I've just lay in bed for no more than two minutes and then this thought insisted itself on me. So now I pass it on to you because that's part of my job.
It's not so much that it's the left verses the right, or the young verses the elderly, or the poor verses the rich, or the black verses the white verses the yellow verses the brown, or the new verses the old, or the analogue verses the digital or the bitcoin verses the dollar, or women verses men, or Jesus verses Muhammed or Krishna or Buddha or the great Joo Joo up the mountain. It's darkness verses light.
And this battle is being waged in every small interaction, no matter how seemingly trivial. This is where hell lives - in the everyday, in the mundane, in seeing the worst in everything. And heaven, heaven is the opposite of that. Shining a light - through love, kindnesses, wisdom, patience, understanding, empathy, sympathy. If the world was a great warehouse there are now more than enough people trying to tur…
I woke up to the sunlight streaming in through the slanted roof window. Tiny birds sang a chaotic chorus out in the world, the manicured gardens, the spaces between houses and apartment towers. "We're still here," they sang. "None of us are getting out of this alive," I thought. I slipped on my trousers, changed shirts, clambered down the spiral wooden staircase, my mind two steps behind. The children were already up, bent over cereal bowls and leaning in to the morning. Sunshine here is a rare commodity. Mostly it is strangled by the cloud cover, fleets of dark panzas floating in tight formation and determined to vomit at the slightest glitch. I looked at my daughters, five and 12, their eyes huge and glowing, and wondered what kind of world could I personally leave for them. I keep pumping them, priming their minds with sets of tools, with turns of phrase, with oblique and askew ways of seeing totally normal things, to show them where the exits are, where the p…
Guilotine An age-old device used to
quickly and cleanly separate elongated objects from their heads. The
guillotine employs the unending natural forces of gravity and revolution
in concert to deliver its deadly blow.
Mice Mice are among
a range of pest creatures who live pretty much wherever they like and
it’s up to you to convince them not to. Mice may carry disease but at
least they carry it close to the ground
most of the time. Airborne pests like flies, mosquitoes and birds are
able not only to raise to the height of your mouth and nose but to also
raise above it, enabling them to, should the urge take them, drop
objects on top of your head or in your throat should you be lying down
or gazing up at the time. Indeed, the Shit-In-Your-Open-Mouth Bird of
Paradise from New Guinea first hovers far above its victims, then makes
the sound of a helicopter in trouble to make people look upwards while
it hides in the sun’s glare, then shits directly into their open mouths