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Human Carnage – We are All Damned!

Human Carnage – We are All Damned!

A person can, just by living, damage another human being beyond repair. ~ 村上 春樹 Murakami Haruki At first blush, we internalize a quote with this sentiment commiserating within ourselves while masticating on damage inflicted upon our person by the crass people in the cruel world. Scar killing Simba and betraying Mufasa for power. A kiss […]

Being Human Requires Wild Ness

Being Human Requires Wild Ness

We are no longer frightened of nature; what frightens us is the idea we have triumphed over nature. ~John Jeremiah Sullivan Other than the magnificent state of Alyeska, a state both a physical place and a mental construct, I have no fear of walking into what is left of those spaces laughingly defined as American […]

No Bleeding Heart

No Bleeding Heart

I write to you and my tears are the ink. ~Jaume Cabré I was riding my bicycle on LSD, that’s the Lake Shore Drive trail, not the mind-expanding chemical though I do wonder at the mind-enhancing experience of riding LSD on LSD. Although, my mind does seem to elevate to higher planes during long rides […]

A Hungry Heart

A Hungry Heart

She looked pained in her sleep. Was the pain inflicted by a bad dream or fear, upon waking, the nightmare would begin? ~David Olson Her lungs heave and hollow in long, rhythmical waves, cresting, falling in equal measure but different rates. The tide rises and falls at the behest of the moon seeking to kiss […]

A Benevolent Species

A Benevolent Species

What we learn from history is to repeat it, build upon its cruelty shape and tailor its brutality for new systems ~Remi Kanazi If man/woman were truly intelligent, we would build futures on elevated platforms of lessons learned. It would include building on the positive, changing direction on the negative, leveraging both into a constructive […]

For Lust, Greed, and Glory

For Lust, Greed, and Glory

Now they’re planning the crime of the century What will it be? And they rape the universe Who are the men of lust, greed, and glory? ~Supertramp The crime is stealing the future from the yet to be born. The crime includes rape, pillage, plunder, murder, execution, annihilation, genocide, extinction all heaped upon a passive […]

Destiny is a Series of Destinations

Destiny is a Series of Destinations

Originally posted on Adventures of an American Traveler:
The Aztecs believe they started up in what’s now New Mexico and wandered for 10,000 years before they got down into where they are now, in Mexico City. ~Jerry Pournelle The Ranger Station “Are the glyphs here similar to the ones down South?” I asked the uniformed…

Humanity Is A Bouquet of Weeds

Humanity Is A Bouquet of Weeds

The fact that we are human beings is infinitely more important than all the peculiarities that distinguish human beings one from another. ~Simone De Beauvoir It has required extensive soul searching to arrive at a mental state where I can appreciate all the flowers whether they are expertly cultivated and elevated to garden status or […]

Power to the People!

Power to the People!

The only thing worth globalizing is dissent. ~Arundhati Roy I made a discovery today or I had an awakening into the nature of my soul. It came about because the world is now globalized and I have access to news other than that published by a press hamstrung by the insatiable quest for ratings and […]

LIfe, What is it Good For? Absolutely Nothing.

LIfe, What is it Good For? Absolutely Nothing.

Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer. ~Joseph Campbell Life devoid of meaning is a springboard into the deep pool of human despair. We want to believe there is a plan for our […]

Trading The Future For Now

Trading The Future For Now

Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, we fell them down and turn them into paper, that we may record our emptiness. ~Kahlil Gibran We destroy to create without thought to balancing the loss against the gain. Trees felled to make paper. Mountains gutted to find the coal to create heat. Nations annihilated […]

Talking Rocks in New Mexico

Talking Rocks in New Mexico

Originally posted on Adventures of an American Traveler:
There are few situations more frightening than sitting comfortably with your back against a smooth rock on a gloriously hot, dry, and sunny day breathing pristine mountain air without a worry until hearing an agitated buzzing and realizing you are face to face and within striking distance…

Real or Failed Fantasy?

Real or Failed Fantasy?

When the great guiding spirit cleaves humanity into two antagonistic halves, I would be with the people. ~Che Guevara As my Republic descends into a hellacious bastion of haves oppressing the have-nots, of rich lording over the poor, of the powerful minority manipulating the majority, of powerful crushing the weak, of governments using the people […]

Smelling of Madness

Smelling of Madness

After three days the room only smelled like me, in other words, like old age and madness. ~Roberto Bolaño Popular fiction associates old age with senility, a grizzled, cantankerous fool flirting with lunacy daily not only when the moon is full like the rest of the population. I was a prisoner of my own form […]

Passive Music, Active Poetry

Passive Music, Active Poetry

If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week. ~Charles Darwin In a world awash in information and, sadly, disinformation designed to manipulate a gullible public, the truth of poetry and music in an almost […]

Universally Connected Consciousness

Universally Connected Consciousness

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unique in the world, but then you read. ~James Baldwin Mired in spine crippling pain, it is easy to believe we as an individual are uniquely aware of the agony associated with physical suffering. Reading a book, quality books or rags churned out by sketchy houses can […]

Injuring Eternity

Injuring Eternity

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity. ~Henry David Thoreau The vastness of Eternity is incomprehensible to my tiny human intellect. Compared to illimitable time, all life even that of the ancient trees is less than a tick, less than a tock on a clock. I find it easier to view my life […]

The Danger of Categorization

The Danger of Categorization

Be curious, not judgemental. ~Walt Whitman By nature, humans are prone to classifying, categorizing, creating rows and rows of familiar boxes to hold information. It helps us avoid danger when we place all large toothed snarling animals into the death bucket allowing us to respond without thinking. But our tendency is to extend bucket classifications […]

The Curse and Blessing of Solitude

The Curse and Blessing of Solitude

The writer’s curse is that even in solitude, no matter the duration, he never grows lonely or bored. ~Criss Jami The essence of this quote is a truth I live, a truth I discovered living halfway across the globe where I lived alone for eighteen months. I never once grew bored, never needed anyone to […]

My Childhood Was Auctioned off To The Only Bidder

My Childhood Was Auctioned off To The Only Bidder

Originally posted on Adventures of an American Traveler:
The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence. ~Roy T. Bennett With the sale of the family Summer Estate in Central Wisconsin in March of 2018, the second to last vestige of my childhood goes the way of the final Dodo bird clubbed…

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