MY FRIENDS CALL ME COACH
trying to get your crush to pay attention to you
“There comes a feeling of liberation after running for a very long time. First, your legs pound on the ground beneath you, you search for air to power your strides, you sweat, and look up at the sky. But suddenly, your lungs open up and fill with the fresh air around you, your legs seem to supply you with with endless strides, your vision is blurred yet focused on the things in front of you, and most importantly your mind is clear.
You are now flying. When you run, you allow yourself to submit your thoughts to your surroundings unconditionally. Stop thinking and let go. You trust your legs to carry you far, far away from your problems and allow you to enter a world of peace —your world of peace. When you run, you allow yourself to fall in love. You fall in love with the road, the journey, your powerful strides. And most importantly, you fall in love with yourself.”
“What if, however, humans exceed animals in their capacity for violence precisely because they speak? As Hegel was already well aware, there is something violent in the very symbolisation of a thing, which equals its mortification. This violence operates at multiple levels. Language simplifies the designated thing, reducing it to a single feature. It dismembers the thing, destroying its organic unity, treating its parts and properties as autonomous. It inserts the thing into a field of meaning which is ultimately external to it. When we name gold “gold,” we violently extract a metal from its natural texture, investing into it our dreams of wealth, power, spiritual purity, and so on, which have nothing whatsoever to do with the immediate reality of gold.”