Universal Variations

In one form or another, depending upon the specific time in history that one might be reviewing, the world it seems, has always been bat-shit crazy.  This leads to tonight’s question – where is God, and if we found Him, Her, It – can we get a direct intergalactic pass to take us to wherever He, She or It is vacationing?  Probably not.

Few of us move beyond our spiritual upbringing and transcend to a higher, more enlightened train of thought, awareness, or the current vernacular “namaste” plateau of thinking during our lives, no matter that we might tell ourselves otherwise. We might like to think we’ve transcended beyond Catholicism, Southern Baptist, Eastern Orthodox, Atheism, Agnostic or whatever set of beliefs our parents spoon fed us during out impressionable and formative years. And while some do manage to escape those little mental traps our parents, mostly well-meaning, set for us – most don’t. One is always “fighting” those goblins of adolescent impressionism, trying everything from drinking, drugs, cheating, lying, sex, gluttony, laziness, texting, tweeting (just for starters) to rise above the particular brand of nuttiness instilled in each of us, not just by our parents, but also from every “well-meaning” mentor or teacher thereafter. If we have transcended all that which has kept us back, kept us from loving each other, kept us from understanding the differences we all share, along with the sameness of all being humans…why then do we allow the horribleness of modernity to continue unabated?

Here at the Asylum, we regularly look for the sane, for the beautiful, for the inspiring.  In this day and age, it’s difficult to find – so instead, we highlight the insane, with some deranged hope that it will inspire folks to turn away from the current insanity and create beauty.  We think we’re largely unsuccessful – but we keep trying, hoping also that beauty, in the form of classical music, at the end of each post might inspire where words cannot.

America, by and large a Christian country, still bombs the hell out of other countries, ending the lives of innocents and destroying families. We avert our eyes and don’t demand for it to stop.

We listen, tune in, and thereby participate in the most vile media and entertainment of offerings.  Saliva dripping from our mouths, we watch, – sometimes a flicker of a thought tells us that what we are watching is nothing more than broadcasts from Hell, but we rarely question the lies, manipulation and propagandizing – our only break from the vileness coming when we turn off the TV, computer, phone to sleep.

leroy-skalstad-328933We see the homeless, the poor, the sick – they are all there in front of us each day.  Uncared for, no where to call home except the concrete or dirt, and we again, avert our eyes.

Our government allocates $700 Billion toward the military industrial complex for 2018 alone to lay to waste other countries, create conflicts, and keep their war machine going, while our own citizens suffer, what to most of us would be an unimaginable life, each and every day.

If we all were poor and downtrodden, some of this suffering by innocents might be understandable. But this is the richest country in the world and yet there are still those living in this paradise, when compared to many other countries, who find it loathsome that the poor simply won’t go away, vanish and be out of their sight – we guess so that they won’t have to see suffering on their way to pick up their $10 morning latte.

Continued wars, genetically modified foods, geo-engineering of the skies and weather, poisoned water – to name just a bit of the horseshit we turn a blind eye to and which sickens both ourselves and loved ones  – and still we don’t care to fight.

In whatever number of years that humans have walked the earth, we seemed to have learned nothing.  Budda’s can be sent to us, prophets can come our way, Christ can come and spread His message of love, kindness, patience and care for the less fortunate – it all doesn’t seem to matter.  We continue to apathetically forge on to the next day, and never demand those who bring the ordinary citizen, both here and around the world, dread, poverty, death and destruction, be removed and held accountable. It is a sorry lot.

H.L. Mencken said – “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

Prophetic perfection.

And yet all this doesn’t shed a sliver of light on where God is vacationing, for surely, He figured out long ago that most humans just don’t care to listen, don’t care to improve, don’t care to be bold and stand for what is right, honest and based in love for all peoples, and being completely unwanted – left! Our guess is that upon seeing the absolute wreck of humanity and its apathy, a few dolphins were gathered and they all scampered off to only God knows where, leaving us to live among lizards.

Most often, all that is left for us (aside from fighting the good fight to ward off apathy, dishonesty and hate and do what we can to make life better for those along our path) is to find humor, if possible, in the daily insanity of life – so we close with the words on our banner on the front page, basically, because we have yet to find an alternative explanation to it all.

“The story so far:  In the beginning the Universe was created.  This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”  – Douglas Adams – “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”


And for a glimmer of the grace, love, beauty and elegance that enlightened souls can give us, we leave with tonight’s musical offering:

Sir Colin Davis ~ Edward Elgar ~ Enigma Variations – Variation IX (Adagio) “Nimrod”

Photo credit (front page): http://www.unsplash.com/@jaanus

Photo credit: http://www.unsplash.com/@leroys


  1. Probably the most awesome quote from fiction in the past 100 years. I agree with Mr. Adams so much (hee hee). It’s saddening how many homeless there still are, and how many people we hurt. I just got done reading “Fahrenheit 451” again and the parallels between our obliviousness and the real world are dismaying. I hate that.

    Hugs and be good.


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