Thanks LadyJane for your poem and for relaying the latest insights of your property’s discerning inhabitants. It quacked me up too!
Opossum#1 What a week, eh?
Opossum#2 Kind of depressing actually.
Opossum#1 Yeah. The trick is finding a way to remain optimistic without becoming delusional.
Opossum#2 How do you know when you’ve crossed that line?
Opossum#1 You don’t. Someone has to tell you.
Opossum#2 How do you know which someone to trust?
Opossum#1 Developing a keen sense of pattern recognition and bullshit detecting.
Opossum#2 Sounds rather complicated.
Opossum#1 This is primarily a problem for humans. Animals are far less full of shit.
Opossum#2 Is it on account’a that ego business?
Opossum#1 To a large extent. Reciprocal ass kissing reinforces the concept.
Opossum#2 What would be the point of that? It’s nice to be nice but how much gratuity does it take?
Opossum#1 Anyone worth their salt is willing to be honest. Even when the truth hurts.
Opossum#2 Especially as a friend.
Opossum#1 They may be too self serving at this point.
Opossum#2 I guess the truth is less important than keeping those egos inflated.
Opossum#1 Hiding their shortcomings is sort of their downfall.
Opossum#2 Once that becomes obvious it’s hard to take them seriously.
Opossum#1 It’s hard to take them seriously most of the time.
Opossum#2 You said it. Every time I think they’re turning a corner they go further off the rails.
Opossum#1 Politics is pervading everything. The health of children. The perception of enemies. The concept of fairness.
Opossum#2 So much doesn’t make sense.
Opossum#1 Like what?
Opossum#2 Like why Republicans think Democrats are worse enemies than the Taliban.
Opossum#1 They don’t realize it’s what they are saying.
Opossum#2 How do you figure?
Opossum#1 Most folks are mixed up. They’ve only recently started paying attention to politics and never taken an interest in history.
Opossum#2 Unabashedly so and yet never seem to run out of uniformed opinions.
Opossum#1 Oh, aye, gotta love that! A little bit of knowledge is very dangerous thing.
Opossum#2 Is that what accounts for the arsenal of blowing smoke?
Opossum#1 Pretty much.
Opossum#2 That can’t be how they get away with it all. Can it?
Opossum#1 There used to be more debate. Where ideas could be discussed and logically disputed.
Opossum#2 And now?
Opossum#1 Now people are disputed. Dismissed anyway.
Opossum#2 How is that accomplished?
Opossum#1 Someone declares himself an expert and any argument is met with “you just don’t get it.”
Opossum#2 No way. That’s total crap.
Opossum#1 Yes, yes it is.
Opossum#2 That amounts to the same thing folks say about that “God” character.
Opossum#1 It’s what people resort to when they haven’t the mettle to finish what they start.
Opossum#2 That’s some heavy mettle. Again…how do they get away with this?
Opossum#1 Convincing enough people they are the authority on a subject and repeating it enough times until it’s true.
Opossum#2 But it’s not true.
Opossum#1 I know. But it’s enough of a distraction so they never have to prove it.
Opossum#2 As magical as it is diabolical.
Opossum#1 Anything to maintain the illusion of being at the top of the food chain.
Opossum#2 It beats surrounding yerself with bottom feeders.
Opossum#1 Except it’s what you become while pretending to be an authority when yer not. But don’t tell them that.
Opossum#2 They’d never accept that version of reality.
Opossum#1 Maybe someday. If they ever stop patting themselves on the back for being so star spangled awesome.
Opossum#2 Instead of getting angry at thoughtful people for making them feel stupid couldn’t they just get smarter?
Opossum#1 I don’t see why not.
Opossum#2 They seem to prefer attacking the people instead of the things that people say.
Opossum#1 I think it’s less of a preference and more of an inability to defend the stupid ideas.
Opossum#2 Why would anyone defend stupid ideas?
Opossum#1 They can’t admit the ideas are stupid. Even if they come to believe they are. It’s considered a sign of weakness.
Opossum#2 Good grief. Only for humans.
Opossum#1 Once they’ve started digging they get to a point they can no longer see out of the hole that they’re in.
Opossum#2 When you put it that way…it kinda makes me feel sorry for them.
