Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

(Some scary, some inspiring) things.  §

The worst thing in the world is activism. The idea that you ought to spend your time badgering perfect strangers to change their mind about something is offensive on its face.

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There are too many things to remember in life right now, so my strategy seems to be to remember none of them and wash my hands of the whole lot.

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Shaun White came back. As the oldest person in his event. I’m at an age, and at a level of lost possibilities and squandered opportunities, at which that seems very inspiring.

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I think I’m tired of keeping fish. So often in my past, a breakup has meant the end of an aquarium. I suppose they’re hard to move around, their residents innocuous enough to get lost in the shuffle. This time, more than two years later, here I sit changing the water.

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Two years. It doesn’t seem like two years. It seems like yesterday. Every detail is fresh. I don’t feel as though I have much personal history since then. I’ve seen this happen to other men. It was scary then, and it’s scary now.

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I spent a lot of years around jaded progressives who snickered at the Olympic Games. I think you have to choose to become disillusioned about one of the two—either progressivism or the Olympics. I’d already decided to become disillusioned about progressivism some time ago, but watching the games this time around, I’m happy to double-down on my Olympics “naiveté.” The “progressives” can pound fucking sand for all I care.

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Speaking of, I am being haunted by my own intellectual and political history. The times, they are a-changin’.