Greetings, gentle readers.
Well now, here we are. Just over a year has passed since I first found BC and started writing not only comment, but some articles here. So much has happened both in the world, and here at BC.
Not that I’m about to recap, or anything. Just noticing as I looked at my author’s page and saw the dates on the handful of articles I’ve actually contributed.
What I have noticed is how much the website has grown, matured, and expanded. So many voices raised, so many thoughts shared, so much discussion. Some of the dialogue gets heated at times, but sifting through the diatribes you find quite a lot of wisdom and truth about the human condition, it makes the reading well worth the time.
But that’s not what I’m here for right now.
What I am wanting to rant about is the propensity for so many folks to seek standardization and normalcy everywhere they go. I want to explore why many folks jus can’t get their heads out of the narrow confines of standardization and arbitrary authoritarian rules.
cases in Point….
for so much of human Culture, there is a propensity to say what was good Yesterday, is normal for Tomorrow….
drawn beyond the lines of reason,
push the envelope,
watch it bend.”
there is an olde Thread around the site somewhere, where the Question was Asked…”what do you think the most important tool Man has created is?”
my Answer was “Symbols”
to explain that a bit, let me put forward the Idea that the most crucial part of humanity was birthed the first time Ug tried to convey something to Oog…
could have been noises, or scratches in the dirt to show how they were going to hunt, or a cave painting depicting some animal
to me, this is when we became Men and rose above other animals
to me, this discovery of Abstract Symbology that allowed communication is the basis for not only our humanity, but also enabled us to begin to Question and Discover….
language, music, math, art….. these are all Variations on theme, but each does the same thing… takes Symbols, and uses them to communicate
–Another Scoop of Vanilla–
Of course, this is a simple observation, and not really that profound in any way, shape or form. The reason I bring it up is to set the stage, actually.
You see, I recognize that it is important in some instances to standardize our symbology in order to communicate effectively without being misunderstood. Yet I also stand firmly behind the thought that it is even more important sometimes to break those strictures and structures in order to shake off the boundaries of convention.
Because very rarely is anything truly new discovered within the safety of conformity. That only when the boundaries are tossed aside can we open ourselves up to see more than we expect.
–Some nuts on that Sundae?–
that beckons me,
so we hit on the Question of Why….
why push outside “the Box”
why stretch the normalcy of Convention
that would depend on what Conventions you are stretching now, wouldn’t it?
ask Newton why he needed to invent calculus, or why Shakespeare wrote in iambic pentameter
on and on
possibly, it’s just to get folks to look at something differently, or to engender deeper Thought
perhaps by smacking the Receptor in the metaphorical Face with Symbology that falls outside of standard Conception it’s Hoped that the Audience will be forced outside the ruts of Convention and ponder Things in a new Light or Shadow
perhaps it’s just wanting to shout in a different Voice in order to rise above the Din
Of course some don’t like the idea of stretching convention in such a manner. They find it disrespectful, strange, or just plain distasteful.
They said the same thing about Charlie Parker and bebop jazz when they first heard it. How stunned were the powers that be when Bird danced around the melody, never quite playing it, but implying it by what he was playing. It took a bit more for the listener to follow, but those who did found it well worth it, and the case can be made that Bird changed how some look at music forever.
So I would say that in some instances, it’s about a unique voice. Especially in the medium of the Web. So much text out here, and when you read it, what voice do you hear in your skull?
–The Hot Fudge–
and that’s the nut of it, kiddies….
make your own unique Voice heard, when the time comes, fuck Convention…
or, as is put in this little embedded bit of Sight and Sound….
“learn to swim”
nuff said from yer Humble narrator… thanks fer *Listening*