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America’s Crossroad [ video ]

Transcript (excerpt):

For the past year and a half, I’ve struggled with how I could become better. A better person, a better father, a better spouse, friend, and steward of my community.

I’ve reflected on my mistakes, successes, family, friends, and vocation.

As an artist, I’ve attempted to observe the world, translate it, and recreate it in beautiful terms.

I’ve watched the news and been shocked at our readiness to capture and observe and accept. To some degree, it even paralyzed me.

On one hand, I knew that the events were a shade of the story, on the other, I could see the underlying truth in the stories.

I tried to balance what I was seeing and feeling by detaching myself from it all – by scrolling through the feeds on Facebook as if I was flipping through channels on tv.

I tried to balance the information as if I was standing on top of the tallest building, overlooking the city, somehow apart from the people and our shared experiences.

The point I’m trying to make is that my struggle for the past year and a half was one of being disconnected, trying to understand it all, and looking for solutions, one could even say a revolution, that was rooted in politics, or culture, or art.

And now I know that I was missing the mark because the solution is a spiritual revolution. A revolution of the heart.

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The Backdrop

REPOST : For years I used to trip of being “slim” – (I’ve been the same weight since High School). Being called skinny and bony and frail (and all that) used to get to me. Especially as a man in this body-conscious country. *Note: I was NOT the dude getting sand kicked in my face – for the record. I was never that guy. I digress… I was good in sports and athletic, but I would try weight gain protein, lifting, stuffing my face, drinking high-carb beer..and so on. Nuthin. I realized how I overcompensated by being a huge risk-taker, challenging, and just not giving a damn. And, admittedly, I LIKE pissing on fire hydrants. Once again, I digress… I must add that I have also benefited greatly from this experience. It made me strong-minded. And resilient. Anyone on this Facebook thang, that knows me, knows that I’ve been through hell (like you). Put myself through hell (like you). And I’m still standing (like you). But one thing I HAVE been is: 100. I’ve never been fake. I’ve never kissed ass. I’ve sacrificed a lot for what I believe in. And everyone knows, I Will Stand Alone. My point is this: Who gives a shit? Do you. Be me. Love, the skinny guy. And I love you. We all have our insecurities. I thank you for allowing a space to have shared mine. Happy Monday Fama and Friends!! Love yourself. Completely. #artsnobagency

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