Greece travel journal, part one
I enjoyed hanging out with you over the course of this post Rhyd and look forward to your travels. "It narrates every oppression and injustice as the fault of intangible and ultimately unfightable systems." - yes, I recognise that. And, varifocals left me feeling a bit wonky for a week or two but now they just work like eyes that can see - maybe don't say never 😊
Thanks for this piece. So intimate and real. Our lives are quite different and yet your raw honesty always seems to lead to wonderfully universal percolations of deep insight, truth and compassion. Wishing you a marvelous trip and looking forward to hearing all about it 🙏🏼❤️🩹🙏🏼
Wondrous travels to you Rhyd ✨
In my high school world history class we were assigned an oral report on an historical figure. For whatever reason, I chose Trotsky and actually located and read his autobiography. Embarrassingly, I had not noted that the reports were supposed to be 10 minutes long. The teacher stopped me at around 30 minutes. A few years later I think I encountered some Trotskyists in San Francisco when I was attending Women's Liberation meetings. There were also some Maoists. Both types hung around Women's movement events and tried to take over groups or lure women into proper leftist politics.
I am extremely nearsighted but adjusted well to bifocals. Going down stairs was most difficult.
Wonderful accounts of your earlier travels. Looking forward to Greece. Be careful on Patmos; in Classical times it was illegal to die or be born there.
Oh gods yeah I needed this today, thanks Rhyd, and good travels. Can't get to the gym today, feeling like my permission to take up space got revoked too many times by too many people, (and most often myself, obviously). Reading your piece, I feel like I just did leg press, although now perhaps slightly less stupid - feeling.
Your comment about the leg press made me chuckle. I know someone who screams like she's giving birth. I'm far too shy. And have niggles that prevent me pressing such heavy weights.
Good luck in Patmos. I would love to meet Martin Shaw. His myth telling has been an inspiration to me for years although I'm not sure what to make of his recent conversion to Orthodox Christianity...
Wow, that was powerful writing. I'm sitting at home in deep pain and I was feeling sorry for myself, but the intensity of your writing has snapped me out of it. Thank you, as ever.
I call Her the Spirit of Adventure
I look forward to returning to 🇬🇷, I have my own list of places I want to 👁, people as well…
As far as leftism being about agency…sure, maybe at one time, maybe when it was about opposing stupid wars, and healthcare wasn’t a weapon.
In Current Year, seems less so
As far as systems, there is a sinister sense that they are alive, with goals of their own, that the industrial revolution was always a sentience of its own, making the uproar about ChatGPT kinda too little, too late, almost quaint.
I’d be tempted to root for the child to defeat the parent on some days…
This isn’t to absolve anyone…noncorporeal Systems still need the buyin and collaboration of people, those like Schwabb etc and the Branch Covidians, who need to open 👁👁👁👁👁s and exorcise this malign Being from themselves, or seek out someone who can if it’s beyond them…or heck, even each other…people healing each other is dope and doesn’t require some malign weaponize “healthcare [plz]”