Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Shit Happens

Team members have noted the absence of Yabasta ( = Zatikia), who has been a daily stalwart of this forum since its inception and booster of Further Left efforts from long before. She strained to leave a brief comment two days ago but otherwise has not posted since October 21. She has been severely ill and progress of her recovery is in question. There have been a few brief one or couple line chat room contacts with her that clearly took exceptional effort on her part. Though none were very promising, that she did so spoke of our importance to her. May she similarly know her importance to us. She was in the room today for a longer period and seemed better as she left news she would be undertaking upgraded medical care this evening. She knows that shit happens.

Hitek, another team member, was in the chat room this morning while posting the "The Fully Employed Homeless At Nintendo" article below. He was chatting with us from the far eastern US state of Rhode Island when he received a phone call that his home in the far western state of Washington was flooded. The neighborhood had been evacuated. His kids were supposed to be with someone who didn't answer the phone and his dog was locked in the house. Hitek left us to seek a flight home. Shit happens.

Troutsky posted "Friends in Need" below about a friend in clear danger. He didn't state it, but there was obvious between the line frustration that shit happens.

Another Further Left compadre is, as far as we know, currently suffering to such extent that presenting details would probably have deepening effect. All that can and should be said is our hopes go out to him in surviving the shit that is happening.

A very early post on this forum's creation was a piece of graphic poetry titled "Shit". Its words:
Every molecule of animal and plant,
And every speck of earthly dust,
Has traversed a living body,
At one time or another.

Our world is made of excrement,
And everyone is full of it,
Some waste however,
Is fresher than the rest.

It behooves us to watch where we walk,
Avoiding the course of those,
Who feign being clean and tall and above it all,
While riding the backs of others.
Of course, all who are aware of the specific travails mentioned and others unsaid have let it be known their hearts are centered on hopes and well wishes for those hurting. We do what we can with what we have. One of those is to keep on talking to each other. It is that which brings realization that can drive some of us sometime to do something about the fact that shit happens.

For those prone to seek outside help through prayer, here is a list from which they may pick their poison.
Taoism: Shit happens.
Hinduism: This shit happened before.
Confucianism: Confucius say "Shit happens".
Buddhism: If shit happens, it isn't really shit.
Zen: What is the sound of shit happening?
Islam: If shit happens, it is the will of Allah.
Jehova's Witness: knock, knock, "Shit happens".
Athiesm: There is no shit.
Agnosticism: I don't know whether shit happens.
Protestantism: Shit won't happen if I work harder.
Catholicism: If shit happens, I deserved it.
Judiaism: Why does shit always happen to us?
TV evangelists: Send us more shit.
Jedi Knights: May the shit be with you.
The Mexican response to one for whom shit happens is "Lo siento", which is said in place of the English "I'm sorry". It translates however to an empathetic rather than sympathetic "I feel it." Shit happening to one of us or anyone happens to all of us. Lo siento.

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