A big theme in eastern religion is that desire is suffering. How barbaric and perverse must our society look? Societies originally were formed to escape a life that was“solitary, nasty, brutish and short with much gnashing of teeth.” But together, institutions could be formed to fulfill the needs of people and labour could be divided so that more resources could be allocated to treating human suffering—we could for schools to sate our desire to learn, markets, our material needs, taverns and theatres, our social needs, and churches, our spiritual needs.
Flashforward to modern times—the lifeblood of our society is suffering and desire. Instead of institutions sating desire, they are making more of it—that’s what advertising does, it creates desire—the intention is for you to suffer so much that you must reprioritize your values and spend. The media no longer cares about sating your need for information, instead it will create a need for its monotonous dribble that it puts out by way of its insufferable clickbait. Who has time to read about the real news when you’ve got so many articles about what kind of soup matches your personality? Fashion and culture have escalated to the point that their bottomless voids to throw your time, money and energy into. We experience the phenomenon of conspicuous consumption—the rich starting fashion-trends that the less well-to-do feel obligated to mimic to the delight of corperate bigwigs, less the poor be seen as inadequate, despite it being out of their means. Cosmetic companies specifically targeting audiences that they can make feel self-conscious, so they can sell the cure. Long story short—creating demand creates suffering, and a society that runs on supply and demand is a society that runs on suffering.
So what can one do to not suffer so much? Consume smartly and consume cynically--don’t get caught up in media and material crazes. Find happiness in things you’ve already got a large bounty of—like creativity. Learn to appreciate pleasures as they find you—a funny looking bird or a happy dog across the street. Learn that love is no possessive but appreciative. Those are my answers, for now at least.
Crawling up the walls. Crawling as far as I can from this bed and your head. I no longer want a part of either. I wrote a letter, just thought it would be sweeter.
Photo by// @iambrialee
" Les yeux sont du visage humain la partie la plus noble & la plus importante ; les yeux sont composés de corps, d'âme & d'esprit, ou plutôt les yeux sont la fenêtre où l'âme & l'esprit viennent se montrer "
Alphonse Karr. <3
Ghosts in the light | Part 3.
I know this is a bit of an odd photo but I’ve been all over the place lately and I thought it matched my mood. I haven’t been on this account in months, every time I log on I’m met with an impending doom. I get this feeling that perhaps photography is lost to me now, that I haven’t touched it for so long may as well never do it again. However here I am faced with the reality that I have another year of uni ahead, meaning another year of creating work. For the first time in my life I’m unable to say that I’m looking forward to it. Creating work. I’ve spent this year away from uni so I’ve had a while to think about all this. But photography, art it’s not something I want to give up. I’ve put too much of myself into it over the past few years to just turn around and walk away. I need some motivation and inspiration to find a way to balance all the things going on in my life. I’m going to slowly get back into this. Thank you to all of you who’ve stuck around 🖤