“It is easy to dodge our responsibilities but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.”
Sir Josiah Stamp
…I write to question the consequence of naivety and oblivion. I wonder why ignorance is bliss, but awareness is costly. It should cost one peace of mind due to the acute knowledge that your actions affect the people around you but also the people around the world. It should cost one comfort of oblivion for self-denial and sacrifice in the face of consumption and fleeting satisfaction that is socially rewarded. It should ultimately cost one the leisure of doing what is easy to instead do what is right.
I could try and tell you these things, but the swell of intense heartache and eager restlessness in my chest chokes the beginning of sentences and jumbles the coherent thread of words.
I am left feeling unsatisfied with the capability of my meager vocabulary to carry the weight of my yearning convictions. Even here, it’s a struggle to reduce the consequence of my thoughts and beliefs to a simplistic string of letters on a page.
At most, I will try and live my life as an expression of truth, and hope that the song I sing in this mere dance of existence outlives my brief earthly life, reverberating in the depths of some fellow person: not going unchanged; somehow moved at their core however acutely, being forever marked like a beautiful scar.
And this is why I write…
- an excerpt