The Designs of Humanity

Sometimes I think about who we are.

your skull

asleep or awake, working or eating, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or in bed — no escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull.
-George Orwell, 1984

it’s true. take a look at what events have happened to you recently. could you stop all or any of them from happening? maybe hypothetically you can stop something from happening, but in all surity, nothing is 100% under control. if you think otherwise, try playing the “what if” game. for every situation, there’s something that could potentially put us out of control of our own lives. as stated by georgio, the only bit we can control is the few cubic centimeters inside our skulls.
While most of us consider Descartes a total whack-job for wrinkling the grey matter over the most basic if>then loop (“i think, therefore i am”), the fact remains that he was right. the reason this loop is so important is that, setting aside cases of insanity and the possibility of predestination, this just so happens to be the only thing we can control.
what does all this mean? simply that the world will do what the world does, and we need only to make the best decisions we can.
oh, by the way, read 1984.


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the lake of losing

when mixing music, i get a lot of time to sit and think about each and every word that makes it on the track. this morning i woke up to a song i recorded with allison robins, called “ the lake of losing“. it’s a heavily metaphorical song in places, and in others it’s justly direct. one of my favorite lines is “all the lights through the room shut their eyes, step back, fall back, into the lake of losing.” because it shows the type of blind faith it takes to lose everything. the song follows the underlying metaphor that there’s nothing like losing certain things, and it even goes on to say that “losing is such a lovely thing indeed.”
maybe losing the things we’ve been preparing ourselves to lose is really just a form of liberation. listen to it, and chew on it.

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