5.21.2021 – Glad! If I had known

Glad! If I had known
that at 20, I wouldn’t
have done anything!

I am not a ‘huge’ William Shatner fan.

I like Star Trek but when I say that, as when I say, “Star Wars’, I mean the original.

I never could figure out the other shows.

There is that one where one feller is light blue/green and is really a computer.

I understand he was supposed to be the modern counter part to Spock

This character was treated as someone with feelings.

But in the original series, Spock was at least half human and could display feeling.

The light blue/green guy WAS A MACHINE.

HELLO.

Would a computer made to look like a human be any less than a machine?

If he got too annoying you could smash him with a baseball bat because he was A MACHINE.

But I digress.

I WILL SAY this though.

The Whale Movie where the Original Team goes back in time to San Francisco was pretty good.

There is that scene where they all stare at a USAToday Newspaper vending machine and read the news above the fold and wait.

Kirk hits the box a few times, but the view of the front page doesn’t change of course.

“Must be broke,” says Kirk and shrugs.

OH SURE I said to myself.

Read a newspaper off a screen.

Like that will happen someday.

Again, I digress.

I remember one teacher at GRJC telling me that the original Star Trek was as close to a play of the genre of the classic Greek Tragedy that our generation would ever produce.

He felt Spock and Dr. McCoy were the pitch-perfect representation of the Greek Chorus whose role in the play, one webpage states, was “to offer important background and summary information that facilitates an audience’s ability to follow the live performance; to offer commentary about and underline main themes animating the action; and to model an ideal audiences response to the unfolding drama.  Nietzsche suggests that it was the rhythmic dance and chants of the chorus, positioned always to mediate the physical space separating audience and actor, that evoked the visionary experience that was the very essence of tragedy.

Can’t argue with that.

But back to Captain Kirk, I mean, William Shatner.

I can never figure him out.

Is Mr. Shatner really dumb but acting smart?

Or is Mr. Shatner really smart and acting dumb?

What cannot be denied is that in a life of 90 years, Mr. Shatner has embraced life.

He has been up.

He has been down.

And when he has been down, he dusts himself off, and gets back up.

I recently read an interview with him and what shined through the interviewer’s writing was that, love him or hate him or don’t care, his life has been full.

About all that he has done, Mr. Shatner said, “I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I just drifted with the currents of happenstance.

It was how he ended that struck me.

So many times we all hear and we all say, “If only I knew then what I know now.”

At the end of the interview, the question is asked, “what he wishes he had known at 20 that he knows at 90.”

His response?

“Here’s an interesting answer!” he says perkily. “I’m glad I didn’t know because what you know at 90 is: take it easy, nothing matters in the end, what goes up must come down. If I’d known that at 20, I wouldn’t have done anything!”

If I’d known that at 20, I wouldn’t have done anything!

That got me to thinking.

But I am typing this and listening to the 3rd movement of Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.2 in D major on the radio and life is a mess and life is pretty good at the same time.

I really can’t account for how I ended up living on the Atlantic Coast of South Carolina or that I have seven kids or almost anything else that has happened to me.

I didn’t just drift with the currents but I thought I was taking in active part in the direction of my life.

Any decision that I made over the last 60 years would have changed how this all came about.

I am pretty sure though that had I started out with this as a goal, I would have screwed it up.

So I got to agree with Mr. Shatner.

I think that by the time you get to this age, the thing that matters is to take it easy.

Don’t sweat the petty stuff.

Don’t pet the sweaty stuff.

What goes up, must come down.

BUT boy am I glad I DID NOT know that back when I was 20.

Had I known that, really known that, I would not have done anything.

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