Archive for March, 2009

Perspective

March 27, 2009

Over 25,000 children die every day around the world.

That is equivalent to:

* 1 child dying every 3.5 seconds
* 17-18 children dying every minute
* A 2004 Asian Tsunami occurring almost every 1.5 weeks
* An Iraq-scale death toll every 16–38 days
* Over 9 million children dying every year
* Some 70 million children dying between 2000 and 2007

(Source: globalissues.org)

Various analyses indicate that the major causes of death are hunger, sanitation, preventable disease, etc.

Let’s say (and believe me, this is a hypothetical [to quote Office Space rather obliquely]) that you’re going through some kind of emotional turmoil about something, or someone. Simply pause, take a few deep breaths, and remember that the world is such an unbelievably fucked up place that nothing you do or care about really means much anyway. Sounds a little dark, I know. But that’s just the way things are.

On a recent trip to the majestic Pacific Northwest, I befriended a Buddhist nun who reminded me of the simple and profound pleasure of breathing. Ultimately that’s all you have to go on…and that too is transient.

Arundhati Roy has also provided some words of strength, life tips that I like to think about — which is why I placed them on the top right of this page. She’s witnessed and examined much more of the world’s general fucked-up-ness than you or I can imagine, and she’s analyzed the insidious structure and functions of our lovely global capitalist system to a depth that I can’t really fathom. And yet she retains an essentially positive outlook on all this gruesome reality. I have to respect that.

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March 2, 2009

Youth A: Are you being sarcastic?
Youth B: I don’t even know any more, man…
~The Simpsons

Coiffured street performer Reverend Billy will run for mayor of NYC on the Green Party ticket, according to the NYTimes.

This is the first instance of a burner (read: Burning Man festival attendee) running for major political office that I know of.

What’s his platform? Oppose consumerism, focus on “neighborhoods,” pretend to be an evangelical Christian.

It’s a superb policy agenda as far as I’m concerned, but for the lamentable absence of “lampooning Bobby Jindal” which, sources indicate, will emerge as a central issue in the next election cycle.

Like Bobby J, Rev. Billy has made a recent and ridiculous appearance on CBS: