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Bloggers PhotoI've always wanted to title my "Bio", "Highlights of a Low-Life" and I'll be damned if I didn't Google that title and it has already been used by someone  else. Figures!

So, here's a bit about me: my name is Chan Hurst. I've been writing poetry,  short-stories, essays and memoirs for 24 years. My forte, though, is "Rhyme"  and I consider it to be the only "true" form of poetry. I know: quite a  debatable, controversial and fascist belief, but this is my fervent conviction,  for which I am unapologetic and shall never waver.

My greatest poetic  influences include Poe, Shelley, Keats and Dickinson. If you are looking for  "odes to nature" or "grandma" or some other mundane topic, I am definitely NOT  the poet to read. I write what's in my Soul, and stay true to my  aesthetic.

I'm 34, gay, partnered for the past 5 years and married in my  own mind and heart. I have 5 children: 2 dogs and 3 cats. I am physically and  mentally disabled, suffer from numerous mental illnesses, am an addict/alcoholic  who also suffers with chronic pain. I'm a highly opinionated introvert with a  staggering IQ (I'm not modest when it comes to intelligence). What you are about  to read now is a paper I wrote as an introduction about myself to my fellow  classmates in one of my many failed attempts at higher  education:

    I am of the opinion that unless you are  some kind of celebrity, no one wants to hear your life story.  Since I find  99.9% of the human race utterly uninteresting, I have no desire to hear about  your plights or triumphs so I don’t expect you to want to hear mine. I’m a  misanthropist, damn it. A jaded Cynic. Would you expect anything less?

 Ok, OK! You asked for it. You want to know so badly? Well, then, I’ll  tell you. I’m a self-professed geek. Yes, I acknowledge as much. It seems that  in today’s age, being a geek is much more chic and “in” than it used to be.  Thank goodness media expands our limits and perceptions of “coolness”. I mean,  hats off to such influences as “Big Bang Theory”, right? You remember all those  reasons you made fun of nerds and geeks in school? Yeah, well, apply them to me.  And may the Force be with you as you live long and prosper. Insert “smiley face”  emoticon.

 Now I will cryptically and enigmatically tell you how un-exactly deep  my well of coolness allegedly is. This will all sound pretty flakyy so feel free  to roll your eyes or LOL wherever you see fit.  Ok, you ready? Thought not,  but here we go anyway: I am that person, that friend of a friend of a friend,  who has seen and experienced the most indescribably incredible things your mind  can fathom on dark and stormy nights.  I’ve had the kind of close  encounters that those weird people on TV swear and attest are true. I’ve  underwent the kind of mind-blowing revelations that those levitating Tibetan  monks or jungle medicine men have probably known for eons. A hit of Timothy  Leary on the end of your tongue on a bright and sunny spring day brings the  universe and life into perspective. But so does walking in the Shoes of  Insanity!

 What else? Hmmmmm. Ok, well, like many of you, I’ve had a number of  adventures in my 34 years on earth. Like what? Patience, young Padawan; I’m  getting to that. For example: I lived overseas with the Kiwis for a time in New  Zealand. I’ve lived high on the hog, but also roamed skid row (but not with  Sebastian Bach). My fashionable myriad of mental maladies have shown me the  inside of The Cuckoo’s Nest on more than one occasion. I’ve nearly died more  times than I can attempt to count. I have climbed the heights of pure Nirvana  and suffered tragedy of the Shakespearean kind. I’ve had organs removed and a  toe amputated. Loved and lost; hated and gained. I’ve been locked up, tied down  and shot at. Just to name a few...    

 I mean, so I got kicked out of a private Christian school in the tenth  grade; hasn’t that happened to everyone? Is going to class on acid really that  big of a deal in the grand scheme of things? Does it really matter that I almost  killed an up and coming country music star back in the 90’s? Or that I used to  dabble in the occult and dress like Dracula? Why are you shaking your head at  me? Who are you, Saint Peter?

 Like most of you, I’ve had various careers over the years; everything  from the educator of your children (I know, someone did indeed drop the ball  when they hired me) and street pharmacist (the money was good!). Years ago, I  enjoyed being the night manager at a hotel (so what if I routinely fell asleep  and slept with the guests?). Once, I had the distinct displeasure of working for  UPS as a truck loader (if any of your packages got smashed or were lost, I  apologize). I’ve been a cashier one too many times (my bad if you got  short-changed). Flipped my share of burgers (what do you mean yours was “raw”?).  In 2006 I worked with the criminally insane (I know, right up my alley!) but  quit two weeks later after I was nearly choked to death. Yeah, I’ve done a  little of everything. What am I doing now you ask? Wouldn’t you like to  know!

