"What this world needs most right now, is a new generation of prophets. - Joan Chittister
Found this quote today after having a discussion with George Pants about this very subject on Saturday night after watching Luisa read her poetry. Who are the new prophets? Who can transcend the narrow boundaries of religion and race, etc.? Where are you? We need you now..
Here's a vid I took this evening of my friend Luisa reading her poetry at Peet's in Belmont Shore. It was nice to experience a little coffee House Cabaret again. Luisa Pena Poetry Reading from Dharma Bum on Vimeo.
Imagine for a moment that you’re a self-absorbed, selfish asshole.
That all of your life you’ve been a self-absorbed, selfish asshole and
people around you have been telling you that you’re behaving poorly.
That you need to be charitable, and love your neighbor, and not be an
asshole, and all that other stuff that Western civilization prizes.
And then, when you’re 13 or 14, you find this wonderful book. And in
it you read this lovely parable where all of the True Kings of the
World are self-absorbed, selfish assholes and they’re right.
Suddenly a new worldview appears: all of the people trying to make you
change are wrong, and that you should just go right ahead and be a
self-absorbed, selfish asshole. And anyone who tells you differently is
That’s the appeal of Atlas Shrugged. It’s a book that tells
them it’s okay to be a bunch of greedy fuckers and not feel bad about
it. And that if you’re not a greedy fucker, you’re a bad person. You
can see why greedy fuckers would really like the book and it’s
I took this pic as I was leaving my track this morning. Tragically last year, in spring, this duck's wife was run over by a car in that very spot. He has come back this spring and most morning's when I leave for work he is there waiting, in the middle of the street, for the love of his life.
For all my friends that happen to be parents here's a website that I really like. The Sound Advice Project is an anti-drug campaign that that seems to have a little more heart too it.
Los Angeles-based agency Ground Zero teamed up with The Sound
Advice Project to get parents to talk to their kids about drugs with
the help of interactive wizardry. To start, parents go to the non-profit’s website
and record a personal message for their child. The audio is then
visualized as a sound wave and converted into a 3D bracelet. Parents
can choose the bead and cord colors and then purchase the custom
bracelet for $18, so that their words will literally stay with their
kids at all times. Promo video is HERE.
Today Michele and I took a walk through Bolsa Chica. With the recent rains the wildflowers were out in full force. Not to be missed if you get a chance. Hurry, they won't be around long. Here's some pics: