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MenoAZinkullling: J

This month here at the Wild YAMster's bloggy, you are going to be regaled with words related to feelings and happenings of the last twelve months. Oh yes, you know of what I talk.  This is to be the ALPHABET OF AAARRGFIZZZ... We've all had to deal with it. This will be a reflection purely from my point of view. You don't necessarily have to agree with what I say; just appreciate where it's coming from. Normal service will resume on May Day. (By which time I may be yelling that down the ether phone loud and repetitively!)
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This one didn't throw up too much for me when thinking in terms of keywords to explore the time of Coviditionitis. Then, having broached the fact that much of this time has been about the political landscape as well, the word that came forward was 'Justification.'

When it appeared in my head, I also realised that this is something that we are all pretty good at. I justify my increased chocolate and bread intake as necessary to keep me focused on my work - or at least I did during care duty. Needed the energy, I told myself, and others. Of course, now it is a habit. We all do it - you know you do! Every one of us has something which we know we ought perhaps to drop but which we can argue (justify) as being necessary to us. Mostly that is harmless. Less so if it concerns addictions... but therein lies a whole other exploration.

One of the things that our leaders have had to do throughout the crisis is to justify their actions and requests. They continue to do this. It is the nature of politics. Some of them are better at making arguments than others, and, therefore, some are better at convincing us of their sincerity. I suspect by now you have an inkling which leader won me over. That is, of course, if you didn't shut your eyes at letter A...

Another word has presented itself to me as I type. Joy. Something that may have been in short supply has been found in little pockets of time here and there. A shared moment of laughter, a moment of shared understanding, sitting in the garden with the sun beaming down, the butterflies and bees and birds all relishing the less polluted air... think back now and remember where you found the joy in life as we all had to contend with the joyless.


See you tomorrow for the ongoing saga. Please be aware that there is more I amAZing over at 

23 comments:

  1. That wonderful burst of color is one of your very own photos, enhanced into more beauty. I wondered if it were some heavier than water oil, bursting into all its spectrum of color.

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  2. We have been trying to focus on the joy moments and regain some moJo

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  3. “ think back now and remember where you found the joy in life as we all had to contend with the joyless.”

    Words from a wise woman xx

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  4. there are not that much words with j... but joy is a good one... and we hope it will come to us...just a little bit...we need it...

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  5. Joy is the J that came to my mind. There have been moments, over the past year, but frankly not too many. Although I haven't had to endure any terrible lows, my experience of the pandemic has been that it's felt a bit colourless at times.

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  6. Yesterday I nearly justified my increased chocolate intake. Until I thought: I might not need it, but I certainly want it. So, instead of only 3 chocolate eggs, I had two large handfuls. And enjoyed Every Single One of them! They were yesterday's joy.

    Klem

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  7. Today is joyful day - at least in part as we lift the restrictions and start to return to life. Perhaps Joyous, if nit quite' full.
    Justification is a derivative of justice - the essence of which is to be 'fair' - I guess we all like to think we are fair minded, though mostly we are biased and influenced by our desires. JI was commenting yesterday about John Rawles seminal theory of justice - and what he calls the veil of ignorance - the most importnat theory on the subject last century

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    1. Hari Om
      OOohh, what a delicious comment, stirring up the philosopher here! Rawls is one of the difinitive proponents of public justification... something which the current Westminsterials would do well to revisit and revise. For other readers, Rawls ask that you imagine that you have set for yourself the task of developing a totally new social contract for today’s society. How could you do so fairly? Although you could never actually eliminate all of your personal biases and prejudices, you would need to take steps at least to minimize them. Rawls suggests that you imagine yourself in an original position behind a veil of ignorance. Behind this veil, you know nothing of yourself and your natural abilities, or your position in society. You know nothing of your sex, race, nationality, or individual tastes. Behind such a veil of ignorance all individuals are simply specified as rational, free, and morally equal beings. You do know that in the “real world,” however, there will be a wide variety in the natural distribution of natural assets and abilities, and that there will be differences of sex, race, and culture that will distinguish groups of people from each other. This then leads to The Fairness Principle - When contemplating a moral action, imagine that you do not know if you will be the moral doer or receiver, and when in doubt err on the side of the other person.

      Some of the recent policy changes in proposed indicate a lack of interest in wider society and only pushing forward with an agenda that suits extreme neoliberalism (read 'cronyism').

      As to the current opening up, I am sitting still to observe what takes place. It could be argued that governments everywhere can no longer justify incarcerative actions, but I do think it is a bit naive to think that we truly moving out of COVID anywhere near as fast as it arrived. Of course that opening up is not as advanced here in Scotland - April 26th is marked for that and as it will be my birthday (and weather permitting) I might actually go outside my front door for the first time in four months... Yxx

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  8. May your day be filled with JOY!!
    Jubilation
    Observations
    Yummies
    Hugs Cecilia

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  9. Read your justifications and am about to raid the fridge for a (justified) piece of chocolate:)

    I hope you're feeling well rested to enjoy the opening up of the UK.

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    1. Hari Om
      I am fast concluding, Arti-ben, that chocolate is actually a medicine, a balm to the worn spirit - that is my 'reasoning'!

      It is not the UK that is opening up. It is England and, I think, Wales. Scotland has a partial lift (hairdressers and gardening centres) but it will not be until 26th that the wider lift will appear here. Not sure about Northern Ireland. Yxx

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  10. I am glad you found JOY

    Beth
    https://bethlapinsatozblog.wordpress.com/

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  11. We like to think that we bring Joy to our pawrents lives every day.

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  12. Spring is bringing a bit of joy and freedom! Justification is a good one, and funny how different people react to different restrictions based on the same justifications - some see them as reasonable, others are outraged!
    https://iainkellywriting.com/2021/04/12/the-state-trilogy-a-z-guide-j/

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    1. Hari OM
      The COVID emergency of course is an extreme example; there is a need for a 'one size fits all' policy in any given region. If the individuals in those regions resist what is established for the common good, they can be seen 'justifiably' as renegade and uncooperative, selfish at best, anarchic at worst. It is fine to moan at the restrictions we have had to be under... but not to defy them. That is arrogance indeed. Yxx

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  13. We are all on an unexpected journey this years and I am hoping that it becomes a joyful one! Terrific post todayu! Thanks you and we hope you have a marvellously happy day!

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  14. In wobbly times those little pockets of joy feel like especially appreciated treasures.

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  15. Even a tiny bit of Joy is better than none at all.

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  16. Joy is what comes to my mind as well. Joy gives rise to more joy!

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  17. It has been very nice experiencing s bit of Joy lately. Finally making plans that may come to fruition and getting out in the RV.

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  18. Gosh. We're tightly closed down. It is justified.

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  19. Judgement has been so much a part of the last year. From Supreme court judges, local judges, judgement facing the insurrectionists in the US. And a tremendous lack of good judgement in regard health matters. namaste, janice xx

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