I am a watcher and a spectator of events and a man of words. I tend to view everyone and everything from the outside rather than the inside, and it gives me the ability to see clearly, since I am not partisan in a way. I refrain from viewing myself as part of any politic, or any society as such, and tho I am an American, I view myself as a world citizen. All of mankind are my brothers and sisters, and my politic and community.
I am a spectator and a viewer when it comes to political or historical events. I don't take part in discussions or town meetings, refrain from voting, which I view as beneath me, and never discuss my values or opinions in anyones company, knowing that most are not ready to hear what I have to say. No. I prefer writing as the means by which I express myself, and my art is the only place I am very much alive and am myself.
Even in my personal life, I seldom make conflict with others, even when they are wrong in their understandings of things, and I refrain from teaching any other person a lesson in speech. I only teach thru my written work. I only discover what I am thru writing. It's as if I am two persons. One, the friendly and kind quiet man of imagination who seldom draws interest, and the other, the poet John Canyon, who is never shut up and is always interesting. I have a split personality perhaps.
I view this also as necessary since I am a complete original. I've learned to hide my original voice in my daily life, not wanting to deal with the laymans lack of understanding. I don't make radical speeches, because I don't feel like being hit in the face, or yelled off the stage by partisan lackeys. It's also a way of protecting myself from saying anything which is beneath me, or saying anything I don't wish said. Because when speaking out loud a person cannot edit his mistakes. The genius of writing is in the editing.
My principle actions therefore are only the words I write and the things I create in my art. John Canyon is a creation too of that art, and in my daily life, I merely am a spectator who quietly watches everything and everyone and takes notes for later.