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I had an idea about a tribute to our friend Boss Mongo, which I hope will be fitting. I doubt that I’m the right person to do this, but I want to do something.
I did not know the Boss personally. We never met, and never spoke, as far as I recall. I appreciated his posts and comments here at Ricochet — his fierce patriotism, his irreverent humor, his practical wisdom, his unique combination of toughness and kindness.
My idea is for each of us to share something from the Boss. It might be a quote from one his posts or comments, or a personal story from anyone blessed to have met him. Or whatever else you might want to say. I’ll start.
From Boss Mongo’s post on March 12, 2020, What? You Want to Live Forever?
There is a profound lack of perspective evident in the freak-out. Every morning when you wake, and you haven’t died in your sleep is a gift. Every morning, as you prepare for your day, you should be cognizant of the myriad ways you could face an untimely requirement to shuffle off this mortal coil. Some of the risks can be mitigated. Many can come out of the blue, and whatever risk mitigation measures you’ve employed, you’re going to wind up deader than fried chicken.
Most people, I think, are intellectually aware of the fact that they will die. Too, most are aware that their ticket might be punched far earlier than they would wish. That is a myopic view of life. One needs to accept mortality on a visceral level.
Not accepting, and contemplating, the uncertainty of life prevents a full appreciation and celebration of the gift of life we’ve been given.
Every dawn we meet hale, whole, and hearty is a cause for profound gratitude, and every sunset should evoke the same. I don’t like the term carpe diem, because it hints at an excuse for wanton hedonism (now, carpe per diem is a whole different proposition). But, one should treat each day as a gift, love family and friends as much and as hard as we can, and be ready to meet our Maker.
Those are the words of a great ‘Murican, I think.
Here is the link that will take you to his posts. All 252 of them.Published in