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"Don't You Ever Disrespect the $&^%ing Caterpillar"

Updated on February 5, 2019

Humbleness. We’re missing humbleness. I see it too much these days: people trying to show-off their one thing, or another. What You got? Or what are You chasing? A big bank account, a bigger car? Another house, cottage, boat? Sigh. How many shiny pebbles do we need to make us happy? Then, we can pigeon ourselves around our friends showing-off our achievement and success in acquiring possessions.

Success. There is so much talk about success that I can easily throw-up the next time I hear someone talk about quarterly profits and success. How much profit did You clear this year? Did You exceed expectations? Are your stocks up? So much focus is on the rat-race that anyone who does not partake in the game is seen as a non-conformist, or perhaps just simply as a lazy individual.

I cook for homeless people. I do it for free, out of my own volition. Often I am asked what I cooked that day and when I mention what I made, sometimes I get snarky remarks, as if homeless people do not deserve to eat chicken, or fish, or three meals a day. They’re homeless. They don’t work. They don’t provide anything. How come they get to eat things like that?

What am I supposed to do? Cook tree-bark soup for them because somehow homeless people are not worth decent food? Who decides who is worth eating what? Are our meals somehow dependent on our levels of achievements? Why is this even in our subconscious? What, are we still cavemen? This is honestly frustrating.

We cannot judge others depending on their possessions, or on who’s got the bigger house, the better paying job, or more expensive jewelry. Why do I even have to write about this? For … sake!! Haha!! It’s like a bad dream. We’re in 2019 and I have to talk about manners, respect, decency and morality. Like, what have we been doing for the last few thousand years? Why do I still have to talk about this? Someone please enlighten me.

There’s nothing I can say to You that is realer, Remember when You praisin’ the butterfly, Don’t You ever disrespect the fucking caterpillar” – Royce da 5”9, “Caterpillar”.

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    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      8 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mr. Gaines,

      Thank You for your comment and for taking the time to stop-by.

      Could You please provide me a link to your article about "easy tenderloin and greens" and one on your "veterans article"? Just so I can find them. Thank You.

      And thank Youf or the cooking ideas. "larger scale" is what I'm looking at nowadays.

      All the best!

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      C.P. Gaines 

      9 months ago

      Howdy Mr. Happy... Love the new post! I've dealt with my fair share of people on both sides of this argument. Regardless, personal beliefs that people may have about other citizens should not be a factor in a "Quality of Life" debate. Who sets the height of the hurdles to determine who "has earned a good meal"? The one side looks down on the homeless for utilizing services like yours...Until taxes come due! Then they'll pile over top of one another looking to "Donate to a worthy cause" so their taxes aren't as steep. People don't often report that side of the news Check out my new post on the "easy tenderloin and greens" recipe, for the cause. It's a delicious meal that would be easy to cook on a larger scale. Keep up the good articles! I still haven't gotten my homeless veterans article to pass QA, but I just keep polishing my turd hoping for the best...LOL

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      Mr. Happy 

      9 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "These subconscious forces are powerful and people actually believe they are making conscious choices when they are simply being pulled along by an unconscious current." - You nailed it here, Mr. Spirit Whisperer. Thank You very much for taking the time to read and leave a comment. All the very best!

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      Mr. Happy 

      9 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "We are also proud of our 15 and 8 year old cars." - Haha, if car salesmen had to rely on You and I, they would go bankrupt Mr. Dierker. That's alright. I still am questioning why we have to go to a delearship to buy cars. Why can;t we go buy them from the factory where they are made? Ohh, a middle man wants a cut. I see ... lol

      I need to go on a hike. Winters are heavy here. All this human stuff gets frustrating quickly without trips to the forest. I got at least two more months before I can go for a long hike. May the Gods lend me some patience.

      Thank You for the visit. Cheers!

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      Eric Dierker 

      9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey good friend you knew I would love this. I ain't humble like that (self deprecating humor maybe ;-)

      I am so proud my small family contributes. We are also proud of our 15 and 8 year old cars. Morning prayers and hugs make us the richest family in the neighborhood.

      I had a mentor as a young man. He is an awesome man that has a doctorate in botany. And can track like nobodies business. We ran about 6 miles a morning and hiked hard on weekends.

      We would take a break and he would always ask "I wonder what the rich people are doing today?"

      Keep preaching the word friend!!

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      Xavier Nathan 

      9 months ago from Isle of Man

      We all go about our lives doing the best we can but in essence most people subconsciously replicate their past or reject it as they perceived it. These subconscious forces are powerful and people actually believe they are making conscious choices when they are simply being pulled along by an unconscious current. To see how we replicate our past, stand back and look at your life: the work we are drawn to, the people we are in relationships with, where we live, how we live. We may not like the choices others make for themselves but mainly because it is not in keeping with our replication of the past or is something we reject unconsciously from the past. We are all doing what we are supposed to be doing or not doing and nobody knows what is right for anyone else. This is just how I see things. I also highly commend your altruism and your spirit as a seeker not a sheep in this world.

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      Mr. Happy 

      9 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for passing-by, Mr. Holland.

      I am of the opinion that those who seek help, should get the help needed. I do what I can to help those looking for help and it is fine if others do not wish to help but at least, they should stay out of my way. Or else, they will get burned: "I eat lions and sip hyenas." - Royce da 5"9

      Cheers!

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I've had times in my life when I earned a six-figure income...and I was flat broke and homeless at one time...thankfully there were those who cared for me during the tough times. And I have no answer for your question at the end.

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      9 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You Mr. Hansen.

      I am at a bit of a loss of words. How many more thousands of years do we need to learn respect, manners, compassion and understanding?

      A friend of mine said: "You can't fix stupid" but there's gotta be a way to fix things, in my opinion. I guess I'll keep trying and we'll get there. Or, die trying.

      Cheers!

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      John Hansen 

      9 months ago from Queensland Australia

      A wonderful message here Mr Happy, and, no, you should not have to even write about it. It should be just common sense that comes naturally. Bring back the humble attitude and respect the caterpillar. Thanks for sharing.

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