The faith to do nothing
Rejecting the paradigm of productivity
Hello Fellow Seekers!
I’m back from my newsletter hiatus!
We have built a society that abhors rest. You only have to look at our park benches to see how much we hate idleness. The biggest trend in public spaces is to make it so uncomfortable for people to sit or lay down for more than the blink of an eye that no one will even bother to stop.
We want people to keep moving—to shop until they drop.
What does society care for the ones who have no permanent shelter? How dare we allow them to rest in public of all places?
No, we are a people on the move—a people of to-do lists, portfolios, and works in progress.
Our greatest influencers are getting shit done.
But think of the faith of the farmer who lets her field lie fallow.
A whole season of nothing!
It used to be how most farms worked—they would stop working for a season every few years.
The paradigm of productivity is hard to escape. What are you working on now? How much progress have you made?
That’s not for me. I may not have much faith in a god, but I do have faith in nothing. Doing nothing has always been the most direct way for me to find the right thing to do.
Changes to the Newsletter
In my recent downtime from regular posting, I’ve made some decisions about the future of Weirdo Poetry. First, I am posting a new haiku comic and micro-essay like the one above every day(ish). These posts will be free for everyone.
I’m changing the paid subscription price to $5. These subscriptions help me to pay my bills and to afford to keep making my weird poems and comics. The more paid subscribers I attract, the more work I can publish.
The benefit of being a paid subscriber is that you will get digital copies of all the books, comics, and zines I publish.
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