Monday, September 11, 2006

Reverence

REVERENCE, n. The spiritual attitude of a man to a god and a dog to a man.

2006 Update: A suspension of cynicism. Chewing quietly while another orates.

By the way, our friend Sar just couldn't help herself and interrupted her blogging vacation for a post about commemorating the World Trade Center and cetera. Those whom today's date inspires to piety may not want to read it, or spend much time with me today, either.

43 comments:

Minka said...

and humbly she utters "I arrived in time, bless *insert deity here*!"

Tan Lucy Pez said...

While I cannot suspend my cynicism, I can chew quietly, and tiptoe out.

Anonymous said...

reverence - people give it to someone when they don't know them, and take it back when they get to know them.

Ariel

Anonymous said...

amen to that Ariel. Sometimes, those to whom reverence is owed sometimes prove otherwise, as time goes on.

Steve Pascover

brian said...

My reverence for this day has grown since I posted my tribute to project 2996 and Gilbert Granados.

There have been nearly 200 links and comments from posts that I have read over the last four days. Please stop by my tribute for Gilbert and read some of the posts.

Doug said...

Minka, go in peace, serve *insert deity*

TLP, reverent enough for me.

Ariel, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house" (Mt 13:58). You've shown us your feet so you can probably forget about alienating anyone else.

So it is with fathers and sons, huh, Pop?

Brian, bless you.

Mutha said...

Reverence: to revere, as in Revere MA. North shore community and home to some of the biggest hair outside of Texas.

Solace Cai said...

Reverence isn't ever really just that, there is always a hidden motive. It is only given when it is in the best interest of the one giving reverence. In the words of Captian Jack Sparrow, it is given at the "opportune moment"

QuillDancer said...

reverence n. the knowledge that some things are bigger than we are

reverence v. an emotion that, when exhibited toward another mortal, soon leaves us feeling foolish and betrayed

O Ceallaigh said...

REVERENCE, n. See GOLDEN RULE ("The one who has the gold ...").

Sign on your boss's desk, placed there as a reminder.

ariel said...

LOL!!! @OC

Anonymous said...

hope not

pops

puppybrose said...

reverence: abdication of self-worth and/or acknowledgement that maybe you're *not* "all that and a bag of chips", after all; the process of setting someone up for failure [see also: shaky pedestals]

G said...

I thought it might be safe to drop by while you were still chewing quietly. Surely, you have reverance for something Doug - that cynicism will gives one a headache (I should know).

Anomie-Atlanta said...

Comment on update:

"A suspension of cynicism..."

Though you may appreciate my quote this week:
Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt... Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves. - Robert Anton Wilson

Doug said...

Mutha, I was pretty sure it was somewhere I hadn't been.

Solace, I started reading your comment surprised you felt that way and ended laughing. Thanks.

Quilldancer, if I haven't said so, I sure appreciate your willingness to be reverent. It's refreshing to see when you're me.

O Ceallaigh, where can I get one?

Dad, along with the facts of life, reverence for my parents was a lecture you never gave me. I'm kidding you a little.

But, Puppybrose, you are all that and a bag chips. Aren't you?

G, I have reverence for very few things. It's how I stay sincere.

Anomie, you're right. That's a great quote.

cooper said...

Great definition. Can't beat it so won't try.

I'm off the nine eleven merry - go - round.

If I never hear another tribute or reminder it will be too soon.

puppybrose said...

Doug, stop shaking my pedestal.

dddragon said...

I sure hope that the history of the past five years teaches SOMEone a lesson.

Logophile said...

wow, inspired to piety...
I don't know that there is such a thing for me.
Well, perhaps if the image of Elvis appeared in my morning pastry.

Evil Minx said...

I don't know from reverence. I only ever do irreverant.

Is it utterly irreverent to choose this day of all days to return to the Waking Ambrose fold and say "sorry, Sir, the dog ate my homework and that's why i've been away so long?"

(And may I have another?)

=D

pia said...

Reverence: Something that I am supposed to feel today, but can't

Will probably be known as the blogger who stole 9/11 after the prequel to my post, I just put in

The Village Idiot said...

