Sunday, November 16, 2014

Without Failsafe

The you that paid attention, absorbed everything, learned the lessons... the pitiable you...

Listens, watches from the shadows.

The you at the controls of the interface... the contemptible you...

Pulls levers, pushes buttons in the clear light of day.

The simple act of opening one's mouth, expelling words... it's a gamble. Hell, swinging one leg out from under the covers and putting a foot down on the floor in the morning... that's a gamble, especially in a Sydney suburb.

To live is to risk; just make sure you consult with the one in the shadows before you roll the dice...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fellowship of the Comet

Strip away all of the associations and entanglements of one firmly embedded in a complex society and that person may struggle to find any significant value in his/her own existence.

"What are you good at?"

"Well, I'm pretty good at weekend movie-marathon sessions, finding the best shopping bargains around..."

"Are you good at your job?"

"Yeah, I work as hard as anyone in the office, maybe harder when we're particularly busy. It's a team effort, though, really..."

"Do you have any hobbies?"

"Yeah, I like cycling, reading history..."

"Have you ever entered a bicycle race or written a book review?"

"Nope. Why?"

"If you had only one day left to live and had to write your own eulogy for someone else to read at your funeral, what would be the most meaningful thing you would say about yourself?"

"I don't think I like where this is going..."

"Do you think you've been a good parent?"

"Hey, eat shit, man... I don't need this."

Most of us struggle to find any significant meaning in our own individual existences. It seems we all get the idea that one's life is only as meaningful as he or she makes it. However, through laziness or other means, we usually just end up living very ordinary lives. But, what saves most of us from falling into complete despair while chanting subconsciously, I'm nothing, I'm a loser, I'm scum, is the feeling that we're part of something bigger, and so by association, important. "God made you in his own image". "You are a citizen of the greatest nation in the world", "Welcome to the Elks Lodge, Bob!"...

You find this everywhere you go. It's usually religion. In Japan, it's as though being Japanese is the religion. All it takes is one news headline to get everyone patting each other on the back and saying "Thank the gods I'm Japanese..."
Tanaka Hiroyuki Wins World Championship of Frisbee Throwing!
Excerpts from Person on the Street interviews:

"What do you think about Tanaka's accomplishment at the Frisbee Throwing World Championship?"

  • "So amazing. We have shown the world the Japanese fighting spirit!"
  • "I feel so proud to be Japanese!"
The backslapping that went on yesterday concerning the space probe that landed successfully on a speeding comet was too much, though...
Rosetta's Philae Probe Makes Historic Landing On Comet

  •  "WE landed on a comet! How cool is that!"
  • "Yay, humans!"
Are you kidding me?!...

Most of you couldn't even bake a cake. Get the fuck outta here.