Why was it done that way?

There is a video making the rounds on the internet (what video doesn’t?), the video is from the NBA all star game and it is an introduction for two of the celebrities’ in attendance at courtside (I want seats like that). In the video Machine Gun Kelly is introduced and then the announcer says “and his wife Megan Fox”. First of they are not married and second why does she need a qualifier and he does not? I wanted to embed this video but I thing because it is a Tik Tok video you will have to follow the link (posted below this paragraph).


Marriage is a wonderful institution and should be a partnership but far to often it is not. Society has evolved and grown and unfortunately it seems that marriage is still catching up. The first recorded marriage was 4000 years ago in Mesopotamia and seems like it was a way of preserving the power for a ruling family. The marriage would result in children and the power of the empire would stay within the family. Here is a pretty good article outlining the history of marriage. Marriage has evolved and changed over time, however when I and my wife were married the minister asked her to love and obey me her husband. Just typing that line right there leaves a bad taste in my mouth. This vow has left a bad taste in others mouths as well and many churches are avoiding the vow altogether. Me and Shanna try everyday to be equal partners and I don’t think either of us intends on commanding or obeying the other.

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Women and men truly are equal and neither women or men need qualifiers. Words are important and it is going to be really hard to change society if we continue to use unevolved and wrong words.

Again and Again and Again and …….

It is Groundhog day today Wednesday Feb 2 2022. Here is some information for you all about groundhog day. In short it is the day of the year that the public asks the wise groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil if the winter is over. If the Groundhog comes out of his hibernation than we are in for a spring and summer if the groundhog goes back into hibernation we will experience the winter chill for six more weeks.

I should mention that this is an United States of America tradition and not done all over the world but the idea that we as a species can learn from animals is not unfounded or bad ideology.

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Many cultures have festivals to celebrate animals. Here is a list of six of them this fall. Animals have been on this earth before human beings. Humans have been on earth for about 300,000 years. The Koala, Kangaroo, crow, Hippo, Ostrich, Bat, Elephant, Penguin, Gorilla, and rat are just a few of the animals that have lived on earth for over 20 million years. The shark has been on earth for 450 million years. When I type human 300 000 years I am of course referring to modern humans now our ancestors Homo erectus was around as far back as 6 million years. So even if we decide to crown homo erectus with human status some of the “youngest” species of animals still have at least 14 million years on us.

That is 14 million years of adaptation and survival. I think it is complete hubris to assume that our species is superior to the animals, it is hubris and not logical. Arguably one of the most recent greatest accomplishments of humans is the internet big deal. Animals have become masters of communication.

Humanity is currently facing a crisis and should do its best to learn as much as it can from the animals who have lived through millions of years of crisis.

I try and walk my dog every day. The dog was domesticated by man about 30 000 years ago but the dog is still an animal and has helped man in more ways than one. It was the dog that helped man outlive the Neanderthals, it was the dog that provided security for the human as well as companionship and undying love.

My dog has taught me to:

Have compassion

Live in the Now

And how to be part of a tribe.

Here is a great post about how much animals can teach us. Let’s celebrate groundhog day by learning as much as we can while respecting the animals on this planet.