Opossum#1 Yeah, well, don’t. Two words: Fur Trade.
Opossum#2 Quite right. Fuck ‘em. They dug their own graves.
Opossum#1 And they consider it groundbreaking work.
Opossum#2 That’s the optical delusion.
Bat#1 Thought you might be hanging out here.
Bat#2 Just relaxing with a belly full of mosquitos.
Bat#1 Humans love us for that proclivity.
Bat#2 Plenty of reasons to love bats.
Bat#1 Ever wonder what it’s like to be a human?
Bat#2 I’m still trying to wrap my wings around being a bat.
Bat#1 Come up with anything yet?
Bat#2 Not really. Thinking about it makes me feel like a pompous ass.
Bat#1 Yeah. Humans don’t seem to have that problem.
Bat#2 Do you suppose that’s what it’s like to feel like a person?
Bat#1 Generally. Arrogance is fairly common.
Bat#2 Gross. I think I’d rather be a bat.
Bat#1 They’re going to kill themselves if they don’t get it together.
Bat#2 The pandemic you mean?
Bat#1 More like the way they choose what to believe about it.
Bat#2 Are they under the impression diseases care what they believe?
Bat#1 Some of them are yes.
Bat#2 No wonder they end up in limbo so much.
Bat#1 Taking things for granted is par for the course.
Bat#2 Fence sitting evades the open endedness to unanswerable questions.
Bat#1 It’s just a position of non committal. Just viewed from a higher perch.
Bat#2 Often one with a stick up its arse.
Bat#1 It avails a great chance to reflect on the fly by night nature of perception and the illusion of permanence.
Bat#2 I love flies by night. Yum. Is that what that Rush song is about?
Bat#1 I’m pretty sure.
Bat#2 Are humans aware of what they are doing?
Bat#1 Almost never.
Bat#2 That explains the shortage of ivermectin.
Bat#1 Yep. And animals need that stuff. Instead it’s going to desperate anti vaxxers for no reason.
Bat#2 What about medicine do they not understand?
Bat#1 A lot. And the less they know the less they trust doctors.
Bat#2 That sounds backwards. And upside down.
Bat#1 Heh. Irony.
Bat#2 They’d have died off long ago had they not figured that much out.
Bat#1 They have a habit of looking a gift horse in the mouth.
Bat#2 Well, chances are, that horse is gonna be riddled with worms now.
Bat#1 Stupid eh?
Bat#2 Oh, aye. And selfish.
Bat#1 The real kicker is they had the option all along.
Bat#2 They sure like to thumb their noses at preventable illnesses.
Bat#1 Then want immediate and undivided attention when it comes a knocking.
Bat#2 They aren’t very realistic.
Bat#1 Currently it’s more important to disagree with the establishment no matter what they say.
Bat#2 That sounds hasty.
Bat#1 Plenty of ways to do that but it’s important to know which ones. They’re not all bad.
Bat#2 Sounds like too many followers and not enough leaders.
Bat#1 That’s why you see so many copy cat repeaters with nothing original to say.
Bat#2 That’s why I never understood copyright.
Bat#1 Yes, they get so attached to ideas they want to own them.
Bat#2 That’s silly. You can’t own an idea.
Bat#1 I know. But if you get a patent you can feel like you do and lord it over others.
Bat#2 Say what? Like a god?
Bat#1 Like a vaccine.
Bat#2 No way. Why would making money matter more than saving lives?
Bat#1 That is quintessentially what is means to be human.
Bat#2 Then, no question, I’d rather be a bat.
Bat#1 Pretending is something people excel at when they can’t reconcile the truth in reality.
Bat#2 That’s delusional. And everyone is just supposed to look the other way?
Bat#1 It’s what you get from having your science and feeding it woo.
Bat#2 Sacre Bleu.
Thanks LJ - your critters have such great and common sense insights.
I bet French speaking bats who listen to Rush are pretty rare in forum communities. That’s gotta be worth a security certificate. Triste.
Turtle#1 You look puzzled.
Turtle#2 Is the water normally that high this time of year?
Turtle#2 I thought not. What gives?
Turtle#1 Climate Change.
Turtle#2 Damn. I thought the humans were getting on that.
