I believe certain things. Why? Because by the time you hear this I will have lived over 64 years. Anyone having lived more than 64 years knows stuff. About living, people, things, and mistakes.
I believe an awful lot of people are full of what Garrison Keillor calls “balloon juice.”
I believe the prolific filmmaker, writer, actor, and director Allen Stewart Konigsberg (Woody Allen) was right when he said something like “half of anything is just showing up.”
I believe when people say “that’s progress,” they’re either feathering their own nest at another’s expense, or they just don’t care about what’s happening.
I believe that computers, like religion, although essential, are a mixed blessing, and when all is said and done, they will accomplished about as much harm as good.
I believe that the zillions of dollars spent on the “space program” instead of on managing earthly problems is a whole bunch of dumb.
I believe in today’s world there is no excuse anymore for war or hunger.
I believe as people get older, women become … difficult.
I believe as people get older, men just …. give up.
I believe to intentionally rear children without both loving and caring parents is a disaster.
I believe the great historian Barbara Tuchman was right when she wrote “human behavior is timeless,” and she wasn’t referring to our better nature, either.
I believe W. Somerset Maugham was right when he wrote that the meaning of life has to be discovered for yourself.
I believe people think too much of themselves, and that there are too many of us.
I believe we’ve made a great, terrible mistake in how we’ve treated nature and animals.
I believe most prostitutes were once cute little girls who had unspeakable bad things done to them.
I believe cars, especially well-made ones, are fun to drive.
I believe babies need a quiet, undisturbed, peaceful home life.
I believe people are making too much noise.
I believe sunbathing naked is fun and healthy.
I believe women are emotionally stronger than men.
I believe God made men physically stronger than women for a reason.
I believe God put pain in us for a reason.
I believe John Steinbeck was right when he wrote “If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy, and sick.”
I believe for the most part what goes around comes around, however in ways we seldom foresee.
I believe the key to a successful marriage is anybody’s guess, although selfishness is surely its biggest enemy.
I believe conflict to people is effortless whereas harmony is a struggle.
I believe the root of all evil is, in this order, greed, selfishness, and indifference.
I believe people resent the truth.
I believe if you truly love someone who ultimately betrays you, you will feel pain but not anger.
I believe it is important to fantasize at any age.
I believe children are not little adults, that adults are grown-up children.
Finally, I believe growing old is cruel.
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