“It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.” ~Henry David Thoreau Wisdom advises us to trust no one. Although it is an inadequate adage as distrust is not an absolute. We temper suspicions with varying degrees of trust to get on in society. […]
Journal Entry — Twenty July 1818 They were naked and hairless. Pale and creepy by some shallow standards I suppose, these tall bipeds of a human resemblance. But strong beyond their narrow, sinewy frames. I happened upon them fathoms deep in the earth while exploring a recent sinkhole that opened up on my property, uncovering […]
A Parody of John Lennon’s Imagine. RIP Imagine there’s no joy It’s easy if you try All the sorrow among us Above us raining sky Imagine all the earthlings living life in fear… Aha-ah Imagine there’s no compassion It isn’t hard to do Everything to kill and nothing to live for Despots and religions too […]
Eby Update Other than a grounding molt, Eby’s doing great and has shown no inclination to leave. And why would she when she has everything, I think, a goose could want. A smorgasbord of cracked corn, poultry feed, bird seed, and a field to graze, a private pond with a dock to curl up on […]
Archy is a suffix meaning rule, as in Monarchy.1 An- a prefix, from the Greek, with the meanings “not,” “without,” “lacking.”2 Together, anarchy means the absence of political authority. Anarchism is a political philosophy that advocates self-governed societies based on voluntary institutions. … Anarchism holds the state to be undesirable, unnecessary and harmful.3 Political authority, […]
In our language and literature, as well as thoughts, we use the word black or darkness to embody evil, and white or lightness to serve good. Inherently, black and dark are neither good nor bad, as white and light are neither bad nor good. But it comes as no accident that these constructions have entered […]
The Four Stages of Cruelty The Four Stages of Cruelty as depicted in 1751 by William Hogarth begins with the torture of a dog as a child. Then the series progresses to beating a horse, to robbery, seduction, and murder in the final Cruelty to Perfection. Yes, early animal abuse too often leads to murder […]
Although time and translation have reversed roles, we have here Michelangelo’s conveniently male depiction of one — and certainly caucasian (note, beyond the obvious skin tone, the disproportionately small penis, lengthened still unrespectable by its tapering foreskin) — creating god in his image (clothed, in his shame) sprawled in the bosom of youthful nudity, thus […]
The future is our inspiration. Past and present hold hazards to navigate in pursuit of broader understanding: Beyond the cycle of failed customs and traditions where consensus worshipers find comfort in their culture of war, violence, and the subjugation of the innocent. Tomorrow, lest the dregs drag us into extinction, is vegan.
Another celebrity boards the vegan bandwagon. However, according to the article in GQ, The Real-Life Diet of JaVale McGee, Vegan, there remains the question of vegan sincerity. Veganism isn’t a diet. Our plant-based fare is the beneficial consequence of our struggle, the abolition of animal slavery, torture, and exploitation. Full stop. JaVale admits, “It wasn’t […]
Since their beginnings, humans have trampled upon the lives of their fellow earthlings, the animals — averring supremacy, hawking self-ingratiating doctrines as inalienable rights. Themselves, having their liberties and privacy maligned by authoritarians they whine, excessively. Bitch, this Karma.
Rain A flash A thunderous crash Today I took a subway to work, a veggie sub Targets wear orange, in parallel universes Where the bold fly synchronously betwixt the skulls of conformity stagnant in their hollow shallows (Dream, fire-breathers! Dream!) Bullets sing a high-pitched drone Echoes have none to call their own Baleful words fuel […]
Life is a series of progressions, for a few. We experience, we learn, we adapt, we gain awareness and evolve by degrees from both pleasant and unpleasant encounters. I’m pleased with my evolution: A freethinking vegan and an idealistic anarchist. Looking back, I owe much to the nuns in my formative years at St. Mary’s […]
So today is Christmas, the annual hypocritical. One of many repeating absurdities of tradition, culture, religion, and other self-exalting practices. Pray tell, ye of good cheer! Hast thou ancestral honorifics bettered compassion throughout the eons of unwavering adherence? Does’t the town-crier proclaim peace and goodwill throughout the realm? While veganism poses the most significant revolutionary era towards […]
In retaliation to the attacks against vegans in social networks across the globe and in face-to-face confrontations. Vegans. Are we perfect? No. But, we are better than you. Our understanding spans light-years beyond that of the self-absorbed masses. We have respect for life that no religious/spiritual pretense dare compare. A working vision for the future […]
Somebody knows someone whose grandfather lives in the country and has a pond. Enter Eby, short for Ebony. My granddaughter, Megan, who I lovingly refer to as Megatron (The Evil Megatron), calls me. She tells me about her friend — who I’ll call Sue because I don’t remember her name. Sue spoke with the man […]