Power Line Spaghetti

Along the way to the gas station MM notices a metal post carrying electrical lines bent forward. It appears to have been struck by a car as indicated by the shape of the bent metal at the point of impact. Metaphysical Man fixes his eyes on the live power lines, which slope down towards the ground. To avoid electrocution pedestrians now need to duck down when passing. “That post could fall at any minute. Someone had better do something.” Double M’s hero instincts began to flare up. While still connected at the base the only thing that appeared to be keeping the post from collapsing were the attached wires. Metaphysical Man glances in alarm at the spool of wires attached at the hub. “Power line spaghetti.” Though Metaphysical Man is anxious to act he does nothing. A garbage man lifts the lines using a wooden beam so his partner can pass under them with the truck. Chaz takes advantage of the opportunity and the Camry speeds by the fallen post. Metaphysical Man catches a close up glimpse of the power lines. The line has been patched together in many places making it impossible to tell the original date of installation. In many places the workers didn’t even bother covering the patch with electrical tape. Double M has never seen this much exposed wire before.

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The revised edition of BREED is now completed and ready for immediate download! 

One of my friends advised me to have a second look at the finished draft of ‘BREED The Secret Design To Maintain Racial Inequality Among The Despised Classes’. Though the book attracted my friends interest he said he was put off by the long paragraphs and some editing glitches. I accepted the advice and took a second look at my manuscript. After examining it with a critical eye I decided that my friend was right. Though I’m still sucked in by the storyline I admit the presentation could use some improvement so I decided to do a complete revision. 

If you’ve ever rewritten your own work you will understand my surprise at the irregularities I discovered had slipped between the cracks of my initial revision. I thought I was done! Well editor Sol Stein says you can tell the difference between a writer and a would be writer by their attitude toward rewriting. The writer professional or not looks forward to the opportunity of excising words, sentences, paragraphs, chapters that do not work and to improving those that do. I don’t believe that what I put down on digital paper is indelible. I’m all about improving as a writer and I look forward to the opportunity. That being said, allow me a moment to explain my situation. 

I don’t want anyone to get the impression that ‘BREED’ was a rush job. It’s true I was anxious to get it out there because I was desperate for feedback. When you tell your friends and family who have known you your entire life that you are now a writer and you hand them a manuscript you probably will not receive the response you were hoping for. I couldn’t get anyone to take me seriously. After putting down over a hundred thousand words I needed to know whether or not I was any good so I unleashed my masterpiece on the public. The interest aroused by my book was encouraging but I now realize I made a mistake in not having it vetted by beta readers. That’s why I decided to offer the book for free. I’m of course biased but I still believe the work is exceptional and worth money. I’m also a realist. The world doesn’t know who William Chasterson is yet. For the time being I’ll offer the book for free. After the release of ‘Metaphysical Man the Don Quijote of the Digital Age’ I’ll make a decision on the pricing of ‘BREED’.

A smart man learns from his mistakes. A wise man learns from the mistakes of others. So I guess that makes me a smart man. I won’t make the same mistake on ‘Metaphysical Man’ that I made on ‘BREED’. This time I’m going to make use of beta readers. I’m currently on schedule to complete ‘Metaphysical Man the Don Quijote of the Digital Age’ by the end of March 2015. Between now and then I need to gather as many beta readers as possible. This should give me plenty of time to digest the feedback and make all necessary revisions before the July 1st release date. If you’re interested in serving as a beta reader for Metaphysical Man please send me an email at williamchasterson at gmail dot com. Please put ‘Beta Reader’ in the subject line. Thanks in advance for everyone’s support.

William Chasterson 

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HOME INVASION

I’m trying not to run for my keyboard every time something happens. Especially considering I have an approaching deadline to finish my book ‘Metaphysical Man the Don Quijote of the Digital Age’. Nevertheless I feel as if I need to write about something that happened last night especially since it ties in with something I mentioned in a previous post. And that’s home invasions. 

