Reason is out on the road, fifty miles south of emptiness-bliss strategizing, crafting, and delivering the messages of its campaign for governor of Truth.
—Manfoot the Malfeasant
“When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick: every time a stick is thrown, you run after it. Instead, be like a lion who, rather than chasing after the stick, turns to face the thrower. One only throws a stick at a lion once.”—Milarepa
Now is the springtime of our discontent
Vainglorious bummer, this son of pork
sometimes I doubt
to sparkle motion
a truly original work
would not be recognized as art
and language cannot begin to function
without tapping the manifold intents
of its every instance
from the first lowbrow grunt
to the last ephemeral buzzword
creation implies something springing from nothing
a nonstarter, a hat trick beyond
the scope of even a heavenly godcraft
The stupider it looks, the more important it probably is.
—J. R. “Bob” Dobbs
Immigrant goes to America
Many hellos in America
Nobody knows in America
Puerto Rico’s in America!
—”America” from West Side Story (excerpt)
© Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company
it’s change that makes things different
from the things they used to be
and restlessness that makes us wander
sea to shining sea
it’s craving makes us want for want
and claim it all as needs
the things that clutter up the yard
rusting in the weeds
it’s worry makes us preempt war
with wars we have to wage
and thinking makes it seem okay
to justify the rage
it’s peace that makes us fidget
in a darkened, quiet place
and boredom yanks us to our feet
to run the human race
Here’s my workflowy note that led to the above verse:
It’s easier to think your way into
war than it is to fight your way out,
but mommy, there’s nothing to do.
… which is very much connected to this:
All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
―Blaise Pascal, Pensées
“I just dropped in
to see what condition
my condition was in.”
—Mickey Newbury, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, acid tripping, etc.
“The part of you that recognizes confusion as confusion is not exactly confused now, is it?”
Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism, well there’s a really easy way. Stop participating in it.
The thing about Noam Chomsky is that he doesn’t even have to be mostly right. If 10% of what this man says about how power operates in the world, and I mean any 10% (you get to pick), then most main stream assumptions about the US’s role in the world are cast into serious doubt.
(photo: screen grab from Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in our Times.)