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Shrugging Atlas

August 9, 2022

One word at a time

Taking the weight

Of the world

Off of my shoulders

Because it is not

The way it ought to be

Or could be

I know that

You know that

Bill Hicks knew that

“Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money that we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.”
– Bill Hicks


Nothing written here

Will change anything

One iota at all

“The table is tilted, folks.

The game is rigged and

Nobody seems to notice.

Nobody seems to care.”

– George Carlin

Save for my further

Necessary detachment

Of shrugging atlas

“A world of difference
A world so out of touch
Overwhelmed by everything
But wanting more so much


A world of indifference
Heads and hearts too full
Careless of the consequence
Of constant push and pull”

“Kid Gloves”

– Rush

After all, one is not

Separate from the world

There is no

Atlas to shrug

The “outer” world

Is a mirror

To see what’s inside

As ugly as it is

Or perhaps beautiful

It is repeated ad nauseam

That the earth is

4.5 billion years old

That’s a little vague and

Has not changed

Each year, year after year

Plus it is based on

A heliocentric calculation

That is man made

Based on the specific sphere

In an outer band of stars

In an infinite number of galaxies

In an always existing cosmos that

We are all desperately clinging to

While expeditiously destroying

Because it doesn’t fit in with

Our worldview of being connected

To everything invisibly connected

Seems to be the neighborhood

Kid’s sandbox that no matter how

Much we ruin it, once we go home

It is no longer our responsibility

“I left no litter behind.
That’s your problem.
I’m treating this planet like
The fucking rental car that it
Is, and I’m turning it in
Trashed with a bumper hanging
Off, fuck your insurance, fuck
The environment,

I didn’t ask to
Be here.

Someone created me.
Yes, I know that’s a selfish

It’s a selfish thing.
But you know what?
I’ve cared about other stuff,
And, yeah, me not caring about
Stuff, will, affect it as much
As me caring about stuff,

Which, is none.”

– Doug Stanhope

There, I shrugged a tiny bit of Atlas
Feeling a couple hundred words lighter
Plus the comedian’s quotes
Always lighten the load a little more.

“Just an observation,
Maybe I need
Different glasses.”

– Angelo Devlin

From → dark, Paradox, Quotes, random

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