Saturday, January 25, 2014

Here Goes Nothing


Before humankind, matter generally lay around unless weather or giant reptiles stirred it up.  Then we arrived, began thinking about our relationship to the environment, put a few rocks together, and before you know it the planet's got jungle gyms, Rubix cubes, and computers.

Between athletics and the military, it seems the bulk of our ingenuity goes into making stuff fly and collide. Playing sports is basically controlling the trajectory of things. Wars amount to nations hurling volatile material at one another. 

All those impartial atoms caught in the middle.

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Secrets


Is there any such thing as a secret in the twenty-first century?  Try as we may, we're bound to leave an electronic trail when so many of our transactions and interactions are mediated by gadgetry. In the end, even the careful technophile can't dodge the most determined, resourced extractors of information. If the Man wants to know, he will.

I guess the last place left to hide is our dreams.

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Big Earl


Some souls are misguided, make bad decisions, and endure a social, physical, or emotional consequence. They balance their moral debt sheet with sacrifice, discomfort, and (hopefully) remorse. They aren't necessarily bad at heart and may have turned out differently under other conditions.

Frustratingly, there are others―real bastards―who never pay for the destructive, self-serving choices that they make, at least not in this lifetime.

What about those who get away with it? Assuming an afterlife, does some sort of metaphysical justice await in a cosmic court on the other side? Does it even matter considering that the sentence wouldn't prevent the harm already done? (Futile or not, part of me can't help wishing flames upon them.)

If such a spiritual penal system does exist, there are particular beings among us who surely have or will serve time there: serial killers, ruthless dictators, human traffickers, rapists, swindlers, Vikings, persistent telemarketers, the inventor of Styrofoam packing peanuts...

And this character.

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