Issue 38

The You Can Eat Your Feelings edition

A weekly dispatch from What We Seee. Part of an ongoing mission to fulfil the cultural promise of the internet. An enriching and eclectic collection of music, art, film and stories. Think of it as your digital 5-a-day.

So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality

An unlikely person to inspire, Jim Carey delivers a commencement address at the Maharishi University of Management. Confessional, funny, emotional and filled with gems:

“Fear is going to be a player in your life.
You get to decide how much.
You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about the pathway to the future.
But all there will ever be is what is happening here. And the decisions we make in this moment. Which are based in either love or fear.
So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality.
What we really want seems ridiculously out of reach and impossible to expect.
So we never dare to ask the universe for it.
I am the proof that you can ask the universe for it.

Hear the Hong Kong protesters read their final goodbyes

As violence escalates between demonstrators and the police in Hong Kong, protesters have started writing “last letters” to their loved ones, in case they don’t return. These notes chronicle the mental and emotional state of front-liners coming to terms with risking death for their beliefs.

Lean on people to let them know that everything is o

Rescue Dog

She’s the fourth addition to our household, and like the other dogs, she’s a rescue.
Because of her breed she’s considered “dangerous.” The irony in that label is that she’s the peacemaker; in only a few weeks, she assumed the “alpha” role among our pack without a growl, or snarl, or a bark.
Through anything, she remains calm, and is able to calm others.
If needed, she’ll lean: When other dogs fight, she leans on them. When she wants the toy, she leans. When I’m tired, she leans on me. (When I’m elated, she also leans on me.)
I’ve learned from her that it’s often best to stay calm, keep quiet, and lean on people to let them know everything’s okay.

Photo: James Collier

Everyone needs a Mr. Pigden in their life


Former professional footballer and now a football pundit Ian Wright appears on Desert Island Discs for an incredibly emotional story of his life. His story will move you and the songs will take you higher: from The Marriage of Figaro, River Deep Mountain High, to Endlessly and Just Fine.

Advice from an old farmer

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.
Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.
Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
You cannot unsay a cruel word.
Every path has a few puddles.
When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good, honorable life…
Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
Don ‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around..
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.
Don’t pick a fight with an old man.
If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
Most times, it just gets down to common sense.

 


Pakistani girl Saima Hashim, 5, whose family was displaced by 2010 floods from a village in Pakistan’s Sindh province, lives in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, June 18, 2012. Photo: Muhammed Muheisen