Don’t allow this world to slap you all around.
Always fascinated by everything in between. This one’s on fireworks.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.John Muir • Scottish-American naturalist
Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
I resonate with every sentence. Especially the last. Something from Faces of KL.
'I'm a Malaysian. I never really lived in Malaysia but I came back.'
'What made you come back?'
'I always wanted to connect with this part of my identity and history. And I've always been really passionate about social and racial justice so I wanted to explore all these things in Malaysia'
'Do you have any comments or advice about the issues that Malaysia face?'
'I don't think I'm in a place to offer advice. But I would say that what the Malaysian state does with power and religion and race definitely conditions our interactions with each other. The hardest part about coming back are the moments you have to convince yourself it wasn’t the wrong decision.’
Another from Humans of New York. Read it metaphorically.
"I’m just trying to live through this problem man created. Nature didn’t create the problem. Man created the problem. And I’m going to be honest, I’m going to say it, it was the European man who created this problem. European man invented the gun. Then he made a bigger gun, and he said: ‘I’m gonna keep this big gun for myself, and I’m gonna sell this small gun to you." And ever since then, he’s been keeping the big guns, and selling the small guns. So everybody’s got guns but none as big as him. And I’m through with it. I’m blind in one eye from Vietnam. If you want to die for this garbage game, that’s your fault. I’m through."
Read it at Humans of Bombay. Word.
"Today you chase a Lamborghini, tomorrow a Ferrari and day after something else and it’s the same with anything materialistic. What we don’t realise is that in the process of making these elaborate bucket lists and chasing luxuries we lose people and fail to touch lives; you’re surrounded by all these materialistic things with the most empty feeling inside."