Is the Glass Half Empty or am I?

Ever seen a map of the world on the other side of the world?

We’re so used to seeing our continent dead left or dead center.

Fly to China

and suddenly

North America

is pushed all the way

to the right corner

like it’s wearing the dunce cap

cause China is the center of the earth

it’s disorienting to see

the world through

Asian eyes

you look at the map and think it’s broken

“What’s North America doing all the way over on the right side of the map?

Get it over in the middle where it belongs!”

History is even more relative.

It’s written by the fathers of your country

ask a Brazilian who came up with the airplane

the Wright brothers is the wrong answer.

History is relative

Geography is relative

hell, even Math is relative since the Theory of Relativity

is there nothing Absolutely True?



but from which text book?


10 thoughts on “Is the Glass Half Empty or am I?

  1. Steven Myers

    very excellent and feels like a blue print to get free from
    the expectations these different histories create.
    reminds me of Sun Ra’s response to the question
    about his name–about Ra meaning evil in Hebrew and Ra also being an Egyptian Sun G-d
    “History is his story, not my story, what’s your story?”

    1. cottonbombs Post author

      History seems like such a waste of time for me, yet, it has always been one of my favorite subjects. (Though, I am the one subject to History). It seems like an entire course devoted to turning gossip in fact. How the hell do we know what happened 1000 years ago when we don`t even know what happened yesterday.

      1. Steven Myers

        tree rings and imagination,
        but seriously a nice history intro book for students is the Salem Witchtrials,
        23 different perspectives followed by the 24th….to be written by the reader.

      2. cottonbombs Post author

        I think it’s great from reading this, it conjures the Salem witch trials to you. Absolutely. Talk about losing/gaining perspective! This then reminds of judging the witch in Monty Python’s Holy Grail. She weighs the same as the duck she must be a witch! The witches last words: fucking diet.

  2. granbee

    Very deep thinking and wonderful perspective revealed in this post, dear Peter! As for me, I sometimes imagine ALL the religious texts stirred together to reveal even a nose hair of the Face of God! And, no, I have known for some time that North America is NOT the center of the world. I mean, we have no Meccas or Jerusalems or high Himalayan monasteries here. So there!

    1. cottonbombs Post author

      Rose! It took me having to fly over an ocean to see that the world is round and everywhere is the center of a circle. I`d heard rumors, but, until I saw that first map, I never truly appreciated the shape of this globe. We are all connected, bias separates us and our journey must be to bridge the two together: the love of what we know and see with the darkness of what is out of our sight.

      1. cottonbombs Post author

        Some of my other favorite North American tourist sites: largest ball of twine in Darwin, Minn, (talk of evolution); world’s largest apple in Colborne, On, that is not an apple at all but cement painted to look like an apple; and Fenway Park in Boston.

  3. Joana Guiro

    “ask a Brazilian who came up with the airplane”
    Santos Dumont! hahaha
    everything just depends on who is seeing it
    nice work!

    1. cottonbombs Post author

      Joana! As Brazilian you see the invention of flight differently than North Americans. Santos Dumont is not a popular name up here in this part of the Americas, which shows the power of propaganda versus truth. Thank you for commenting!


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