Utopia The Perfect Amount Of Awful

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Pursuit of Wonder

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a man takes one last sip of whiskey he gets in his car and drives to his favorite place Glenwood Canyon he arrives parks his car takes out a flashlight and a car registration from the glove box and then unscrews his license plate he throws his registration and license plate into the river as he walks to a particular spot he and his wife would always spend time at when she was still alive it's one of the highest points of the canyon and it has an incredible view of the valley beneath it he has come to commit suicide the man stands at the edge of the canyon thinking one last time about his life he looks out at the massive beautiful landscape the night sky sprinkled with stars seamlessly converges with the stone of the canyons edge as it trips down into the river beneath he feels a combination of wonder and pain as he's admiring the landscape a woman's voice behind him yells hey startled the man almost falls but then catches himself he turns around to find a woman appearing out of the forest she wears a long dress and has long silvery straight hair she's old but sort of pretty it's late and dark and the man wonders why she's here by herself she approaches the man and says hello kind of confused and thrown off the man says hello back what are you doing here so late by yourself the man asks in kind of a snarky way the woman responds with the same question what are you doing here so late by herself again thrown off the man says I don't know I guess I just needed to clear my head this is my favorite spot you're awfully close to the edge of that cliff to be clear in your head replies the woman are you going to jump no like I said I'm just here to clear my head I've had a long couple of days says the man okay well have a good night says the woman she begins to walk away this confuses the man he had quickly constructed a fantasy in his head that this woman was some deity type who appeared by faith to save him to convince him not to jump to change his mind about life as the woman walks away the man calls out a way he never said why you're here the woman turns around you never said why you're here replies the woman yes I did I just told you the man says with a nervous guilty laugh the woman gets really close to the man quickly moving from where she was right up into the man's face why are you really here she whispers the man thrown off yet again stutters I'm clearing my head okay why don't you believe me the woman turns around and begins to walk away again as she begins to walk further away the man panics at the thought of the woman leaving without trying to save him he yells out okay fine I'm here to jump the woman turns around pardon she asks I'm here to kill myself this life is awful and I'm ready to die okay there you go the woman comes back to where the man standing what's so awful about it she asks what's not so awful about it replies the man it's filled with ugliness and sadness there's tragedy there's conflict as heartbreak it's endlessly difficult for no reason success is hard there's no obvious meaning to anything even just the little things the traffic the cold weather the Mondays the way the grocery stores are lit in the god-awful cashiers that always look at you like they'd be better off if you weren't alive well what life would you not want to jump from ask the woman a life without all that obviously says the man a life filled with only beauty happiness love and peace a life that's easy and fun all the time one where there's a parent meaning to stuff and we actually know what's going on and why we're here and what the point is one with no heartbreak no tragedy no conflict no hardship no mean grocery store cashier is no traffic no Monday's no pain hmm says the woman everything would be perfect and I would never want to leave that life says the man the man and the woman stare at each other for a second it feels like a few so who are you you have to tell me why you're here now the man agitatedly asks again the woman moves closer to him I'm who you hoped I was confused the man backpedals a little bit completely forgetting where he's standing what do you mean asked the man the woman leans in to answer and pushes the man softly on his chest he falls backwards off the cliff [Music] the man awakes in his bedroom it's a normal Tuesday morning he thinks about how horrible the nightmare he just had was but like most dreams he quickly forgets and moves on he gets out of bed and gets ready he gets dressed eats breakfast and leaves his house the sky is bright pink and purple with a sunny glow that illuminates the whole world the grass is richly green and smells like the first spring to ever take place in the universe the birds harmonized together perfectly every person is smiling cheek to cheek as if their faces are pinned in such a position the man is entirely happy he has no sense of sadness everything is beautiful with no sight of ugliness the world has no conflicts everyone loves each other equally there's no heartbreak no hardship no bad days no traffic no mean grocery store cashiers life is easy and smooth and fun the meaning of life and the nature of reality is clear and everyone knows exactly what's going on it's completely and entirely perfect a year or so goes by the man is at home he takes one last sip of water he gets in his car and drives to gladwyn Canyon it's not too far from where he lives he parks his car takes out a flashlight and the car registration from the glove box and then unscrews his license plate he throws his registration and license plate into the river as he walks to a spot that's one of the highest points of the canyon he has come to commit suicide he stands at the edge of the canyon thinking about his life one last time he looks out at the massive beautiful landscape the night skies for coolest are seamlessly converges with the stone of the canyons edge as it trips down into the river beneath he feels nothing he's about to jump when a woman's voice from behind them yells hey startled the man almost falls but catches himself he turns around to find a woman appearing out of the forest this woman's presence is not interesting or perplexing to the man she approaches the man it says hello and asks him what he's doing I'm going to jump says the man why asks the woman it's a waste being alive isn't it there's nothing to do everything is easy and boring I want to feel but there's nothing to feel answers the man well what life would you not want to jump from asks the woman a life that's interesting and exciting and actually has feeling obviously replies the man well what makes a life that way the woman I don't know one where some stuff is beautiful but not everything or perhaps everything is beautiful but at least you don't always notice it so you can actually appreciate it when you do a life you're happy some of the time but not all the time and some of the time you actually feel really sad so you can tell the difference one where everyone doesn't love each other and some people aren't really that nice at all so you can actually feel special about certain people when we're bad stuff happens once in a while one where things are actually kind of hard and finding success and meaning requires some thought effort and creativity so it actually feels important when you find it one where nothing is ever perfect but some stuff can get really close if you try hard enough I never want to leave that life doesn't it sound wonderful asks the man yes says the woman it does the man turns around to look at the landscape over the cliff and try to imagine a life like that the woman leans in and pushes him softly on the back he falls forward off the cliff hope you see at this time the woman says to herself [Music] you

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