We chase fame and fortune through tiny mirrors with diamond-encrusted frames as earthquakes and typhoons turn whole cities into rubble. We send a tweet. Tell people to donate to the Red Cross. And still, within the destruction, we seek validation. A retweet. A new follower. In this new age of self awareness. This new age of self – where we seek out only those relationships that benefit us. We think about the little people covered in mud. For a second. Before we think again about ourselves. Then, when tragedy strikes closer to home, the whole world swirls around us. And upon our gravestone, someone will think it’s a good idea to inscribe our most favorited tweet. And they will. And no one will notice.

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Jim Mitchem


Catching Butterflies
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Jim Mitchem

Writer. Father to daughters. Husband. Ad man. Raised by wolves. @jmitchem on twitter. First novel, Minor King, out now.