Turtle#1 Yeah. They’re pretty much all talk.
Turtle#2 This is time sensitive. What clock are they using?
Turtle#1 The one that makes the white man the most amount of money.
Turtle#2 Wow. That is dark.
Turtle#1 I’ve seen enough. A lot of totally avoidable tragedies. And I’m running out of patience.
Turtle#2 They’ve definitely had plenty of time to change their ways.
Turtle#1 People who get too comfortable tend to search for reasons good ideas will never work.
Turtle#2 That explains why women and people of colour are treated like second class citizens.
Turtle#1 Power corrupts. And mother nature doesn’t care a whit about the almighty dollar.
Turtle#2 She sure wreaks havoc on the poor though.
Turtle#1 They’re just ill equipped for dealing with storms. That is by design.
Turtle#2 Either that or God hates mobile homes.
Turtle#1 Don’t even get me started.
Turtle#2 I bet it would cost less for the government to supply every home with solar panels than deal with the aftermath of power outages.
Turtle#1 And nobody would have to die.
Turtle#2 There’s nothing more ridiculous than humans treading water sputtering on about how it’s all part of God’s plan.
Turtle#1 Yes there is.
Turtle#2 What’s that?
Turtle#1 Ever heard of the Creationist Museum?
Turtle#2 Is it an art museum or one of natural history?
Turtle#1 There’s nothing natural about it.
Turtle#2 I thought humans enjoyed mapping evolution.
Turtle#1 The internet gave them the opportunity to focus on individual family trees. They seem to prefer that.
Turtle#2 Aren’t they ever so special.
Turtle#1 As special as trees can be when they don’t have any branches.
Turtle#2 I thought museums were built for educational purposes.
Turtle#1 I don’t know what anyone can learn from watching Jesus ride a dinosaur through a petting zoo of unicorns.
Turtle#2 That sounds pretty cool actually.
Turtle#1 Why I oughta…
Turtle#2 It’s very insulting to those of us who have the flexibility to adapt.
Turtle#1 They don’t like to admit when they cheat.
Turtle#2 I love learning new things. Then passing it along. It’s so much fun.
Turtle#1 Some folks like to hoard knowledge so they feel like they’re the only ones who know.
Turtle#2 What would be the point of that?
Turtle#1 People need a lot of reassurance for some reason. It makes them feel better about themselves somehow
Turtle#2 Get out of town.
Turtle#1 They need to believe they invented the idea. It’s very strange.
Turtle#2 In order for that to feel better you’d have to start out fairly insecure wouldn’t ya?
Turtle#1 They don’t like to admit that either. Their fragility scares them as much as their mortality. Maybe more.
Turtle#2 So basically the more they put on the threat display the more empty they are inside?
Turtle#1 It explains weaponry. You know those helmets soldiers wear?
Turtle#1 They got that from us.
Turtle#2 Say what? They stole that from us?
Turtle#1 Yep. When I first heard that I snapped. Then I realized it was sort of a compliment.
Turtle#2 They look so stupid running around with their limbs flailing brandishing guns they barely know how to use.
Turtle#1 At least they’re protected from the forehead up.
Turtle#2 Is there some sort of glitch in the mind body connection?
Turtle#1 Only for those who stop moving.
Turtle#2 What wins the day for humans…reason or faith?
Turtle#1 I think if they relied on the facts they’d make better use of both.
Turtle#2 Epistemic vigilance is a precautionary tail.
Turtle#1 Where’d you hear that?
Turtle#2 A crazy frog I used to know. Quite the creative genius he was. Til he caught that nasty cold.
Turtle#1 At least he avoided what we’re witnessing now.
Turtle#2 I wish I could help but I don’t know how to turn things around.
Turtle#1 It’s already too late.
Turtle#2 How do you know?
Turtle#1 Coz it was already too late twenty years ago.
Turtle#2 Then why do humans keep acting like they can still change?
Turtle#1 Politics. Money. War. But the jig is up. And empires are falling.
Turtle#2 Everything nowadays seems to be followed by the words Industrial Complex.
Turtle#1 I think it’s time for everyone to stop with the wishful thinking and put their helmets on.
Turtle#2 Pity. I was just starting to come out of my shell.