A young woman was about to finish her first year
of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be
very liberal, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor
of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words
redistribution of wealth.
She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch
conservative, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had
participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt
that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he
thought should be his.
One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher
taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs.
The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be
the truth and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how
she as doing in school.
Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA,
and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking
a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left
her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even
have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends
because she spent all her time studying.
Her father listened and then asked, “How is your friend Audrey
She replied, “Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy
classes, she never studies and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so
popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the
parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s
too hung over.”
Her wise father asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the Dean’s
office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who
only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that
would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.”
The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily
fired back, “That’s a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I’ve worked
really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work!
Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I
worked my tail off!”
The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, “Welcome to the
conservative side of the fence.”
If you ever wondered what side of the fence you sit on, this is a
If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.
If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.
If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.
If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for
If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his
A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.
If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches
Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.
If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and Jesus silenced.
If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about
shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.
In Memory Of Eugenia Piantieri
Re post By Killpoke
This year I was given the charge of memorializing a person to whom I had never met. The difficulty of this is apparent. Of course I knew that the info that I needed was out there, the Internet would aid me in this and with that I began to delve into a strangers life. What I did not expect was the overwhelming feelings one gets in doing this. After a few hours of Internet surfing I began to feel as if I really knew this person..As if she was my neighbor, co worker, a friend.
Eugenia Piantieri, or Jean as she was called by friends and family, had just started a new job at Marsh-McLennan Insurance on the 97th floor of tower one of the World Trade Center, A point in her life that she was proud of. The daughter of a military man Eugenia and her brother Marvin lived on Guam in her early years until her father was transferred to California at the age of seven. Her high school friends would remember her as Jean McCann to which they were members of both Drama and commercial Clubs in her Senior year and in May of 1998 she met and married Anthony Piantieri. Eugenia was truly and outright excited to be in New York city with a new job and at the young age of 55 years a promising future. From those who knew her they described her as having a whimsical unique personality, outgoing and charming, with a smile that suited her personality and beauty.
I did not know this person but it was my absolute privilege to do the research and memorial. And in this I am sure that I would have liked her and her presence.
It seems that the shock and sadness has worn away a little more with each passing year since the tragedy of 9/11 and I was no exception to this passiveness, but the power of the spirit in all of us lives on even in death. Eugenia’s spirit has reminded me of what life is truly all about. Because in the end we find we are all related, our senses tell us this; As a lite breeze shakes the leafs on the tree before me carries the smells of wonder to the next, with the light of a new day brings the laughter of a child in the sun warming a mothers heart. Beneath the stars a young lovers touch to another in long anticipation of the kiss and the bitterness of all that is ill sadness and lose.
Take a look around you and take in the beauty of life, what do you see? This is a most unimaginable place we live in, filled with everything one needs to love. And thru the spirit of Eugenia I have found a little more to love today.
boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth…Proverbs (ch. XXVII, v. 1)
My heart is utterly broken for those in Joplin. At 6:00pm I was making dinner, complacent and unaware of the hidden reality’s life hands out.
Listen to this audio/ video of a group of people at a local fill station.