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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, October 26th, 2020


Iain ClimieNovember 9th, 2020 at 11:21 pm

Hi Bobby,

A fairly straightforward hand today but the quote reminded me of something from (I think) George Bernard Shaw – something like: “The reasonable person adapts himself (or herself) to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself / herself. Hence all progress depends on unreasonable people.”

The US election seems to be sorting itself out but there could still be a few wriggles left. Hopefully a general calming will occur down now and the country will start to heal its divisions. We’re still having some fallout from Brexit though, which caused splits in this country, so this will take time.



bobbywolffNovember 10th, 2020 at 12:10 am

Hi Iain,

Yes, today’s quote sounds like someone with a caustic sense of humor and, you named him, G. B. Shaw, likely the one.

However trying to hope, much less see, progress, becomes, if you’ll excuse the message, unreasonable.

While racism, like other narcissistic complexes, has lasted the whole history of the world, making it doubtful to change, a group of people, much less a much larger crowd of them, will continue to further divide, forcing acceptance or what has often happened, a dreadful war.

The only weapon which might work, especially in bridge, is a sense of humor, similar to all those competing to be the “GOAT” (greatest of all time). NO SUCH TITLE WILL EVER EXIST, pretenders? possibly,
contenders? never!

Similarly IMO, there will never be a country superior to all others, only unrealistic dreamers, who have never wrestled with the human condition. Nirvana be damned.

Like King of the Jungle, also impossible to truly determine, but perhaps not so, with worst country or most cowardly animal.

However, the one inviolate asset for anyone, becomes the ability to laugh at oneself,

Iain ClimieNovember 10th, 2020 at 9:17 am

Hi Bobby,

I’ve always regarded racism as an attempt to blame people (or regard them as inferior, evil or expendable) for picking the wrong parents and/or birthplace. Very odd and irrational idea.



bobbywolffNovember 10th, 2020 at 12:06 pm

Hi Iain,

Amen, not to mention the somewhere above used word, unreasonable.

Add to that, why does a different background, looks, habits and perhaps culture, portending all three of your above adjectives, not also include, charming, unique and refreshing, especially true in other’s
immediate vision.

Often instead, it foretells and predicts only ignorance, bias, and fear of the unknown.

Thanks for your wisdom.