Waiting for Mr. Mole

This is what is going on in my back yard.

It has been three days now and that only makes any kind of sense if you know cats.  This cat’s name is Itzie and she showed up ten years ago.  She was a half starved, moth eaten, sickly looking excuse for a cat then.  Born in the wild and raised under a pile of brush she was the runt of the litter.  It was only desperation and near starvation on her part that caused our paths to cross.  I was drinking a big rum & coke, as is my way, and cooking on the Weber Grill poolside when she first crawled out from under the peonies.  She looked nasty and her tail was a bit sparse in the hair department.  She was afraid and she was hungry and the hungry won out.  She walked up to my foot, looked up and meowed and the rest is history.

Now, ten years and a lot of good times later, she is out back doing her cat thing.  Her plan, and I know her plans because I have seen them executed on more occasions than I can remember, is to wait as long as it takes for Mr. Mole to make an appearance.  When he does, and he will, they will play until Mr. Mole has so much fun that he dies.  That is a cat’s idea of a really good time.  I don’t imagine it is a mole’s idea of a good time at all, but, that is the way nature has things working and none of us are in any position to argue about it.

I have come to understand that people have a nature too.  It’s important to figure out a persons nature before you get yourself tangled up with them too much.  Not to do so, in my opinion, is probably the cause of more misery than almost anything else.  We understand cats.  Cats will never pretend or try to get you to believe that they are not “really” having a grand old time torturing a mouse.  We can’t understand people like that because half the time they don’t even understand themselves.  That is what makes human relationships so perilous.

John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902) is the one that said… “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

I always accepted that.  It seemed to not only make sense, but, explain why so many powerful men ended up in outrageous pickles right at the pinnacle of their power.  They were corrupted by power.  They were the victims of power.  They gained power and were overcome, through no real fault of their own, by the poisonous nature of the very thing they so sought.

I don’t believe that crap at all any more.  I was up half the night rummaging through the garbage pile out back for all the prejudices I threw away and all the preconceived notions I was talked out of keeping.  I found them and I’m keeping them because time has taught me that, mostly, people aren’t really much different from that cat sitting out back living out her nature to the fullest.  “Lord Action” I’m beginning to realize was pretty much full of shit.  I know, I know, I’m probably being a bit hard on “His Lordship” because, after all, he had power himself and you can’t blame a guy for making himself and his buddies look as good as he could.  But Frank Herbert, I think, hit the nail on the head with this quote….

Frank Herbert : All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. Such people have a tendency to become drunk on violence, a condition to which they are quickly addicted.

It just rings truer.  It just explains so much more of what we all have experienced, concerning politics and political figures, in our lives here at the dawn of the 21 Century.  Politicians don’t “get” corrupted.  They are just used car salesmen in more expensive clothes.

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2 responses to “Waiting for Mr. Mole

  1. Robert Redus

    Mrs. N.
    How are things?

    I have to disagree with his lordship as well…it’s pretty easy to make the rules when…you after all….are the rule maker…and as Charles Osgood said….“There are no exceptions to the rule that everybody likes to be an exception to the rule.”

    Basically it is nature we’re dealing with…sure Itzie is going to play with Mr. Mole until indeed he dies…yet in her mind the goal is multi-faceted…play with her new friend until he tires ….play until she becomes bored….play until she becomes hungry….and finally eat her new friend…that is wonderful!!…granted a bit of a one sided friendship but sort of sacrificial in a sense…

    think of the Mayan chosen ones…lived the life of luxury…sex…food..drugs…yet they knew they were going to take the long walk into the “Sacrificial Cenote”…someday…seems to support that “Power attracts pathological personalities”….idea and with those personalities come those weird edicts and rules…

    unless of corse there’s more to jumping into a well….than the story tellers have revealed.

    I trust you are well…garden is in full bloom….
    we are covered with apocalyptic looking smoke every evening…from the fires in AZ…sunsets are beautiful…moon is red oxide…and the heat is climbing….

    • I am well Robert. It has been unusually warm for this time of year and everything is blooming a good deal ahead of schedule. My tomato plants are covered with flowers.
      Robert, I just finished this.. http://www.amazon.com/Why-West-Rules-Now-Patterns/dp/0374290024
      The author asks the question, why things turned out the way they did with regard to what culture got the upper hand.. and when & why. Anyway, he makes the point of talking about the cave paintings in France and Spain from 30-35,000 years ago and the fact that nowhere else on earth was that kind of detailed representational art found. Asks the question… what was it about that time and location that brought that about (or out) of our Aunt’s sisters.
      Interesting read…. Great before you hit the sack book.

      Be well Robert and stay out of the sun.

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