“Music is a total constant. That’s why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in your or the world, that one song stays the same, just like that moment.”—
“[The public school system is] usually a twelve year sentence of mind control. Crushing creativity, smashing individualism, encouraging collectivism and compromise, destroying the exercise of intellectual inquiry, twisting it instead into meek subservience to authority.”— Walter Karp (via teachingliteracy) (via booklover) (via wordpainting)
“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”—J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan (via wordpainting)
So this is my theme for my art studio piece, and it’s been on my mind alot lately anyway.
It just really erks me the way people take so much for granted. I could generalize it to “my generation” but that’s not true. And it’s not just the big things that matter. When you compare all that we have now with all that past generations have had, we have so much - all at our fingertips. Yet, we still want so much more.
We’re surrounded by all this technology; computers, phones, ipods, television in our every day lives. But i think we seem toforget about it, or we just don’t have the sort of attitude we should. Our grandparents, maybe even our parents, never had this sort of technology. When researching something, it used to be books, and notes, and hours on end of finding the simplest thing. But today, you can just type it into google and it wouldn’t have even taken you a minute to find what you need.
Then, you got teenagers or even some adults who have just thrown away their childhood. We all want to grow up too quickly, can’t wait to get out of school and get a job. Wearing high heels and make-up as soon as we can. There’s even celebrity children doing the same thing. We all want to get drunk and have sex before we’re grown up because it’s cool. Nobody wants to play on the swingset or spend a day at the beach or just lie in the grass watching the clouds, unless their stoned. Childhood is all of these things, it’s having fun, exploring, and just trying new things. These days, we just take all that for granted. In reality, there are children in other countries doing slave labour at this age, already married to the choice of their parents or supporting their own children. We have the opportunity for a childhood, we just take it for granted.
Family means everything to me; but some people just forget about it. A family is made up of the people who will love and support you no matter what, even if they don’t like you. “Blood is thicker than water” - isn’t that the saying? But when you cut somebody out of your life, they may not want you back. When you hurt so many people so many times, maybe they just can’t take you back. Yes, your family will always be there to support you, but I still think so many people take this love and support for granted. There are only so many times you can hurt someone in the same way. What about the children who don’t have this support from their family? And some of us are here, throwing it all out the window.
We live in a world with all this fresh fruit and vegetables. Where we have rights and responsibilities. Where we have opportunities and support networks. With equality and an egalitarianistic environment. There’s an education system to help us with our future. We have sun and fresh water. There’s doctors and medicines to help us when we get sick. There are places for any sort of help you need. We have all this everywhere we look, but we’ve just learnt to overlook it. We’ve learnt to take our lifestyle for granted, or maybe our lifestyle is taking things for granted.