Sunday, August 1, 2010

The time is now.

It is easy to feel like you should have been born in a different era. Times whose stories seem so much more exciting, simpler, noble, easy to understand. Times that you would have an obvious path, place, destiny. I cannot say with complete certainty, as to my knowledge I have only lived in this time, but it seems to me that such a perception is looking back not necessarily thru rose-tinted glasses but definitely thru a lens that sees only what is now deemed relevant.

It seems to me that had you lived in different times, you may not have actually prioritised these things or tuned everything else out.  There are fights to be fought, now more than ever.  There is beauty to behold, more precious for being under threat.  There is great music now just as there have always been copycat clones.  The next generation has always been sampling the last & certainly not always to good effect.  The next generation will always repel and disappoint the last to some degree.  The next generation will undoubtedly wish it had born at a
different time.

But there has never been a time that felt simple and safe.  And the answer is always obvious in retrospect.  It is easier to feel outraged about yesteryear's genocide than to do anything about today's.  Today has too many important trivialities getting in the way of the way of you doing the right thing, of fighting the good fight.  And so did yesterday.  And so did yesteryear.  Yeah, things are worse now.  But they're also a lot better.  This is your time.  Take ownership of who you are and what you do.  You don't have to be a good person.  But own the choices you have made.  And cherish the choices there are to be made.

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