Day: Mar 26, 2020

THIS TRANSITORY WORLD: A Two-Part Response to Viral Vexation

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Part 1: Gilding the Thorns: Making the Best Out of What Seems “Bad”

THIS FIRST PART IS GOING TO BE SOME STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS SMUDGINGS about the way my mind is working at the moment regarding things which seem to be going viral. So, if you are interested, please just go with the flow along with me. You are welcome. This first part of the piece is a kind of journey inwards; whereas the second part below will be more of an outward expedition. (Though, in a sense, inwards-outwards — it’s all the same to me! 😉).

I woke up with the title, “Gilding the Thorns”, in my head (as often happens — either that or a single line of a verse or refrain). So that is my starting point in this first part. What will come underneath these words is whatever comes out. Right now, I don’t really know where this will go, apart from wanting to cover any thorns with gold — not because the thorns have no intrinsic value (after all, even with gold they will still prick the skin!), or to deny that thorns exist, but simply because thorns look more lovely when gilded than not gilded.

Creatively, I am on some kind of a full-pelt roll at the moment; which is not surprising during a time of uncertainty and unrest (one could also say dis-ease). This is an immensely positive element if one is wondering about how one will cope with being somewhat socially isolated. Get creative! Frankly, such isolation is normally how I live. It’s always such a relief to get back “home” from the supermarket or wherever! So, I am Read the rest of this entry »