Your tax-dollars are being used as the main fuel in a slow yet steady march toward genocide in Gaza. Three more children were killed today. Three more numbers on a chart that most Americans have better things to do than to read. Where do we draw the line?
"I am an ornery character, often hard to get along with. The things I cannot stand, that make me flare up like a cat making a fat tail, are pretentiousness, smugness, the coarse grain that often shows itself in a turn of phrase. I hate vulgarity, coarseness of soul. I despise small talk with a passionate hatred. Why? I suppose because any meeting with another human being is collision for me now. It is always expensive, and I will not waste my time. It is never a waste of time to be outdoors, and never a waste of time to lie down and rest even for a couple of hours. It is then that images float up and then that I plan my work. But it is a waste of time to see people who have only a social surface to show. I will make every effort to find out the real person, but if I can’t then I am upset and cross. Time wasted is poison."
- May Sarton, A Journal of Solitude
xRepentancex - In Violation of Aša
"Betrayal of the greatest form. Life defiled beyond our gaze. A culture of gluttonous hypocrisy. A ritual feast of mankind’s heresy.
In this, the age of ignorance: all warning signs are pushed aside. Drenched in sin and choking on morality; deafened ears to nature’s cries. Bathed in the blood of the innocent. The factory farm, the cage, and the dinner plate: tortures waged and written off as necessity. Made walking corpses in the name of cruelty.”
This is actually the only part of this whole ‘pay hardcore bands fairly’ conversation that upsets me. Like, sad upset.
You’re right. To most hardcore kids, bands are interchangeable. [Until they go to grad school and don’t have time to keep up on music. Then it’s “I really want to like these new bands, but there’s just no one doing it the way _______ did.”] As long as there’s always a band to fill the void, the quality of the band doesn’t matter and the quality of that bandmembers’ lives sure as shit does not matter.
As a dude who is really into music, this idea just sucks. It’s like people who replace their dog with another the day after the animal dies. Or, people who get new partners in a week. It illustrates that the role was the crucial thing, not the individual. When people do that with bands, it gives me the same creeped out feeling I get whenever the individual is undervalued.