Yesterday my wife and I were approached on the street by a soldier who wanted to know who we were, what we were doing and where we are from. As he questioned us I noticed a truck full of his fellow officers emptying onto the street preparing for a raid. While we explained our nationality using strong American accents many others were arrested and loaded into the trucks. As I said, I wasn’t planning on writing about this event as it is becoming commonplace. But the same night we heard some sort of altercation occurring behind our house. I peeked out the window and saw an angry soldier yelling at the neighbors in broken English about something. Suddenly the large soldier walked to the wooden window of the neighboring house, lifted his powerful leg which was decked in blue  camouflage which if I’m not mistaken indicates the Air Force. With his shiny black combat boot he noisily smashed in the wooden window while the neighbors stood by afraid to interfere. After a while a bare arm came out the window and threw something onto the ground. It could have been his documents but it was most likely money. The soldier picked it up and walked away satisfied.

We have the proper documents but I’d be lying if I said the accelerating aggressiveness of this particular ‘Control’ doesn’t have me a little worried. I can’t help but wondering, will my home eventually be raided?   

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES

I had a dream the other day that man was divided into various subsets and used rudimentary symbols, shapes and colors to represent everything the subset stood for. The symbols, shapes, colors and selected animal mascots were surrounded with impenetrable layers of pride and fear. I woke up in a cold sweat relieved that it was only a dream. It was only a dream… Right?

– William Chasterson

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Is it a vice not to understand the value of money?

In his book ‘the Brothers Karomozov’ Fyodor Dostoyevski invents three brothers that serve as archetypes for different facets of the human condition. In this article we’re going to focus on Alyosha Karomozov who represents hope and goodness. In his description of Alyosha, Dostoyevski mentions how growing up the boy doesn’t understand the value of money. He didn’t harbor the common desire most people have to want to accumulate as much of it as possible. Whether his pockets were full or empty seemed to make little difference as to whether or not he was able to eat.

As I read the novel I felt as if I could relate to Alyosha with regard to his attitude towards money. Growing up I was never preoccupied with material things. Now as an adult I still can’t see the appeal of new name brand clothes, cars or homes. As long as the used items are clean and presentable what’s the difference? At one time I made as much as eighty five thousand dollars a year compared to my current salary of nothing. Was I happier when I had money? If I’m honest I would have to say no. Obviously money makes life more comfortable which in turn has a direct bearing on happiness. But I doubt that the rich are happier than the middle class.

From an early age we are engrained with the desire to be rich. By rich I mean possessing far more than we can consume. Does this state bring happiness? Imagine you are thirsty. Let’s say one glass of water is more than enough to satisfy your thirst. What’s more let’s say you are unable to handle any more than one glass. You are offered two glasses of water. It would not be unreasonable to accept one glass and reject the other. But when it comes to material things, only accepting what we can consume seems absurd. “William,” you say. “Are you against money? Why don’t you give away all of your possessions and take on a vow of poverty?” Such reasoning is the equivalent of saying, “You are thirsty? Have two glasses of water. Even though it is too much to drink you must accept it or else you are not really thirsty and you will receive no water.” Just accept the two glasses of water you say? Drink one and dump the other? That’s exactly what most do without giving it another thought. But imagine you are handed two glasses of water in the sight of another man who is dying of thirst. Does this change your viewpoint? Are you still prepared to drink one and dump the other?

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not adopting or advocating that you adopt a position of moral superiority. Not understanding the value of money is a two edged sword. One’s attitude towards money doesn’t necessarily change dependent on how much he or she has. That’s why when a poor person wins the lottery they often times wind up poor again within a few years. When I had it I would often blow through money as if I were printing it.  It was satisfying to know I wasn’t materialistic but at the same time in the back of my head I harbored a sense of guilt. I know I’m no better than anyone else. Why should I have an abundance while others go without. My views have broadened however as a result of exploring humanity between the classes. I’ve discovered that a person can have money and yet still live in poverty. In the past year and a half my wife and I have consumed sixty thousand dollars in savings. If I were to show you what our savings bought you wouldn’t believe me. The cost of living here is extremely high while the standard of living is extremely low. Those who have money live just slightly better than those that have none. In order to get this money most work seven days a week for long hours. You might expect everyone to be in a permanent bad mood but that’s not the case. Most people look for reasons to be happy and optimistic despite their current situation.

As far as my situation I’m happy to report that poverty has not changed my attitude towards money. Like Alyosha Karomozov I believe more than ever that money does not bring happiness. All it brings is a desire for more money.

– William Chasterson 

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES

Only a fool takes pride in things he has no control over. (ie. color of skin, country of birth, language spoken.) Unless you’re prepared to be a fool it is a waste of time trying to succeed in this world.

