The Definition of “it.” I wonder what Horace would have to say?
I wonder what would happen, if we could transport Horace into the present and have him take some time to look at some of the more interesting "it" going on in our world. I wonder if we would be alarmed, amused, perplexed or indifferent on his take about a whole lot of this “it” and that “it.” You know, all this “it” chatter that is kind of dependent on your definition of what “it” is.
So let’s pause just for a moment, and put some of this “it” into perspective. You know, topics about any “it” are many. Some of the “it” includes challenging issues like: Economy, Education, Terrorism, Climate, Immigration, Equality, Energy, Globalization, Race, Gender, Radicalization, Water and the “it” list can go on and on and on………………Some of the "it" is just commentary. Some "it" is marketing. And yes, some of this "it," is just noise.
I won’t try to be an alarmist about all of the “it” in our world, sway one’s opinion on this “it” or that "it", or dive into anything that shouldn’t be discussed in an open forum about general or particular forms of “it.” Sometimes the “it” making the rounds smells like a rose, and other times, well "it" just smells like “it.” Sometimes I am mesmerized by the appearance of “it” as “it” unfolds as “breaking news.” Sometimes I scream at my computer because of the outrageous nature of some of the “IT” I happen across. Sometimes I do the same to my TV because of how a lot of the “it” is portrayed. Sometimes I just shut down because of all the “it” slinging. Sometimes, "it" just makes the rounds in a symphony worthy of top billing for the "it" of the day. Sometimes I just sit around with friends and shoot the "it," metaphorically speaking of course. You know, there is a lot of “it” going on out there. Good "it." Bad "it." In between "it." Sometimes "it" seems like a lot of this “it” could just be the result of “it” slinging. Sometimes, depending on who the “it” is slung at, “it” hits a fan. I just hate that. You know--when the “it” hits the fan. Don’t you?
I wonder if any or all of this “it”
really matters to anyone else, or if Horace would really care, but I just find
myself sometimes perplexed, sometimes amused and sometimes just left scratching
my head about some of this “it.”
Maybe he would simply turn to us and say that he is still trying to figure out what the definition of "is" is?
Or in contemplating "the" question of questions, he might just say that he is still working on Shakespeare's Hamlet "to be, or not to be" ( https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/56965 ). If that is the question, then maybe the rest of this "it" may pale in comparison?
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