October 31st, 2008


inspiration from an unlikely source...

For those of you who don't already know...start with this story about a man who lit himself on fire last night on the University of Washington campus.


I stood today, while a mormon talked with me...offering me the chance to do more than stand and stare at the roped off section of red square. There was only a single bouquett of flowers. The groundskeeper pulled up with the power washer to clean up what was left of the mess. I remarked that it must be a sobering job.

I stood today...wondering what I could take from this incident...what could it mean to me in my life. I got home, and looked up the news...and read many stories...and I found it. Something that brings me joy to have even heard about.

Students had him and the fire put out before anyone else got there.

One student wrestled with the man to keep him from dousing himself...nearly costing him as well.

These are examples of character that I must accordingly give due notice. In a place that I wholly did not expect to ever see such an example of what humans should be for each other...comes a very strong sense of hope now. Hope that people are not lost. Hope that there are those who care...and care enough to help. It takes a very special kind of person to risk and sacrifice personal injury (especially to a gasoline fire) to help this man...and it was shown by SEVERAL...not just one.

I got away from hope a long time ago...you will often hear me remark about how I think "hope" was the worst thing let out of pandora's box...because it's that last sliver of hope that drags things out forever.

I just realized however...that some things deserve that hope...some things deserve that time...that dedication

Personally, I would like to commend people and characters like that...and regardless of whether or not this makes it to them...it's still worth noting to anyone. Would that we could all have such character...

I saw a sign on the bus today...just after bidding farewell to the spirit of the man who may just have found what he was looking for. It's rang a specific bell in my head that i've been hanging on to for a while.

and i'll leave you with Marcus Aurelius and Ghandi.

"Quit talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself!" "Become the change you want to see in the world."