In other people’s company I felt I was dull, gloomy, unwelcome, at once bored and boring… ~André Gide There exists in the movie Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer an island home for misfit toys, those toys that are different, unwanted, unloved, square pegs in a world designed to accommodate round holes. I have always felt a […]
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. ~Albert Camus Normal is a narrow swath on the bell curve accounting for no more than half of all possible values. It is entirely possible that no one individual is fully aligned with the norm. I have never seen the half child making […]
The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal. ~Kurt Vonnegut Finally equal in 2081? I don’t think so. Removing the arbitrary grades people assign to everyone rendering all equal? It did not happen in Vonnegut’s lifetime. I don’t see it happening in my lifetime. I don’t see it happening in anyone’s lifetime. There may […]
I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours. ~Lewis Carroll It is with superluminal speed we judge those appearing to be outside our understanding of normal, the fringe element, the dress funny, the rainbow hair. It is with equal speed each of us proudly claims to be a unique […]
Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people’s minds and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead. ~Arundhati Roy The world is awash in fake patriotism when they ascribe sacred qualities to objects rather than the underlying principles the objects represent. The US Constitution and Bill of Rights were […]
It isn’t necessary to be anti-national to be deeply suspicious of all nationalism. ~Arundhati Roy We frequently mistake nationalism for patriotism. The latter is a healthy respect for one’s own country. The former a myopic belief that one’s own country can do no wrong and anyone questioning the country’s actions is unpatriotic or treasonous.
The sun kept moving, as did the clouds. The birds were however silent. They could not comprehend the violence of humans. ~Joy Harjo How are birds able to sleep during the incessant brontides of war? Does the constant rumbling interfere with their Spring concupiscent activities? Do birds and other animals caught in a war zone […]