I don’t long, I don’t die, I don’t await the departure of those I love. As the origin of a particular plant is sussed, so too animals, people, their cities, and smaller things. When you wonder on what I have become, be just. No more great songs of satisfaction, no more wailing upon the hill to the hillside. Be kind, for trust is not addition and addition is not acceptance and acceptance is not humility. Simply put, we are a failed and ruined people incapable of even silence. We are equal to nothing. The earth given to us, we have lost even that. Big eaters of America, I join you in your parade. Let us be watched and let us be spoken of. For today fascination is gone and even vanity is undervalued. I have often misunderstood destiny. I will misunderstand it no more.
Joshua Beckman, from the book Take It (Wave Books, 2009)
This poem sort of begins with “Simply…” for me, am unsure about what to do with the first half. But the second half is fantastic, although I see how the first half is needed…
“Remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of these three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences. No excuses. No negativity. No psychic pollution. Keep your inner space clear.”—Eckhart Tolle (via thatkindofwoman)
People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are “The Advertisers” and they are laughing at you. You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity. Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head. You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy, they owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t ever start asking for theirs.