America - Ventura Highway
'Cause the free wind is blowin' through your hair
And the days surround your daylight there
Seasons crying no despair
Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone, and the only one who seeks out another. His nature -if that word can be used in reference to man, who has ‘invented’ himself by saying ‘no’ to nature- consists in his longing to realize himself in another. Man is nostalgia and a search for communion. Therefore, when he is aware of himself he is aware of his lack of another, that is, of his solitude.Octavio Paz
The Labyrinth of Solitude (El laberinto de la soledad) 1950
The Drunkards Progress: From the first glass to the grave; A lithograph by Nathaniel Currier supporting the temperance movement, circa 1846.
Step 1. A glass with a friend.
Step 2. A glass to keep the cold out.
Step 3. A glass too much.
Step 4. Drunk and riotous.
Step 5. The summit attained. Jolly companions. A confirmed drunkard.
Step 6. Poverty and disease.
Step 7. Forsaken by Friends.
Step 8. Desperation and crime.
Step 9. Death by suicide.
“We are conscious of an animal in us, which awakens in proportion as our higher nature slumbers. It is reptile and sensual, and perhaps cannot be wholly expelled; like the worms which, even in life and health, occupy our bodies. Possibly we may withdraw from it, but never change its nature. I fear that it may enjoy a certain health of its own; that we may be well, yet not pure.” - Henry David Thoreau, Walden.
no soy de aquí, ni soy de allá
no tengo edad, ni porvenir