do you remember?

How can I forget?  You held the flag the red flag and it must have been fifty feet—at least…  I’ve never had a hole in one.  It was my only eagle and you were there you were there to see it.  A perfect drive on a par five.  Then a three wood.  It faded over the pines and rolled just to the fringe just to the front of the green. I was putting for a three and you held the flag for me—it was an uphill putt just like the whole hole was uphill—and I remember I read a right to left and the ball just rolled with enough momentum to fall in the side of the cup you just standing there holding the flag cheering it on…

and he says my father says it for the story

maybe the Greeks had it right.  With their unknown God.  I don’t know if it started with Socrates but maybe it did the assertion that ignorance is evil the cause of evil for if people know what is good and right they will necessarily do it.  I mean because when you think about it if you’re given the right information if you’ve experienced it the consequences what happens to you the things in your life that you know and love when you do bad things—why that’s how we call things bad—because it hurts.  It hurts someone.  It hurts you.  Then you see the good you’re told it the good news you see the effects of it when you play out the role how the happiness in it can be long-lasting…  and what do you do?  For if you know it if you know good and evil what do you choose?  Do you take a moment to reflect do you say to yourself before a word or deed I can see what’s going to happen I know that all-consuming desire that empty pit inside when you feed on those raw basic emotions what makes you just mean and the emptiness the isolation that comes from it all stemming I guess from the rationalization the victimization of yourself where you say:  I did it because you don’t love me…  and no that’s not all because before that word or deed you take that first step into the mystery where you imagine what happens next based on what you remember from before—the peace you don’t understand, the companionship—where in truth when you know what the right thing is to do and you do it and none of your stuff matters you don’t have to question your identity who you are because you’re not pretending with anyone and by God I can assure you won’t have anything keeping you up nights…  Yes you play it all out in your mind.  So maybe the Greeks had it right.  It’s ignorance causes evil.  That is if you think ahead and you’ve been burned believing it’s all just a test to see if you can be controlled…

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