Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Big Hats, Big Taps & The Big Philosophy of Life

 August 22, 2023

   There was a time when taps ruled the world. And by taps I mean tapaderos and by world I mean the world of the vaquero.

Lon Megargee on Coyote with major taps

   And a certain Texas bad boy had them as well.

Daily Whip Out: "Black Jack's Taps"

   That would be Tom "Black Jack" Ketchum.

  And off we go. 

Emotional Intelligence

"The emotionally intelligent person knows that love is a skill, not a feeling, and will require trust, vulnerability, generosity, humor, sexual understanding, and selective resignation. The emotionally intelligent person awards themselves the time to determine what gives their working life meaning and has the confidence and tenacity to try to find an accommodation between their inner priorities and the demands of the world. The emotionally intelligent person knows how to hope and be grateful, while remaining steadfast before the essentially tragic structure of existence.

"The emotionally intelligent person knows that they will only ever be mentally healthy in a few areas and at certain moments, but is committed to fathoming their inadequacies and warning others of them in good time, with apology and charm. There are few catastrophes, in our own lives or in those of nations, that do not ultimately have their origins in emotional ignorance."
—Alain de Botton

Yes, Alain's insightful comments are a working answer to this more brutal summation of life:

"You can't win. You can't break even. You can't leave the game."
—Variously attributed to Allen Ginsberg, Charlie Smalls and C.P. Snow

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