A disturbing look at the world of auctions and slaughter, where horses are flipped like real estate.
@FranJurga wrote: I wrote an absolutely inspired long-form blog post about the value of long-form writing in inspiring and informing us in this polarized age...and accidentally deleted it.
You probably wouldn't have had time to read it, anyway--which is exactly the point.
Find a time and a place to sit down and read something that inspires you. Chances are it won't be a soundbite or a blurb or an excerpt. It will be something like "Dark Horse", which won the Pushcart Prize for essay writing, by the way.
For me, it's Gary Smith articles in Sports Illustrated. His words make me swoon, but no less than brilliant articles by Bill Heller, Joe or Sean Clancy, Laura Hillenbrand, Pam Houston or Brough Scott have, as well.
Find that article that you ripped out of the paper or magazine, the one that you folded up and kept all these years. The one with words that said something to you and stayed with you, became part of you.
Share these treasures with others. Tweet links to them, share them on Facebook, +1 them on Google+.
Re-read where you've come from: Maybe these classics can come out of our pockets and move us forward out of these ruts where we've been stuck.
We've got to do something.
Remember when we used to spend time on Sundays reading those fat newspapers? It was a time and space we just devoted to browsing and reading and, in ways we didn't know then, learning what was going on in the world.
Now our worlds are narrow. We read what relates to us, we get news bites from networks that agree with us, we'd confuse celebrities with statesmen, if there were any statesmen left.
Check your pockets and see what you're carrying. Then sit down and remember why it's been there, all this time. Make a resolution to pull it out more often, and ask why you haven't added anything to that pocket lately.