Back to School for American Individualism

Back to School for American Individualism

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| M2 Essays |

: curated Mashups of a Micro nature :


From The Sacred Journey, a memoir by Frederick Buechner

The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secure your life also against being opened up and transformed by the holy power that life itself comes from.

You can survive on your own. You can grow strong on your own. You can even prevail on your own. But you cannot become human on your own.



From "Epithalamion," a poem by Amy Sawyer

Glacial rivers erode mountains and steel blue water

carrying iron, sediment eventually meets the aquamarine

of the sea. Contrasting colors join like two countries

on a map. Their borders never static, but based on the whim

of water. We are all permeable, moving in and out of each other.



From "Live Mutual," an ad campaign by MassMutual

We come into this world needing others. Then we are told it's braver to go it alone—that independence is the way to accomplish.

Bully for Analogies

Bully for Analogies

Human, More or Less

Human, More or Less