The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Colorful Day

Democracy doesn't require a whole lot of work of its citizens, but it requires some: It requires taking a good look outside once in a while, and considering the bad news and what it might mean, and making the occasional tough choice, and soberly taking stock of what your real interests are.

This is a very different thing from shopping, which involves passively letting sitcoms melt your brain all day long and then jumping straight into the TV screen to buy a Southern Style Chicken Sandwich because the slob singing "I'm Lovin' It!" during the commercial break looks just like you. The joy of being a consumer is that it doesn't require thought, responsibility, self-awareness or shame: All you have to do is obey the first urge that gurgles up from your stomach. And then obey the next. And the next. And the next.

And when it comes time to vote, all you have to do is put your Country First — just like that lady on TV who reminds you of your cousin.

[From Rolling Stone - Issue 1062 — October 2, 2008]


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Unknown said...

Very nice post! I really enjoyed reading it and I totally agree with you!
Your photo is great and reminds me of the biggest amount of ballons for sale I've ever seen, at the Zócalo in Oaxaca.

Photo Cache said...

I'm back. I was commenting here some months back but somehow I lost your link.

Anonymous said...

This is a nice and colorful photograph. I like it very much.

SCS said...

Y vuelves con El Coltrane??

Gusto venir aquí.

rob said...

Great post. The colorful balloons with the legs and the happiness for the historical day!! What a joy!

Kate said...

This is one of my favorite images in Mexico. Hard work, but oh so colourful for observers.

Tony said...

Muy gusta el colorido de la imagen...saludos