||"ANIMA - From THE FIRST TAKE"
||We begin as fallible but unbroken creatures,|
||seething with promise,|
||Yanakoto Sotto Mute
||"Sing It Out"
||Beyond The Blue
||introduced into an uncontrollable universe|
||rendered definitionally if tenuously manageable by the inevitably underappreciated gift of selection bias.|
||"紅蓮華 - From THE FIRST TAKE"
||Millions of years of evolution have prepared human beings for the exact challenges|
||we faced 10,000 years ago,|
||and then we took erratic and wildly premature control of our own fate,|
||and now here we are,|
||"RESISTER - From THE FIRST TAKE"
||improvising 7.5-billion loosely-related but tightly-connected attempts at culture at once,|
||based on uncertain information and its indeterminate implications.|
||"Like The Stars"
||It's amazing this ever works,|
||"Kiseki No Uta"
||but plangently tragic every single time it repeatedly and unsuprisingly fails.|
||"BELONG - From THE FIRST TAKE"
||Mostly we fail indirectly through earnest overcomplication,|
||GO TO THE BEDS
||and the attendant accumulation of small errors of induction,|
||STRANGE DOCUMENT 2020 4
||but occasionally we muster the ambition to fail with focused energy.|
||For SHARE!! +1
||The word for focused energetic failure is "power",|
||"inside you - From THE FIRST TAKE"
||and the seductive appeal of power is that it makes it possible to fail with redolent efficiency.|
||The opposite of energetic failure is consonance,|
||and the obscure appeal of truth derives from the inherent inefficiency of morality.|
||Puzzle Box +3
||It is trivially easy to lie in your own interest,|
||"don't cry anymore - From THE FIRST TAKE"
||and we have had a four-year demonstration of exactly how this can be done at bloated society-destroying volume|
||MAN WITH A MISSION
||by a single human with quite clearly no actual skills,|
||Nothing’s Carved In Stone
||"Bloom in the Rain"
||but blaming Trump for the idiot invasion of the Capitol|
||is like leaving a plastic bowl of shit on a lit gas burner|
||"ひとりよがり - From THE FIRST TAKE"
||until the house is on putrid fire,|
||"RETINA in the Snow"
||and then blaming the corrupt lobbyists and politicians who deregulated the plastic-bowl industry.|
||Trump is a plague and an embarrassment to us as a nation and a species,|
||but he offers nothing.|
||Naked Identity Created by King
||His pointless narcissism is undisguised and unmistakable,|
||and telling his supporters that he doesn't really care about them|
||is like digging through the smoking rubble of the house until you find the charred shit that was in the plastic bowl|
||Seas on the Moon
||and telling it that the bowl doesn't love.|
||"The Endless Vow"
||The Endless Vow +1
||Nobody believed for a second that Donald Trump was going to personally join a pedestrian liberating march|
||Circus of Fools
||"Affair of the Poisons Part III: Chambre Ardente"
||on a citadel of usurpers.|
||He wouldn't have been able to walk that far without stopping for a meal halfway,|
||"The Gift Of Life"
||The Gift Of Life
||and his golf cart wouldn't have been able to get up the Capitol steps,|
||and of course he does not ever lead.|
||"Divide et frange"
||He is a toxic container full of shit,|
||"Strand der Zeit"
||but in the stove-bowl-shit allegory,|
||he is not the shit or the bowl or the fire.|
||Ótaminn vöxtur 5
||He is the gas before it is lit.|
||Trump is the flowing consequence of centuries of bad decisions|
||"O Vis Aeternitatis"
||whose badness wasn't always totally obvious at the time but usually pretty fucking close,|
||to which we've become arbitrarily and performatively committed|
||exactly in concert with the ever-sinking realization in our always-singing hearts that we were wrong.|
||Trump is a flowing consequence of ignorance|
||we have spent decades building an explicit infrastructure to deliver.|
||We have subsidized pipes that only really transport subsidy,|
||Bortom allt 6
||and then we hold cups up to the ichor that comes out of their faucets|
||"Una Canzone D'Amore Buttata Via"
||and argue about whether the tenth-full glass of colorless poison is red or blue.|
||Biden will turn off the poison tap.|
||"Keep Your Head Up"
||That's good, that's better than letting the gas pour out, waiting in terrible hats to triumphantly asphyxiate.|
||But then the real work starts. Again. We weren't great or done before this.|
||"The World We Knew"
||We have to build a new society that is not deliberately and definitionally built on unsound foundations of branded ignorance.|
||We have to own our histories of genocides and slavery and imaginary gods,|
||and think of ways to start over with equality and clarity and coherence,|
||"The Perfect Song"
||ways to understand and detach ourselves from history at once.|
||"SKIN AND BONES"
||We have to relearn not only how to contemplate the practical logistics of systemic changes like universal healthcare and renewable energy and abolishing the Electoral College and adding term limits for everything,|
||"THE KIDS ARE ALL RETARDED"
||but how to talk about what we even mean by society and government and money and borders.|
||Or maybe we never really knew,|
||"2 Become 1"
||and never really let go of enough to actually start over.|
||But at least we can say this:|
||whether we have been great before, ever, yet,|
||W O L F C L U B
||"A Sea of Stars"
||this current MAGA carnage is ungreat.|
||Narcissistic nihilism is not populism.|
||"Jag är en vampyr - Så mycket bättre 2020"
||Så mycket bättre 2020 - Tolkningarna 3
||We begin as fallible, and our capacity for failure is vast.|
||We're better than this, Joe says. But no, not always. Some days we're exactly this stupid, exactly this incapable of seeing each other.|
||"One More Christmas Song"
||There was, ultimately, nothing out of character about our terrible day, or these horrifying four years. I know us when I see us, and that was definitely us. We made this mess together.|
||Elegy Of Madness
||"Carol of the Bells"
||But if we have one thing other countries do not, one thing other generations of humans have not (and I'm by no means certain that we do, but it's believe or give up), it might be our chaotic, insatiable, relentlessly unstable character and its obtuse but self-preservational ability to shudder and scrape off the shit and melted plastic and light a new fire under a new oath as if this one can still, after everything, be different.|