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All People Matter

While Circumstance Matters, It Is Best Not To Allow Others To Construct Your Reality

Fort Adams State Park, Newport, Rhode Island

Galveston Seawall

Downtown Houston

Alki Beach area of Seattle

Galveston Seawall

Tony Marron Park in Houston  

Serpentine Wall leading to the Ohio River in Cincinnati   

(All photos copyright Neil Aquino.)

Just because there is a staircase does not mean we’ve been offered a chance to move on up, or that there is a way out of a place we don’t want to be.

I suppose in some cases you could see these staircases as offering a way out. At least if you can swim through strong currents to reach the staircases.

While context matters and sometimes we are in a circumstance not of our own making, it is best—with help from others since we need not be alone—to make a world of our own construction instead of allowing someone else to define our world and our options.

The good thing is that we can strive for a society where people work together to find a way out of places that may seem to have no exit, or that appear to lead no place at all.

August 19, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Great pix. I know where the downtown one is. Maybe you need to start a “staircases to nowhere” site on Tumblr.

    Great metaphor for an age where the income declines at the bottom and the top one percent gets more and more of the wealth.

    Here’s what things might look like if the 1% were taken down:

    Comment by Bacopa | August 21, 2011

  2. Americans as identical hive-minded insects, marching in lockstep bent on destruction? How telling.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | August 22, 2011

  3. […] Neil at Texas Liberal said this week that while circumstance matters, it is best not to let others construct your reality. […]

    Pingback by Eye on Williamson » Texas Blog Round Up (August 22, 2011) | August 22, 2011

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