Quotes on Action

While I agree completely with the original post on the significance of action, I was most readily drawn to the quotes which spoke against mindless action: the counter-productive actions which other people pressure us to take, in the direction opposite of where we actually wish to go.

 

Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Action is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.

Oscar Wilde

 

Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.

Japanese Proverb

 

 

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Brainiac Pride

As far as I know, I am not “diagnosed” as anything, and I don’t want to be. I have, however, taken valid IQ tests which revealed a lot about why – despite being a rather loud, excitable and “extroverted” person – I do not enjoy the company of most of the population.

Many times in my life, I was scorned and ridiculed for the “sin” of being intelligent, or – to be more “politically correct,” thus avoiding triggering anyone’s inferiority complexes – I was maligned for having intellectual interests. I am aware of how that statement appears, so I will clarify that I was not (to my knowledge) at these times, making arrogant displays of knowledge or ability, nor was I behaving in a patronizing or arrogant way.

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I do not agree with how contemporary society regards those of us who are “loners” and intellectuals — or those among us who take our goals seriously and prioritize success in a meaningful endeavor over a life of partying and/or passive consumption. Even if being “smart” is, in theory, trumpeted as a commendable virtue, I tire of the societal pressure to dumb myself down in order to seem “polite” or “normal”.

I want to make intellectualism more acceptable, and my Cafe Noir Designs (the graphics, not necessarily the jewelry) is one way I am communicating this. It is not about being better than the Neanderthals, or even about being different. It is about living a worthwhile and purposeful life. It is about being oneself and expressing one’s values, despite their disdain. Intelligence — logic, reason, discovery, knowledge, imagination, etc. — happens to be an important value for me.

On the Dumbing Down of Language

I refuse to use slang or diminutive “euphemisms”; I refuse to dumb down my speech for the approval of an anti-intellectual society, and I am making a series of images/quotes/memes — I actually don’t know the correct term for what they are — to encourage others to do the same.

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I dislike slang because I dislike the principles behind it. Contemporary society disapproves of intelligence and of possessing high levels of positive energy. Thus, there is often the pressure to diminish oneself, one’s personality and capabilities, in order to “fit in” — or simply to evade societal attack.

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I notice the acrimony in my words, but anger exists for a reason; one of which is to allow us to eliminate that in ourselves which hinders us, sickens us, and drags us down. I spent far too much time among people who looked upon me with disgust and condescension whenever I was being true to myself, belittling my values, my character, everything which I found meaningful, even the concept of seeking meaning. I am at a time in my personal evolution where I find it necessary to repair and reassert myself.

I refuse to lower my standards or to “dumb myself down” in order to “fit in” or (more precisely) to make social interactions pass more smoothly. I refuse to integrate with people who insist on doing this. If I must interact with them, I keep them at a distance and resist any of their contaminating influence.

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I know no one in the world uses the (Latin) word “crustulum” — I intended this to be ironic. Yet, I also wanted to attack the ubiquitous slang words which have insidiously eaten their way into mainstream use. Recognizing them for what they are, I generally prefer to use a more eloquent term. (May I suggest the British English synonym, biscuit, for everyday use? It is also the French word.)

I prefer to be conscious of the words I use. On the subconscious level, language is more important than we currently understand. I regard my efforts toward for excellence in speech (as with everything) as basic cognitive hygiene. While I don’t care how other people prefer to live or represent themselves, I nevertheless appreciate seeing positive examples, and I seek to influence the social climate wherever I may, in the way of making it more favorable for the cerebrum.

If you are interested in purchasing prints or any item (clothing, phone cases, household items, etc.) with my images/quotes, you can do so at my RedBubble shop. I’d be grateful!

 

On the Use of Death Imagry

In the Goth subculture, there is a lot of death imagery. What meaning does this hold for you specifically, if any? 

Death imagry historically represented a stage of alchemical transformation; that is, the deep, intense, transformative energy of profound change.

I am drawn to this intense potential energy which lies dormant, lurking beneath the visible, tangible surface, waiting to explode into the storm which is reawakening. (In the not-so-distant past, I identified even more closely with this energy, as I waited for the opportunity to begin rebuilding myself and my life after a catastrophic loss.)

Death, in art, is analogous to the intense ionic charge of the “calm before the storm”. It is pressure at the zenith of intensity, just before the explosion. It is the nothingness in which all potential lies.

I am now more drawn to the volcanic explosion of resurrection, but I still find relevance in the dramatic energy of suspense evoked by death imagry, and this feeling is a great source of inspiration. Skulls specifically represent the exoskeleton of the mind, an armor against the opinions and (often toxic) influence of others — which is so necessary when one is undergoing change.

Question stolen from: https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/59327168/posts/2225551033