Giving Despair The Finger.

Via Karl Saliter
on Feb 3, 2012
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The Finger, by ballanross


Bowing to despair is even easier than coffee overdosing.

Yesterday, I was sad.

My inner insufferable yoga teacher started right away. “Sad? You should be grateful, look at all you have, blah blah blah.” Really. How about no. I was sad, and as a wise hippie once put it: “Sometimes, you just have to stand there and hurt.” It came and went, but for awhile, there was no quick fix available, and cliche solutions were doing more harm then good. I felt like how my girlfriend Maru described her mood recently:

“If I hear one more person say

‘Love and Light!’

I’m gonna collapse in terror.”

You know those patches? Sometimes it just rains sadness, and you can bust out the gratitude umbrella on me all day long, it will only make me feel bad that I don’t feel good. Looking up at the gratitude umbrella, I’ll see that I’m outside of it, getting a facefull of  runoff.  Thanks but no thanks, inner yoga teacher. sadness is an inescapable part of the human condition, and a self-forged wellspring of gratitude just looks like a shiny red wheelbarrow of falsehoods from that place. And from there, I was cheerily gazing at some inspirational images.

In these times of woe and strife, CAFOs and GMOs and Oreos and Newt, sometimes, ya gotta get dosed with a shot of hope, and fast. But in yesterday’s mindset, in spite of two awesome ej articles on hope lately, I was put off by the very word. Pro anything was too fluffy, but I could definitely do some anti.  Anti Despair. I could work with that. So get over here and  click it if you are in for a shot of the good stuff. But really, let’s avoid the h word for now.

“Southbound Pachyderm” from Prius can make it all ok for awhile, and that is something. Cartoon premise and execution in this vid are not just the balls, but the furry red balls from hell. Drink it in like cold water, it is a healer.

Greece just banned animal circus, that rocks. Animal enslavement vanishing can wrench me out of a funk.

This amazing eleven-year-old-kid putting the smack down on Monsanto at TED can bring you up short. When he speaks of making it all happen one kid at a time, you can almost feel your cynicism drop off.

BUT THE WINNER is this WHAPAAA piece taken in a supermarket.  Old school candid camera with a tasty current events/vegan twist. Not gross I promise. Funny no matter where you stand.

So remember,

Wait, there’s nothing to remember.  Just enjoy, and f*ck despair.

by cremona daniel



About Karl Saliter

Karl is a circus artist sculptor writer miscreant gypsy, living in Mexico. He has written two novels, "Compassion's Bitch," and "Breakfast In A Cloud," and has published neither. He often feels as if he was born under a silver whale of a frisbee moon in the back of a red cartoon pickup truck. That careening down route 66 at speed, he leapt up into the cab, took the wheel, stuck his baby elbow out the rolled-down window, and that though the truck had awesome chrome mirrors, he never looked back. He hopes you frequently feel the same.


11 Responses to “Giving Despair The Finger.”

  1. dan says:

    ..or don't sadness, despair are motivators or there would be no such thing as compassion

  2. karlsaliter says:

    Awesome, thanks for that, Braja. Birds can be beautiful.

  3. karlsaliter says:

    Dan, thanks for commenting. I think we are on the same path, with different approaches. One of my goals is to bring my light heart to the table, even when the table is groaning under horrid truths. In fact, especially then. You'll find I treat very heavy topics with a light touch, and some irony, but I do look at them. I have viewed many, many videos like the one you posted, and read a handful of books on the subject. I need to balance out my despair intake, or I become dulled by anger.

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  5. karlsaliter says:

    Awesome, thanks Tanya.

  6. maru says:

    It is a wonderful post, I was touched and fed with hope when I heard that kid talking, they may be the only answer left since we as adults have not accomplished much to save our animals and our planet… and ourselves either, that is the sad irony of it all. I loved the cartoon video, I wish it were true. That was great Karl!

  7. karlsaliter says:

    Thanks Maru, and it was good talking with you today. That kid is amazing, and the cartoon of elephants floating to safety kills me, in the best possible way.

  8. maru says:

    One kid a a time and safe flying elephants, that is the life I ordered… thanks Karl

  9. karlsaliter says:

    Ja ja ja Maru! Flying elephants rule.

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