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The World’s Price Tags

February 6, 2012

We all know what the World values: things that makes noise, “expert” opinions, sales, charts, hype, lists, awards, trends, tap dancing, self-promotion…it hangs high price tags on what it says the herd wants. And it is true that there are people who only like to look at what they think other people are looking at, who only want to live where other people want to live, who watch, read and listen only to what they’ve heard that piles of other people are watching, reading and listening to, who buy the voodoo, who never stop asking, “What’s happening? What’s the best?”

Sometimes you believe the World’s price tags, take the World’s opinion as law, because its flighty, shallow ability to shine light on a trend is so very influential. Its voodoo packs a wallop (remember, voodoo works only when people believe in it). So, sometimes—frighteningly, dangerously—we believe in it, too. That’s what makes people agree that we all value the same things. Which of course, we don’t.

-Kristin Hersh

Go and read Kristin Hersh’s beautiful essay, “Eden” when you get a chance.  You can thank me for it later.

One Comment
  1. Cecile permalink
    February 6, 2012 4:47 pm

    Wow. Thank you, Summer, for introducing me to Kristin Hersch. Brilliant essay.

    “I don’t care who you are, the World is not your world. Movie stars imitate you, not the other way around. Movies and books and songs are about small worlds because that’s where real life happens. You have passions, your loved ones are your stars, your stories are true, your opinions are valid, you are the only expert when it comes to what you love. That’s what’s happening: your life. It’s what’s best. Because it’s the only thing that’s real.”

    Hey. I’ve not been commenting a lot lately, but I’ve read all your posts. I love them. I dig your life and what you do with it. Your life is real and small and big and sometimes wonderful and sometimes not so, just like mine.

    Have you bought running shoes and started running yet? 🙂

    Soon it’ll be spring. Hope this finds you well. Thank you for showing me the way to Eden.

    Much love from Luxembourg,

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