Oh, lest I forget, can I get an “AMEN!” if you, too, have perpetrated  embarrassing acts that made your father wince and your mother cry? Can I get a  “HELL YEAH!” if you’ve partied too much and wound up in the slammer or  slept with someone who looked much better when you were drunk? Can I get a fist  bump from all my fellow “He-Whores” and “Jessebels”? No? What a bunch of prudish  pansies! Like I’m the only one who’s gotten too loaded and told everybody I  could play the bongos with my feet? Don’t act like you’ve never passed out in  public or urinated on the side of a church!

 Like everybody else, I could go on and on, yadda yadda yadda with some  blah blah blah, but I think you get the gist of it. I'm a weirdo; a freak and  geek, but damn proud of it. I am unconventional, controversial, unorthodox and  fascist. Hope that's not a problem for you lol.




The "Myth of Equality"


Blog Posted:11/4/2013 10:04:00 AM
Thomas Jefferson was obviously an intelligent man; I think there is little doubt surrounding that fact, but he did make an erroneous statement when he declared, "All men are created equal!". A pleasant thought and idea this is- this absurd idea that everyone is "equal". Perhaps, indeed, in the eyes of God, all men are equal...and then again, perhaps not. Let me explain to you, if I may, why I believe "equality" is nothing save a convenient myth to lull us all into believing that no one is better than anyone else.

It is beyond my capacity to rationalize that Bill Gates or Donald Trump is my financial equal; I cannot rationalize that a child is my physical equal; I cannot rationalize that Einstein is/was my intellectual equal; I cannot rationalize that Charles Manson is my moral equal. Given my inability to draw or paint, I cannot rationalize that Van Gogh is my artistic equal. These are but a few mere examples how, on one scale or another, no two human beings are in any way "equal". There are even differences, however palpable or subtle, in identical twins.

Bill Gates is financially superior to me. I am physically superior in strength to a child. Einstein is/was more intelligent than I. Charles Manson is inferior when it comes to my sense of morality. Van Gogh is my artistic superior.

The closest we can ever get to achieving "equality" as varied human beings is mutual respect and equal rights. I would hate to think that in the eyes of the Lord, a criminal or murderer is in any way equal to me. I get the concept that "sin is sin", but I think that God, being omnipotent, would make a clear distinction; after all, is that not what "Judgment Day" is all about? The good Souls going to Heaven and the corrupt ones sentenced to Hell? Seems like there is some inequality going on in that picture. Now, I have no wish to engage in a theological debate, for that is not the premise of the post; I only wish to further exemplify the idea that no one is equal, in flesh or Soul.

This opinion is divisive and controversial, but instead of attacks or accusation, I welcome an intelligent and rational debate, if anyone is interested. An articulate debate may even cause me to change my mind, as I am challenging humanity's long-held and generally accepted "self-evident truths". Again, I ask that we not focus upon the religious aspect of this thesis, for such arguments are futile as we all have our firm spiritual convictions. Instead, let us discuss why "equality" may or may not be a myth. Thanks for reading and considering, and remember, this is not meant to be offensive or an attack but merely an exchange of ideas :)
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  1. Date: 11/20/2013 5:42:00 PM
    Basically, we are equal in the fact that no one's life is worth any less than another's because of status, gender, race, or religion....this is my rationalization of all being equal :)

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 11/25/2013 8:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, F.J. :)
  1. Date: 11/9/2013 11:23:00 AM
    All men are created equal (and then women finally got the right to vote.) Some people get rich and some die poor. I believe we are created equal in that we have unique talents and then it becomes our responsibility to use them in productive ways. We all have equal opportunities to pursue a fulfilling life. What we are is what we make.

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 11/25/2013 8:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Astute observations, K; thanks for sharing <3
  1. Date: 11/4/2013 7:40:00 PM
    Hullo, Chan. Neat discussions happening in this blog -- this is great for me to see. I believe that we are created equal to an extent .... maybe during the initial 'spark' of creation(yet, are all sperm and eggs equal? Wot of the gazillion variables?), but even within the womb, individual development also ceases to be equal -- we aren't born equally, nor do we develop equally. Altruistically, the only possible equality can come from equal rights. As you mentioned. You asked not to focus on religious aspects, so I will do just that(lol!). I agree with your statement about heaven and hell. I believe, that as a mortal concept, heaven and hell is even more discriminatory than racism, sexism, etc, especially since it deals with infinity/immortality(let's say there is a God, some sort of super-consciousness or wotever .... such a consciousness would be far beyond ego, would be beyond needing to be worshipped, and such a consciousness would not feel the need, nor have the capacity within its benevolence to damn a soul for all eternity -- heaven and hell is some seriously linear mortal conceptualization devised to keep people in line via fear tactics). Now, religionists will scoff at such a claim, which is fine by me. It is only my opinion. I don't judge religionists for believing in the most discriminatory concept ever devised by humanity, because they are innocent in my eyes. Yes, the conundrum of innocent discrimination!? Ha! Seriously though, brainwashing is such a powerful and insidious tool, I do not judge nor blame religionists for partaking in the most discriminatory belief system on the planet. Of course it is a religionist's equal right to partake in such belief systems.

