A Little Bukowski for Spring

“You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.”
― Charles Bukowski 

Charles Bukowski is one of my favorite writers. There is something so raw, honest, and profound in the way he wrote, plus you can never tell what he’s going to say next. I would describe his work as something that is full of surprises and packs a lot of punches, just like life.

 Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must live. 

Do you agree? Or how about this…

“Some lose all mind and become soul,insane.
some lose all soul and become mind, intellectual.
some lose both and become accepted”

Now this last one is one of my favorites

 We’re all going to die, all of us; what a circus! That alone should make us love each other, but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities. We are eaten up by nothing.

The man has a point, is it so hard for us to love each other?

Yet for the sake of saving the world like Bukowski says, we begin by saving the world, one person at a time.

Or even one story at a time, one documentary at a time, one moment at a time. You know that moment when you took the time to chat to the person serving you coffee during your daily coffee run. Or that time you spoke to a stranger during your trip abroad on the bus and asked them about their life. It could have been these small gestures that made these people feel important, made them feel that yes, they did exist and that they did have a voice.