Friday, October 10, 2008

Beautiful Chaos

There are some days that are harder for me than others to put into perspective. It feels like I've been having a lot of those of late. I sit here, in a small lofted room in Buenos Aires and watch online the economy of US continue to spiral downward while two men are in a heated race for President. It makes for an odd backdrop in my mind as I walk through the streets of Argentina. I'm living in a place that I'm learning to call my home, while simultaneously being infused with the chaotic events of the place where I've always known my home to be.

I think it's safe to say that I don't feel like I've ever lived through a more transitional and pivotal point in history. I'm reading George Orwell's the Lion and the Unicorn, which he wrote in 1941, and found myself connecting to some of the words he wrote almost seventy years ago. The connection for me wasn't with the socialist ideas presented, but rather with his discontent with England's ruling class at the time, and his deep yearning for change. His deep yearning for revolution. For me, for the first time in a long time I feel like there's a chance for change in America. I saw it at the US Embassy two days ago where everyone, including myself, seemed to be voting for Barack Obama.

Am I worried what's going on? Why should I? Life's too short. I'd rather soak these beautifully chaotic times in. They're here whether we like them or not, and it isn't often that we get to experience them through the course of our lives. Plus, they say it's always darkest before the dawn. There's no way to know when that dawn will be, but it will come. It always does.

Currently Reading:
The Lion and the Unicorn
by George Orwell

Currently Listening To:
FDR's Fireside Chats
Blood in My Eyes

by Bob Dylan


C. L. DeMedeiros said...

sensational Blog

B.A. Rules!!!

Eric said...

Chaos and Harmony - VERY interesting concept for artists, thinkers, writers and scientists alike. I just looked a a Harmony Chaos Adventure quilt a few minutes ago-beautiful, simple, says it all. Then I found out from a Cambridge publication that Dante's Inferno is a Chaos Harmony story.

Jimmy Danko said...

Thanks for reading. Chaos is an interesting thing. I don't think it ever disappears, but rather continually morphs into difference things around us. Sometimes quietly, sometimes not. An ebb and flow. It's like the always necessary reciprocal to harmony or organization. Unless it's in our face we usually choose not to acknowledge it, but it's always still there.