Shit in, Shit out.

We’re just perpetuating a system
That perpetuates itself
Just dogs running in circles
Trying to catch ourselves

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Cacophony of Crickets

Tonight I was walking down a path near my dorm at about midnight. I am a monstrous fan of the night, especially the outdoors, and the seclusion which a combination of the two can bring. At one point in the path, both of its sides were covered with large bushes. I took a moment to breath while still walking and simply listened to the sounds around me. My focus was on nothing but deep breath and my senses. In situations such as this my mind tends to wandered towards and focus on perception and such. I began to center my own perception on sound, and the crickets chirping around me from their various hiding spots in the many bushes drew my attention.

A cricket is tiny, and its chirping is not much individually. However, collectively the crickets were making quite the racket. As I continued to walk and listen though, I began to really hear the cacophony as a whole. It was as if the crickets were all a part of a symphony, with each cricket contributing its own individual chirps. This symphony was not pleasing to the ear; it was by no human, musical measurements decent in any way. However, it was kind of beautiful to think of how the complete set of chirping was perceived by a relatively large, outside subject (me).

In a way, it reminded me of humans. Each of us goes throughout our lives banging pots and pans and causing as much ruckus as possible just to prove to our twisted egos we aren’t as small as we really are. When space, or even the sheer size of our Earth, countries or even cities are contemplated, only one conclusion can be drawn: one human is absolutely tiny. There are simply so many human beings in the world.

Some people are great; some are horrible; some are beautiful; some are dumb. No matter what their label is though, every single person contributes their unique chirps to the cacophony of humanity. Each piece of seeming disharmony is really completely harmonious in ways which a simple, human brain is incapable of comprehending or even acknowledging fully.

As I began to attempt to understand this, my next thought was, “Well, how do I apply this abstract comparison?” Since I understand we, as a race, are merely yelling into oblivion with no objective other than to make some noise in our own ‘personal’ concertos, two options are available: Scream and yell and make as much of a difference as possible in the dissonance, or do absolutely nothing.

I concluded that I respect the fact that some will use their ability of choice to do nothing, and I understand their choice, unlike most people who unconsciously make noise. It is their choice to separate from the arguably meaninglessness chorus. I simply choose to make an uproar, while many of the minority of people who actually begin to comprehend our nothingness, may see this as pointless. It is a paradox, with stupid people on every side (as with most decisions which exist).

Whatever anyone’s choice is (in any other situation, as well), it is acceptable, as long as the individual acknowledges the implications of their choice, as well as the meanings of the other routes the fork in the road may have lead to. This is my personal philosophy, and these were my thoughts on a cacophony of crickets as I walked along a dark path tonight.

Libertarians, and Some Misconceived Perceptions of Them

I hate when people hear ‘libertarian’ and assume :

A. Corporate-loving hater of the common man.

B. Selfish bastard.

C. Egotistical scum.

A. Libertarians love the common man. Personally, I’m all about small businesses! They’re the real backbone of the economy, and America in general. Corporations don’t like less regulation, in fact, many of them gain from Big Government policy, such as infrastructure, weapons production and the like. I can’t stand most corporations because they tend to muck up the water. Corporations (not all) tend to be all about deceit. How can nine out of ten dentists recommend all of the different brands of toothpaste?!? Personally, the best products should be able to be bought without too much confusion and the companies who provide said products should be rewarded by the free market. We, as consumers, vote on what we believe is best with our dollars. We trade our hard earned money for what we believe is worth it. Money is just the medium by which we trade our value to society.

B. Libertarians are not selfish in the sense of wanting the best for their fellow humans. Most of my good libertarian folk just believe that, for the most part, people should earn it for themselves. Of course, most libertarians are not unreasonable extremists. Virtually no one wants to get rid of charitable programs. They fight for the good of those who cannot provide for themselves (the handicapped, infirm, Third World Countries, etc.). There just shouldn’t be the government’s guns forcing donations. That is essentially what welfare programs are. Pay or go to jail. Help the needed or spend time as a criminal in a correctional facility. Are you kidding me? It doesn’t sound so good when said so bluntly, eh?

C. Are most libertarians just looking out for themselves? Maybe in certain ways, but in general, no. Libertarians believe in doing what you wish, as long as your actions do not cause harm to others. Just because you are a minority, should you be forced to do as the majority dictates? Why should those who choose to marry another man be denied this basic right? No harm is done to others. The problem with progresses thinking, such a libertarianism, anarchism and he like is that believers in these schools of thought would never force them upon others. This would be immoral. On the other hand, however, those with imperialistic, deceptive, delusional political viewpoints *cough cough* Republicans *cough cough* Democrats *cough cough* have no problem forcing their own sick agendas on as many people who are dumb or uneducated enough to swallow the little pills given to them.

Those who believe in thought would never force thinking upon people. Support it, absolutely; promote it, youbetcha; tell others because it benefits all parties involved, of course! Those who believe in unthinking, however, are glad to keep others from thinking. Oh, the woes of a rational human being.

Counting Sheep

Staring at the ceiling

I can’t sleep

The space for my thoughts to dive

Is unfathomably deep

 

Thinking about school

Thinking about life

Thinking about the great things

Thinking about my eternal strife

 

My thoughts constantly race

From point to point they leap

My thoughts get bizarre

I hope my sanity I keep

 

Thinking about people

Thinking about me

Thinking about what I am

Thinking about what I could be

 

Eventually my thoughts begin to slide to a stop

My eyes slowly close, I smile and peacefully drift off

Thoughts, or the lack thereof regarding McDonalds

I find it odd people try not to think about specific things. It’s very hard for me to do this. Maybe subconsciously I’m jealous of that ability or something. When I try not to think about something, I end up thinking about not thinking about whatever it may be and how the fact I even thought about it in the first place means I think whatever I thought. Haha I feel like Dr. Seuss. But really, suppressing thoughts is a very odd concept. For example, one time I was eating a McDonald’s’ McGriddle. I don’t like McDonald’s by any means, but it was so close to my school and it was so cheap that I would still eat it, despite how many revolting statistics and stories I have heard (and believe). Anyway, as I was sitting, eating my McGriddle, I found a hard bit of ‘meat’ in my mouth. I remembered I read somewhere or another that hard bits in McDonald’s food is not gristle or anything else like that, but actually ground up bones. Like bone meal. I quietly spat out the tiny bit of hard stuff into the street. I looked at my ‘food’ and thought to myself,

“Don’t think about it, just eat the rest.”

I then thought about what I had just thought to myself and realized what implications lay within it. I was forcing my mind to force my body to consume something which revolts me. Why? Because it was in front of me. I was disgusted by myself and decided at this point to try to never do anythings I had to physically (or metaphysically or psychologically or whatever) force myself not to think about.