In America, today is “Independence Day”, the day all Americans rejoice in their FREEDOM. It is a day that is taken for granted as a day of glorious celebration, of a peoples struggle and victorious separation from that which might oppose the freedoms of all men. But in the rest of the world, this day is not recognized, or celebrated. It is just another day. A day when we ALSO take for granted that the “SUN” will shine. It is this mild mannered acceptance of the extraordinary that I would like to shed a little “light” on today. Did you know that the Sun is really a star? That when you look up into the sky, you are not seeing stars, but you are seeing suns, far, far, away? Have you considered the fact that without the sun there would be no such thing as freedom? I leave it to you. Did you know that the sun is 109 times larger than the earth? Did you know that the light from the sun, that we perceive on our skin today, has taken 30,000 years to get here? Did you know that the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second? Easy stuff, right? Did you know that there is a magnetic field around the Earth to protect us from the Sun? Did you know that the Sun is providing us the “freedom” that Americans are celebrating today?
Look at it this way; Have you recognized that the title of this blog is “Metaphysics and The Movies According To Dartanion2?” and right after that sits a tag, that says….(in the minds of men)? Do you know why that is there? PERSPECTIVE. It’s all about perspective when you walk on this planet as a human being. Oh too often, we forget about that fact. The fact the sun provides us with everything we need, including the very air we breathe? And yet we still need to be protected from its enormity, its overwhelming presence in our everyday lives, and yet we hardly ever notice it. Did you know that this planet we’re on revolves around the sun? Of course you do, we learn that stuff in 3rd grade. We’re intelligent beings with educations, how could we not know those simple little things? And yet, we take the sun for granted each and every day. If we want to talk about freedom “REALLY” shouldn’t we include the sun in that discussion, because we are certainly slaves to its every whim. If the sun died tomorrow, life (as we know it) would cease to exist. So, where does the sun enter in to this topic of conversation you ask? Well, how about the fact the sun provides our freedom? Hmm? Tough one huh? Not really, I just wanted to bring to light the fact that, although here in America, it appears to the rest of the world that we are gloating in our “Freedom Loving Fashion”, we are not so arrogant as to accept that the rest of the world is celebrating along with us. We are well aware that the sun still has to rise tomorrow in order for us to continue our selfish, yet not naïve, ways of living. In fact, “The Sun Also Rises” is one of Americas great triumphs. The fact that it was written by Ernest Hemingway shouldn’t really matter, what really matters is that we are proud to be Americans and we don’t want that celebration to be a slap to anyone’s face. We just want to fire up the BBQ’s and toss back a couple of cold Bud’s and tell our children what we fought for when this nation of ours was founded. Not from a place of arrogance but from a place of desperate times. A time when freedom mattered across the known world, and although we made some HUGE mistakes, it’s still OK to celebrate what our forefathers fought and died believing in. That’s All. Nothing else. So, do you think the SUN will rise tomorrow? Who knows, after all, we’re all just big balls of energy trying to provide……..And, wherever you may be today; may the warmth of the Sun provide you with sustenance and a sense of freedom that can never be taken away……I am Dartanion2, and that’s the way I see it………t xx
Georgina Richardson said:
A very, very happy independance day sweety to you and Isaac and your Mum and all your friends and family. I hope the weather is lovely for you and that you are able to get out in that sunshine and have some well earned fun sweety. I would love to be there celebrating with you as just by watching all the films that I`ve seen I know how important a day it is for you all.
Freedom is a very precious thing for all of mankind and I feel that we all should take time out from our day and sit and think deeply about the freedom that we are blessed with and remember the men and women who gave their lives in the fight for that freedom. You are a very proud nation and deservedly so. Without the United States of America a great deal of this planet would not enjoy the freedom and safety that they have. So have lots of fun sweety.
I really enjoyed what you`ve written about the sun, I love facts like that because they are fascinating and when you think deeply about them it is mind blowing. Here is another connection to each other and how close we are spiritually, we are certainly soulmates sweety!!
It just so happens that the two books I am reading at the moment are on this very subject. I went to the library yesterday evening and was drawn to the science section, I was praying that they had got some new books in as I`ve read all the other ones.
I immediately picked up two large books one called Everything You Need To Know About Everything You need To Know About The Universe ( one heck of a title! isn`t it? ) by Chris Cooper and the other one is called 1001 Wonders Of The Universe by Piers Bizony. Our library rarely gets books like those as it`s only a small village library, so you wouldn`t believe how excited I got when they both almost jumped out at me and I knew I just had to get them, I almost danced in the isles because I was so chuffed, but I managed to keep it quiet!!
