August 8th, 2008

abstract butterfly

potential


cowry shell shaker, originally uploaded by gurdonark.

Tonight I'm thinking about the most conspicuous and sad consumption of all--the consumption of potential. People buy cheap thrills, needless things, and added burdens when so often they long to relax, to focus and to do and be.. We most of us have those things we could do if we but had the time--things we enjoy, things that make us complete, things that requires us to take the best kind of risks.

Why is the risk of ennui, of obesity and of endless frustration an "acceptable" risk, while the fear of failure is an insurmountable risk?
Perhaps it's because swallowing potential is so filling, as after swallowing one's own potential, one loses one's healthy appetite altogether.