there’s a misconception that grief only happens when we lose people. this is not true. we can grieve circumstances, relationships, missed opportunities. in fact, sometimes when you find yourself plagued with waves of emotion from sadness to melancholy you may be grieving yourself. the version of yourself that you might have been if things had been different, or if only you had said something, or if someone had stood up for you.
this is so beautiful especially given the state of the piano and where it’s left,, how they gave it life again and also the song choice i cried watching this yeah
“Dancing in The Moonlight” by King Harvest sung and performed on the piano. Some laughter and chatter in the background.
video description: an upright piano is upside down in a clearing full of foliage. A man is lying on his back on the ground and reaching up to play the song on the keys.
look, there’s something very pernicious about the way that both-sides discourse has pervaded leftist spaces to the point where they’re reluctant to pin even the most obvious catastrophic failure of leadership and basic competence on Trump and the GOP. 200,000+ Americans and counting have died from COVID, not because of “systemic rot,” but because of the very intentional actions, and inactions, of this administration and its allies. The virus is still ravaging out of control in the US, still infecting tens of thousands of people and killing thousands every day, and even after seven months, the federal government hasn’t made any effective progress at stopping its spread or mitigating its effects. America’s experience of this pandemic at this point is unlike basically every other “developed” nation in the world. America’s *system* is not that unique, there’s clearly something very specifically going wrong here.
Like it’s true that systemic racism has created a situation where POC, and especially African Americans and Latinos, have been hit far harder by this virus thanks to higher rates of poverty and existing health disparities. In general, marginalized groups are always far more vulnerable in any public health emergency, and lack of access to good health care exacerbates existing inequalities. But the view that Trump isn’t to blame for any of this implies that effective public health infrastructure and pandemic response strategies like those that were already in place when he took office, but which were dismantled by this administration prior to the start of the pandemic, couldn’t have mitigated and prevented many if not most of COVID cases and deaths among these same marginalized groups. It assumes that there was nothing the government could have done to make this any less deadly, because the *system* was already bad. This is a ridiculous, defeatist, and reactionary counterfactual that removes responsibility from the people who decided to get rid of a pandemic response system already in place, and who consistently refused to listen to experts, even those in their own government, about how to respond. Why do this? Why refuse to hold him responsible for the people he killed? How is this in any way a leftist position?
Dandelions symbolize everything I want to be in life
Fluffy and dead with a gust of wind?
Unapologetic. Hard to kill. Feral, filled with sunlight, bright, beautiful in a way that the conventional and controlling hate but cannot ever fully destroy. Stubborn. Happy. Bastardous. Friends with bees. Highly disapproving of lawns. Full of wishes that will be carried far after I die.
It’s 2:30 AM and I’m in the men’s bathroom and someone was in another stall and I starting blaring the Thomas The Tank Engine theme and I literally heard them stop peeing out of fear
how do you know it was fear and not arousal?
I like to think we live in a nice world and not the one you just created
And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.
Here’s my advice to everyone who thinks that the election will be so fraudulent that it won’t matter, who thinks 45 will not cede power, etc, etc:
- Vote so that the history books know it was fraudulent.
- Vote so the contemporary world knows it’s fraudulent.
- Vote so that he is actually committing the crime, and not just attempting it but winding up not needing to.
- Vote not because you like Joe Biden (ew), but because the establishment as it stands will take low votes against 45 as approval. Vote to communicate the crime that is happening in the most severe degree. Vote so that if he pulls some bullshit, it has to be the most obviously illegal bullshit possible.
These are not just talking points. These are steps to make action against a fraudulent government, if it happens, easier. To make it possible. To make the public understand.
I can’t stress enough, the larger the margin between Biden’s votes and Trump’s votes, the less likely Trump will get away with whatever tomfoolery he tries to pull