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Excerpt from one of my current works from the perspective of a young disillusioned character:
I was looking at the moon the other night, luminescent in its orb, suspended in the sky. But it was of course New York City, and it was one of those nights when the moon is bright, yet the stars are nowhere to be seen, no matter how hard you scrutinize the sky. And it made me think about the beauty of people – how everyone walks around with a misty, veiled smoke around them, a facade they put on for the sake of society, pretending they’re so bad-ass or so darned brilliant or confident or sane or okay. Just okay. But by the unwritten, unspoken laws of society, everyone must hide what makes them truly beautiful – their flaws, their quirks, their sadness, their insecurities, their insanities, their frustrations, their urge to scream. To be real, or show emotion, or be different, is social suicide. And so they hide this beauty behind their veils of smoke like the way the beauty of the stars are veiled by carbon dioxide and monoxide and nitrogen and I don’t even know what other oxides in this city of a thousand lights and smokes.

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Logicians and scientists work with what is substantial. Artists work with what is not. They work with that intangible part of existence that is ingrained in each and every human being, that part that might not be the most essential element of humanity, but it is what completes the structure of humanity and makes each and every one of us purely what we are – humans.

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One of the most significant flaws of humanity is the inability or the unwillingness to try to comprehend the perspective of others. Everyone has their own reasoning for doing things/possessing a certain mentality or belief. How many misunderstandings & clashes between countries & friends & families could be averted if we only attempted to understand the other sides’ perspective of things?

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