Friday, September 4, 2015

Eccentrics


"Alienation produces eccentrics or revolutionaries". When I saw this Peanuts picture which has to be a new meme, I noticed an art show in NYC used that as their title. I wasn't surprised. Maybe they got some outsider artists in there, I hope so. That is an interesting quote that gave me a lot of thought. Eccentrics have always fascinated me. When I can find a book that is self-written and self-published and different, I am intrigued. People out of the ordinary, often have interesting stories to tell. 



One advantage of being thrown outside the city walls in the metaphorical sense of human society is it does indeed give you a new view.  It can produce a non-conformist nature. If you are left alone as a child, your thoughts get room to move. You can see outside the busy work, and actually sit in nature and get something out of it.  The narcissists who lament the scapegoats who became the artists and thinkers they abhor need to get a clue. They helped produce us, as we looked at the pods while very young and didn't want to be one too!

People always talk about "artist" personalities where they are the "outsiders" or "outcasts" of society. Artists often are eccentric. Aspies equal eccentric. I actually love the word eccentric, for some reason I picture an intellectual in Britain wearing self-designed outfits living in a flat or an apartment who is studying and drawing nothing but turtles, or some other extreme interest or pursuit.  They are curious, they want to "know", they "question things" and say "There is a better or different way."

 I often wondered how I would turn out if I was one of those people who had a normal body and life? Would I happily vote Republican and eat Big Macs? Would I be reading Harlequin novels and mowing my lawn and helping my 2.0 children off to college? It's hard to know. I had this weird dream the other day where I was this normal person living in a suburban house and going down these stairs in this thin body and for some reason I was obsessed with getting the kitchen floor waxed. The dream was a nightmare of sorts. In the dream, I ask, "What happened to me?" It was strange. A parallel universe or life? The dream world makes no sense at times. Am I pretentious for having thoughts when viewing people on TV thinking, "Why are they so much the same?" Maybe some of these emotions are centered on wanting to be normal. I had my times frustrated at being the square peg that didn't fit in the round hole. 

 Unlike eccentrics who pursue their intellectual interests alone and often unrecognized, I suppose revolutionaries are formed too via alienation but they are the more charismatic set, looking more like Jim Morrison with a lot more of narcissism to get people to follow their cause. Revolutions make a mess but I suppose alienation forms a root there too. Would Hitler be as much of a problem if a few jerks at an art school hadn't been so picky? There an art jury determined the fate of the world and not in a good way. 

The alienated can channel their "rebellion" for bad or good. Going against the edicts of a society, can be channeled for good in the creative world and to bring in new ideas. Some eccentrics become tomorrow's geniuses while many even if unrecognized at least chose a new script and a life of integrity.

 However alienation can lead one to the "rebellion" that takes one down the road to the jail house and court and being a problem.  Revolutions more often then not bring more misery and a mess, and just a new set of sociopaths in charge even if revolution sometimes is used for a word for GOOD changes that aren't bloody. I'll take the eccentrics anyhow.



What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets

What I Eat Around the World in 80 Diets.

I find these kind of photo-escapades interesting because then one come compare what they eat with people in other countries.  You can tell poverty affects the amount of food and quality. Some of the laborers eat more then others too. Some eat a lot of vegetables.  So far today I've eaten a turkey sandwich with three tablespoons of cottage cheese at breakfast and a turkey sandwich [both on multigrain bread] with a bowl of hominy, tomatillo, and chicken soup [small Chinese soup bowl filled 3/4ths] for lunch. I had half a glass of diet-7 up and plan to eat some chicken and pasta and veggies for dinner. So I am seeing people in these pictures eating the same as me who weight 120lbs which always blows my mind. Many in the non-Western nations look like they have more wholesome food, rather then processed things.

Is Miss Piggy Skinnier?



It's great to see that the Muppets are back, but have you noticed Miss Piggy has slimmed down? They must have redesigned the puppet! It's weird when they are making sure Miss Piggy isn't too fat? Sheesh. I guess others have noticed too.

Puffy Cloud Day



Sometimes I just shoot pictures from the car when it's in motion. I do need to get a faster camera though or figure out the logistics of taking pictures at higher speed.

Crock-Potting Makes Cooking Easier



I had a friend buy me a nice birthday present of a crockpot. I was very grateful to her. A large crockpot will make for great left-overs. Also in crock-pots you can cook a lot of veggies. The below picture, I am cooking cut up chicken breast, peppers, sofrito, zuchini and hominy together with seasonings, it turned out really good.

A Friend


Monday, August 31, 2015

Mother by Pink Floyd



I don't agree with everything with Pink Floyd, but I remember seeing the movie the Wall when I was young and in college and it gave me the weirdest effect, I broke out crying uncontrollably. The movie deals a lot with war, and societal control and you can see the theme of abusive parents in there too, which they go along with the totalitarian wicked society too don't they? The movie had a profound emotional effect on me. I had this feeling of despondency realizing more of what this world was about and what I faced. After the intial viewing, I would see it multiple times.

Aren't the ones who worship the powers that be part of the evil system? Think about the ones sending their sons to die in endless wars. I don't trust people now who love war, and who have no qualms about sending their sons to die for the bankers. One reason I left the church I did, since they praised the Middle Eastern wars and I realized with my horror even though the pastors two sons had fought and seen horrors in Iraq and Afghanistan, one with his thousand yard stare, they still supported it all. I couldn't conceive of that and was spiritually troubled in the depth of my being.

I may articulate these thoughts more in depth later but I think about how the narcissistic parents relate to our totalitarian society as a whole. The whole "school to prison", or "war industrial" complex, is based on the lack of love and desire for control.  The narcissists and reprobates keep it all humming. The people who see outside "The Wall" are hated by society but there is a reason that album did get so popular. Many people know in their conscience and suspect something is seriously wrong even if they cannot articulate it all.

By the way my parent's government jobs were totally linked to war making. I won't go into detail here but let's just say they weren't happy to have a war protestor for an adult child. Many people do profit from war-making and the system. I remember my parents were upset at my questioning of the system at a very early age.

This song has a strange effect on me and used to make me cry. It does show more the relationship of mother and son but you can see the infantalizing effects and the effort to control the son in the relationship. "Mama's going to make all your nightmares come true".