Ripples Crash Shorelines – IQ Test

I’m speaking with myself for one –

I have a very good brain.

I know the best words…….

Most people don’t know that.

Did you know that ?

Did You know that ?

 

 

My view matters. That’s the way it goes.

What goes around comes around –

it is a phrase we are going through,

spilling into awareness –

birds fluttering in a dry puddle.

 

A modest suggestion for an IQ test for those seeking to hold political office. IQ tests evaluate the ability to learn information and skills, and then effectively apply that learning to solve problems. For those wishing to hold political office, they should be evaluated for their intellectual ability to apply empathy and ethics when solving problems in an effective manner. The test should measure their understanding of collaboration, collateral damage, and the implied spaces that extend beyond any solution.

 

 

The test should give an accurate evaluation of the subject’s ability to formulate a plan , and efficaciously communicate both the plan and the underlying goals. The level of communication skills will indicate how well the message  is presented to a diverse audience.

 

Stepping into pool

The depth of ignorance grows –

ripples crash shorelines.

 

Note: The found poem, and their related images, spring from a series of statements ( repeated catch phrases ) made by President Trump  (See embedded links). This post combines found poetry, haibun and haiku. I have attempted to use the best words possible. Many thanks for your thoughts & interest. 

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Map to Destination

“This is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water,…”

President Trump

 

“If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy,……….”

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz

“Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help,……….. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort,…….”

 

President Trump

 

No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe; every man

is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine;

if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe

is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as

well as if a Manor of thy friends or of thine

owne were; any mans death diminishes me,

because I am involved in Mankinde;………

 

MEDITATION XVII

Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

1624

John Donne

Confirmation of Beliefs

Former US leader, Barack Obama, quotes nelson Mandela  in a series of tweets as a response to the Saturday attacks in Charlottesville,…… “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, they can be taught to love. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela.

President Trump’s first comments came Saturday from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, – “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.”

 

Kant believed that reason dictates a categorical imperative for moral action.

Act so that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in that of another, always as an end and never as a means only.”

 

Socrates infuriates Polus with the argument that it is better to suffer an injustice than commit one (Gorgias 475a-d).  Polus agrees that it is more shameful to commit an injustice, but maintains it is not worse.  The worst thing, in his view, is to suffer injustice.  Socrates argues that, if something is more shameful, it surpasses in either badness or pain or both.  Since committing an injustice is not more painful than suffering one, committing an injustice cannot surpass in pain or both pain and badness.  Committing an injustice surpasses suffering an injustice in badness; differently stated, committing an injustice is worse than suffering one.  Therefore, given the choice between the two, we should choose to suffer rather than commit an injustice.

This argument must be understood in terms of the Socratic emphasis on the care of the soul.  Committing an injustice corrupts one’s soul, and therefore committing injustice is the worst thing a person can do to himself (cf. Crito 47d-48a, Republic I 353d-354a).

Source

 

Red Letters: Sorting Out Memories

 

I’m going to sit right down and write myself a letter –

and make believe it came from You,…………

Aides and volunteers on Donald Trump’s presidential transition were instructed Thursday to save any records related to “several pending investigations into potential attempts by Russia interests to influence the 2016 election,” according to a memo obtained by POLITICO.

 

I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter

(music by Fred E. Ahlert and lyrics by Joe Young)

Vocals – Boswell Sisters

60302-A, Decca 671B 1/6/1936 archive.org

 

 

“emails, voicemails, text messages, instant messages, social media posts, Word or WordPerfect documents, spreadsheets, databases, telephone logs, audio recordings, videos, photographs or images, information contained on desktops, laptops, tablet computers, smartphones or other portable devices, calendar records and diary data.

“failure to follow these protocols could result in criminal or civil penalties, and could form the basis of legal claims, legal presumptions, or jury instructions relating to spoliation of evidence.” 

I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter

And make believe it came from you

I’m gonna write words, oh, so sweet

They’re gonna knock me off my feet

Kisses on the bottom

I’ll be glad I’ve got ’em……………