Sunday, 27 January 2013

I Never Saw a Wild Thing Sorry for Itself

I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself.

- D. H. Lawrence, Self-pity

Saw the line in bold tattoo-ed on a chick's back the other day. It is one of those illuminating moments where a light goes on in my head. I just had to go discover the source.

I can't find an exact date for when the poem was written, but apparently D. H. Lawrence wrote this while the study of psychology was experiencing a breakthrough. Thought, ideas of emotions, human motives, intuition, reason, and behavior greatly interested him. Lawrence lived between 1885 to 1930, so one might expect the psychological philosophies of William James and Sigmund Freud to be revolutionary and prevalent at that time. His essays reflect this energy and sense of enlightenment. In Self-pity, Lawrence emphasizes that man, of all animals, has the greatest ability of and capacity for self-pity, and sadly can express the most self-loathing despite his longer lifespan and capacity of thought as opposed to other animals.

Indeed, this is true even among humans with their vast variations in dispositions. The people I know who are wild and free are the most fulfilled and unregretful. They make delightful company.

Monday, 21 January 2013

My Life so Far According to Songs


Medina - You and I
Sunlounger - Change Your Mind
Pendulum - The Island
Gareth Emery - Sanctuary
Dash Berlin - Man on the Run
Armin van Buuren - In and Out of Love
The Killers - Mr Brightside
Muse - Starlight
Eminem - Love the Way You Lie
Gym Class Heroes - Cookie Jar
Fall Out Boy - Hum Hallelujah
My Chemical Romance - Helena
Trivium - A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation
Seether - Broken
Damien Rice - Amie
The Spill Canvas - 3685
Stars - Your Ex-lover is Dead
Belle and Sebastian - Another Sunny Day
Third Eye Blind - Motorcycle Drive By
Jimmy Eat World - If You Don't, Don't
Gregory and the Hawk - Birds and Boats
Nada Surf - If You Leave
Lifehouse - Blind
The Juliana Theory - Jewel to Sparkle
Cradle of Filth - Nymphetamine
In Flames - Cloud Connected
Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence
Bowling for Soup - Life After Lisa
Earshot - Wait
Metallica - Enter Sandman
Nightwish - Nemo
Anberlin - Paperthin Hymn
Saosin - Bury Your Head
Senses Fail - Bite to Break Skin
I Am Ghost - We are Always Searching
Kill Hannah - Kennedy
Thrice - Stare at the Sun
Taking Back Sunday - Number Five with a Bullet
Black Lab - Learn to Crawl
Yellowcard - Gifts and Curses
Sick Puppies - All the Same
MXPX - Wrecking Hotel Rooms
Spineshank - Smothered
Placebo - Every You/Me
Chevelle - The Red
Brand New - The Quiet Things that No One Ever Knows
Puddle of Mudd - Blurry
Papa Roach - Blood Brothers
System of a Down - Chop Suey
Limp Bizkit - Rollin'
Linkin Park - Papercut


Monday, 14 January 2013

"Marriage kills your life. Then kids kill your marriage. And in the end we're all dead."

You get no less from my supervisor himself.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Banter never felt better.