Monday, November 20, 2006

A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's Kyoto for?

Whooee! I been stewin' on this here Kyoto bizness fer a while now. I reckon mebbe the ConMen an' that purty gal with the big hair ain't heard 'bout how havin' bigass goals leads t' achievement.

Back in the olden days in Merrie Olde Englande, there was this here poet feller. You mighta heard of 'im -- Robert Browning. Well, ol' Bob Browning had hisself a good line that goes like this --

“Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?”

When I looked up that line jest now (which I first learnt from my ol' Mum 'bout 50 years ago when I was 'bout 7 years old), there was an interpretation fer lazyasses an' illiterates who can't figger out things fer themselves. Here's what they sed 'bout that famous line --

"Words from a poem by Robert Browning, suggesting that, to achieve anything worthwhile, a person should attempt even those things that may turn out to be impossible."

Makes sense, sez I.

I'd like t' be a better piano player. I jest got me a new keyboard an' I practice 'bout an hour a day. I'm sorta old fer piano lessons an' practicin' but I'm reachin' fer excellence, even if my grasp only lets me achieve mediocrity. My goals may be unachievable but I'll be a better piano player than if I din't set any goals at all.

I notice ol' King Steve is stickin' with the Afghan mission. Everybuddy an' their dog knows that a military solution ain't possible. The generals say so an' so does Minister O'Connor. The goal is t' create a shinin' beacon o' democracy in the MidEast. It ain't gonna happen. The best we're hopin' fer now is sum modest improvements an' a bit o' personal security. Since the original goal has proven t' be completely unachievable, howcum they don't reckon we oughta quit like we quit the unachievable Kyoto deal?

Yores trooly,
JimBobby

9 comments:

bigcitylib said...

True. You might also have said that every journey begins with a single step. Kyoto is that first step.

Good luck with the piano.

Balbulican said...

I want to hear that piano on the next recording, JB.

JimBobby said...

Whooee! Thankee fer droppin' by, BigCityFeller. Yer right as rain. There's probbly a bluejillion examples o' why it's better t' not give up.

How 'bout the tax collectors -- CCRA. I figger their goal is a hunnert percent compliance an' nobuddy cheatin' on their taxes. Now, everybuddy who's ever bought an ounce o' weed or hired a hooker or fudged their expense account knows that 100% compliance is impossible. Mebbe they oughta quit tryin' that, too.

JB

JimBobby said...

Whooee! Oh, oh... I mebbe opened a can o' worms. It'll be a little while before I'm ready t' let the boogeysphere hear my plinkety-plinkin'. It'll make a good goal, I reckon, t' get good enuff t' play fer the thousands an' thousands o' visitors t' my little boog. Right now, I'm sayin' it's within my reach. I'll keep you posted if I post up anything. I got sum favourite Christmas songs. Mebbe a better -- more unachievable -- goal would be fer me t' put out a CD: "JimBobby Sings the Songs of the Season". Yeow!

JB

stageleft said...

A mans reach should always exceed his grasp JimBobby, but you're talking about politicians - not the same thing at all.

PS: Welcome back

PSS: the proof that I'm not a bot was zexwood.... what's a zexwood?

JimBobby said...

Whooee! Zexwood? Ol' boys like me sumtimes take these here little blue pills before zex. The result is chemically-induced zexwood.

Any idee what NEPCDIB is?

JB

stageleft said...

I thought for a while that maybe zexwood was from some new kind of tree that migrated here from someplace warmer as a result of global warming and climate change - since it obviously isn't I guess that's proof positive that climate change is in fact a lie and Kyoto isn't necessary.

NEPCDIB is a new branch of the federal government tasked with keeping us safe from terrorists and anarchist ner-do-wells: the announcement was quite so as not to tip 'em off.

Now I gotta go take care of my kvnad, which I think is either a foreign made rifle, or an intestinal disorder....

Charles J said...

Thanks for visiting by blog JimBobby. Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

A mans reach should always exceed his grasp JimBobby, but you're talking about politicians - not the same thing at all.