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My Interview with Civility

October 25, 2018

20141125_100700 (1)Over the year’s I’ve interviewed many well-known people.  Recently I met with a more timeless figure at The Willard Hotel in Washington D.C. for a brief interview, as follows:

Me: You’ve dropped out of sight in recent years, especially in America. What’s going on with you?

Civility: I’m freaking tired. The B.S. is getting old. People don’t give a darn about anything except themselves or their side any longer.

Me: Wow, didn’t expect that response. Is that normal for you?

Civility: It’s a new normal. Everywhere you go people are angry, cursing and foul-mouthed about everything. Just trying to fit in during this “modern age.” (sardonic grin)

Me: And that part about being tired and things getting old. Most of us would suspect you are both eternal and eternally patient. No?

Civility: Well, one out of two ain’t bad. I am eternal. Not so sure about the patient part. I’ve had it up to here with humans.

Me: Reminds me of a book I read about burnout. That highly idealistic people give, give and give. And when there’s no return or reward on their efforts they “burn out.”

Civility: Sound about right. I mean we’re talking thousands of years. Sure, I was born special. But I figured humans would’ve evolved by now with all the lessons from history and teachings from every conceivable discipline about how to treat each other.

Me: America – the world – definitely needs you Superman. When will you return from your “fortress of solitude?”

Civility: Maybe never. And it’s not like I’m cooped up. I’m free to roam the planet watching people, parties and nations and taking in all the absurdity.

Me: And what if people, you know – doom themselves?

Civility: Well, as we discussed, I’m eternal – so no skin off my nose. And, as you can imagine, patience would no longer be an issue for me. (smiles)

Me: So what would you do with yourself then?

Civility: Probably listen to a lot of Three Dog Night. I like that song about Jeremiah was a Bullfrog. You know, “Joy to the world. All the boys and girls now. Joy to the fishes….”

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