I would like to apologize for being very rude and harsh to powerdubs. I have also been treated rudely by people whom I gave things to to help them, and found the recipients far less than grateful. I know well the vultures of which he speaks.
I was discussing this very topic with my deacon on Saturday and I was reminded that when Jesus healed the ten lepers only one came back to thank him. Jesus himself does not have a better batting average than I do. One might well argue that if Jesus came to earth just to be thanked he would have done far better staying in Heaven. He would have avoided a fair amount of discomfort in the process.
They tell a story about Gandhi, he was running to catch a train and as he climbed aboard he lost one sandal, so he removed the other and threw it from the train. When asked Gandhi answered that one sandal would not benefit himself but hopefully a pair of sandals would benefit someone else. Gandhi never got an engraved thank-you note over the sandal, or so I assume.
We should always make choices in our lives not based on the actions of others but based one who we are and the values we hold dear. Otherwise we give control of our lives to the vultures and worse.
There is nothing wrong about gratitude, I consider it not only an essential social grace but the beginning of all wisdom, and the bedrock of of an interior life. The problem with gratitude is when we come to expect it from others. It is not possible to make others more grateful, what we can and should do is strive to practice the virtue ourselves. I'll offer the argument that anyone with a pair of magnepan speakers in their home has a great deal to be grateful for in their privileged lives.
So Mr. Powerdubs,
mea maxima culpa,
Based on a recommendation from a friend I have been listening to a singer/songwriter named "Guy Clark" for some weeks now; but sadly not on my maggies. I will not argue that it is brilliantly recorded because in my truck I would have no way of knowing that. I will argue that he is the best singer/songwriter of a generation or two. I purchased his entire catalog and have no regrets.
Other essential singer/songwriter(s) who write lyrics to die for?
(in random order)
Carly Simon, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Isaac Hayes, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, John Hiatt, John Prine, Laura Nyro, Norah Jones, Phoebe Snow, Melissa Manchester, Stevie Wonder, Emmylou Harris, Glen Campbell, Hoyt Axton, Joan Baez, Odetta, Judy Collins, Leo Kottke, Richie Havens, Rosanne Cash, Townes Van Zandt