If you have not already done so, you may wish to read the
Introduction to Gnomica.
Sunday 11 Mar 2012
Never too old,
never too bad,
never too late,
never too sick
to start from scratch once again.
Bikram Choudhury (10 Feb 1946 -)
This little kōan sort of generalizes the specifically amatory applicability of yesterday’s gnomicon (011) to a more catholic universe.
From preverbal infancy on up we are told endlessly that, no, you can’t do that! And sometimes – perhaps even most of the time — it is excellent advice. But I wonder: do we then sometimes at some level internalize this negativizing of personal potentials and possibilities over and against an incorporation into our mental-emotional apparatus of a more affirmative sense of empowerment that urges, yes, you can do that – no matter that the rest of the world mocks (= envies?) you.
Again, in a more restricted amatory context, George Gershwin (26 Sep 1898 – 11 Jul 1937) really did get this one right on with his classic, “They all laughed at Christopher Columbus … They laughed at me wanting you … Who’s got the last laugh now?” And Ella and Satchmo sang it like nobody else ever did or ever will – not even my guy, Old Blue Eyes!