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Substation of the Day #1796

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Substation of the Day #1796

I keep slipping into a perspective that makes everything look so small and distant, like the world is a petri dish and I’m watching civilization squiggle around inside. We have gotten quite good at plucking bits of matter from around us and making it do what we tell it do, and so our environment is made of matter listening obediently. We experiment with different chemical experiences to make refueling more compelling, we fill our brains with layered patterns carried through the atmosphere on pressure waves, we interact under the restrictions of countless arbitrary rules.

I can’t quite convey the feeling here, but rather than make everyone seem unimportant or mechanical or meaningless, it just has the effect of making everything and everyone more endearing. I’m so much smaller than the greatest people living, but when I see massive architectural sculptures, or watch our scientists land a robot on Mars, or listen to shiver-inducing music, or watch a movie full of feeling, I want to praise the people involved as if they were preschoolers who lumped together something out of play-doh. We’re all so tiny, but people have made these beautiful things, and I’m really proud of them.

they still scald my lungs

Written by Umbrella Man

August 23, 2013 at 2:01 am

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