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I Only Want Peace—within myself and between other people and nations (an “innocent ramble”)

Posted in education, writing with tags , , , , , , on February 25, 2009 by dustus

One of the things I’m going to try to do in my blogs, which is essentially the way I journal write anyway, is to just get everything out of my head. At times it seems like I’m screaming inside, but outpourings of words have saved me (literally and physically). “Outpouring” is a suitable description here; “coursing” may be more apt. Who fucking cares? Yet that’s precisely why I defend those who love words and chose them carefully, as well as those who let go. Personally, I care about words because they bring me closer to new thoughts and feelings. God Bless you all, human beings. Long live our thoughts. Ut-oh, wait a second…I’ll try not to sound like Jesus. I’m rather macho and want to be considered a “real man.” Honestly, I don’t know what that even means or who I am even want to be. Fair enough. We all have limitations. Ramble on, Dusty!dustus print

I think that I think—gibberish really—feel certain to agree
Or is it now?
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Hmm… meaning is changed by emphasis and punctuation, yet perhaps it’s reasonable to assume inspiration to be external (something outside ourselves, or just a yearning inside). Holiness through perfect punctuation—there’s a novel idea (pun intended though unplanned like my birth, just kidding mom and dad☺) Where was I? Well, might as well get to the big issue…

Many believe in a God above us, sitting in judgment, “you’re all wrong” is what they’re told—from others and repeatedly through the medium of their own worship. So what? We are all guilty assholes when just to question is a sin fundamentally? Consider the message, one implication… Take it a step forward: sins are made of words and sentences, the very essence of our thoughts. Still we “know” through cognition and perception, as well as memory from mental, physical, tactile experience, etc….all part of the tapestry of our being, our selves. So you mean to tell me that just because we have thoughts, our being sentient as seems natural, that words themselves are to blame and that thinking is really un-human when we question our very existence and nature. Sadly, it’s because people have associated asking questions about reality with notions of blasphemy—in fact that truly is the “greatest” story ever told. No lie there. Yeah, when you look at it a certain way—as an allegorical fallacy of humanity. After all, I don’t know if fear is natural, but I recognize that I can feel afraid.

I only want peace—within myself and between other people and nations.

The Dustus ’09 Wish List

Posted in writing with tags , , , , on December 27, 2008 by dustus

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Happy Belated Holidays and Pre-New Years Greetings to all!

Since I wrote no letter to Santa Claus this year, I figured a blog entry about my New Year’s hopes and wishes would suffice. This entry will be what I consider a “legitimate” attempt to make up for my snubbing of Ole Saint Nick (“legit” in the sense that I harbor no umbrage toward him for not making it down my chimney for the 8th year in a row. I was devastated once again. I wanted that joke-telling Elmo so desperately. Oh well, I’ve changed my tune having learned that nearly all the elves had been laid-off and that Mrs. Claus was seen on MSNBC talking recession and trading gingerbread recipes with Rachel Maddow while Santa himself cited NAFTA as his inspiration for outsourcing all his toy orders to India). Anyway, I digress…

As if I had rubbed a magic lamp, I have only three wishes for the coming year. Here goes….

Adam Dustus’ New Year’s Wish List

1) I want George Bush out of here, bye-bye, don’t let the door hit you in the …!

2) I’d like President Obama to restore a sense of respectability and more than a media-induced illusion of fairness in Washington.

3) Lastly, let’s leave the good people of Iraq alone. They didn’t lie about not harboring WMD’s (Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Powell lied—end the war and start telling the American people what is really going on. Some of us appreciate honesty).

Well, that’s the short list. I figure we all have to start somewhere. After eight years of lying to the international community, as well as it’s own citizens, it is indeed time for a change. Here’s to a better 2009! All the best, Dustus.

About This Moment

Posted in education, writing with tags , , , , , on December 4, 2008 by dustus

Been thinking a great deal about where my words are headed; where I’m going to emerge, in whatever direction my life will take me.  Whew…its been quite a journey.  At this point, I feel like I’ve entered a new stage in my life, though it’s hard to pin down.  The feeling is one of wonder and anticipation for my upcoming publications, mixed with a sprinkle of thrill and newness in immersing myself into visual art.  It’s quite a happy struggle.  I’m understanding more about myself and my various inclinations, more so than in the past ten years.

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My imagination seems turbo-charged since I decided to study visual art.  Having been a student of literature since my youth, I never fully realized that I was artist.  I had always perceived myself rather as a lifelong learner, and dare I say someone perceived as a little weird for constantly writing.  Until the excellent people in my graphic and sketching courses respectfully convinced me otherwise, I did not believe fully that my words would impact others.  Thanks guys, I stand corrected.

Over the last nine months I have been living the life of a near destitute art student.  Learning about theories and relishing studio time, the consequence was a dramatic change in my writing.   While trying to expand my artistic self by branching out into other art forms, I’ve noticed a positive change in myself.  My attitude and overall outlook keep me going, and it has all inspired me to display my work.

This new stage of my life is yet to be determined.  I think that’s the part I relish most about this moment.