Inspiration

I have a goodie bag of several bizarre personal experiences, some fascinating, some tragic, and some both. Journalism is more of a passion than it has been a career so far. The ethical collection and dissemination of pure fact strikes a very deep note in my soul. I want to obtain formal education in the land and the law, while writing and serving those who procure both.

I find knowledge, and the resulting human connection, reward in itself.

I also very much enjoy discovering powerful passages in written word and song, the expressive power of both are limitless. The following are worth your time to read, and certainly worth seeking out their respective origins:

“Justice is acknowledging that which is.”  – From Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, contemporary American Philosopher and writer.

“No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of reason as does fear,” – Edmond Burke, philosopher and scholar whose work inspired several framers of the U.S. Constitution

“Do you hear the people sing, lost in the valley of the night? It is the music of a people climbing to the light. For the wretched of the Earth, there is a flame that never dies, even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me? Somewhere beyond the barricades is there a world you long to see?- Musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece Les Miserables (the book took me 8 years to read.)

“The squarin’ off between and the circling within is worth it … there’s beauty in the dissonance. I know the pieces fit because I watched them fall away” – Tool, American metal rock band.

“A man’s called a traitor or liberator, a rich man’s a thief or philanthropist, is one a crusader or ruthless invader? It’s all in which label is able to persist,” – Musical version of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked: The Life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West

“Brotherhood is not so wild a dream as those who profit by postponing it pretend,” – Eric Severeid, American TV journalist

“I built a snowman the other day. My brother knocked it down. I knocked my brother down. Then we drank tea.”  – Dylan Thomas, inspiration for Bob Dylan (among others).

“I believe in the brotherhood of men…but I have no interest in practicing it with anyone who does not want to practice it with me.” – Malcolm X, Black-American Activist

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. ” -Ralph Waldo Emmerson, philosopher and poet.

“My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends, it gives a lovely light!” – Edna St. Vincent Millay, poet

(They are spoonfeeding Casanova to get him to feel more assured
then they’ll kill hiim with self confidence
after poisoning him with words
and the Phantom [of the opera] shouting to skinny girls –
get out of here if you don’t know!
They’re punishing Casanova
for going out to desolation row)   – Bob Dylan, world-renown American folk hero

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