Facebook, Flight & Redemption. {Video}

Via Karl Saliter
on Mar 21, 2012
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Oh, thank God for Facebook.

I just finished watching a horror movie. We’ve all seen it, or at least we pretend we have. Well, the good news (and the bad news) is that you can stream “Earthlings” for free now. If you don’t know it, have a look! Watching it is like a trip to the candy store, except there is no candy, and the store is hell, and hell is life here now.

I lost faith in a God I love, but no longer believe in. I gave up hope for a race I belong to but would quit in a heartbeat if I knew where to sign. I remembered things I saw that I didn’t want to see. My eyes were riveted open. I’m a little sick. Nah. I’m a wreck.

But that’s not what I came here to tell you about. I’m here, on this computer still, because I was checking in on Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga on facebook. He put something up today about how it’s ok to eat meat, and I was instantly activated.

You guys know I love Bryan so much, and I was aware that he eats meat, but reading his finger-wagging ejaculation today toward people who consider eating meat unethical, and the deluge of happy bootlicking responses, made me throw up a little. In fact, I watched “Earthlings” again partly to sharpen my parry and thrust, but the whole thing backfired on me, and all I could come up with as a new comment was “oy”.

I am losing my tolerance for tolerance. It is not good.

So anyway, I’m cruising through my news feed, and my friend Alan Hayes posted a video with the comment “F*ck, f*ck, f*ck!”.

I know Alan. I respect him as a photographer. He is heading up the Cloud Nine Project, attempting to photograph the perfect cloud. I respect that: a life could be spent in lesser pursuits. So I click. And a dude has created wings. Watch.


And my stupid, hopeful, featherlight, brainless heart goes right up with the guy, on a video, for chrissake, and I rejoin humanity.

Suddenly there is hope, and we are going to become like the white birds toward the last scene in Earthlings and we are going to know that central nervous system intelligence is as strong as mental intelligence and of course we are going to stop inflicting pain on animals and yes, the good guys are gonna win and technology will get us out of this mess and she was only kissing him because she lost a bet, and yes, yes of course there is a Santa Claus!

Because my yoga is in the toilet this month, I’m a complete stranger to my mat. It eyes me malevolently from the closet floor, an ex-girlfriend, once fiercely loved, now no longer interesting. Ouch, that’s a nasty metaphor. Because I am eating less ginger root and more cookies of late. My meditations are interrupted with sudden schemes that need doing right this second.

I’ve gotten away from fiction, and I know better. I’ve been mucking around in the mud too much these days, and the lotus became almost invisible.

So thank God for Facebook. And for artists who love me without knowing that is what they are doing, by posting cool stuff. For wind on the face, in the form of a mouse click. For this stupid stupid heart, that will never give up, no matter how much reality I throw at it.

And for rare, rare glimpses into wonder when I don’t see it coming. For whack jobs who believe they can fly.



Editor: Andrea B.


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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.


21 Responses to “Facebook, Flight & Redemption. {Video}”

  1. rvayoga says:

    Karl, I don't know you, but I can so relate. I'm in the weeds right now, on a lot of issues, mostly due to my own "mucking around in the mud." Grant me the serenity… the courage… and the wisdom. Thank you. xo

  2. judith36 says:

    LOVED this!

  3. Andréa Balt says:

    You're a breath of fresh air. And I just breathed you.

    Andréa Balt, editor elephant culture.
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  4. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Posting to Elephant Yoga on Facebook and Twitter.

    Tanya Lee Markul, Yoga Editor
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  5. karlsaliter says:

    Thanks, Rvayoga.

    May we both be granted all three.

  6. karlsaliter says:

    Thank you! I am glad to hear it.

  7. karlsaliter says:

    Thanks Andrea, you awesome lightning-penned editor on wheels! These readers ay never know, we can hope, the egregious errors from which you have saved them. But we do. BWAA ha ha!

  8. karlsaliter says:

    Thank you Tanya.
    Tthe animals I fight for will always include the unicorn.

  9. Karl, enjoyed the delightful trip through the fun-house of your mind. But I might suggest that you started the ride where you finished it like earnest bikers in a spin class. That mat-less cookie craving case of the fuck-its is a familiar place. Facebook is that last place I would go for sanity but that's just me. I think you were right on with the fiction but I thought you might have meant that dinosaur; the long story in a floppy paged book. Enjoyed it.

  10. karlsaliter says:

    Thanks, Hillary! Good to hear fro you. It was fun to write.

  11. […] I had felt a slight concern to make a faux pas, but I felt there was a consensus that we were the only ones making sense in a crazy world. Maybe we were the eye of the […]

  12. ValCarruthers says:

    Ya dunnit it again, man. I'm soarin'!

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on the Elephant Spirituality Homepage.

    Valerie Carruthers
    Please go and "Like" Elephant Spirituality on Facebook

  13. lee says:

    Karl, thank you. Thank you for your self expression. I am glad JK posted on fb. It connected me with other like-minded people (like you and Maru) that inspire me. It reminds me that we are ALL connected(even the ignorant), and in the end ONLY kindness matters. Whether your asana practice sucks now or not, you my new friend, are right where you should be at this very moment and I appreciate the hell out of you! Namaste

  14. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Karl, I love you. 🙂

  15. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

    Posting to Elephant Yoga on Facebook and Twitter.

    Tanya Lee Markul, Yoga Editor
    Like Elephant Yoga on Facebook
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  16. karlsaliter says:

    🙂 Right back atcha, Tanya.

  17. karlsaliter says:

    Thanks Val! Very glad you are helping us to pull the levers and dial the knobs at Elephant Spirituality.

  18. karlsaliter says:

    Lee, thank you! That goes a long way, today. Really good of you to comment in such a heartfelt way. Well met!

  19. karlsaliter says:

    Whoohoo! Thanks, Tanya.

  20. You star. Where have you been all my life???

    (ok let's confine that: where the HELL have you been the last coupla weeks?!)


  21. karlsaliter says:

    Braja! Right here, missing you, of course!