Nuke Em All

Republicand and Democrats, and TV Network Executives


Wait, wrong definition..

mireille said...

Sometimes it's good to be silent. xoxo

Doug said...

Cooper, then I guess it's safe for me to go to your blog today.

Puppybrose, how else to get you dancing?

Dddragon, I hope more than one of us has learned more from the last five years than we did on the day.

Logo, I believe God had a plan in making me without piety.

Minxie, you've been a very bad girl.

Pia, I'll look forward to reading. Your little bit of jaundice is usually just a good start for me.

V.I. Nucular is just one style of reverence.

Mireille, that's about the time I usually speak up.

a4g said...

Reverence, n.

1. The humble respect paid to whichever god is currently scoring highest on your personal checklist.

2. A demanding adult version of the "staring contest", usually involving standing quietly in uncomfortable shoes, or sitting in a rental folding chair.

Miz BoheMia said...

Reverence... the eyes through which little sisters view their big brothers...

Sar said...

I see you've paid my political brawl reverence in your post addendum, Doug. Good doggie, *pat pat*.

Now, will you be paying reverence to the resume of tomorrow's caption contest as well?

Jamie Dawn said...

sincere respect and honor

I am chewing quietly as I read these comments, for this blog is holy ground.

Sar said...

Well lookie there at the time stamp on my comment above!

Reverence: All hail 47!

Doug said...

a4g, you atheists have the most uncomfortable churches. Except the Episcopalians.

Hermana, you're the first in my family.

Sar, I almost feel guilty that you're back so soon.

And also with you, Pastor Dawn.

What, Sar? 2:47::4:94. What's the big whup?

Omnipotent Poobah said...

reverence - That which seems to be disturbingly absent from the everyday world.

tsduff said...

REVERENCE, n. The spiritual attitude of a man to a god and a dog to a man

... or a dog to a woman.

tsduff said...

... or a dog to a kid holding an ice cream cone...

Doug said...

Poobah, you think that because you're omnipotent. I find a little too much of the stuff.

Or a curmudgeon to a cur who's running off with a kid's cone, Terry.

First Nations said...

reverence:
the post facto result of a murder of reverends aka: time to get the car washed...next time don't park so close to the collection plate.

Kyahgirl said...

hi Doug, I have got nothing witty to say on reverence....I'm somewhat lacking in this area. However, I can't see the first definition without thinking of a kind of cynical saying around here in the chemical plants. You see, in the mid 90s, some really 'brilliant' managers had the great idea that in the future you wouldn't actually need humans in the productions plants, because the computers could do everything. The saying became....What do you see in the plant of the future? A man and a dog. The man is there to feed the dog and the dog is there to make sure the man doesn't touch anything.


I like Terry's 2nd definition...I see that look every day with Casper :-) ( I guess since I'm a woman her first definition fits too!!)

Solace Cai said...

Glad you got a good laugh out of it. I apparently surprise a lot of people, so that's understandable...

QuillDancer said...

Doug, I am the youngest of twelve kids. You want to know what real reverence is? Being the first one in the bathroom in the morning. Being allowed a whole piece of gum, a whole popsicle, or a whole can of pop; new clothes; NOT being asked, "Hey aren't you so-and-so's little sister?" And, being adored by 11 other syblings just because you're you.

AP3 said...

I hear ya. I pretty much was done with 9/11 until I saw the documentary that TLP blogged about today. That kinda got to me.

ariel said...

cassock that is soutane is "reverenda" in Hungarian. thought you'd want to know.

The Boy from S.A.C.A.D.A. said...

The only thing we have to revere is Bierce himself.

(Hey, Im just a kid - thats the best i can do)

Doug said...

First Nations, nothing quite lubricates the humor like a murdered clergy gag, I hear ya.

Kyah, "Reverence" was never going to be an easy one around here. I liked Terry's definition, too.

Solace, hone that. Serve you well, it will.

A whole piece of gum, Quilly? Reverence is never so profligate!

AP3, I'll have to look for that. I didn't catch the title. "Kerplops and all?"

Ariel, once I googled Cassock I sure did want to know.

Pretty good, SACADA.