The Good, The Great and the Ugly

Assigning guilt:  I think of an enforcer.

 

Today’s WordPress prompt is the word guilty and it is enticing because so many concepts of “guilty” can be elaborated upon and it is a theme that affects everybody who is human.  I mean guilty in the sense of bearing an emotional hardship.  That is, the state of mind that can afflict one after a wrongdoing.

 

When my maternal grandmother was alive, in her golden years, her daily ritual was to rise at seven in the morning and to read the local paper.  If she hadn’t been able to sleep enough, she rose at that hour regardless, not one to shirk from duty.

 

She said my late grandfather often told her she had a “guilty conscience,” that was keeping her from a good night’s sleep, but, she said to me candidly, there was nothing she’d done to be feeling guilty.  It was a joke between them.

 

You might think of guilty thoughts for not showing enough kindness to your mother, for example, or for acting in a manner disconnected from your values or moral code, if you have such a thing.

 

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Photographer: Daniel Petersen

My favorite ideology of the “guilty” is the enforcer’s code of pursuing the guilty, as in the police procedural shows on television and which find people who cross the line of good conduct into being “guilty” of wrongdoing meeting unforeseen fates, typically in handcuffs.

 

It is curious to look at “guilty” in that sense of having done wrong defiantly, for gain, as it was for my grandmother to watch evening television of that kind, the actors playing enforcers and criminals together, unfolding typically in the course of one evening of entertainment.  It will always be a choice pastime, I believe.

 

Today’s WordPress daily prompt is a gift, I think; there are simply so many ways to explore the weight of being guilty that I should think there will likewise be a wealth of posts highlighting the idea.

Earth

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Today is Earth Day in 2019.  I have done an update on a post which I’ve worked on a couple of times that might be the closest thing I have to a reflection on the day we’re celebrating the Earth.

Thinking about Earth, in a photograph, I saw the bank of a creek and realized it was a little like how Earth serves in its glory as a point of origin for life. I snapped a quick photo because this week’s WordPress photo challenge is to symbolize Earth with a photo, and I felt I was on the right track to doing this.

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” Charles Darwin

Earth resounds with life, as with shells awash on a beach, water gurgling through valleys, or flowers bursting from the soil. Looking at it from a point where running water meets the sand, it is a little reflective of life on Earth and its big picture.

Resources like oil and transportation and computer technology run cities and nations. These would be nothing if not for the ingredients which comprise life, the basics from which the world springs. There is never anything which the Earth does not contain in its grassy plains and rolling hillsides.

In the deserts and in the oceans, in the tundra and in the mountains, life is full of complexity. That being said, in the smallest of places you can find the elegance of simplicity, which is what I hoped to show with my photograph of running water reaching rocks.

If you like my photograph, and my thoughts about this week’s WordPress Challenge, feel free to comment, “like” and/or follow. Although the Photo Challenges came to an end quite some time ago, I hope to continue taking photographs. Thank you for visiting my blog, and have a great week! All the best to you.