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by John Green
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And we are going to wrong some rights. The first shall be last; the last shall be first; the meek shall do some earth-inheriting. But before we can radically reshape the world, we need to shop. But there are a thousand ways to look at it: But you have to be careful which metaphor you choose, because it matters.

The metaphors have implications. Do you know what I mean? Pulling life out by the roots. But you can't do that until your life has grown roots. It was as if what I wanted to kill wasn't in that skin or the thin blue pulse that jumped under my thumb, but somewhere else, deeper, more secret, and a whole lot harder to get.

The something deeper and more secret. It's like cracks inside of you. Like there are these fault lines where things don't meet up right. I have this thing that makes me really uninterested in prom shoes. The light turned green and Ben hit the gas. I learn that it is not the idle fantasies of someone who maybe wants something important to happen to him, even if the important thing is horrible.

This cannot be addressed by breathing exercises. This fear bears no analogy to any fear I knew before. This is the basest of all possible emotions, the feeling that was with us before we existed, before this building existed, before the earth existed. This is the fear that made fish crawl out onto dry land and evolve lungs, the fear that teaches us to run, the fear that makes us bury our dead.

There was no shortage of ways to see her. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl. This is what I had to do. I had to hear and imagine my way into her map. The most distilled possible form of liberation.

Everything that mattered except one lousy picture was in the trash, but it felt so great. I started jogging, wanting to put even more distance between myself and school.

Radar tapped a locker twice with his fist to express his approval, and then came back with another. Ben could not resist tearing himself apart. She said she was waiting for Radar to ask her. Radar nodded his head slowly. Your grandma loves the brothers. We were in the business of mutual amusement, and we were reasonably prosperous. She rolled her eyes, smiling. A girl accustomed to compliments.

Radar threw his books into his locker and shit it. And we are going to wrong some rights. The first shall be last; the last shall be first; the meek shall do some earth-inheriting. But before we can radically reshape the world, we need to shop. The rules of capitalization are so unfair to words in the middle. Every moment of your life is lived for the future—you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.

You see the place as someone once imagined it. You see how fake it all is. I mean look at it, Q: All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store.

Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too. Or even Lacey, although I actually liked her. But it was the last string. It was a lame string, for sure, but it was the one I had left, and every paper girl needs at least one string, right?

I turned around and splashed her. She leaned her body into mine a little and I could feel her upper arm against my ribs. When a guy like that gets promoted to Executive Vice President of Urine Gunning, immediate action must be taken.

I understand that you do not control Chuck and Jasper. But you see, I am in a similar situation. I do not control the little devil sitting on my left shoulder. So do I little angel. They strain against the string and strain against it, and then something happens, and that string gets cut, and they just float away. It was a place you go to die. I learn that it is not the idle fantasies of someone who maybe wants something important to happen to him, even if the important thing is horrible.

This cannot be addressed by breathing exercises. This fear bears no analogy to any fear I knew before. This is the basest of all possible emotions, the feeling that was with us before we existed, before this building existed, before the earth existed.

This is the fear that made fish crawl out onto dry land and evolve lungs, the fear that teaches us to run, the fear that makes us bury our dead. But I am not prepared. I made a feeble attempt. So grass is a metaphor for life, and for death, and for equality, and for connectedness, and for children, and for God, and for hope.

There was no shortage of ways to see her.

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