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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Today is the first day of the rest of your life and other sucky proverbs.

I think I may have used that sweet little maxim as a blog title once before, which implies just how strongly I disfavor it. It falls along the lines of , "And your point is . . ."  Yesterday was the last day of the previous part of your life. If you die today, today is both the first day of the rest of your life and the last day of your life, period. It's an inane saying of the sort that was printed on T-shirts along with those obnoxious yellow happy faces under which sometimes was written, "Have a nice day!" or, as in the most extreme of cases, "Smile! god loves you!" in the late 60's and early 70's.   Literary pollution best describes it. Seemingly it is intended to improve the collective mood of society. Seldom does it have such an effect.

The maxims that best exemplify my personal philosophy (beyond the more serious Desiderata, which is  too long to be a proverb, yet in which i find serious solace, are two succinct yet telling statements -- two truisms, I would call them -- and  you may have seen them on bumper stickers.  That's where I first learned them. While I possess a hatred of  bumper stickers with a passion not even close to rational,  I still cling to my favorite truisms.

Truism #1: What if Jesus really doesn't want you for a sunbeam? It's a possibility. Just think about it.

Truism #2: Jesus loves you. Everyone else thinks you're an asshole.

Note: Since the blog in which I discussed very nearly having been named Aubrey and I described the name "Aubrey" as a tiny heart shape that is neither too narrow nor too plump, and I described "Alexis" as all sharp, spiky, and poky like the pound sign on a telephone, I have adopted # as my personal symbol. It's kind of like "the artist formerly known as Prince" except that my name still has a pronunciation, which is Alexis.

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