There is an old story I have always loved as it has been an analogy for things in my own life and the world in general.
A man of middle years with considerable wealth found himself bothered by a strange malady. His neck was stiff, his face flushed, his eyes bulging and he had constant headaches. So he went to a doctor hoping for a cure.
After a check up the doctor reported, “It is hard to say, but that stiffness of neck, your flushed face, bulging eyes and headache tell me one thing, I am sorry to say but you only have six months to live.”
Six months! The patient was horrified. On the way home he prayed, “Dear God, I have dedicated my life to making money and now it is nothing to me. I will give it away to those in need.”
True to his word he became the most generous man in the city. Once most of his money was given away, his mansions and cars sold, he got to thinking. “You know, I have been such a stick in the mud working that I have never traveled. I need to take the little that is left and visit Europe.” So he bought the tickets and thought further. “If I am to die on the trip I need to look my best.”
So the “dying man” went to the city’s most exclusive clothing store. He bought a new suit and then decided, “I need dress shirts to go with the suit.” In the shirt department he found an experienced sales clerk and he was asked his neck size.” “Fourteen and a half,” he replied.
The salesman then measured the shirt buyers neck and then said, “Oh no sir. You take a sixteen. If you wear a fourteen and a half you will have a stiff neck, a flushed face, bulging eyes and headaches!”
As strange as that story is, this writer has had the same experience. A lot has been spent to cure my Acid Reflux and an upset digestive system including expensive procedures by specialists. Recently I visited my dentist and after the examination he advised, “I am surprised you don’t have digestive problems, Acid Reflux. You are not chewing properly and we need to do some crown work so you won’t have that problem.”
Now how does a medical situation relate to world problems? Sadly Joe Biden has at least one thing in common with Vladimir Putin. (I must insert that Putin’s first name is similar to the inspiration for Dracula, or Vlad the Impaler as he was known.) Both Biden and Putin only surround themselves with a small set of advisors, “yes men.” Which explains why both have made so many bad decisions. Both men are badly in need of second opinions.
Is it the imagination of this writer that both Biden and Putin seem to have stiff necks, flushed faces, bulging eyes and act like they have headaches? Maybe we need to donate shirts with larger collars to help them…