“go in the fridge and grab something to eat sweetie”
“which fridge has the snacks?”
“the third one baby”
*screen pans to working class household”
“mommy im hungry”
“ask your brother for some of his food, i have to go to work and theres some cereal in the pantry”
*screen pans to household below poverty line*
“mommy im hungry”
“i know baby i know, tomorrow morning you’ll be able to eat a good breakfast at school”
house A has 50 shoes per person
house B has 10 shoes per person
house C doesn’t have a house or shoes
it’s said that something like three men own the same amount of money, of wealth
as the bottom 50% of the american population
thats 3 people
have as much money combined
as 50% of an entire population
we’ll keep this simple and not dive in to the further division of this money in terms of race
although im sure you can all guess how that will go
now long story short
the gap between the rich and the poor grew wider and wider as the rich gained more and more
the clouds hang above my head
i can hear the low rumble of the planes in my ears
echo the rumbles of so many stomachs around me
a thought which to my eyes, brings tears
the inequality we see today is a mirror of what our ancestors saw in yesterdays
however thats not to say that its okay
that we should just accept it as something that has always been
because when you look with eyes of truth
you can see through this sin
we must allow ourselves to see what is for what it is
so we can begin to do the work of fixing how it exists
now this is not to demonize those who have worked hard for their money
surely they deserve to live lavish, and laugh when its not funny
when they kick back their feet and relax
somewhere in some part of the world there’s a starving person wandering through the traintracks
families split bread and never miss a day at school so they can be fed
there’s just something wrong when we get paid billions for writing a song
then hoard all that cash, snort it basically throw it in the trash
there should be some sort of ethic limit no?
so we can prevent the sizes to which these gaps grow?
teachers barely scrape the surface but shape the world
through shaping the development of every boy and girl
people upset about the gradual raise of minimum wage
be careful of who you defend and who you blame
do you really think someone can survive off of 7.25
its okay to lend your brother a helping hand
its okay to let love take a stand
dont forget that the common enemy is the man not your fellow human trying to make ends meet with a family of four and nothing to eat
around the world americans are known as wasteful, distasteful
we consume and consume like there’s no end to to the room, like there is no impending doom
the wealth gap is a product of inequality
income inequality, racial inequality, opportunity inequality, educational inequality
how can we re-distribute the wealth?
re-program your mind
remove the indoctrination
re-distribute the education
each one teach one, together lets rebuild our nation
to change the whole we must change the half to change the half we must change each piece
so lets hold ourselves accountable, at least
next time you go to mcdonalds and buy a number three, add a extra large fry and give it to the homeless dude outside make sure you look em in the eye and smile at em real big let em know your on his side
we all just want to know we’re not alone, that we belong that this place is our home
next time you go to the dollar store buy a pack of snacks, deodorant and socks galore keep them in your car and instead of mean mugging the “beggar” at the light roll down your window and give him a bite, if we all do this i promise it’ll go real far
yes its gonna be hard to shift the state of our world
but we must start now, together
rememeber that on earth there are billions of worlds, one within each of us and if we re-shape our world we can re-shape the world
history is now and we write the book
take back your pen and around you, take a look
every action in the ocean of life, ripples into eternity
reading helps me find my voice. just as “ello poppet” helps me speak a british accent. and “pulling a string” on my body helps me to create a character in improv. for every creation there is a model. if this is true then who created the first model? did the originators of all creations model their creations after anything other than the visions in their heads?
reading helps me find my voice. picks me up and places me into a world where there are only words, there is only literature. all else is white noise to the soundtrack of the writer. i read and words flow to me like i am the shore and the words are the ocean. endlessly crashing into me, seemingly retreating but always coming back to caress my feet. words are truly magical, they create nations and burn them down. they light the fires of love and give meaning to the days and nights. what would the world be without words? what would we use to express, how would we communicate? what other universal form of interaction would we create? would all be music? art? and without a universal model, would there be endless originality? endless creation? or is all creativity recycled at some point in time?
it seems an absolute truth to me that without eachother we can not create. however it also seems to me a truth that with eachother we can not create. something of a yin and yang this thought. that in order to create there must be a certain cyclical element specific to the art of creation and a certain linear element specific to the creator.
my mind spins with ideas. i am rich in ideas yet so so poor in creation. ideas are only ideas if they are not put to action. i could drown in a sea of ideas before i ever build a raft. however when i allow myself to look around the sea, maybe dive below and explore the carcasses of the past. i am overcome with ideas, with inspiration. i could build a million rafts from simply seeing that one raft was built one million years ago. there is something comforting in the knowledge that one of the mystery humans of the past has had similar ideas and of them created a raft with which to float amongst them.
all this to say, when we save ourselves, we save others. when we allow ourselves to create, to be; when we have the courage to create a model, a blueprint of a raft in which to float the sea of life. we create a portal into the minds of others, which they can tap into for centuries to come.
