Monday, January 08, 2007

That Guy.

Ahh, Narcissus. Once again. It's a story that loves to be told. Something about the sss's...the way they get tripped up on the tongue.
I really don't know why he gets such bad press. He's innocent, isn't he?
Granted, the original went a little too far, suicide and all. but maybe this time he'll have a reasonable relationship with his loved one.
I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love with a wonderful guy!!! 
Illustration by David Roberts

10 Comments:

Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

"I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love with a wonderful guy!!!"

JM, are you talking about me again? HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

8/1/07 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Juju said...

"Deep in thought, it seemed to her then that there was no man or woman who had not caught himself unaware. For a fraction of a second the person saw himself as an object to be looked at, which they could all narcissism, but already influenced by Ulysses, she would call the pleasure of being. Finding in one's outer self the echoes of one's inner self -- 'ah, then it's true, I didn't imagine it: I do exist.'"

I happened to just be reading this passage from Clarice Lispector's "An Apprentice or The Book of Delights" when I turned to your blog.

8/1/07 1:23 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Hey donnie.

Incredible juju. I love these events.

the pleasure of being. Finding in one's outer self the echoes of one's inner self -- 'ah, then it's true, I didn't imagine it: I do exist.'"

You got me to thinking about this, and there is so much to say and see. The statement I made about the artist's work being her reflection was profound for me in terms of this myth. What a great quote.

We can't ever really see ourselves and so depend on others relection to know what we project. Very inaccurate. Often frustrating when I want clarity. I think the pool is a hope of this clarity and yet, it is also inaccurate in that we have to interpret it ourselves.

I find in my society an obsession with other people's lives and a search for significance in what the rich and/or famous are doing. I think it's one of the sources of our cultural/political malaise.

I don't know where the source of our fear of facing ourselves is. Of loving ourselves.

8/1/07 2:42 PM  
Blogger jm said...

For a fraction of a second the person saw himself as an object to be looked at, which they could all narcissism

This is the sorrow. The cosmetic industry is proof. We are indeed objects to be looked at and pushed to do everything in our power to look good, yet told this is narcissistic and incorrect.

So probaly the solution is being the judge ourselves of this object we are so compelled to look at, and work all our lives to create in our image. Ideally our own image.

8/1/07 2:43 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Gee, I thought maybe jm was referring to moi... ;o)

8/1/07 3:07 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

We are indeed objects to be looked at and pushed to do everything in our power to look good,

This is interesting and reminded me of something I noticed today. I work with a client whose primary language is French. In that language, emploi can mean the way something is made use of, as in mode d'emploi. Then I thought about the English word "employ." It means the action of putting someone to work, as if the person were an object to be used.

Maybe it's just a coincidence, but sometimes our word choices reveal a lot about our society.

8/1/07 3:07 PM  
Blogger jm said...

joe, you are a lovable object. Definitely...:-)

our word choices reveal a lot about our society.

Yes they do.
When I worked for a corporation the strongest image I got was of the workers being animals. beasts of burden.

Even the word "star" for our celebrities gives then a mythological power no matter what they do. In fact, naybe it even makes it possible to do as little of significance as they do and still be worshipped. The looking up factor.

8/1/07 3:16 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I'm glad you showed up joe. I was planning on posting your dad's chart today or tonight, but need to get my tires rotated first. I've been waiting for a chance to interpret and focus entirely on it for a moment. It is truly interesting to see the patterns. Now is a good time as I'm tuning out of the war game.

So I'm about ready. There's no hurry. We can spend as much time as we want discussing it.

8/1/07 3:19 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Another thing I find interesting about French and the other Romance languages is the assignment of a gender to all words. It's impossible for me to decide if this is prejudicial and restrictive, or if it adds life and color. I wonder how it affects these societies' attitudes.

8/1/07 3:23 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I think it's interesting about the beauty of looks. It's nothing new. The animals have it going naturally.

What's interesting is how humans developed control over appearance and what that's led to. Self consciousness. I wonder what evolutionary purpose this serves. Even the fact that we connect inner self with outer says a lot.
I also wonder how much of what we work on is merely for attraction. Maybe less than is supposed. It seems to me the most attractive parts of ourselves would be the uncovered ones.

8/1/07 3:38 PM  

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