The Audacity’s guest blogger, Dave Knapp, contributes a kick-ass rap that stresses the importance of personal growth….and pretty much all that jazz we love.
“So there was this one time that I went to work after a few nights of partying and hardly any sleep. Big deal. Everyone does that. Well my boss could tell I was pretty burned out so he told me to go take a short nap in my car. It turned out to be the longest short nap of my life.
The first time I woke up, I was still there in my car. I was hungry so I decided to drive down the road to pick up some snacks. It had begun to rain, and it was hard to see where I was driving. I hit a corner going a little too fast and my car hydroplaned into a tree. I woke up again in the parking lot. I hadn’t moved. It was no longer raining. I got out of my car and went back inside, but everyone was gone. As I searched the building for any kind of life, I began to see rooms that had never been there before. Once again, I found myself in the driver seat of my car. I heard the sound of a jet engine getting louder and louder. I looked up to see a plane heading straight for my office. Upon impact, I woke up once again in my car. The building was fine, the jet was gone, but everything was not alright.
The nightmare seemed to go on for an eternity. When I finally awoke from my imaginary hell, I couldn’t even believe I was really conscious. I felt like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, only I never had to learn an important lesson to escape from the dream loop. I thought about what had happened for days, and from my existential crisis an epiphany was born. I felt the only fitting way to communicate my grand realization was in a rap.”
I reach for the sky trying to get closer to god
but I’ll never get there cuz I’m inherently flawed
I’m proud of my progress, but I know if I try
I could do better, but I’ll have no regrets when i die
I live for each epiphany, ecstatic when they come to me.
Leaps in personal evolution, compounding infinitely
Parabolic growth, but I’ll never know the best that I’ll be
cuz there’s no limit to our potential, and that’s the beauty of humanity
Identity’s the product of a place and a time
Thousands of complex factors all work to define
The outcome of the physiology and the mind
of a single individual, yet most are still blind
To the miracle of existence, that the fact of our being
and every moment we live, wondering what all of this means
Is the least likely outcome of an inconceivable string
of variables. Know that life’s a beautiful thing.
Those who live selfishly fail to understand these things
And the unseen impact that a selfish choice brings
For a choice made in neglect of another’s well being
Has deprecating effects that return to the wellspring
Collectively hindering the rate of evolution
Every selfish decision, every easy solution
Creates ripples in the collective anthropological pool
So make sacrifices, live for others, and don’t be a fool
**Above picture taken from High Fructose Magazine’s tumblr page: the artist is Joel Rea for more info click http://hifructose.com/2013/05/07/joel-reas-high-velocity-paintings/