This is my own convoluted take (what else would you expect?) on Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven, a book which profoundly affected me and continues to serve as a guide for the way I perceive my past, present, and future. The ten people I am going to list are the ten people from history that I would like to smoke a bowl of very high THC content medical marijuana with. Lowest-to-highest ranking. We will cover the numbers 10 thru 6 today and the top five tomorrow. Fire it up…
10– Genghis Khan (1162-1227)—The undisputed largest land empire in the history of mankind amassed by GK who united the different Mongol tribes into one force that conquered the world. I would like to know the whole Mongol thing? They never bathed, never washed their clothes, and never washed their eating utensils. No wonder they took over the world, No one wanted to get up close and fight those smelly bastards. I would also take the opportunity to discuss his plans for global takeover and ask if he ever felt like he was a woman trapped in a man’s body?
9-Rachel Carson (1907-1964)—If only your words were listened to more studiously, perhaps we would not be in the midst of our most dangerous climate-caused disaster year ever. I would have Rachel hold her hit in an extra second before I got her thoughts on the Pacific Gyre, the floating ocean of garbage and what we can do on a global scale, to eliminate it. Here’s a thought: Plastics are hereby banned from production. Poof! Problem addressed, but not solved. That will come when the greedy idiots in business stop using this cheap packaging material to save a few pennies.
8–Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)—Of the many changes instilled by the 32nd president, establishing Social Security is one of the longest-lasting. I would like to get FDR’s take on where it is now and what can be done to fix it? Take a look at FDR’s proposals in 1935: “Social Security, heavier taxes on the wealthy, new controls over banks and public utilities, and an enormous work relief program for the unemployed.” Sound familiar? The more things change…
7–Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)—This amazing abolitionist and women’s rights advocate delivered one of the most passionate and impactful speeches of all time with her Ain’t I A Woman? speech in Akron, OH in 1851. I would really like to ask what her thoughts are on the state of equality of the sexes both here in the United States, and abroad?
6–Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)—I am totally so in sync with many of your teachings, but the one question I have is about the concept of your political activism through non-violence doctrine that is Satyagraha. It gives me cause to think about the origins of the belief that it is truly the best way to affect change. Did this thought originate out of necessity? I mean did the original protesters show up and then all of a sudden the police pull out guns and start shooting? I might be an old country boy, but that might be a good time to start one of two doctrines: 1)-the doctrine of Satyagraha or 2-the doctrine of Haulassasfastasyoucana.