attempting a three-point turn, but it wasn’t much.

From there I went to the gas station to fill up the truck, a weekly trip – one of the drawbacks of the commuter lifestyle – only to have every pump taken at the moment.  So, I backed off a bit, leaving the driveway empty so that normal traffic in the shopping center to enter and exit unencumbered only to have another vehicle circling the gas station looking for empty pump decide to pull in between where I was waiting and the pump directly across from me.  And, yep, you guessed, he blocked the driveway.

So, three strikes against humanity tonight.  I guess normally that would be it, right?  Three strikes and you are out?  But… I guess maybe humanity deserves more than three strikes.  Still, my faith is slipping.

My faith in Karma is doing just fine though.  After the other vehicle had queued up to take the pump I was waiting for a different car at the station left and I was able to pull in, fill up my truck, and leave before they managed to even start pumping.

It’s the little things in life.