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Composite Compassion

from Coaxial Chaos by Watabou

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If we set our minds to a common goal there is nearly no limit to what we can accomplish. Easier said than done, granted, but it’s nonetheless important to remember the contributions of others around us in the establishment of our identities and sustainment of our passions. It’s easy to look at the progress we create for ourselves and the struggles we individually face because we’re forced to experience those things by ourselves every day, though it is just as vital to look at how far we’ve come and how much we learn and develop through our encounters with others. We wouldn’t even have a frame of reference in this chaotic existence if we didn’t have others working with us and around us. Every interaction is an opportunity for us to strengthen our connection with others or, adversely, to deeper realize our own priorities.

This doesn’t mean that there is no value in recognizing opposition. The others around us that challenge our wellbeing or the wellbeing of others should act as rallying points that can unify all of those around us with common goals of growth and defense. This also doesn’t mean that personal ideals should all be put aside for the sake of establishing collectivity. We need to maintain our individuality and passions while working with others toward common goals, and need to ensure that the others we work with also hold beliefs that are encouraging of mutual betterment and actualization. There is so much depth to be gained through collective action, and in chaotic situations there is nothing more helpful to salvage direction than a true ally.


Collectively we find our start
Stepping forward, gaining ground
So full of feeling, so full of heart
As long as others remain around

Vulnerability also strength
Adrenaline at a toxic high
Numbers not the only factor
But that’s what makes us feel alive

Here we go, a mass assemblage for a meaningful cause
Every instance of infighting put aside to be resolved
Commonality the social cohesion that we have sought
The bigger the intentions the greater amount of effort to put

All combined actions on the line
Our conscious choice to honestly derive
Results from our collaborative climb
Toward compassion with all of our drive

Composite posits compassion
Acting to explain our actions
Maintaining to stand committed
To every word of love we’ve written

Every fraction finely maintained
Without each other this likely couldn’t function nearly the same

Framework of a future plainly
Carved in chaos
To extend out efforts to those
Scarred and those lost
Never compromising any
If you’re hear you simply gotta
Show compassion

The thought times we experience alone
Push us down and out till we can’t cope
We search for an end and that brings us here
No matter the cost we will make this our home

The combination of over a hundred years of work combined
Distilled and comprehensively re-evaluated and then refined
What we spread as a group in no way needs to bear a label to be mine
In fact, the concept of ownership over love or labor will be outmoded over time
Brought to near irrelevance in order to survive

Collectively we reach an end
Necessary rest ahead
So full of satisfaction now
As long as others remain around

Our dedication brought us here
Despite the power of those we feared
Our numbers might have turned the tides
What a wonderful time to be alive


from Coaxial Chaos, released March 1, 2019
Molly Mascow, Sean Ruona, Jonah Rusling - Group vocals




Watabou Ann Arbor, Michigan

Watabou is the amalgamation of extensive electronic programming, punishing physical externalization, subconscious realization, and constructive manipulation of myself and my art. It is the peak of my artistic externalization and I hope you understand and enjoy it for what it is. ... more

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