The wise accumulate knowledge—a true treasure; know-it-alls talk too much—a sheer waste. Proverbs 10:14 (The Message)
I just came from Vicki’s blog (http://amarkonmywall.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/bunga-bunga-cowabunga/ go there and look at her beautiful cat) where she apologizes for her lack of posts and says, she is so busy living life that she just doesn’t have any words right now. I know the feeling. I posted back on her blog this quote (or a mangled version of it) that I heard yesterday. “It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it,” which is attributed to George Eliot, Abraham Lincoln, Maurice Switzer, Confucius, Socrates and King Solomon. Who knows who really said it? I just hope she didn’t think I was calling her a fool. It makes me wish certain politicians would tattoo it to their hand or somewhere they could always see it. Although in some cases, I think it would be better for them to have their jaws wired shut. Since I have been dragging some and trying to rest more, I have been watching more television and the ads are getting to me. I want to scream, “Shut Up, already.” But, we have a long way to go yet and it is only going to get worse. In addition to asking you, the blog community, about how you chose a candidate to vote for, I have been asking some of my friends I can talk to in real life. One summed it up succinctly. He said, “You can vote for someone you think will win or vote for someone who upholds your convictions.” It’s sad that our choices have come to that. Is there a place to mark if you abstain? When I think about not speaking, I also think about a friend with Barrett’s Esophagus Disease. It is an ailment of the lining of the esophagus related to gastroesophageal reflux disease that affects your vocal cords. Hoarse voice, laryngitis or coughing are among its symptoms. She “saves” her words for important times. Teaching or spending time with her family. Otherwise, she is quiet. But, I can’t blame a disease or even the politicians and their inflammatory ads for my lack of words. I think in my situation, it boils down to that stat that men have 7,000 words to use each day and women have 20,000. Even though I get three times more words than a man, I’ve just been using up all my words at work. It’s been a very busy time. I’ve been doing some teaching about historic cemeteries, some lobbying about historic preservation, some publicity for History Fair, some networking among historic organizations and some conversing about the future of our community. That takes up a lot of words. And when I come home at night, all I want to do is lie down and be quiet. But, then, I come full circle because I go back to listening to people argue and fight on television. If only these false prophets would read Proverbs! How much longer until November?