– William Chasterson 

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“I don’t believe in Man”

Is there a term for this? A person who doesn’t believe in God is called an atheist. But what do you call it when someone no longer believes in man? Well obviously I’m not saying I don’t believe in the existence of man, (though anyone who’s read 1984 could make a case for the existence of non-persons) rather I no longer believe in man as a god. I now realize I once believed man was a god although I was never able to admit it to myself. Man as a god? Have you lost your mind William Chasterson? No. I’m just being honest. If you were to examine closely your beliefs you may be surprised to find that you too currently worship Man. Think about it. What is the underlying theme of epic Hollywood movies like Independence Day, Star Wars, Armageddon or the Matrix? Despite overwhelming obstacles Man always prevails. Something called the human spirit and the need for man to stubbornly remain the same despite the threat of extermination is strongly pushed by these forms of entertainment. Such ideas are swallowed up hook line and sinker by the masses without their even realizing it. Evidence of this can be found just by turning on the news. How many wars are started and terrorists acts committed because of Man’s absolutist belief in himself? Now I’m not anti-man. I’m just pro-reality. History is littered with countless examples of epic beginnings and disastrous endings. 

You may wonder where I’m going with this? I’ve come to the conclusion that man is not qualified to rule himself. At this point you may roll your eyes, throw your hands in the air and conclude, “William you’ve been having a laugh at us. If man can’t decide for himself between what is right and wrong what would you have him do?” I will reply that I’m quite serious. Mankind is out of control. As for the follow up question of what we are to do I’m not prepared to tackle that right now. I think the admission that we have no idea what we’re doing is sufficient. It requires a bit of the virtue humility to do this. For this reason the majority of people in the world will never admit this to themselves. Oh when push comes to shove they may admit it to others but admitting it to oneself…That is the really hard part. The realization comes to us now and again but we quickly push it back into our subconscious as an absurdity. Society makes this easy by providing a striking facade of order. The facade is convincing as long as it is not examined to closely or put under scrutiny. To help us avoid this discovery society provides us with an endless amount of distractions. The Romans had the coliseum. We have television. This proven system works well in developed countries. But in the third world the fact that man is in over his head is harder to hide. Less effort is applied to try and conceal the fact. The following example will illustrate my point.

Today my friend who as I mentioned in a previous post is a taxi driver attempted to drive me home. All at once another taxi pulled into our lane blocking our advance. When my friend attempted to swerve around the taxi the car behind us started honking its horn and officers ran up to our car shouting. I was told to get out of the car. They said they were from the municipal police and were confiscating the car because my friend didn’t have a particular document. I asked my friend what he wanted me to do. This response may seem strange to my readers in the states but where I’m at you have to weigh every decision. They could be rouge officers shaking people down for money or worse just plain criminals who had gotten their hands on police uniforms. My friend told us to take another taxi so I got out, the officers entered and my friend drove off with them. The preferred action in a situation like this is to call someone with influence. Here in Africa who you know makes all the difference in the world. I don’t know anyone with influence but I have friends who are connected. Anyways it didn’t matter because I didn’t have credit on my phone. (Here all the phones are pay as you go.) I watched as my friend drove off with the officers. Later that night we received a knock on our door. It was my friend. He explained that they took him to a compound lot and ordered him to either immediately pay $200 for the required document or hand over his keys. One of the officers gave him the alternate option of paying a $100 bribe to be released. He continued to stand his ground complaining that he doesn’t have any money and what they were doing was unlawful. One of the officers was impatient and he yelled for the others to strike him. Finally the head officer gave him until the count of five to hand over the keys. After that he would approve the use of violence. They wrestled with him but he refused to loosen his grip on the keys. Finally an officer of hire rank noticed the commotion they were making and inquired into the matter. The document they were requesting was not available at the beginning of the year when he registered the taxi. In fact the documents just recently became available as the year is about to come to a close. Instead of alerting everyone of the arrival of the document to generate money they decided to catch the taxis by surprise and strong arm them into either immediately buying the document or paying a bribe. It made no sense for my friend to pay $200 for a document that would expire in two weeks. He would then be forced to spend another $200 for an updated document. The hire ranking officer advised them to let him go since he was making such a ruckus about it. Situations like this are frustrating but at the same time it’s comforting to know my hypothesis about man is sound.

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