When Edgar Mitchell, an astronaut of the famous Apollo missions first gazed upon the milky blue pebble of the Earth, he uttered the following words of profound bluntness:
This revelation is a product of what is known as the “The Overview Effect”.
The Overview Effect details a cognitive shift in individuals who experience events of immense grandeur on vast scales. For Edgar Mitchell, it was witnessing the spectacle of our planet, a quarter of a million miles away, a view observed by only a special, select few fellow astronauts.
For me, it is a result of my current station within…
What do you do in a world that is constantly trying to convince you of who you are?
Who to be, what to do, how to feel.
We must ask, is our society conducive to a happy and genuine human life?
Are we merely puppets dangling on self-imposed strings?
The desire for power and status, the need for constant acquisition of wealth, the pull of never ending ambition, the facade of social media, the yearning for more?
Do we only want these things because modern society asserts such a high value to these tropes? …
It happens that the stage sets collapse. Rising, streetcar, four hours in the office or the factory, meal, streetcar, four hours of work, meal, sleep, and Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday and Saturday according to the same rhythm — this path is easily followed most of the time. But one day the “why” arises and everything begins in that weariness tinged with amazement.
— Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus
This is the Absurd. It represents the dawning realization and amazement of the utter preposterous nature of life and all our numbing routines that attempt to instill meaning into an…
Grief is commonly defined as “profound mental anguish that one feels as a response of the loss of a loved one. Characterized by feelings of deep sorrow, regret, anger, guilt, and loneliness.”
We all, at some point or other, experience grief. This grief routinely manifests itself because of the death of someone we cherish and love. But it is possible to grieve the loss of someone who is still very much alive.
This person is “dead” to us, which is an utterly heartbreaking and surreal concept. …
If we continue to allow circumstances to dictate our happiness then we will never find the peace we so desire.
Even when external freedom is robbed from us, we all have the power to preserve our internal paradise. To seek resolve within. No matter how difficult the circumstance, we are all capable of exhibiting kindness and love to those who are drowning in the mud around us, with us.
For many of us, we lead quiet lives of comfort. A roof over our heads, a soft bed to sleep in, an abundance of food and drink to satiate our needs…
Consider this an introduction.
This project begins not with the purpose of catering to a specific theme but rather as an outlet for my own creative digression.
I spend a lot of time self-reflecting, intentional or not. To analyze yourself is the pathway to the proclaimed “growth” of a person. This is a concept echoed throughout time, famously stated by the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates:
“An unexamined life is not worth living.”
A pinnacle of my life has revolved around the desire to understand. To satiate my need for the truth of events foregone and for clairvoyance of the future…