-I’m No Nihilist-
Didn’t feel the earthquake but saw a bunch of birds that felt the earthquake,
fleeing from our permanent planet and from the smells of cars that need repair
I am eager for a different weather, for a storm to keep me company
I am disturbed by the photoshopped cats on the bags of cat food
I like my cats how I like my humans: real looking, with a disconcerting amount of facial hair
I am eager to forget how absurd a set of traffic lights looks beneath such a big sky,
and that there is no such deliberate cooperation in space
Things smash into each other with an embarrassing amount of disregard,
And this is the same spirit in which aphorisms are formed:
We have coached ourselves to say “live in the moment” when a moment is obedient,
and we say “this too shall pass” when a moment misbehaves.
Really these both hint at the same thing: life is happening while it moves closer to not happening
So really these phrases are interchangeable.
I’m no nihilist, but I’m certainly spearheading the movement to make people aware of this.
Can you imagine if we reversed the occasions for these phrases?
How much more interesting and creepy they would become?
Imagine someone telling you, “this too shall pass,” while you’re throwing back drinks and having a great time with friends,
And that same person rubbing your back while you vomit into the toilet later that night, advising you to “live in the moment.”