10.8.2022 – wish what I always

wish what I always
wish when I see you – I wish
you would go away

In 1975 there was a made-for-television romantic comedy film named Love Among the Ruins.

For a made-for-television movie it had some heavy weight credentials as it was directed by George Cukor (Gone With the Wind, My Fair Lady) and starred Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier and the script has some truly sparkling dialogue.

You can watch the movie here on YouTube and its worth the 90 minutes.

For my purposes today I focus on one short scene where Olivier is preparing to go into court and bumps into the opposing counsel and says simply.

I wish what I always wish whenever I see you.

And what is that? asks the other lawyer.

I wish that you’d go away.

I am SO TIRED of the current news cycle.

I am SO TIRED of the news that in any way focuses on the former occupant of the White House.

At this point, whenever I see his name in the headline I wish what I always wish whenever I see the name and that is I wish it would go away.

But then that is the game isn’t.

As Big Bill put it:

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,

To the last syllable of recorded time

This never ending story, creeping in this petty pace, from day to day, to the last syllable of recorded time.

The former occupant of the White House might be a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage … but it has been so much more than just his hour.

How long until he is heard no more?

Make it stop.

Make it go away.

But then that is the game isn’t.

Draw out the agony and then offer a price, offer a settlement, offer something and then he goes away and is heard no more.

That is the game isn’t.

Somewhere in unrecorded time, someone’s pig was eaten by another man’s dog.

The pig man brought the dog man to court.

The dog man’s lawyer said to the pig man’s lawyer, ‘Let us not deal with court but settle this together. Dog man will give 10 pieces of gold for the pig. You take four for your trouble. I’ll take four for my trouble. And pig man gets 2 to buy a new pig and its all settled and we are all happy. Or I can file for a date in court … sometime next year.

And so it happened and settlement through litigation was born and the concept of beating justice by delay became part of human existence.

When Columbus landed in Haiti, he set up a gallows and a Cross and said, take your pick.

When the Colonists landed in North America, they built Churches and Court Houses and said, take your pick.

They started worshipping and suing each other right off.

It became the American Way.

The State of Georgia has 159 counties.

For the most part, all about the same, odd size, geographically.

Why?

When the state was mapped into counties, they were designed so that every county seat, where the courthouse was, was no more than 1 days horseback ride from anywhere in the county so every could get to court and sue someone.

File an action in Court.

Delay, delay, delay.

And Settle.

Truth, Justice and the American Way!

That is the game isn’t.

The art of the deal.

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