Nothing to claim

December 2019. I gave it a thought when I saw it. It made me wonder and just for a short moment it touched me. Then, walking away I reconsidered. Just because time is nothing we can „have“. It’s not a good. Nothing to claim.

It just flows and we’re right in it.

Just wondering …

What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.

Carl Sagan

Music And Politics

If ever I would stop thinking about music and politics

I would tell you that sometimes it’s easier to desire
And pursue the attention and admiration of a 100 strangers
Than it is to accept the love and loyalty
Of those closest to me
And I would tell you that sometimes
I prefer to look at myself
Through someone else’s eyes
Eyes that aren’t clouded with the tears of knowing
What an asshole I can be, as yours are

If ever I would stop thinking about music and politics

I might be able to listen in silence to your concerns
Rather than hearing everything as an accusation
Or an indictment against me
And I would tell you that sometimes
I use sex to avoid communication
It’s the best escape when we’re down on our luck
But I can express more emotions than laughter, anger, and let’s fuck

If ever I would stop thinking about music and politics

I would tell you that I pooped in my own dog dish
And sometimes I would rather face not eating
Than face licking it clean
And admitting when I’m selfish
And I’d tell you that I’m suffering
From the worst type of loneliness
The loneliness of being misunderstood
Or more poignantly
The loneliness of being afraid
To allow myself to be understood

If ever I would stop thinking about music and politics

I would tell you that the personal revolution
Is far more difficult
Than the first step in any revolution

If ever I would stop thinking about music and politics

I would tell you that music is the expression of emotion
And that politics is merely the decoy of perception

Music And Politics Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Steeped In Violence

We are steeped in violence.

This past week was of course a searing reminder: Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon and the ensuing manhunt that ended on Friday with the death of one suspect and the capture of another, his brother, dominated the news. But there were other troubling, if less traumatic reminders, too. On Tuesday, a 577-page report by the Constitution Project concluded that the United States had engaged in torture after the Sept. 11 attacks. On Wednesday, a turning point in the heated national debate on gun control was reached when the United States Senate dropped consideration of some minimal restrictions on the sale and distribution of guns. Looming above all this is the painful memory of the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Now is as good a time as any to reflect on our responses to the many recent horrors that seem to have engulfed us, and to consider whether we can hope to move from an ethos of violence to one nonviolence. Facing ourselves squarely at this difficult moment might provide a better lesson for the future than allowing ourselves to once again give in to blind fury.

We might begin by asking the question, Who are we now?

Clearly, we are a violent country. Our murder rate is three to five timest hat of most other industrialized countries. The massacres that regularly take place here are predictable in their occurrence, if not in their time and place. Moreover, and more telling, our response to violence is typically more violence. We display our might — or what is left of it — abroad in order to address perceived injustices or a threat to our interests. We still have not rid ourselves of the death penalty, a fact that fills those in other countries with disbelief. Many of us, in response to the mindless gun violence around us, prescribe more guns as the solution, as the Republicans sought to do during the gun debate. And we torture people. It is as though, in thinking that the world responds only to violence, we reveal ourselves rather than the world.

Why is this? How has the United States become so saturated in slaughter?

There are, of course, many reasons, but three stand out …
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By Todd May, The New York Times Opinionator