People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. ( Iris Murdoch)


Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

40 thoughts on “Madness”

      1. Would have been good. Maybe with age comes (sometimes) the wisdom to embrace joy even if to the jaundiced eye that might look like folly. Regards Thom.

  1. Beautiful Jean. I occasionally ponder how extraterrestrials would perceive us and our world. Puts things in perspective.

      1. I think we would have to be megalomaniacs to believe we are the only intelligent life in a universe so large we can’t even comprehend its size. Also, our “little” Milky Way where our little solar system hides the blue planet, is a long ways from the center of the universe where the Big Bang occurred. That means that there are earth like planets that are literally billions of years older than Earth where life could have evolved. And that means,not only are we not alone, chances are that we are the young ones in the universe where there could easily be civilizations a billion or more years older than ours. Oh, I’m not a believer in UFOs – for any societies that can travel the light years between solar systems to get here would surely be able to avoid being seen. Possibly one or a few may be tech failures that allowed us to see them, but that would be rare unless they wished to be seen.

      1. It is amazing! I know people who replace their plants on a regular basis. This always makes me sad even though I know that Garden Centres have to make a living too… My mother and grandmother took a good care of their flowerbeds.

          1. I am afraid the plants just die after a year or two… Sigh.. When you walk around with your camera, you notice many things. I know a house with a rose bush that is already reaching the roof. People treat their plants differently. I have got a couple of indoor plants from a ditch – people dump their unwanted cacti and other plants. Just couldn’t leave them to die.

            1. I feel the same. I love older houses – people seem more attached to their plants, and probably have no money to buy them often. They also have the plants that are not ‘fashionable’ anymore ๐Ÿ™‚

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: