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"You cannot pretend to read a book. Your eyes will give you away. So will your breathing. A person entranced by a book simply forgets to breathe. The house can catch alight and a reader deep in a book will not look up until the wallpaper is in flames."



The Value of Life

dimaisip:

I asked an idealist to show me the value of life.
The idealist gave me a list of the things worth dying for.

I asked a surgeon to show me the value of life.
The surgeon introduced me to terminally ill patients.

I asked a soldier to show me the value of life.
The soldier introduced me to other war survivors.

I asked a politician to show me the value of life.
The politician clarified the meaning of casualties and greater good.

I asked a rallyist to show me the value of life.
The rallyist showed me placards spilled with blood.

I asked a lawyer to show me the value of life.
The lawyer told me that it could be settled and indemnified.

I asked an economist to show me the value of life.
The economist gave me a lecture on the standard of living per location.

I asked a mathematician to show me the value of life.
The mathematician clarified that there are too many algorithms to consider and that some lives are simply worth a lot more than others.

I asked a prostitute to show me the value of life.
The prostitute charged me by the hour.

I asked an abused woman to show me the value of life.
The abused woman showed me her dowry.

I asked an outcaste to show me the value of life.
The outcaste dared me to touch him/her.

I asked a priest to show me the value of life.
The priest indoctrinated me on how to achieve life after death.

I asked a philosopher to show me the value of life.
The philosopher gave me paradoxes and riddles to solve.

I asked a scientist to show me the value of life.
The scientist cautioned me to stick with the empirical and the observable.

I asked a rebel to show me the value of life.
The rebel questioned my question.

I asked a slave to show me the value of life.
The slave asked me about freedom.

I asked a street beggar to show me the value of life.
The street beggar showed me how little it takes to live.

I asked an alcoholic to show me the value of life.
The alcoholic taught me how to differentiate the smell of gin and regret.

I asked a jester to show me the value of life.
The jester made fun of me.

I asked a gambler to show me the value of life.
The gambler gave me money so I could gamble on one.

I asked an adrenaline junkie to show me the value of life.
The adrenaline junkie taught me how to challenge death.

I asked a teacher to show me the value of life.
The teacher reminded me the importance of having ambitions.

I asked a parent to show me the value of life.
The parent cradled his/her new born child.

I asked a journalist to show me the value of life.
The journalist invited me to imagine a world without storytelling.

I asked an artist to show me the value of life.
The artist introduced me to a different universe.

I asked a romantic to show me the value of life.
The romantic made my heart beat faster.

I asked a dreamer to show me the value of life.
The dreamer imparted the importance of waking up.

I asked a kid to show me the value of life.
The kid made me a smile.

- Mark Dimaisip


166 notes   -  1 September, 2014
"

How did we get through high school without being taught Dr. King
spent two decades having panic attacks?
Avoided Windows, jumped at thunder

I think we are all part flight the fight
Part run for your life
Part ‘please please please like me’
Part can’t breathe
Part scared to say you’re scared
Part say it anyway

You panic button collector
You clock of beautiful ticks
You run out the door if you need to
You flock to the front row of your own class
You feather everything until you know you can always
Always shake like a leaf on my family tree and know you belong here

You belong here and everything you feel is okay
Everything you feel is okay.

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