El impacto de un libro AKA El castillo, Jorge Méndez Blake, 2007
I saw pictures of this installation by Mexican artist Jorge Mendez Blake, and it got me thinking about the power of ideas, about memes, about the transmission of culture. It reminded me ideas, their propagation and sharing, can impact our world, not just as gentle eddies in a pond, but in disrupting brick walls of institution, custom, and identity.
I haven’t mentioned it much on this blog, because at this point most of my readers are people I know in real life, and are already up on it. Yesterday, the paper ran a story on us. Today is pivotal for medical marijuana legislation in Utah. My wife has been going to the Capitol, lobbying, meeting with representatives and senators, and engaging the media. I’m proud of the work she’s done, and I wish I were more involved.
Well, today is also my first job interview as I transition out of the military.
I’m anxious; and it’s mostly in a good way. It’s an energizing fire. This moment is a culmination of 3a.m. conversations, dreams, thinking out loud in hospital rooms, early morning driving to work long before the Sun rises anxieties, of pros and cons lists, of planning, of wishes, of phone calls, and emails. All of those things have the potential to cause physical ripples and eddies and displaced bricks today.