Rights of Passage

I can’t make it to the sunset after work anymore due to daylight savings time and the approaching winter. Even though I leave work at 4 PM, by the time I get home at 4:30, the sun is well on its way to setting. But that’s ok because it means more night shots like this one which I love anyway 🙂 You may have noticed that I haven’t taken too many photos of foliage over the past month. This is mainly because I have been sick and secondly because I spent a good deal of time building a new computer so I can process pictures faster and maybe even play a *few* games. Now that I am all better and my computer is all built, most of the leaves are on the ground (dramatic irony). Regardless, there’s still some color left in this city be it on the ground or otherwise and I fully intend to capture some of it before winter takes hold. This photo was taken on the Esplanade in Boston (where else) and as you can see there is plenty of color. My last post was about having the courage to take the path less traveled… the divergent path, if you will. For this post I am going to switch gears a bit and discuss our rights of passage across whatever path we choose. Rights of Passage Rights of passage are defined by more than the desire to pass. For everyone has desires, but to have a right one must have nobler intentions. It is a common misconception that rights come with birth, that we are somehow entitled to a life of moral righteousness on our own terms – this is not true. Without the moral constructs of society rights fade away to nothing more than desires. Only when desire transcends selfish intent does it become a right. Only when it upholds tenets that are deemed noble, true, and just by the common populace does it become necessary. But history has shown us that the common populace is far more uncommon and divided than one would hope. Who then has the right? The dominant power, those suffering, or neither? There is no answer to that question because it is false… we are all suffering. So long as there is a winning and losing side we as a race will suffer. So long as right and wrong are dictated by the whims of the powerful and neglected by the efforts of the merciful, we will falter. Until right and wrong are forged by the human race as a whole, our rights of passage will remain as elusive and ever changing as the wind. Perhaps such thoughts are too idealistic. Perhaps we are doomed to an eternity of fallen empires and rising rebellions. If that is the case I can only hope that more bridges are built than burnt in my lifetime and that my desires remain congruent with my rights.
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2 comments on “Rights of Passage
  1. Matt Tavares says:

    On a lighter note, nice picture. I remember beating my own ass running over that bridge quite a bit during my time in Boston. Thanks for the memory.

    I think you would enjoy a book called “No Boundary” by Ken Wilber. A professor assigned it to us in college and it talks about good/evil, fun/boring, black/white. He thinks we tend to separate everything, because it’s easier for us to characterize the world that way. It’s always one or the other. There is an image of the book of a concave lens, placed vertically the long way. He talks about it as a concave lens for a bit, and says to look at it the opposite way, because it’s also a convex lens. Simple example, but enlightening. He also says that there is no such thing as good and bad, they’re just two ways of describing the same thing. We choose to label things that way.

  2. admin says:

    It’s a nice bridge isn’t it? I’ll have to check out that book. It sounds very interesting. I’m not sure about the whole nonexistence of good and bad though… it seems to me that some things can be construed as bad by everyone, mainly making other people suffer. To me it seems hard to label such a thing as good.

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