This year I learned that corporations are bad, but not for the reasons you’ll learn from the likes of chomsky and adbusters. People will go to extraordinary cognitive lengths to get internet access. I am a universal blood donor. The world’s longest undefended border is still that, a border. I shared the same room with Paul Chadwick, Greg bear, and Harlan Ellison. I can only hope to call them contemporaries someday.
For a lot of people, it’s a year later. We hope we’re all a little older and a little wiser. We want the world to be a better place. At the very least, we hope to learn from our mistakes. It’s so easy to fall into the routine and maintenance of life. We fall into a rythmic lull of schedules, tasks, and directives. It makes us think we’re in control. But when we look back at the memories that kind of life creates, we see the folders, the rules, and the orders instead of the pictures, the sounds and the scents of life. That world is like a pane of glass that separates us from the awkwardness of human emotion. Time slides by with no events to catch it on.
One can make the year long by breaking that barrier, slowing the flow of time with the friction of human contact. This is my new year’s resolution.