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 11/5/2013 9:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I agree with you 100%, Chris! Especially the part about God being beyond ego and the rest. My spiritual beliefs are quite unconventional so I was hearted by your input. Thanks for reading and for the thoughtful, thought-provoking reply :)
  1. Date: 11/4/2013 4:41:00 PM
    We fight so much for equal rights..Yet We would never be equal..After all each one of us is uniquely different..Our backgrounds..Our thoughts .believes..We are all unequal in someway or another.Only through God's eyes We are equal .He loves us all the same.He loves a murderer too..Re Heaven and Hell..It depends what hell means to you.I do believe God loves us for who We are equally..Its up to us if we want him in our life or not.Hell is choosing to hate God and humanity..Other than that I do believe everyone goes to heaven..For the world we are unequal..For God We are the same.Interesting blog.

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 11/5/2013 9:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for your feedback, Charm! I don't believe in Hell or the devil, personally. I also believe God does love us all, no matter what we've done. I don't think God makes distinctions between "good" and "evil"; they are both integral to life and we all have the capacity for both. Thanks for reading and replying :)
  1. Date: 11/4/2013 1:14:00 PM
    We're all created equal. BUT ... to develop-succeed-grow-whatever ... we all need the same tools (functional family, proper education, beneficial socialization, bening environment, etc). Imagine Einstein being an African American and living in the South under the Jim Crow law.

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    Smith Avatar Caleb Smith Date: 11/4/2013 4:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Good point...
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 11/4/2013 2:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No, I'm not talking about races. My point it that we're all created equal but, due to the different (dissimilar, poor, or nonexistent) ways in which we're nurtured spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually ... we CANNOT be all Einsteins, Gates, Trumps ...
    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 11/4/2013 1:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm not really looking at the idea from a racial point of view; that thought didn't even enter my mind, honestly. But your feedback is welcomed, Ruben :)
  1. Date: 11/4/2013 12:21:00 PM
    And in that respect, I guess we might all be created equal. What life hands us and what we are willing to work for determines(usually) what we will become on life's scale. Of course, I know there are holes in this idea, but I'll let someone else point that out cuz I gotta run...;)....good blog.

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 11/4/2013 1:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Excellent input and feedback; you gave me much to ponder, which was exactly what I was hoping for; thanks, Caleb! :)
  1. Date: 11/4/2013 12:18:00 PM
    It's true that not all men (women) are equals in financial, physical, or moral status, but Jefferson said, "created equal". When Bill Gates was born, he had not yet become the money magnet that he is. Van Gogh had not yet become an artistic icon. Manson had not yet become a murderer. Einstein had not yet thought of the theory of relativity. These things came later due to other factors ... their raising, their drive, etc. Nature/ Nurture ...if you will. Of course, there is the nature side. What, if any of these abilities(or faults) were these people born with?...and how will we know? It's possible that Jefferson was talking more about the fact that we're all naked and screaming from the womb.

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 11/4/2013 1:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You make some great and convincing statements, Caleb. I must admit they are logical. I wasn't interpreting it from the moment of birth, as it was perhaps meant. Jefferson's statement aside, does equality exist among developing or developed humans? Hmmmmmm.....
  1. Date: 11/4/2013 11:40:00 AM
    Well ... I don't think that Jefferson made an erroneous statement when he said that all men are created equal. His mistake was the "3/5 compromise" (still in the Constitution) where all the African Americans (slaves at that moment) were counted as 3/5 of a person ... you know, the contradictions of the founding fathers. : (

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 11/4/2013 1:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I wasn't looking at it from that point of view (I didn't read the part to which you are referring). I don't know how you can interpret someone as "3/5" human; that's bizarre to me. Anyway, thanks for joining the discussion, Ruben :)

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3/21/2014An Exercise in VersatilityVersepoetry,self,
3/19/2014Pas de DeuxRhymelove,
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2/12/2014The Last SonRhymeart,truth,winter,
2/11/2014What Gets On My NervesNarrativeanger,angst,how i feel,
2/10/2014Surgical BlueFree versehealth,me,satire,
2/8/2014Restless NativesSonnetboat,journey,ocean,
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2/5/2014Hemlock ValentineRhymedeath,fire,grave,heart,lo
2/4/2014Veracious Vainglorious Vivacious Vixen: Very Virtuous, Very ViciousRhymebeauty,woman,
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1/28/2014Bionic Betty: Another True Tale from the Mental WardNarrativecrazy,woman,
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1/25/2014Social ClimberRhymedeath,father,heaven,money
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