Friday, December 30, 2011
New Year's Friends In High Places
1) People are good. At base camp, a guy named Peter from my hometown in California loaned me some gloves. Rob from Denver loaned me a down jacket (even though I don't usually hang with Colorado people because they're a different tribe and my grandma said they smell funny). Granted: not all people are good. Yet, there are enough decent folks to fill a life with friends, plus many of the bad apples have smokin' bodies and like to be spanked.
2) Nature is good. Huffing and puffing up a frozen Walden Pond called a glacier, I was reminded that one can suck the marrow out of life in pristine wilderness or let a bad-to-the-bone city suck the life out of you. Know what I mean? If eveyone around you has too many hobbies and gadgets to have any peace, get the fuck out of there - at least as often as you can.
3) God is good. Whether you prefer the name Goddess, Ganesh, or Steve (as I do), the artist-formerly-known-as-God clearly does some astonishing work. Even the most disturbing creations are mostly misinterpreted. Allowing us humans to do bad or good also allows for an artist/artwork relationship that is chosen and authentic, rather than the kind one has with an inflatable blow-up doll, which I've found to be highly overrated.