Sunday, July 5, 2009

an open letter to the rest of the planet

I don't KNOW a whole hell of a lot - certainly not a lot that I would try to convince others of. What little I do know applies more to myself and my situation than anything else. I find it a bit presumptuous when others try to force their bibles or prophets on me, or when they force their agendas on me. I am not a huge fan of government interference and I am not a huge fan of activists that try to curb government interference; it's a personal thing. It just does not make sense to me to live in a such a reactionary way. Why would you want to be an activist? It seems as though you are simply providing the head with which to beat against the wall. Of course, I am glad that there are activists (try not to make sense of all these statements together). Someone needs to be the head and someone needs to be the wall. Sometimes incremental change is even made. I find the protests in Iran inspiring. I love to see such passion! I like to see people speaking out against our own country's wars as well, but I would rather see soldiers putting down their guns or just not joining the damn military in the first place! I would rather see politicians that think about the consequences of their decisions and are not so fool hardy and easily whipped into some sort of xenophobic fervor. But that's life, you know? I'm not going to freak out about it and I probably won't lose sleep over it. I try not to say things like "we're at war", because I'm not at war. At least not in Iraq or Afghanistan. There is only so much I can do about someone electronically taking numbers out of my "account" and using that to kill people. After all, I'm not really that great with computers. It doesn't make sense to me to "fight the war" or "fight for peace" any more than it makes sense to "fight cancer" or "fight poverty". For me, these go hand in hand with "conquering nature" and "conquering space" or "fighting wrinkles" or "killing bacteria". To a certain extent, I would even lump in "freedom isn't free". Fuck if it isn't! If freedom isn't free, then NOTHING is free! I don't need soldiers or war for my freedom! Give me a break with that line of shit! "The fight for peace"... I almost would not even share these feelings, because I would not really want to change anyone's mind one way or the other. After all, I am just a 26 year old guy with a little bit of shoddy public education. I would not presume to know much more than anyone else. I am excited about being alive today, though. And I am a very happy person. I do not generally take things too personally and I only get worked up about trivial stuff that I want to get worked up about because it's fun and interesting. I have an idea about my field of influence and it does not extend to the Middle East (if such a place even exists!), so I do not watch the news. I am conscious about what I put into my mouth, ears, and eyes, because I know that processed foods, chemicals, insincere music/tv/movies/books, and most readily accessible information is not going to make my life any better or easier or happier. You could say I am fasting. Do not give me your trivia or your "next great band" or your youtube videos or your wikipedia research. Love it, cherish it, and keep it away from me until it seems relevant. I will let you be the judge on when that is, but do not throw shit at me like some deranged monkey just because you have too much of it in your immediate vicinity. I will try not to do it to you either. I would much rather hear about how your day has been or why you have that grin on your face. Tell me about you and let's acknowledge that we are swimming in subjectivity together. I will even hold your hand and we can be people again and stop being receptacles for recycled and decomposing bits of chatter from the Massive Media. What do you say?