Friday, October 29, 2010

Bicycles

I do believe that my father's simple act of retrieving me from the playgrounds of my youth, clad only in his boxer shorts, represents a sterling example of humanity's self-defeated aspirations to move beyond the stultifying, self-imposed restraints that we place upon ourselves, as we continue to walk the snail-paced, evolutionary path enclosed in the boxes of our past. Of course, to put it in perspective, this occurred at a time when swimming laps at the YMCA, for old and young alike, was done clad only in the speedo that god gave you. (to be clear...read 'stark fucking naked'). And, as I witnessed yesterday, there is no clearer example of the faulty, tenuous foundations of our current evolutionary path than fat women on bicycles, sauntering along on their way to foregone obesity, and unavoidable death; clearly displaying our desire to cling to what we are not; a clear vision of our dissatisfaction with what we are.

And while I have had several sexual dalliances with fat women, it is not my preference (I prefer light at the beginning of the tunnel). I believe my attitude results from the understanding that fat people have fat kids, rather than from some innate aesthetic preference. And, as usual, this entire bit of writing has nothing to do with where I'm headed.

So, let me continue by saying that stupid people have stupid kids, or rather raise stupid kids, and that, as a species, we are locked in the stupidity of what we believe (and yes, I am going to pick on god); and, once again, allow me to assert that our firm handhold on what we have accomplished locks our children's ability to proceed creatively in a vise of binding haughtiness.

As it would be unfair of me to present this argument without concrete examples, let me begin with a story; a story of a woman, a mother, so self-centeredly immersed in a cell phone conversation with her significant other, trying to decide whether to buy the Sunday morning doughnuts at Honeydew or Dunkin', who ran over a young girl on a bicycle while exiting the church parking lot. Clearly, her habitual, hour-long communion with god didn't bring her any closer to a state of grace, to a place of communion with both the divine and the earthly, than the sugar high of a cruller would. She clearly exited the the parking lot at Saint Edward of the Creme-filled wrapped in the tiny, limited awareness of her own life, rather than in the expansive domain of divine universality.

If we accept the free will part of the free will vs determinism thing, then why do we insist on determining our children's lives? Why do we insist on passing on our ineffectual belief in whatever god, when it should be clear that our children possess, at birth, a much clearer, wonder-filled vision of divinity? We were all kids once. We all once saw a world filled with infinite, divine possibility. Yet we choose to give up that wunderkind vision, and instead wrap ourselves in the shroud of dogmatic religiosity. God is not only holding us back, he is killing our children's future. There will never be a second coming, never be a messiah riding a white horse, because we are locked in the ancient hope of it, rather than creating it, and we choose to lock our children into our inertia. Our children are born with the vision and capability of creating something much closer to paradise, yet we kill their creative possibilities; kill them dead, for only in death do we ascend.

And the same can be said about government. It may very well be true that the democratic model our forefathers penned was as good as it could get when it was written. Yet, rather than choosing to help it evolve, we have chosen to take that which we accept on faith (our right to freedom), and amend it with restrictions to what it may have accomplished. If we truly aspired to greatness, then long ago we would have ceased killing the innocence.

And the same can be said of of education. Our blind faith in pi (as inexact a godhead as one can find) is no less injurious than our belief in any other higher power.

I would never deny your right to believe what you want. That is your choice, but please understand that what you believe has nothing to do with the truth. We have lost sight of the truth. Our children's future does not belong to us. It belongs to them. We are simply the hosts. We should provide them with the tools for survival. We should not, however, fuck with their dreams. Our dreams have no relevance to their future; only theirs do. Our manic belief, that we have a legacy to pass along, is a false belief. Our only real gift is allowing our children to become. What we have wrought, let every child put asunder. Put on you boxer shorts, and walk alongside them, as they learn to move forward on their own two wheels.




5 comments:

Gail said...

we pass it along to our kids because we think we will 'live on' through them if the heed our wisdom. Hah!! But wait, I quote my Dad all the time - those snippets of wisdom with which I ally, so hah!!
and the bicycle images were offensive to anyone not a size 8, I being one.
you are somethig else!!

Fallen Angel said...

Hi Gail,

yeah,I know that I never respond to your comments, but as I seem to have been able to distill my last few posts into a single sentence, I thought I'd leave it here...and yes, I am something else...and glad of it...

"If you continue to walk the same road, you always wind up in the same place"

Gail said...

I have NO idea what you are talking about nor what your reply means. I did, as it is always quite clear, sense your sarcasm.

Fallen Angel said...

That you read sarcasm in my reply is truly unfortunate, as there was none there. I was simply trying to clarify my position...that by believing what we believe is true, and insisting on shaping into a legacy, we force our children to buy into the same crap that we do.

And I am sick and tired of worrying about who I might offend, although in no way was I trying to personally offend you, and if you were offended, it merely shows that you do not trust my love of you, and it is that which makes me sadder than anything...

Gail said...

It is because I trust in "us" and your love for me that I was safe, free, to be honest about how I felt. SO be happy I told you because it means so the opposite of what you are sad about. I trust your love totally or I would have remained silent. And I have never known you to be one who defends anything you say or do - however, I so appreciate that you took the time to reply - that I was worth your while to offer an explanation so to speak. "thanks"...
And remember that feelings are just that, feelings - what I shared with you is how I felt - and again, without trust I never would have told you.
Later bro
Gail