The stories we call history are the tales, frequently tall, written by the victors of bloody wars, hostile takeovers, and serendipitous circumstances. To believe the fictions are factual is to misunderstand a fundamental nature of humans…
Window watching is an especially useful technique for when the train emerges from underground to elevated rail and the outside light sharpens the quality of the reflected images including my own…
What sin or multitude of sins have I committed that keeps me apart from my beloved?
The desert is a place of leaves hardened into sharp thorns, biting sands, and enough venom to bring humanity to its knees…
The sole method the exploited have to break their chains: violence. ~Mario Vargas Llosa Being a life long member of the middle class progressing in stature from lower-middle through middle-middle now flirting with upper-middle, I am as far removed from understanding the challenges faced by the lower classes as a hawk is from the moon. […]
The great pandemic of our time is comfort that we believe we are entitled to be comfortable. Meaningful things rarely happen in the comfort zone. ~Brené Brown It feels strange to bridge the concept of comfort across the flowing river of life and landing in a space called pandemic. Pandemic screams disease, screams physical hell, […]
It a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act. ~George Orwell With so much contradictory news vomited into news veins and carried into societies circulatory system, it is increasingly difficult to separate the nourishing wheat from the indigestible chaff and I feel like my vascular system is recirculating excrement.
Until the lions have their own historians the hunting stories will continue to glorify the hunter. ~Eduardo Galeano I love Zinn’s book, “People’s History of the United States” because it tells the story of these United States from the perspective of the hunted instead of the usual sanitized hunter point of view.
All religions are true but none are literal. ~Joseph Campbell I librate between truth being and not being literal. A libration gravitating toward the gray subjectivity of interpreted truth. This is uncomfortable because most of my life there was only the deepest black and the brightest white with regards to fact and fiction, literal truth […]
Nobody knew one better than oneself, nobody misunderstood one more than oneself. ~Viet Thanh Nguyen I am a mystery to myself, a believer in my own truth, a zealot for my own lies. The problem: I don’t know which truths are rationalized lies to justify my selfish actions and which lies are truths I don’t […]
We find in Veracruz no birds except vultures stalking corpses. ~Eduardo Galeano Does the rotting stench of decaying corpses smell like roses to Vulture soaring effortlessly in the ether on wide sails? One man’s carrion, a great birds feast. End of life simultaneously sustenance for life. End and beginning. Identical. One truth, two interpretations.
I walk in and out of several worlds each day. ~Joy Harjo Dream world to wake world to creation world to work world to wife world back to dream world. Are they really different worlds? Separate existences? My vote is one world with arbitrary borders placed letting us rationalize distinct universes, disconnected entities.
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. ~Henry David Thoreau To look into a mirror and see a loser is to write a loser future. To look and see a winner gives impetus to engage in behaviors leading to victory. It all depends upon what you choose to see. And […]
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. ~Maya Angelou Most people make the best decision possible based on the information available at the moment of truth. To look back from a vantage point built upon a mountain of future knowledge where the happened consequences can easily […]
Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile. ~Kurt Vonnegut The faith of a child is precious, pure, profound. Faith is reduced to folly when it persists in the face of incontrovertible evidence when it refuses to accept facts backed by mountains […]
Memories are worse than bullets. ~Carlos Ruiz Zafón A bullet pierces the chest wall, scrambles the heart before blowing through the back leaving a spreading sanguine pool. Its work is done. An instant of pain, maybe, followed by an eternity outside the clutches of time. Memories can be crueler. They have the power to blood […]
Rahel looked around her and saw that she was in a play. But she had only a small part. She was just the landscape. A flower perhaps. Or a tree. A face in the crowd. A townspeople. ~Arundhati Roy All the world is a stage and all of us are players in a never-ending play. […]
The moment of death is no longer to be considered as the moment the heart stops, but as the moment when cerebral function ceases. ~Maylis De Kerangal If we accept brain activity as the measure of life or death, we are governed by walking corpses. And that explains quite a bit about the dysfunction rampant in […]
The mind is a terrible thing to taste. ~Ministry I feast on minds, the minds of humans past and humans present, will continue into the future as the conceived ruminations escape from between fertile legs and are birthed into existence the very moment they spill blood and scratch with it the words scraped off their […]
It is difficult to expel ignorance if you sustain arrogance. ~Sam Wilson If we don’t know what we don’t know, how do we know what we think we know has not been invalidated by what we don’t know? Or, is the reality we perceive already obsoleted by facts existing outside our awareness? Believing Earth is […]