The Turnaround Artist

March 8, 2019

Eric Chaet, born 1945, raised on the South Side of Chicago—a rough place. Janitorial, clerical, factory-hand, warehouse-crew, teaching, & consulting (technical research regarding manufacturing, agricultural, space-exploration, & managerial equipment & processes) work; & public works including:




I’m trying to change the world forever for better. Saying so doesn’t make me righteous, or effective. So I say this, too: I am trying to be righteous, & I am trying to be effective.

I try to align myself with whoever else is or will be trying to be righteous — not self-righteous — & honest, wise, kind, & effective.

Eric Chaet Old Buzzard

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Each of the so-called poems of this site speaks for itself, but the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, as the world is greater than the sum of its parts, & as you are greater than the sum of your parts.

Discovering I was born into a species-wide emergency of injustices, pretenses, & delusions, & their consequences, I committed myself, long ago now, to changing the world for the better, for ever.

Of course, I was frequently distracted by necessary struggles for survival, & by foolish curiosity, eager for ease from concentration.

You may be despised or celebrated, tempted to give up on your life, or believing yourself to be a winner in a sea of losers. Humanity is squabbling for every little advantage — strong against strong, strong against weak, weak against weak — so, preventing itself from success. And, whoever you are, you are one of the humans in the midst of that civil war.

Fortunately, humanity hasn’t failed yet.

If it’s possible — & I don’t imagine I know the future, the outcome — now, the only time in which whatever degree of conscious concentration can be applied — is the time to achieve what has not yet ever been achieved — by & for you, me, & humanity.

Nothing is achieved all at once, & there is a near infinity of reflex actions & attitudes, & conscious hostility, too, & the infrastructure set up while injustice & madness have prevailed, & continue to have their effects, to be overcome.

I call my current occupation: managing the biggest business with the fewest resources, from below. While I’m working at it every day, I don’t suppose that my operations are yet harmoniously organized, or sufficiently or firmly established. They are still far from perfectly conceived, created, put into practice, carried thru to completion, & irrevocably having their effects in the world.

I don’t suppose that I’m the only one so engaged — but, apparently, most people are otherwise occupied — & their networking is more disadvantageous than advantageous, so far.

I am always seeking & hoping yet to engineer truly useful, productive relationships, tho careful not to be swallowed up in well-intentioned but futile projects — neither the usual madness, nor particular, attractive delusions.

As you might well imagine, I could use a lot of well-thought-thru, realistic help. I have been trying to reciprocate in advance, & will try again & in new ways, more effectively, if such help — competent cooperation &, so, catalysis — emerges.

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