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Chaos Q’s

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I found Melanie’s SYW questions today to be very interesting…

What do you believe but cannot prove?

That Gatsby loves me.

Do animals have morals?   Exclude human beings from the equation please. 

We can’t exclude humans because humans are the ones to define morals, but even given that, I think we can observe animals behaving in ways that may not benefit them personally or may even hurt them, but are good for their community as a whole. Elephants will stop what they’re doing to help a stray calf, for example. On the other side of the spectrum, a polar bear may eat her babies if she perceives there isn’t enough food for them all, since the babies would die anyway, and now she has a chance to live to reproduce again. But that’s what she’s programmed to do and she is following Polar Bear Rules, which benefit them as a whole though not necessarily one particular bear. We might applaud an action that breaks a rule and label it moral, but what if it ends up destroying the entire community?

I think we often delude ourselves that animals are so different from us in order to justify hunting, killing, eating, and otherwise exploiting them and ruining their habitats. But they may not be so different from us. We do that to people too, don’t we? Oops, I mentioned people, my bad.

Of course, even getting people to admit this about animals might not change much. I’m still eating meat on occasion, so there you go. I also eat eggs frequently and drink milk, which are just as bad. It’s hard to live in accordance with all our beliefs sometimes ~ Mark Manson says that people angst too much over chicken sandwiches, which is a form of “moral masturbation” and can prevent us from making any progress. Chickens may disagree however.

Is there inherent order in nature or is it all chaos and chance?

Both! Look at leaves and flowers and beehives to observe the beauty of natural order. But then comes a tornado to destroy it all. The universe was born in chaos, if you subscribe to the Big Bang Theory, and then sorted itself out according to the laws of physics. But what are the chances we’d end up exactly where we are right now, with me writing this reply on my lunch break? So random!

Where is your least favorite place in the world?

I’ll stick with places I’ve actually been, as opposed to ones I imagine are terrible… so I will say in a car on a curvy, narrow mountain or cliff road. Shudder.

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Image from Melanie.

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Attitude of Gratitude

gatsby kitty cat love hearts

Melanie asks if we think gratitude is necessary. For a contented life, in my case, it is definitely necessary. The last man I dated wondered how I could be grateful for anything if I didn’t believe in God. That’s pretty narrow-minded and judgy, in my opinion. I am grateful every day for the good things in my life, even if I am not thanking some Guy in the Sky for them. I respect other views, but personally I have not experienced a glimpse of the supernatural, except in feverish dreams.

Part of the reason I feel grateful is because there is so much badness in the world, yet I am lucky enough to have kind and successful daughters, two sweet grands, a loving kitty, a happy living situation, and a good job. When I start to moan about my back hurting or the horrible traffic or whatever unpleasant thing, it helps me to think of the positives. It doesn’t take the pain away, but focusing on gratitude for the good keeps me from narrowing my emotional aspect to the bad.

Also, I’ve made a lot of dumb mistakes, and I have rightfully been invoiced for them. Not by a god, but by the direct consequences of actions. Meanwhile, I’ve worked hard and been rewarded for that, mostly. I am constantly thankful for my perseverance in unfortunate circumstances and for the good people in my life who have helped me. Things could be worse… and I’m grateful they aren’t!

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Image is mine.

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Aston Martin [April A2Z]

Aston Martin 007

Welcome to my April A-Z! This month I will be posting about James Bond 007 every day except Sunday, mostly focusing on the movies, not the books. Enjoy!

James Bond drove many different vehicles in his films, as well as boats and other assorted craft, but most of his fans will associate him with the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger. Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s called a grand tourer, not a sports car. This is supposedly the actual 1964 car, but the license plate in the movie was BMT 216A.

The car was manufactured by the British luxury automobile company Aston Martin and designed by the Italian company Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. There were not many DB5s made ~ only 1,059 in the 1960s and 25 more in 2020. Special effects expert John Stears modified the car for use in the film.

Goldfinger Bond car

The DB5 quickly became associated with the Bond franchise and was used again the next year in Thunderball. A different DB5 was seen later in GoldenEye, sans gadgets. The car made a brief reappearance in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). Alex Dimitrios, the villain in 2006’s Casino Royale, drove a DB5 ~ Bond wins it from him in a card game. A silver birch DB5 pops up in Spectre (2015). Q rebuilds the vehicle and Bond drives off in it at the end. Perhaps we will see Mr. Bond in a DB5 again this September when No Time to Die is released.

Note that Ian Fleming had Bond driving a DB Mark III in his 1959 Goldfinger novel.

DB stands for David Brown, the English businessman who bought Aston Martin in 1947 and created its legacy.

Tune in tomorrow for more A-Z Bond!

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Information and images from Wikipedia and Pinterest.

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