No Title (Are Your Motives) by Raymond Pettibon
I heart Pettibon’s surfers.
After arriving in San Francisco, I often heard the word ‘Awesome.’ A-W-E-some. Awesome. That’s the sublime, maybe. Or isn’t it? The sublime is…the high mountains (the Alps), the ocean in the storm, or disaster (sometimes), and gigantic animals, like a whale. Too big, or too broad, too dangerous…
If you see the world around you, there are beautiful things everywhere…the beautiful is like the small path in the garden, and you have blue sky on charming clouds and flowers. That’s the beautiful.
But if you stand on the top of the mountain and when you see the very steep peaks of the Alps, it’s not beautiful. Modern people will sometimes call that, “Oh, this is beautiful.” But historically, it’s wrong.
And whenever I see those kind of things, all of a sudden, I feel myself totally alone in this world. And I feel I am looking at the end of this world, or the edge of this world. And I’m imagining what there is, just beyond that point. That’s not the beautiful. It’s awesome. Awesome."