Welcome to the Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where twelve of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been chosen by Grannymar. The ten other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, Magpie, Maria SF, ocdwriter, Padmum, Paul, Rohit, The Old Fossil and Will. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
~ Steve Jobs

I could not have put it better. This has been the way that I have lived my life as all my regular readers know. I have sat quietly, letting the spring come and the watching the grass grow by itself. In retrospect, I have been able to connect the dots and marvel at how eventful the journey has been. I therefore have no problems trusting the “whatever” to connect to my future. By and large, when it comes to trusting others, I have done so without exception till I was proved to have been wrong. That has happened, but, fortunately for me, very rarely. Mostly, the trust had not been misplaced.

On the other hand, and this is where things get dicey, when others place their trust in me, it is a different ball game altogether. The dots become very important. That I am responsible for another person’s well being brings a different dimension to the word ‘Trust’. I cannot sit quietly and wait for the spring to come and the grass to grow by itself, though my instinct tells me that, that is the right course to take. I resist the temptation and try and connect the dots on a day to day and immediate future basis. It has worked so far and in retrospect, the dots have been connected.

I have implicit trust that everything will work out alright in the future. So far, it has worked for me.

Liberals, Conservatives/Libertarians.

I have acquired a new blog friend Kevin at Toast, with a liberal amount of butter,

In his latest blog post, Info From The Inbox on an email received by him, he has reproduced a fascinating comparison between American Liberals and Conservatives. Although in India they are not known by these nomenclatures, we do have both breed and the differences are as applicable here as they are in the USA. Here it is:

“This is a fairly concise representation of the difference between America’s liberals and conservatives. If you replaced ‘conservative’ with ‘libertarian’, it would also be true. Man, I really dislike liberalism/progressivism.

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 everyone.

If a conservative is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
If a liberal is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better
his situation.
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 religion
silenced. (Of course this only applies to Christian Religions.)

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.

They forgot to add that a conservative/libertarian wouldn’t buy into the non-scientific belief that the globe is warming due to man’s actions, as opposed to the more gullible liberal/progressive, but still, all in all, it’s a pretty good email!”