The first book goes from the big bang theory, to what it calls the big crunch in a nut shell!! I haven`t had a chance to really get into them yet as I was shattered last night because you are wearing me out with this fabulous blog, as fast as I`m reading and answering your subjects you are putting fresh ones on!!! and I`m loving every minute of it, you make me hungry for more.
But what do you think of that? me coming home with them books and at the same time you were working on the subject of the sun!! The second book has absolutely amazing pictures in full colour and some of them I wouldn`t mind having prints for my office wall!! they are stunning and I can`t wait till I`m on my own this afternoon to read them. They are very big heavy books so it will probably take me about a couple of days to read them. But when I do I will make notes and hopefully be able to contribute to this page with some of the facts I find for you.
This brings me to the film I watched the other day called Short Circuit with Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens and Ally Sheedy and the voice of Johny Five was Tim Blaney who has an amazing curriculum vitae. I found out about him and Fisher Stevens on the net, they both have done such a lot of stuff. I was amazed to find out just how much work Tim has done and he`s only the same age as me! My favourite lines in the film are ” nice software ” and ” input need input ” and I think it`s so cute when Johny shouts ” Johny five is alive “.
The reason I`ve mentioned the film is, it describes how I feel about all the hard work you are doing with your blog. I feel the need for more and more `input` from you and that fabulous talent for writing you have. I really do look forward to getting up each morning now and seeing what surprises you have for me. Yesterday I was on your blog and working hard to keep up with you for thirteen hours I didn`t go to bed till three am, and I enjoyed every single minute of it T`. I don`t ever want you to stop doing this and you certainly have a book inside that brilliant mind of yours.
I really am proud to know you and very proud of your talents just like your mother is.
Lots of love and hugs sweety,
Curtis Longstreet said:
Tony, how are you? Happy independence day my friend.
Firstly I must commend you on a great write today. Your passion and intelligence runneth over. And your point of view is strong and well worth contemplation. Of cause you`re right with every point. Freedom as a whole we take for granted. We take for granted the sun as well, and it sustains life. We should indeed celebrate our freedom (I`m Canadian officially). There is somthing universal about the hunger for freedom and having life, pity we do take these for granted at times, instead of celebrating them.
I myself do celebrate these things, Tony. Though how sad it is that some politicians sink their teeth into these sacred freedoms and try to dispense them as cans of Coca Cola to thirsty shallow souls. They turn the sacred, into cliches and rallying cries for agendas, barely understood by the masses: Feeling somehow that they are in control of freedom even as the sun controls life here on planet earth. Perverse superiority complex. Celebrating freedom is one great thing we should all do, but when the face of a politician is attached to freedom some folks get a little cynical.
But when the rubber hits the road politicians do control these sacred freedoms in large degrees. And all mankind is left to do is scream in protest from oxygenated glass boxes. I suppose all that`s left to do at times is to become indifferent and go on with what rations we are given or be content with what money can buy us. Then the whole idea of celebration is lost in dark shadows of personal victories, ideology in this sense is not universal enough to have a parade.
I know it`s not the subject today, but it sounds like believing in God or gods or some kind of power smarter and more capable than humans with a really good plan for the planet might be a good idea for these times, or the future. And hopefully we have one. I do believe we have one by the way, through God, but that is my faith speaking all I can do is share.
Tony I do indeed celebrate with you my friend, the freedoms I have I will not dare take for granted. How does the song go..“fools rush in where angels fear to tred…
Hey C, (I’m smiling now, having just read your words) I am always amazed at your writing ability, Not only did you drive home a point, I, so desperately, tried to understate. But, you did it honorably, and with the heart of truth. I too agree that taking things for granted is not only a problem, but it is displayed in it’s full glory under the guise of politics. So much so, that I will not address it here because it is too ridiculous to even give advertising to.(lol) Everyone who reads these comments will agree that politicians (for the most part) are assholes. Enough said……..So, thanks for the 4th of July high fives bro. Appreciated. What are you up to up there in Canuck land? I used to be a tour manager so I’ve cruised through that majestic Country of yours, I really loved Montreal and Vancouver, but I had a ball in Ontario, hanging out with friends at Second City up there. It’s cool that you’re Canadian, you guys are so open minded about everything that it’s intimidating. It’s like you guys are walking around with some kind of secret that Americans can’t figure out. (lol) Loved Canada bro. Lake Louise (Banff I think) was stunning. Anyway, I’m rambling, i’ll see you around cosmo Eh? (lol) ….T