Zuihitsu


My personal, modern take on the old Japanese literary genre of zuihitsu (随筆). Mostly random philosophical musings. Full zuihitsu collections are collated on the Longer Works page.


reflections of wispy clouds in water

Yes, I might be overpowered. Yes, I might be betrayed. Yes, I might lose. But, with the end in mind, is not love and care more desirable than fear and hate? Does my life not mean more if I choose to trust another, if I allow myself to be vulnerable, if I extend my hand – even if no one takes it?


Zuihitsu

Zuihitsu #39

It is easy to become bitter, on this path. It is easy to point fingers to declare others hypocrites to be angry at those who deny those who don’t care those who embrace ignorance and to blame those who refuse to see, who are blind willingly… But playing the blame game serves us nothing –…

Zuihitsu #38

It’s not about it being easy – though I understand your feelings when you say that. Solutions to this devastation we have wrought will not be easy. Solutions to our new brand of tragedy will not be easy. “Fixing” this is not supposed to be easy – but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it.…

Zuihitsu #37

Universal justice and one way of life – Science as religion and personality traits as inherent. When we believe in absolutes we become blind to reality. We hold up our science as Truth – blind to the biases and corruption and conflicts of interest ignorant of other explanations, other ways of life refusing to notice…

Zuihitsu #36

Every day I go back and forth between loving another and loving myself.But it shouldn’t have to be this way, I think.My justice, my truth, my health and well-being, should never have to be at the expense of someone else’s –and their’s should never have to be at the expense of mine.My love should never…

Zuihitsu #35

I didn’t want this to happen.Probably, you didn’t, either, but it’s not fair for me to speculate on that.I can’t make promises anymore.Every time you stare at me with dull or burning eyes,I will flee into the night,Frustrated and abandoned –Like I used to be.We all have our baggage.You carry yours, and I’ll carry mine.I…

Zuihitsu #35

Isn’t there something wrong here? Many things, actually. It’s not hard to see. There will always be things that are wrong – our lives will never be perfect. But that fact shouldn’t deter us from trying to fix the wrong things and make them right. For one thing,Aren’t people too impatient?They are too easy to…

Zuihitsu #6

Humans, I think, seem to have an innate desire to simplify, and to simplify too much. Liberal or conservative Male or female Black or white Gay or straight Catholic or atheist — Good or bad Worthy or unworthy Happy or sad — Love or hate. There are too many to name. We reduce immensely complex…

Zuihitsu #4

Even in the dead of night I know that I am not alone. Across time and space, memories always keep me company. For instance, the memory of a brief but eternal plane ride, the one that set the gears in motion for us to become closer than we’ve ever been. The plane ride that led…

Zuihitsu #3

Someday, you will be happy. Someday you’ll live in a world where you are valued. A world where every person, every book, every movie, screams out I love you, a world that affirms your very existence, your right to life as a human being. A world of freedom and peace, a world where the sun…

Zuihitsu #34

How many are left? This is a loaded question – Perhaps you don’t want to ask it, Perhaps you don’t want to answer – But there is so little time… We must face it now. So I ask – How many generations are left? How many years do we still have on this earth? How…

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