I re-launched this website in late Spring of 2018 with the intent of using it as a creative, communicative and commercial tool. It’s still a work in progress, like so many of the projects you’ve read about on these pages. I haven’t published nearly as much as I’d planned to, but I’ve gained a small following of paid members to whom I am very grateful, and I’ve learned a lot in managing the site and producing content. It’s been a wild eight months, full of ups and downs, probably much like anyone’s challenging life (Keep your chin up and keep moving, kid.)
Now, with the dawn of the new year, I find myself not only doubling down on my commitment to producing original music, but also shifting the website’s mission in a way that we can all feel good about. I’m now donating 15% of all revenue generated by this site directly to Society of St. Vincent de Paul. If you didn’t know, this organization’s mission statement is, “End poverty through systemic change.” I stand firmly behind that very basic mission, because poverty is the fundamental source of most suffering.
I hate suffering.
No, scratch that. Re-boot. Remove hatred.
I want all suffering to end.
Nope, still not right. Desire is suffering.
All suffering must end.
Still iffy… Implies conditionality.
All suffering shall end.
That’s getting much closer to a powerfully direct mission statement. It’s systemic, trickle-down thinking. It’s also a bit closer to the transcendental ideal of…
There is no suffering.
Just keep repeating it to yourself until it sinks in. Kinda like the self-hypnotism of this:
Since re-booting the human operating system to function on love-and-kindness-based values seems to be taking a very long time, the Vincentians provide poverty relief and assistance to those suffering in lack and need. And, since my poverty-relief infrastructure is not what theirs is, it makes sense to divert a portion of the funds from memberships and downloads to the mission.
The added benefit of this tactic is that it lights a spiritual fire under my ass to produce more, and to increase the social value of the music, podcasts and other media you get from me. It’s gonna make me do more, because 15% of Not Much is still Not Much. But it’s something.
So, that’s the announcement for today: All suffering shall end.