Apple Blossoms, Silly Sayings and The Small Print
It's apple blossom time, and I've been out on the grass, at the front of my house today, snapping the apple blossom trees with my £20 Tesco camera. I hope you like the pictures.
They blossom every year about this time. Trees obviously know the routine, without having to think about it. They don't need brains for what they do. I suppose that’s why they don’t need to go to school either. (I tried that excuse; it didn't work.)
It's wonderful how these blossoms can lift the spirits. I've lived here with these trees since they were saplings. They signal the end of winter to me, and I feel lucky to be alive - because none of them has fallen on my head yet.
Is This A Dandelion Tree?
These apple blossoms always remind me of the saying: ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’. Isn't that a silly saying? Everybody knows that if money grew on trees, the kind of people who grab all the money, would grab all the trees too. I believe that trees are far too important for us to let that happen.
So, I suppose it’s not so much, how we source money, but how well we use it, that matters. I think money would work better for us if we could keep it out of the tax havens. Then we could use it for useful things like health, pensions and young peoples' education - rather than Learjets.
Mind you, I don't know why I'm blaming the saying for being silly, when it's ‘we, the people’, who say the saying. That's a bit like the saying, 'a bad workman blames his tools' - although it's not quite the same, because if a workman can't afford a new set of tools these days, it could be just that he can't get a bank loan.
However, there's no point in blaming the banks or corporations either, because you can't program empathy into a computer - especially if you don't want to.
Nor can we hold ‘small government’ responsible for the big changes they make, because being small is only convenient when you don’t have to accept responsibility for what you’ve done.
So, these things are the responsibility of a ‘debt incumbent home-owning’ electorate, ‘who don’t go on strike’ - because repossessions are becoming more abundant than jobs.
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Always Read The Small Print
I say that it’s the people who say the saying who are silly, and not the saying itself.
"Never mind all that", (as my wife keeps saying) when we say 'money doesn't grow on trees', are we implying that things that do grow on trees have less value than money? That's what it seems to imply to me. Yet, would that not depend on what we value most? I'm no economist, but when I'm hungry, I'd rather chew on an apple than a credit card. If we have a nuclear holocaust, there'll be plenty of unused credit cards to chew on, and possibly some time to chew over what we've done, but there won’t be much nutrition around - for a few centuries.
Anyway, back to the apple blossom trees. They've been outside my window for thirty-five years now, and I've never had an apple off any of them yet. So if apples don't grow on apple blossom trees, we shouldn't be surprised that money doesn't grow on trees either. That would be a bit like voting New Labour, and expecting to get a Labour Government. If we do it once, it's their fault. If we do it again, and again, we ought to take responsibility for our own actions - especially with government being so small these days.
That chap, who needed a haircut, long before the Rolling Stones were born, put it well, when he said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting apple blossom trees to produce apples.”
Why didn't he think of that, before he thought of the formula for the atom bomb? I bet it didn't stop him from thinking up more formulae. However, we shouldn’t blame formulae for the things that people do with them. That would be like saying a saying's silly, when it’s the silly people who say it, who are silly.
It's no use nagging either, because that's almost the same thing as doing the same thing over and over again - unless you nag only once, which wouldn't really be nagging - unless you keep nagging incessantly. Then I suppose, by definition, that would pass as a single nag, but you still wouldn't get any apples, because they're not apple trees, they're only apple BLOSSOM trees. (It’s in the small print.)
Always read the small print,
And make good sense of it,
If everybody read it,
They’d soon stop printing it.
Ah but they're so clever,
They'd find another way,
To take back what they never
So always read the small print,
An' digest all the guff,
If you believe your life ain’t,
Sad and short enough.
Yes, and as for the small print, the Bank of Scotland keeps trying to get me to put my money into one of these accounts that you can’t get it all out of, in the same day. They say, that that's how money grows, but what they won’t tell me, is how long it would take their Chief Executive to get it out, and put it into a tax haven. They might get it out quicker than me, especially if they know exactly when they’re going to burst the next bubble and use my savings for bonuses (that’s in the small print too).
On the other hand, they can't get it out if I don't put it in. Mind you, a burglar might get it! Well, I suppose it’s my responsibility to be mindful of that - especially when they're sacking the all these police officers, and saying it’s because New Labour spent all our money on hospitals that we’ll never own, but we’ll continue to pay for - ad nauseum - whether we can afford to be nauseous or not. So, if there aren’t any police officers, I suppose I’ll just have to put it into the bank after all. Either way it’ll end up in a tax haven, but I mightn’t get a lump on my head, which isn’t my nose.
Well anyway, if apples don't grow on apple blossom trees, I'm a bit sceptical. They might just be saying something silly, for which they know they won't have to take any responsibility.
I don't suppose they think we're all stupid - do you? It's one thing to take back everything you never really promised anyone, but it's another thing (although similar) to imply, that we're all stupid.