The Cheap Trick of Persephone

It is our nature, our instinctual response to avoid the difficulty of confrontation. Some ignore this internal pull-back, this filter between our psyche and reality, and they may be considered, at the best, brave or, at the worst, insane. But the hesitation exists in all. Most of us will go to such great lengths to avoid the [...]

False Profiteers

Now.

Now, more than ever.

Now, when people are destroying what they believe they are protecting, as so often is the case.

Now, when people feel righteous in their destruction.

Now, when people trust the false as though it is divine.

We are all being used.

Joseph D. Newcomer

Freedom is fragile. It can be destroyed with simple words. This is why those who charge themselves with protecting it choose their words carefully. It is also why those who vie to replace freedom with their own self-serving will seem to lack nuance, but it is a certainty that their words are chosen just as carefully. They will be novel in their boldness, and commonality. They will offer the only salvation from the shame of our weakest depravities in return for devotion and loyalty beyond rationality, they will profit beyond imagination, and they will wield their power without the respect they demand with it.

Those who are desperate to justify their tortured egos and flawed reasoning will bow at the feet of a savior whose words tell them just how right they’ve always been. They will revel in the strength of unity through shared sickness. Even the virtuous, in opposition…

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The Icarus Us

The joke, as you now see or never will, is on us. Once it is there, the rest of your time will be filtered through the lens of that knowledge. The greatest art teaches you this while showing you how to laugh, whole-heartedly, the desperate laughs of insight and understanding for things that cannot change, [...]

The Great American Drive-Thru

“That will be $600.00. Please drive around.”

Joseph D. Newcomer

“Welcome to America. Can I take your order?”

“Um, yeah, I’ll take the truth and a side of compassion.”

“Sorry, we’re all out of those, but we do have a ton of bullshit opinions and conjecture. Don’t worry though, it’s like the same thing at this point, anyway.”

“Can I add bacon to that?”

“Sorry, no substitutions.”

“But what about freedom?”

“You have the freedom to choose if you want to eat or not.”

“Uh, okay, I guess. Do you guys have Coke or Pepsi?”

“We only carry Flint, MI tap water. Would you like that Super-sized?”

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Ruse Your Illusion

Man created money, government, and religion. These come from our minds, our imaginations inspired by what may or may not be divine influence and our self-decided needs. They were meant to invoke and satisfy our desire and need for fairness, kindness, and motivation, to prevent the overwhelming sadness that the knowledge of the brevity and [...]