NOT COINCIDENTALLY, I STOPPED THINKING OF MYSELF AS “CLEVER” AROUND THE SAME TIME I STOPPED VALUING CLEVERNESS
IT USED TO MATTER, BUT THEN SUDDENLY IT DIDN’T
A DEEP CONVICTION I MUST HAVE BEEN CARRYING A LONG TIME FINALLY BORE OUT INTO THE LIGHT: THAT NO ONE WAS TRULY AND ACTUALLY CLEVER ON EARTH, THAT REAL CLEVERNESS REQUIRED A KIND OF PERCEPTUAL FREEDOM WE’D NEVER REACH, TRAPPED AS WE ARE IN BODIES WITH ONLY FIVE, MODERATELY ACUTE SENSES AND LIMITED STORAGE CAPACITY
I REASSESSED OUR COLLECTIVE POTENTIAL AND ROUNDED US DOWN
PARTLY BECAUSE OF THIS AND PARTLY BECAUSE OF THE ESSENTIAL TEDIUM OF THE PRACTICE, I DISMISSED IT
CLEVERNESS IS A DISPLAY AND THUS NOT ONLY REQUIRES AN AUDIENCE BUT, WORSE, BECOMES THE KIND OF PERFORMANCE THAT IS EXPECTED
A PERSONALITY LIKE A JOB YOU’VE ACCIDENTALLY HIRED YOURSELF TO PERFORM
THE GOOD NEWS
THERE ARE PARTS OF YOURSELF THAT YOU AUTOMATICALLY THROW AWAY IN AN EMERGENCY
AND HALLELUJAH IT IS POSSIBLE TO LIVE IN THE FIRST PART OF THE 21ST CENTURY OF THIS EARTH AS IF YOU’RE PERPETUALLY IN AN EMERGENCY
BECAUSE YOU ARE
IT’S LIKE MAKING YOUR NEW HOME
IN THE MIDDLE OF A BUSY STREET
THE MAIN THING IS TO LIVE
AND KEEP MOVING
CARRY NOTHING UNNECESSARY
Friend: Really?!? My heart hurts. And my head. That family tree is getting so messed up. Again.
Me: Can you imagine Henry in therapy? "Well my mom is now dating the guy my paternal grandma left my grandpa for...."
Friend: "...and with whom my dad had a very father-son relationship when he was my age..."
Me: "... Then again my paternal grandpa and maternal step great-great-grandma had a fling back before he married..."
Friend: "... she was also engaged to my maternal great-grandfather, who later married her daughter - my maternal step great-grandma/adopted mom..."
Me: ... and on and on it goes...
#once upon a time #this is why we are friends #captain swan #yes this is really how this show does things #one really messed up family tree
- Anais Nin (via writingquotes)
peter parker’s job is literally selling his selfies to the daily bugle
Can the last like 30 seconds of the last episode of Supernatural ever be Sam watching Dean die and the screen goes black for a second and the Heat of the Moment starts playing playing and Sam walks up in the shitty hotel room and Dean said “RISE AND SHINE, SAMMY!” and then the credits roll and that’s it. Nothing past 3.11 was real.
She spoke no German and he no English but, as educated people, they were able to converse in Latin. An interpreter filled in any gaps when Latin did not suffice, and they seem to have communicated effectively. Philip gave her a magnificent diamond cross with a pendant pearl as a token of his affection and repeated that he wished to marry her. He was also bold enough to kiss her, something which no man who was a stranger had ever done. [x]