COVID-19 has become a hiatus in our lives. There is no going back from this or so we think. This will be known as the time that marked a ‘before’ and an ‘after’. COVID-19 has made us realise how life can quickly get short, poor, truculent and brutal. We have been taken back to life’s first principles of unity, kindness, truth, compassion, flexibility and simplicity. We are also more aware now that we are part of nature and not above it as we are sharing viruses with other animals.
There is no one question that we are aware of more puzzling than this, “What is your opinion of things in general?” Words in general are, fortunately for us, a subject on which the formation of an opinion is somewhat more easy. Words stand for things: they are a sort of counters, checks, bank-notes, and sometimes, indeed, they are notes for which people get a great deal of money. Such words, however, are, alas! not generally English words, but Italian. Strange! that so much should be given for a mere song. It is quite clear that the givers, whatever may be their pretensions to a refined or literary taste, must be entirely unacquainted with Wordsworth. Fine words are oily enough, and he who uses them is vulgarly said to “cut it fat;” but for all that it is well known that they will not butter parsnips. Some say that words are but wind: for this reason, when people are having words, it is often said, that “the wind’s up.”
A comical view-Parts of speech
Some words come from the heart, and then they are pathetic; others from the nose, in which case they are ludicrous. The funniest place, however, from which words can come is the stomach. Grammatically speaking, we say that there are, in English, as many sorts of words as a cat is said to have lives, nine; namely, the Article, the Substantive or Noun, the Adjective, the Pronoun, the Verb, the Adverb, the Preposition, the Conjunction, and the Interjection.
The universe doesn’t have your back.
Dale Carnegie once said, “When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride or vanity.”
and you say you love me
What is it we are after? What is it that we seek so desperately, that longing which bleeds within us? Why do we fight to be the best, to be the one who stands above the rest, so tall and proud?