I will do nothing

Today is USAmerican Independence Day, and I will do nothing, in deliberate protest. Will anyone even notice? I’m no longer convinced people in the world care about or have even heard of the United States. Justice Kennedy is retiring and President Trump has the opportunity to appoint yet another Supreme Court justice, and I don’t know anyone here to talk about it with, anyone who wouldn’t stare at my mouth as the sounds came out, both of us considering a question of reality and/or having gotten it wrong. I want to put quotation marks around all of these proper nouns, which are something people made up and getting a little fuzzy around the edges in my mind.

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when I asked about cultures of conflict

When I asked about cultures of conflict last night my new boyfriend Yiannis offered up the English concept of envy, always being interested in and competitive over that which the other has, and when I pressed explained an idea of Greece as εθνος αναδελφων, ethnos anadelfon, which — he struggled to break it down, ethnos being about the nation and adelfos referring to the brother — almost translates to “nation of brothers,” except for that αν (“the preposition,” he said, and immediately I was excited, even as I’m not sure that’s correct — myself, I would have said “prefix” — but maybe it is a preposition — who knows — the part of speech so broad and strong) — the an is negatory — which of course I know already from my prior-island study of ανορεξία, anorexia — so it’s like a nation of brotherly antipathy.

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