“Your/Focus”

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Your life is what you make of it…provided there’s opportunity. Freedom is the ability to choose freely from the possibilities, not necessarily do anything, but responsibly taking what’s available as long as it doesn’t diminish the lives of others. Fairly simple and straightforward? Why does humanity continue to struggle with this formula?

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My current visit to Romania has brought all of these questions to light for me. The shadow of the half century of communism lingers across the generations captured by its effects. It’s not as easy as lifting the curtain to expose the opportunity. It takes many generations to accumulate the context of liberal democracy with the transformative benefits of capitalism to raise the possibilities for everyone. More than anything it’s re-enforced the social issues of the United States and our struggle to overcome the pitfalls of generations struggling with each other to improve the system.

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Deep at the core of this human condition lies it’s roots of potential equality distorted by the divergence of unequal opportunity. Every single generation widens the lens for their space in our evolution, but narrows its focus down to its lack of true relevance as that generation expires. Somehow we continually fail to effectively accelerate the adaptation to the rate of change for every generation alive at a given moment in time.

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Rather than lift people upward, we destroy their imagination of hope suggesting they try harder. Social complexity grows much faster than our understanding of how we all fit together. It feels like we all focus so much on how we arrived losing sight of what’s ahead. The next three decades will determine the fate of our entire species. I’ve decided to be engaged in that process, ignoring the inability of those around me to participate. This will be my final commentary about the generalities of our social failures. The remainder of my documentation will surround my engagement of saving our existence.

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#engaged #transformation

“You/Think”

The loneliness of only being yourself…

…terrifies the fuck out of us

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Nobody has this figured out, it’s anyone’s guess as to the why we’re here. Every generation churns out yet another layer of anxiety over the reason behind our why. The feeling of being alive is intoxicating, yet subversively paranoid simultaneously. Who else hears our thoughts, surely they echo across time.

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Desire poised just beneath the surface of fear. Luring our spirit into its web of ecstasy and exotic fulfillment. Never relenting it’s constant reminder of the darkness within all of us. Only the strands of guilt hold us back from over indulgence. We can’t help ourselves for wanting, we can’t forgive ourselves for accepting.

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As long as we don’t feel threatened, we feel we must know something special. Our vision of our existence is how everything fits together for us. Surely everyone else feels the same way about themselves. Suffering is a poor choice, cheer yourself up so no one feels badly about themselves. Anger will get you through the night.

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Peace is the constant dream, if only we could locate its calm. Surely there are moments of this mythical clarity, but suffering to find them seems to be the barrier of resistance. Tolerance for the suffering is the weight of that feeling for existence. Life’s tide rolls across our memories, washing clean the residual effects. Leaving behind nothing but guilt for not trying harder.

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Wasting away all those moments of being present in the suffering and not breathing in the essence of the space between the passing seconds. For its not fear of dying, it’s forgetting that our time falls within those gaps of anguish over the why. It’s love we seek, and how that feels. Reassuring our entanglement over how we arrived at another moment, and the weight lingers still.

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You think because that’s all the mind knows to do. You feel because that’s how we deal with our thoughts. You live when you train the will to accept. Love is the harmony of realization of this transformation. Once you figure that part out, there’s no space for anything else. The fear, anxiety, and suffering subside for the tranquility of compassion. The weight of living has been lifted…

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#love #life #peace #acceptance #compassioN