Why Widen? Or how I learned to fear the horizon.

Seafare well
in the
Safety
of your
Well.

Oh Captain, my Captain,
may I say
you look
Mightily Majestic
with your Boots
not fitting
in that Bucket,
and you know
what they say
about men
with big feet…

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Means of Communication

by cwviderkull

To almost everyone I ever met,
I’m sorry.
I’m sorry for being so quiet,
and not giving you much back
in terms of conversation.
I wish you would know
it’s not that I don’t find you interesting;
it’s just that the words that are coming out of your mouth
almost always
is the least interesting thing about you.
I get distracted. I’m of a curious nature.
I want to know
so much more
about you
than what you thought about something you watched on TV
or your opinions on the latest political developments,
and it’s all right there
in your face, and your posture,
and the way you touch
the way you wear your hair.
It’s not that I’m not listening.
I’m listening to so much more
than you even know
you’re putting out there.
I’m sorry.
I’m sorry for spying on your soul.
I’m sorry for eavesdropping on your…

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Pledge of Reason

I hereby Pledge

that I will always remain open
to the possibility
that everything I believe and hold to be true
might be wrong;

that I will always oblige myself
to continuously and relentlessly
justify logically
to myself
my every conviction;

that if I ever feel afraid
to engage openly and honestly
in a debate or conversation
for fear of having my convictions shaken
I shall uncompromisingly read this
as a sign
that my convictions are probably wrong;

and Concede

that if I ever express
a sentiment that boils down to
‘nothing you say could ever change my mind’
I shall from that point forward
be regarded as a fanatic
and not be taken seriously.
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If you read that you are now my witness of having taken the pledge and if you agree with me that these are valuable positions to stand by in the world today please feel free to take it yourself by reblogging this.

Thank you.

Means of Communication

To almost everyone I ever met,
I’m sorry.
I’m sorry for being so quiet,
and not giving you much back
in terms of conversation.
I wish you would know
it’s not that I don’t find you interesting;
it’s just that the words that are coming out of your mouth
almost always
is the least interesting thing about you.
I get distracted. I’m of a curious nature.
I want to know
so much more
about you
than what you thought about something you watched on TV
or your opinions on the latest political developments,
and it’s all right there
in your face, and your posture,
and the way you touch
the way you wear your hair.
It’s not that I’m not listening.
I’m listening to so much more
than you even know
you’re putting out there.
I’m sorry.
I’m sorry for spying on your soul.
I’m sorry for eavesdropping on your inner conversation.
I’m sorry for almost never knowing how to communicate back.
I wish I knew how to respond
to the sad but beautiful longing
in the corner of your eyes
when you think we’re talking about
The Walking Dead.

Silence: A celebration and a plea

I want to take some time to celebrate silence.
And I don’t mean the state of silence, that utterly wonderful thing that allows you to contemplate and feel the world’s existence.
No, I mean the act of being silent, as in not speaking, keeping quiet, shutting up.
It used to be commonly celebrated in times passed, as evidenced by the large number of sayings about it, from all over the world, such as

To speak is silver. To keep silent is gold.

It’s better to keep quiet and let people think you’re stupid than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

to name just a couple.

This is certainly not the case anymore. We’ve collectively perfected the skill to constantly keep our mouths running without actually saying anything and yet it’s even worse when we do. The most overrated character trait in our day and age is without a doubt ‘not being afraid to express one’s opinion’. We are priding ourselves on having opinions about everything while knowing nothing about anything and in my experience the people who pride themselves the most on not being afraid to express their opinions are themselves the least likely to respect and value the opinions of others and the most likely to present their opinions as fact.

And here’s a tip: if you only speak when you have something valuable to say and choose your words well, you’ll find that people will actually listen to and value what you have to say.

You’re welcome.

Now,
have a great weekend everyone and do yourself a favor,
and
Shut the Fuck Up