As we collectively navigate our way through what are certainly perilous times, it’s hard not to tire of the constant inundation of bad news.

But that’s where we are as 2012 closes out, and I for one don’t see things getting better any time soon. The “new normal” is what it is, and it’s apparently fraught with less-than-desirable aspects.

But what’s going in the world should come as a surprise to no one, really. It all lines up with the words in the Bible. Consider the fact that nowhere in scripture is there mention of a great collective awakening, an all-encompassing return to righteousness, or a sweeping realization of how far we’ve gone wrong. What is described, however, is a falling away and separation from God, and a turn toward glorification (and even deification) of man.

Don’t look now, folks, but like it or not, we’re well on our way down that road.

Anyway, in keeping with the shallow, non-earth-shattering, and somewhat random tradition of this column, I present to you as a diversion from reality a handful of short statements and phrases formulated within the walls of one man’s cranium.

Doug Davison

Doug Davison

Some are entirely original, while others are derived from bits and pieces of classics. But all have one thing in common: Nothing.

•There’s a big difference between gossip and information. Information helps avoid problems; gossip helps induce them.

•A wise man pulls his own weight. A fool believes he’s entitled to have someone pull it for him.

•Anonymous slander makes a foolish man proud. Accountability earns a wise man respect.

•Never ignore criticism. It opens doors to improvement.

•Never disregard chastisement. It has made many a bad dog good.

•Good things come to those who wait. But good things avoid procrastinators.

•A wise man takes heed of an experienced man’s advice. A fool’s only advice is his own.

•Most people only want you to say what they want to hear. But most people also don’t want to hear what you have to say.

•A fool laments that each day he is older than he has ever been before. A wise man enjoys each day knowing he is younger than he ever will be again.

•It has been said that the truth can get in the way of a good story. But these days, good stories are often presented as truth.

•Political correctness is an oxymoron, because many phrases, titles, and ideals that are considered politically correct are factually or literally incorrect.

•Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it. But be satisfied if you don’t, because there’s a good chance you won’t.

So there you have it. Mindless drivel to discuss over a glass of apple juice.

By the way, did anyone else notice that Hurricane “Sandy” was somewhat closely followed by the tragedy at “Sandy” Hook? If things really do come in threes, what “Sandy” calamity comes next?

Doug Davison is a writer, photographer and advertising representative for the Houston Herald.  Email: