Super Rollcall

Super Rollcall

When Metaphysical Man, Atro City’s resident superhero and trendsetter is inadvertently sucked into an alternate world by a mysterious super villain he’s forced to overcome his only weakness; reality. Read more at http://smashwords.com/books/view/540303#amreading #amwriting

Inspirational Quotes

“It’s impossible for a man to know who his true friends are, as long as he possesses anything of value.”

– William Chasterson

 

 

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When Metaphysical Man, Atro City’s resident superhero and trendsetter is inadvertently sucked into an alternate world by a mysterious super villain he’s forced to overcome his only weakness; reality. Read more at http://smashwords.com/books/view/540303#amreading #amwriting

The Drowning Man

Every time he goes under he loses control. He’s becomes a desperate animal gasping for life. He involuntarily surfaces to greedily snatch at whatever remnant of life is left him. Once his mind returns from the depths of the abyss it is flooded with bitterness and anger which frightens the onlookers. They stand at a safe distance pretending to themselves and others that they want the man to survive. Yet every time he goes back under a shared sense of relief passes over the crowd. “A man such as this cannot be allowed to walk amongst us. He’s seen too much. He has nothing left to lose. He threatens to tear down our entire world of lies in order to discover the truth.” Finally the man goes under for an extended length of time. The shared fear dissipates along with the crowd. The man ceases to exist and is immediately forgotten. And the world moves on… Fra. La. La.

When Metaphysical Man, Atro City’s resident superhero and trendsetter is inadvertently sucked into an alternate world by a mysterious super villain he’s forced to overcome his only weakness; reality. Read more at http://smashwords.com/books/view/540303#amreading #amwriting

Pride & Humiliation

The other day my friends and I were in the mood for some freshly made Churros loaded with sugar. So we piled into a car and headed to the Churro spot. We fought our way through African traffic only to find that the freshly prepared Churros we were hoping for were all gone. To not have driven all that way for nothing we settled for what was left.While I waited in the car for the Churros something disturbing happened. A military truck full of soldiers swerved to hit a cat that was trying to cross the road. They clipped its head with the tires of the truck. It looked as if was just injured and could shake off the incident and keep running. Then I noticed the small puddle of blood on the street by the cats head. His body attempted to pick itself up but his limbs wouldn’t cooperate. Suddenly his body began convulsing. I wanted to look away but for some reason I couldn’t take my eyes off the cat. I wasn’t the only one either. A small crowd began to form to witness the animal’s slow death. The experience left me a little shaken and I debated on whether or not to include it in this post. I decided to include it because the ominous feeling it left me with accurately foreshadowed the event that was about to take place.

After purchasing our stale Churros we headed home. Before I explain what happened on the way home, first I think you need to understand the traffic situation in our country. Unlike America where stop signs, traffic lights and one way signs are seen as nonnegotiable commands here they’re viewed as suggestions. If you complain at someone for blocking your path by coming up the wrong way on a one way street instead of apologizing they argue back. “This road is new. We don’t have to respect the signs yet!” The police are more concerned with shaking people down for money than monitoring traffic violations. Also depending on what car you drive you may not have the same rights as others. For instance it’s common to see brand new cars and SUVs stopping traffic to carry on conversations. Or honking their horns and speeding past all of the older cars as if the road belongs to them. The car most looked down upon is the taxi. It is seen as the cockroach of the road. My friend by the way is a taxi driver.

We were headed home when we noticed one of those brand new SUVs parked in the middle of the road in front of a bar. The car wasn’t blocking our side but in order to pass it the other cars needed to enter our lane. We had the right of way being that it was our lane but as we tried to pass, another car entered our lane and pulled up to our front bumper. It was an obvious act of disrespect. He wanted us to back up and let him pass. As I sat there waiting to see who would back down first a soldier came out of the bar and walked up to our window. He warned us that we should back up because the person who wanted to pass was a lieutenant. Swallowing his pride my friend backed his car up onto the curb even though he had the right of way. This however wasn’t enough for the lieutenant. He needed to express his dominance further. Even though he now had enough room to pass he began honking his horn to demand the taxi move back further. This was too much. My friend stood his ground as the lieutenant finally began to pass. The lieutenant paused to give my friend a challenging glare. Again my friend stood his ground and stared back. The lieutenant asked him if he’s sure he knows how to face serious problems? This was a not so veiled threat. My friend displayed humility but the pride of the lieutenant demanded an act of humiliation. My question to you is what would you have done?

When Metaphysical Man, Atro City’s resident superhero and trendsetter is inadvertently sucked into an alternate world by a mysterious super villain he’s forced to overcome his only weakness; reality. Read more at http://smashwords.com/books/view/540303#amreading #amwriting

Voltaire

“Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices”

– Voltaire

“So, you must be Christopher. I have been looking forward to meeting you. My name is Niccolo,” said the large tomcat whose presence commanded the room. “Forgive the manners of my comrades. They are very cautious because one can never be too careful these days especially with strangers, if you know what I mean?” I did not know what he meant but I nodded in approval just the same. Rizzo said, “Christopher has come to speak to Socrates.” Without even looking at Rizzo Niccolo responded, “One doesn’t come to see Socrates. One is summoned by Socrates.”…

Excerpt From: “Breed The Secret Design To Maintain Racial Inequality Among The Despised Classes” by William Chasterson.

When Metaphysical Man, Atro City’s resident superhero and trendsetter is inadvertently sucked into an alternate world by a mysterious super villain he’s forced to overcome his only weakness; reality. Read more at http://smashwords.com/books/view/540303#amreading #amwriting

The Million Dollar Question?

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This is an update of a previous post where we asked the question : Is gentrification the new colonization? Much thanks to those who contributed. Now it’s your turn to chime in! Express yourself!

 

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Do you agree ???

Your luxury is is our displacement
This message is spray painted on the sidewalk just outside the Jefferson st. exit from the L train in Bushwick Brooklyn NY. The author apparently wanted to make sure that none of the hipsters missed it upon exiting the train. Many in the neighborhood agree with this statement? What’s your opinion? Is gentrification the new colonization?

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These hipsters are playing frisbee across a 4-way stop intersection

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Old neighborhood paint store converted into cafe / bar

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No socks hipster reading WSJ

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Overturned Cars

After thoroughly satisfying his curiosity regarding the dying spider MM remembers his assigned task. He walks on through an obstacle course of abandoned cars. Some of them have been turned upside down or on their side and most of them have stray dogs living under them. Metaphysical Man pauses to observe a dog struggling to enter one of the rusted shelters. He ponders over the symbolism of the scene. The dog’s ears are raw and bleeding from scratching insect bites. Yet he opens the wounds even more by scraping against the bottom of the car. Apropos of his situation the beast struggles to enter an unfit location in order to flee from an even more hostile environment. The superhero notes the muddy ground and rusty roof of the shelter and considers just how hostile the environment would have to be in order to make this bacteria trap appear as the safer option. Metaphysical Man continues down the road and spots a government building. He reads the title written on the front of the edifice. “Ministry of Sanitation and Social Wellbeing.” He laughs inwardly at the obvious irony.

When Metaphysical Man, Atro City’s resident superhero and trendsetter is inadvertently sucked into an alternate world by a mysterious super villain he’s forced to overcome his only weakness; reality. Read more at http://smashwords.com/books/view/540303#amreading #amwriting

 Faith vs. Farth?*                                                                                     *(This is not a religious article)

When we hear the word faith our minds immediately jump to religion which is a controversial subject. But in actuality the word faith is defined as a complete trust or confidence in someone or something. A strongly held belief or theory. According to this definition the church does not have a monopoly on faith. Everyone has strong beliefs or theories about something or another. The question is: How do we express our faith and are we correct in what we think we are expressing?

Faith is not just a gut feeling as some might think. It is not just a position taken on a controversial subject. Rather it is a firm opinion evidenced by a particular action or actions. This means one’s actions can be looked at to determine whether or not his or her faith is genuine. Think for example of a person who professes to have faith or trust in you. Yet anytime they find themselves in difficulty instead of calling you they call on your powerful enemies to help them out. Despite their words their actions indicate that they really don’t have faith in you at all. Rather their actions prove they have faith in the power of your enemies. Instead of calling them out on their hypocrisy we’ve arrived at a point in our society where it’s unacceptable to question one’s faith or loyalty. This fear of judging the actions of others has resulted in the institutionalization of hypocrisy and a world where everyone’s motives are suspect. We are considered guilty until proven innocent. 

