The first Christian monks believed dirt was proof of faith. They walked around caked in mud with lice in their hair, which they called the “pearls of god.” This factoid has been rattling around my head for months. Maybe because it shows how our worldview can transform the abhorrent into the virtuous. Which of our beliefs today will seem superstitious and bizarre centuries from now?

Recondite – Moon Pearl

Dwell | Ghostly International, 2019 | Bandcamp
Each night in 2020, I wrote a short post for a series called Notes From the End of a World because I wanted to etch these days into my memory. Before the world changed completely.
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