What is it good for?

Carol Burt
4 min readMay 4


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Why is it wasted on the old and dying?

If we are to accomplish anything in this short life we are given, shouldn’t we have been born smart — or at least with some common wisdom? But no, most of us (prodigies excepted) are born dumb as doorknobs.

Babies don’t know that hot burns. Eh, some of us never learn that and other common sense. There are, too, as often noticed, those who do not have the sense to get out of the rain.

Most of those lacking common sense are young. This is true.
So, the purpose of our lives is to grow into wisdom as we age.
So we can then die.

It kind of pisses me off when the Universe makes no sense. And that makes no sense. There is no logic to creating advanced beings (wise and well-studied old people) just to dispose of them and all they knew when their physical lives are done.

And don’t talk to me about some brilliant spirit that hangs around. That’s about religion, and there are dozens to choose from if you want to believe you are to live forever. But the brain, where our best scientists say our smarts are stored, is physical. I’ve seen brains smeared on a highway; brother, it is physical. Just strange-looking gray flesh.

Why bust our asses to learn and grow just to be thrown in a hole and covered up like everyone else? Unless you are famous, in a few years, there will not even be anyone who remembers how beautiful or smart you were.

If you’re lucky, they’ll maybe remember you made good cakes, wore great clothes, had a cool car, etc. They damn well aren’t going to hang around and say, “Remember Carol? She was so wise and talented?”
Or remember Bob? He was the best teacher. Or Sue, who also taught many of us a great deal. Any credit is fleeting. And useless.

That could be the deal. We learn so we can share with others and pass down what we know. Or are our brains refined and trained as well as possible just to better the world of capitalism?

They’re not, and one of the hardest lessons we have to learn is that we are insignificant in this world; most of us are purposeless, part of a strange species that eats up knowledge and spends 80 years or so…



Carol Burt

Former print journalist, former mayor, retired law enforcement officer. Writing about politics and government along with random personal essays.