Ingrained Social Reflexes

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Every action is a conclusion based on an accumulation of past experiences. Nothing we can possibly do is exempt from this. All of our compassion, our hatred, our curiosity, our altruism, our pessimism; everything's a result of all the thoughts retained and often long forgotten about. Your future was being shaped since before you were born, so it's not like you ever had the chance to object in the first place; but you are wholly responsible for the outcome, despite your inability to personally influence factors that influenced you so long ago. You are conscious and you are aware that you are the only one that can ultimately act for yourself, despite that action not being in any way totally self motivated. You can take the compassion that I'm trying to project and give it to others as wholly as you interpret it, or you can feed on my contempt for past circumstances and feel motivation for hatred. I can't stop you either way; I can only emphasize self awareness in order to try and evoke as much empathy, positive action, and compassion as possible.


Mind aligned to a meter arhythmic
Pulsating frustration at its stem

I'll waste no time tearing through my
Sense of stability

Gaining pace at a speed still encumbered
Pushing to dissolve my reaction

Words so dispersed at the top of my memory
Trying to climb through this sensory chokehold
It's been twenty long years since the last time that I remember being able to breathe

Endless instinctual defensive properties
Forcing me to fight
Forcing me to retort
Taking me further than I've ever been before

Never letting go
Impulsive and devoid
Of any motion backwards and of anything besides this
Strangulating sequence of natural intent
Keeping me away from self-conception

My own observation
Or so I'd like to think

It's so much more than these (x2)

Ingrained social reflexes

Weighing in with no sense of rhetoric
On my own grounds and opposed to my mind
I will act with confidence self-given
Against all of my past ingrained social reflexes


from Plasticity, released February 22, 2014




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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