I believe there should be a word for the strong disbelief in everything and everyone that is engrained into the consciousness of society. In my search for such a word I’ve found only the negative of the root word. For example: lack of faith, lack of confidence or disbelief. Being that the lack of faith in this world far outweighs the amount of actual faith I’ve decided to award the negative of the root it’s own name. I’m going to call it farth. I’ll attempt to illustrate my claim that farth trumps faith using the following experience.

I used to work at a company that offered free health insurance to low income individuals and families in New York City. As a representative of the company I had a table set up at different locations in low income neighborhoods. A coworker and I  witnessed someone drop their wallet in the street. Though the man retrieved his wallet the event got us into a discussion about ethics. I expressed shock when my coworker mentioned that if he found a wallet full of money along with ID indicating the address of its owner he would pocket the cash before mailing back the wallet and ID. He seemed to be under the impression that such an action was not theft because he was under no obligation to return the wallet in the first place. He felt that he was being a Good Samaritan by returning the ID and other documents inside and that the cash was a well deserved reward for his act. I expressed my opinion that once he discovered the identity of the wallet’s owner pocketing the cash would transform an otherwise honest man into a thief. “It’s true,” I explained. “You are under no obligation to return the lost item but if you know who the money belongs to and still decide to keep it, you are a thief plain and simple.”  My opinion offended him. He felt judged so he lashed out at me. Apparently remembering his strong sense of farth he shook his head and said, “I would keep the money but I’m no thief. I’m just being honest about my actions. In fact there’s no evidence that we’re any different, you would probably do the same.” I realized at that moment he was right. I had no proof that I wouldn’t do the same. My actions would be the only proof that I wouldn’t pocket the money and for that I would need an opportunity.

In another post I mentioned how my wife and I talked about moving to an underdeveloped country to do volunteer work. Most likely people thought we were just talking about doing something because we knew we had no opportunity of ever actually carrying it out. I realized that they too were right. Until I actually quit my job and stepped onto the plane I had no proof of what we would do. Now however I have the past year and a half to point to as evidence of my faith.

When Metaphysical Man, Atro City’s resident superhero and trendsetter is inadvertently sucked into an alternate world by a mysterious super villain he’s forced to overcome his only weakness; reality. Read more at http://smashwords.com/books/view/540303#amreading #amwriting

Exclusive Interview with William Chasterson by Metaphysical Man !!!

MM: Thank You for taking the time to sit down with me for this interview mr. Chasterson.

WC: Call me William. It’s my pleasure. It’s not everyday one gets interviewed by a real superhero.

MM: William I first want to address a recent controversy regarding your blog. Some readers were offended by some of the quotes you posted from historical figures who have communistic or national socialist ideologies. Are you a Communist or Nazi?

WC: No. Communists, Nazis, and for that matter even Democrats and Republicans all have one thing in common, and that is a firm belief in man’s ability to rule himself. I do not have this faith. I believe that if man could successfully rule himself it would have been conclusively proven over the past thousands of years of human history. Despite great advances in technology man has only found more effective ways to exploit and destroy one another. I do not believe in the philosophies of Friedrich Nietzsche or Karl Marx.

MM: Then why did you post their quotes?

WC: What I posted were excerpts from my new book ‘Breed the secret design to maintain racial inequality among the despised classes’. The quotes are actually chapter titles in my book. Like most books the chapter title gives a clue as to what is about to take place in the story. The same is true of my book. My book is fiction. I challenge anyone who has actually read my book to present me with evidence that I am advocating racial superiority or any other catylist for human suffering.

MM: In order to take you up on that challenge wouldn’t it be at their own cost? Your book is not free.

WC: Actually for the month of September I am offering ‘Breed the secret design to maintain racial inequality among the despised classes’ for free. Anyone who wants can download a free copy from the smashwords website using the coupon code found on the homepage of my blog williamchasterson.wordpress.com. Judge for yourself the content of my book at no personal cost.

MM: That sounds like a fair deal. What’s next for William Chasterson?

WC: As you know I’m working on a project that includes yourself and examines how modern man views himself in contrast to others.

MM: When can we expect to see this project released?

WC: It’s due to be released the summer of 2015

MM: Thanks again for taking the time to be interviewed.

WC: Thank you for taking time off of fighting crime to conduct this interview.

When Metaphysical Man, Atro City’s resident superhero and trendsetter is inadvertently sucked into an alternate world by a mysterious super villain he’s forced to overcome his only weakness; reality. Read more at http://smashwords.com/books/view/540303#amreading #amwriting