Elric Martinez-Escobar shares what he believes in as a man.
At the end of the day we can only claim our views as truly our own. I think occasionally, we need to scream into the dark and state what we believe in. It is what keeps us true to ourselves.
I believe that we live in a disposable society. It’s easier to throw things out than to fix them. It is easier to fixate on what we are missing and not what we have. That people want to believe that they are perfect beings as they are and that the fault lies in the stars and not in ourselves.
That it is the height of insanity to think that you can magically manifest what you want versus mold yourself to the reality (we are perfect after all).
That we will find meaning in ultimately meaningless things. That Ozymandias was correct and that finding meaning in a mirage created for a week in a desert is the height of hilarity.
Go to a refugee camp, disaster zone, build a house for humanity and find out what is really precious and meaningful.
I believe there really are sacred things, both universally and personally. I believe that the bond with the man to my right and left when bullets fly is sacred. I believe the love between a parent and their child is sacred and the greatest tragedy visited upon someone is when a parent outlives their child, I believe that the lessons that are learned in blood, tears, deprivation are the height of enlightenment. I believe that people learn from failure and tragedy and not success.
I believe that a true friend will be capable of doing wrong for the greater good regardless of the personal cost to himself. I believe in judging people by their actions and not their words. I think that most of modern relationships equate to roads to hell paved with good intentions.
I once went to a carnival and saw a sign that said “This is a dark ride” and I believe it is. This does not make me sad but grateful that occasionally when the doors do open the sun is out. I am not sad I am hopeful.
One feeds the other and ultimately I will keep both close to me because they are mine.
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