Take the Ride

We have worlds to conquer. 

Take the ride.

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Fear of the Other

That which we don't understand is often disquieting. We are aware of this.

It is fear of the other that goes unnoticed and robs us of our potential. In this, we delault to continual ignorance.

We must fight this, at every turn.

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Politics & Cable Television

When I was growing up, cable television companies forced consumers to pay for dozens of channels they didn’t want, in order to get a couple of channels they did.

Our political climate is now exactly like that; and, it’s a problem.

If a person supports lower corporate taxes then they must also oppose abortion. Being in favor of gay marriage requires a staunch advocacy of open borders.

How are these issues related? The answer is, they’re not.

As a society, we have allowed ideology to trump ideas.

We have forgotten the inherent value in friendly disagreement. We are forced to stand on one side or the other of a chasm of our own making.

What has happened to the concepts of peace and unity? Why are we fighting amongst ourselves?

Someone once asked the Indian philosopher Ramana Maharshi, “How should we treat others?” He answered: “There are no others.”

At what point will we stop this absurdity?

The political bundling of ideas has created an environment where nobody wins.

We all lose.

Consumers caused the market to provide on-demand, à la carte options (Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu etc).

Perhaps a similar change is coming for our political landscape.

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Break

The only way to break through is to break things.

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Wandering

The streets we walk on can be all we know, until we wander.

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Obsessed

Our culture predisposes us to obsess over being followed, preferably by the greatest number of people possible. 

It seems no one stops to think about the quality of the followers. This is not a commentary on the value of human life but rather the value of the action or inaction that a particular follower may exhibit.

We must ask ourselves if being followed is what matters, for it's own sake.

And we must realize that a follower is only a means to an end - a customer, a promoter etc.

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The Chase

From now, we are enemies... You and I. Because You choose for Your instrument a boastful, lustful, smutty, infantile boy and give me for reward only to recognize the incarnation.
— Antonio Salieri (Amadeus)

For the creative individual, the inability to close the gap of what is seen in the mind and what is rendered into reality is a particular kind of hell.

The potter's hands are dry and marred, because the clay is always trying to disfigure itself. It is through the will of the craftsman that it is shaped into something meaningful - something to be remarked upon.

It is in that middle-space - between thought and actuality, where creativity lives.

Creating is chasing. 

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