Friday, June 18 2021

Quote of the Day

You tried to help the people of the market. You mostly failed. This is life. The longer you live, the more you fail. Failure is the mark of a life well lived. In turn, the only way to live without failure is to be of no use to anyone.

Brandon Sanderson, Oathbringer

Why Have I Not Read James Baldwin Yet?!

Watch a Never-Before-Aired James Baldwin Interview From 1979

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He is so amazing. He is SO Amazing.

This interview makes me think….is there a point, is there any point at which the individual stories of non-whites do not matter? That we all as citizens of America just decide to change our society because people–our people–should live in dignity with their needs met? Do we need to…..truly understand every single POC’s pain? Can’t we just decide that decency is the decent thing to do? Can we ever stop the train-wreck-like consumption of the pain of others and tend to repairing the story of our nation instead?

Baldwin: My best friend, a Black boy, jumped off the George Washington Bridge when he was 24 and I was 22. And I was sure that I was going to be next.

Interviewer: Just from despair, or….

Baldwin: From despair. From rage. You know, because you can get to a place where you’re in battle so often that you know, that’s all you can do. You’ve been beaten so hard, all you can do is…your world narrows to a kind of a red circle of rage. And you begin to hate everybody, which means you hate yourself. And when that happens, it’s over for you.

James Baldwin’s 1979 Interview for ABC

Bo Burnham’s Inside makes me think…..can privilege actually be used for good? Or is it like a gun? A gun can be used to kill “evil” people or kill “good” people, but in the end all it does is make corpses. The premise of a gun put to good use is the premise that killing can be a good thing. And yes, I can think of a very short list of hypothetical situations where I would consider murder to be a good thing. But it’s still the only solution you can get out of a gun. Is there some hypothetical situation where advantaging one person over another based on their genes can be a good solution? All privilege does is unevenly flow attention, money, and power toward certain people. An individual can try to divert some of that flow to others, but if none of the other privileged are interested in shoring up that specific diversion, it won’t stay diverted….

You say the ocean’s rising like I give a shit
You say the whole world’s ending, honey, it already did
You’re not gonna slow it, Heaven knows you tried
Got it? Good, now get inside

Bo Burnham, “All Eyes On Me”, Inside