[NetBehaviour] selfish truths dead music

Edward Picot edward at edwardpicot.com
Sun Mar 13 16:30:34 CET 2022


It's good to see you responding to this stuff in the Ukraine, and I 
think you're probably echoing a lot of the things the rest of us are 
thinking and feeling. There's a sense of helplessness when we look, and 
a sense of guilt when we turn our eyes away and focus on anything else 
for a while. There's a feeling that we ought to be constantly thinking 
about it and talking about it, but also a sense, as you say, that to do 
so is merely self-serving, because it doesn't actually achieve anything 
except striking an appropriate posture.

I think we do have to try to find adequate responses if we can, but we 
also have to carry on with/reaffirm the good and creative things in our 

Today my son mentioned to me that he thought things must be improving in 
the Ukraine, because it didn't seem to be in the news so much. And 
that's part of our problem in the West: if it's not a headline, we think 
the problem must have gone away. That's part of the reason why we find 
it so difficult to deal with environmental issues.

What I find particularly distressing is that our Western politicians are 
following the same populist behaviour-patterns as Putin - claiming to be 
doing one thing, while actually doing something completely different. 
I'm thinking of Priti Patel and her behaviour towards Ukrainian refugees.


On 3/13/22 3:54 AM, Alan Sondheim via NetBehaviour wrote:
> selfish truths dead music
> video (audio) https://youtu.be/oLGWkWFC_bA
> http://www.alansondheim.org/loss.jpg
> st
> wartime - anything i say is self-serving
> it's inconceivable we cannot annihilate the ego
> all the world says me me me and says useless
> the world is iron yes. iron survives
> terror of rust dirty bombs sinter
> luxury of surviving despair intact bones
> luxury of speaking yes it's luxury
> annihilation to the limit at a distance breathe
> people trying to get out i sit here look look look
> people on television playing football no sound now
> i turn down sound look i think to myself look
> 2 friends to each other - shut up no one wants
> to listen to you anyway - speaking is no longer
> performative - i embarrass myself - everything here
> - a luxury - this instrument - this equipment -
> what survives - within a decade i'll most likely
> be dead - statistics - war on screens - sounds -
> hating the sound of voices - continuations -
> continuums - incendiary bombs contribute to global
> warming - self hatreds blossom like bombs -
> another luxury - answer phones - field calls -
> the them - us - we - me - latest news - give -
> donations don't stop bombs - suffer the guilty -
> first ones to call innocent - broken birds -
> plants - you understand me i don't understand me
> at all - the me closes in on itself - a particle
> - no bombardment - sky is our closest enemy -
> save yourself - eliminate the i - this will not
> end well they say - this will not end well - this
> will not end at all -
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