I keep “The Measure of a Man” by Dr. Martin Luther King JR. on my desk. I just picked it up and opened to a page that revealed to me the true poetic nature of Dr. King.
Dr. King was a man of a deep rooted faith. A strong argument could be created that he believed in the unseen more than anyone else of his time. For it was because of his blind faith and infinite vision that he was able to lead us to the mountaintop. He had seen the promised land, whether it be in a vision or in his dreams. He had seen something which no one else had seen, and he believed in it wholeheartedly. He fought for this vision so graciously and so righteously that he convinced an entire nation of people to walk behind him. Many of which, including me, still do; years after his passing.
I share this today to redirect us to the connectivity and oneness of all things. The computer i’m typing on originated in the mind of a fellow human. But i will never see the courage with which he built it, the determination he had when creating it. All i see is the product of this. I see the final vision. The same is true for traffic lights, pens, television, art, music, etc. The same is true for all that we see in this current moment. All that we see is made possible due to all we can not and will never see.
It is very important to pay attention to every moment. For we do not know which moments are the invisible ones that will give birth to the visions of eternity, we do not know which thoughts, moments, ideas are the mothers of the future. We must nurture ourselves and love ourselves. Follow our deepest passions with the purest form of love and diligence fathomable. We are blind at the feet of feeling, of experience. So why then is it so difficult for us to trust, to believe in the things we can not see. We do this all the time subconsciously. We accept so many shadows of the invisible as true, as facts. So what is it that blocks us from extending this same trust to our conscious daily life?
All has come from another, an invisible source. Even we. So, I pose these follow-up questions for reflection: If we can see the product of the source, isn’t that testament that the source exists? For without a source, there is no existence?
For all creations there must be a creator.
thank u for reading my beloved humans on the other end of the internet void. i love u.
everything leads back to understanding, to forgiveness. we must allow ourselves to think, to express, to have opinions. to alter our opinions to grow and flow with life. stop caring so much about what others think. stop allowing your thoughts to dictate your life and your feelings. be in control while relinquishing control. allow the quantum principle to lead you. accept life for what it is, accept your role in life for what it is. be grateful for it and don’t try to own more than is given to you. be gracious in accepting the things you can’t change, the things you can’t control. and be responsible in getting into the drivers seat of the things you can. shift your focus to grace. and allow the divine grace to flow through you and move you. all is love
most of my life, i didn’t share many opinions or take many sides because i had this internalized fear of being wrong or politically incorrect or being misunderstood. truly what this boils down to is the need for acceptance and validation. something that i have personally struggled with. yesterday i voiced an opinion in front of a group of people that was pretty strong, pretty to one side, pretty bold and unique. after saying this i was struck with thoughts of guilt, remorse, and incessant questioning “should i have said that?” “did i say it right?” “did they understand?” “did i offend them?” “was i wrong?”
these thoughts continued on to the night and i woke up this morning still feeling unsure if those people “liked me” or not because of an opinion i expressed.
let’s start off by saying that feelings like this can not be overcome until they are acknowledged and worked through. understanding is a concept that is very undervalued and under utilized in many spaces, but specifically, in our own headspace. if we don’t understand something, we can’t come to healthy, informed conclusions. we just continue to sit in this perpetual torment. whirlwind of thoughts and emotions.
ME TO ME: when you have opinions you must always be willing to yield or stand by them. to listen to others if your opinion has hurt them or if they seek further clarification. you must give others the chance to understand you, to hear you. and you must give yourself the opportunity to understand yourself and others. if someone doesn’t like you based off of an opinion or based off of anything, really IT’S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. you do not have to feel guilty about having an opinion that is different from the majority, especially if it’s not likely to be understood. you have to allow yourself space to be, to feel, to think, to fuck up, to grow. don’t seek validation from others, don’t mold to fit others standards, don’t try to “fit in”. and don’t allow the opinions and thoughts of others to rule and dictate your life. what someone else thinks about you is none of your business.