||"Y O R K 1"
||We tell stories that begin when we were younger,|
||because it's easier to imagine having done things differently|
||"She Said I Love The Rain"
||than doing things differently.|
||The challenge of presence is grasping this moment as decisive,|
||Oceans of Starlight
||as one of the ones we will not have to revise in retrospect,|
||as exemplary of our ability to not just accept the nominally inevitable.|
||"Legions Of The Lost"
||Apocalypse & Chill
||The crassest storytelling is linear by resigned default:|
||"Cast It All Away"
||we fall to constant forces,|
||evil and selfishness combine to triumph,|
||"Shades of Humanity"
||the velocity of misery is allowed to imply acceleration.|
||"Dance with the Devil"
||Dance with the Devil +1
||Bad poets try to sell you the invincibility of your enemies,|
||set to cadences of catharsis.|
||"And the Rest Is Mystery"
||The ones you need offer you your own accountability|
||in incipient crescendo and lasciviously suspended resolution.|
||All moral anthems roar the same irrepressible true chorus:|
||You choose what you do next.|
||The world has broken around you,|
||Be ZERO +1
||and thus you stand amidst all the scattered and expectant components of the future.|
||The pessimist says you could choose wrong;|
||the optimist says there are a million ways to choose wrong,|
||"Cheer for you"
||and any one choice you make cannot be all of them.|
||Christine and the Queens
||"People, I've been sad"
||Everything you fall in love with is a way to remember, later,|
||"In a Stranger's Arms"
||something that you once correctly believed was important.|
||Thus every new love makes you stronger,|
||and just as dialectically,|
||every bitter snarl leaves you unimproved.|
||「Story of Hope」
||"Life is a journey to find you"
||You need new songs,|
||not just to know what the rest of your species can still or only now do,|
||"Dawn and gaze"
||The Fallen Crimson
||but to know what else you are capable of hearing.|
||You are capable of hearing pain|
||and not treating it as an invisible contagion.|
||You are capable of hearing resistance|
||and letting it impart its motion.|
||"Kein Land in Sicht"
||Jenseits der Welt
||We are creatures of the same unclarified viscera,|
||but we have new technology.|
||El verbo Odiado
||On its own, this is worth nothing,|
||"tail of the star"
||but there is no self-contained technology.|
||"Umhlaba Wethu - Instrumental Version"
||Instrumental Tales from the Lost Cities of Azania
||All machinery extends or intensifies our touch,|
||and thus all careful machinery magnifies our care.|
||I Eat +1
||The danger of robots is not that they will take away our jobs,|
||"my dad invented punk and he's gonna cancel your band"
||chill'd / my dad invented punk and he's gonna cancel your band 2
||it's that they will do them without suffering,|
||and thus without considering the consequences of suffering.|
||Spanish Love Songs
||Brave Faces Everyone
||Automation is a gleaming way of giving up.|
||Our computers murmur warmly that you can be released from hard decisions,|
||"Twin Hell Fire"
||and we trust warmth because we are made of warmth,|
||"Boys Can't Dance"
||but this is not that warmth.|
||Waste heat is not the same as blood flow,|
||"This Means War"
||in the same way that a machine to repeatedly rebuild a bombed house is not a technology of peace.|
||All technology is either teleology or inertia,|
||Far from Home
||and all inertia originates in intention or collision,|
||"Holding Out for the One"
||Road to the Lemonade Stand - EP 6
||so everything either happens because somebody tried to find a way to more joy,|
||"Seeing Other People"
||or doesn't matter.|
||Independence Day +2
||Algorithms are no more or less inhuman than hammers|
||until we touch them, and some of our inhumanity is transferred.|
||"Somebody Like That (8-Bit Tenille Arts Emulation)"
||By Request, Vol. 67
||We have clever ways to make hammers that seem self-propelled,|
||but a hammer that is actually self-propelled is merely and exactly a bomb,|
||"Niente (Resilienza 74)"
||a chunk of rock pushed off a cliff,|
||and you can't make a flooded valley great again|
||"The Bare Romantic"
||The Bare Romantic, Pt. 2 4
||by painting the chunk of rock orange, or any other color,|
||before, to erosion's glee,|
||you push it off of the crumbling cliff it was holding up, which was how you weren't already in the water.|
||If you calibrate your machinery by how much more it makes of something we already had,|
||then you are a technician of the existing power structures,|
||"I gave you everything"
||Mary on a cross
||and that's how we ended up this way.|
||Everything at Once 4
||If you value your engineering by how much more precisely it allows you to measure the output of your machines,|
||your jacket +2
||you will insulate us today for yesterday's weather when you could have given her your jacket|
||and woken up to entirely new consequences.|
||"This Selfish Love"
||We conflate making jobs more efficient|
||with making them more effective.|
||We conflate time spent with love,|
||and thus the infinite past with the momentary future.|
||Which Way is Forward?
||We make hand-wrought commercials for the machines we have built to run races for us,|
||and nowhere do they say this is a machine to distract you from remembering why we run.|
||Alvin és a Mókusok
||Where required by law, they mutter consult your doctor to see if ceding moral authority to atrophy is right for you at the event-horizon of intelligibility, and then slip into the void,|
||and your doctor is like "How the fuck is this my problem? Every single time you come here I tell you to wash your hands more, and I give you 82 new bands to check out,|
||and a pet troll because mine just had whatever you call troll puppies."|
||The Fallen Crimson
||And you take the troll, because you can't decide whether it's offensive to trolls to call their children puppies, or offensive to puppies to be offended, and you didn't want to say the wrong thing, and you try to remember to wash your hands, but did you ever try to take care of a troll puppy with completely clean hands?|
||You're going to say the wrong thing sometimes, that's how talking works if you do it outside of your head.|
||"Legends Never Die"
||Everything you try to fix has an earnest steward who will take your intervention as a personal affront,|
||First to Eleven
||but correction is not opposition. Moral forces move in more than one direction.|
||Bat For Lashes
||"The Boys of Summer - Live at EartH, London, 2019"
||The Boys of Summer (Live at EartH, London, 2019) 4
||We begin our stories in the past because we both came the same long way before our steps diverged for a few confused paces and left us standing here facing each other across this promising wreckage.|