Friday 25 May 2012

I Am The Daniel Miller Character

I got an email today that was kind of fun. It was/is a life span calculator and can be found at this site.

I have done similar things before, and I just can’t remember how I did. On this particular test I am happy to announce that I should be living for another 25 years or so. I can’t promise that I will still be writing the blog, but I doubt that I will become any less opinionated or that the world will become the paradise that it should be in 25 years. This is great; I should be able to figure out just what I want to do with my life by then. Maybe I will have great-grand children that I can spoil.

I can just imagine the conversation that Hurricane will have with his wife when she says that I offered to look after little Cyclone. “Yeah…I don’t know…he’s pretty old and I don’t think Cyclone could handle that much sugar at one go. He lies a lot too; the truth is something that he has never really found a use for.”

“Oh, don’t be silly, he is such a sweet old guy.”

Hurricane will then say that he reluctantly agrees but only at their place and I would have to be searched on entering. Silly buggar, you can get anything delivered now, can you imagine what it will be like in 25 years?

Over the years I have been involved with my share of psychics and other people of the paranormal persuasion. I have had readings which have made me feel really good about myself and the way that my life was/is going. There are a couple of things that bother me about these psychic leaps of faith. The first and perhaps the most important to me is that, assuming the reading is 100% accurate, do you really want to know the future? When you are totally convinced of the reading, I don’t think you could help yourself from trying to steer the circumstances of your life in that direction. The reading becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Maybe you weren’t meant to be on that particular path. Maybe you were, but will never know now.

Secondly, most readings are very positive. Sometimes they mention things that may need work in your life, but by and large you only hear the good things about yourself. Perhaps this is just the psychic wanting to have you feel happy and good about coming to see him or her. Some of us are bastards and I have never heard of a psychic that told someone what a colossal prick they are and the world will heave a collective sigh of relief when you are hit by that car in two days time having the life snuffed out by a guy listening to “Karma Chameleon” on the car radio. I’d trust that psychic! I wouldn’t go to him/her, but I would trust them.

Why is it that everyone that goes in for past life regression was famous or some kind of royalty? I am pretty sure that I wouldn’t be of any higher stature socially that I am in this life. If I were told that I was a peasant girl that was traded to the local tanner for a pig and a pair of shoes in the 12th century, then I just might start believing. If they further went on to say that in another life, during my wedding ceremony I was taken by slavers that sold me to a white guy who changed my name to Toby and put me in charge of the fighting chickens, I would then know that this guy is the real deal. Once again I don’t want to know because where is the percentage in knowing that you have got the “loser” life thing down to a science.

I think that I am influenced by the movie “Defending Your Life” with Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep and Rip Torn. It is a great movie that deals with this subject far better than I can, and if you get the opportunity (and why shouldn’t you) it is a must see as far as I am concerned. When you do see it, I am the Daniel Miller character.

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