My melancholy post

So,I’m such a sucker for the end of year out with the old and new year, in with the new, stuff and so, if you don’t like those posts, you should just skip this one.  This post is one of those serious ones – what do I want to change about myself – and it’s also fitting that i’m writing this blog post while listening to the Red Hot Chili Pipers perform LIVE on Second Life (Dube, you’re jealous).  But anyways, this melancholy post focuses around this quote:

Betrayal wears a lot of different hats. You don’t have to make a show of it like Brutus did. You don’t have to leave anything visible jutting from the base of your best friend’s spine and afterword, you can stand there straining your ears for hours but you won’t hear a cock crow either. No, the most insidious betrayals are done merely by leaving the life jacket hanging in the closet while you lie to yourself that it’s probably not the drowning man’s size. That’s how we slide and while we slide we blame the world’s problems on colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, corporatism, stupid white men and America but there’s no need to make a brand name of blame. Individual self -interest: that’s the source of our descent and it doesn’t start in the board rooms or in the war rooms either. It starts in the home.

That’s a quote from an amazing novel that I’m reading now: A Fraction of the Whole by Australian author Steve Toltz. You can find it on page 89 of the United States release. And this is something that I need to work on – being more selfless instead of selfish and teaching my son how to strike a balance between the selfless and selfish that I seem to be having a really hard time finding.


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