I’ve been re-reading a book called Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales. After coming back from war, the idea of survival fascinates me.
The older I get, the less certain I am of how much I understand; and in this maddening world of ours: Who lives, Who Dies, and Why is a question much about FAIRNESS than about just merely perpetuating the carbon-copy vessel-bodies we occupy walking this earth.
At the heart of this “survival” book is an important message—a message about having heart and making rational decisions. Each survival situation requires the calm and coolness of black jazz musicians performing rhythmic masterpieces in the face of racism, but progressively leveraging the raw emotional power to compel and fight against injustice through their music and voice. Each survival is a balance of will, reason, and feel to gain one more step towards HOPE.
That brings me to today’s madness in Hong Kong and the need for the survival of PEACE steering us away from progressively more authoritative regimes. Exercise what "civil disobedience" you must and wave your umbrellas proudly, even if they cannot protect you from bullets. Sing and people will rally when you put heart into the right places. They will copy your voice, sure; but imitation is the best form of flattery. Celebrate our commonalities.