Yesterday I was going through the Garment District in NYC to pick up some trims for production.
On 38th street, I passed by a man on a single person hydraulic lift. He was 2 stories high, cleaning the facade of a building. I thought to myself “That looks dangerous.”
In the five minutes it took me to pick out some zippers and pay, the man had fallen. The street was already filled with cop cars and an ambulance. I couldn’t see anything.
Witnesses told me that the lift had tipped over and he’d fallen between some trucks onto the pavement. His head cracked. His leg broken. Nobody knew if he was alive.
The look on the crowds faces, the realization of their own mortality was apparent. Everyone I talked to began telling each other to be safe.
We often forget how unforgiving and unpredictable life can be. And it’s sad that we need constant reminders of this.
News about some celeb you’ve never met dating someone else you’ve never met and will never meet. Bullshit.
Making fun of people for standing in a long line for something that they get joy out of is bullshit.
Going to that job you hate so much when you’d rather be painting is bullshit.
Sitting through a date with some asshole who only wants to talk about himself is bullshit.
Unfollow fucking TMZ. Find a line of people that like the shit you like. Go be an artist. Walk out that bar and go talk to some strangers and ask them how they’re doing. Fuck the bullshit.
Time is limited. We are small. Watch this video and tell me you care about bullshit anymore.
Happy Friday. Be safe.
TV on the Radio at the Phoenix
"I think the great fear of every Tibetan is that our story will die out. It’s been over fifty years now since Tibet lost its independence. Our monasteries have been destroyed. The Chinese language curriculum is being mandated in our schools. More and more Han Chinese are moving into Tibet— building homes, building malls. I think now we are all starting to think that the Chinese are too powerful and that the dream of returning home is fading away. I think our mistake was that we didn’t keep up with the world. We held on to the monastic tradition too tightly. We didn’t embrace modern education, and so we weren’t connected with the outside world. Because of that, we lost our freedom silently. I think our challenge now is to educate our children in a modern way, so hopefully they will be better at sharing our story."
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