Weekly Rochester Events #316: Why Do the Germans Attack the French?
Thursday, January 27, 2005Unfortunately with the snow on Saturday and again on Wednesday, I didn't get a chance to get out to do much. Of the stuff I did go see, there really wasn't much of anything that makes for good storytelling ... well, except that I got to see The World's Greatest Sinner at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) That was pretty wild ... the film is about a guy who tries to start a religion where all people are god — everyone has the power to do as they please — but it quickly degenerates and everyone else acts as followers to him as god.
So this got me to thinking ...
There is truth in the idea that through free will, man is god. Think about someone completely alone — maybe they're isolated from everyone else in the middle of nowhere, or they're just alone in their house. What, exactly, can't they do? Not should or should not (hey, a palindrome!) but literally can not? There's physical limitations: they can't defeat gravity, nor can they live without breathing. Then there's psychological limitations which take the form of either "don't want to" and "shouldn't." What a bitch that one is to categorize.
This kind of goes back to Burning Man (The Man, Black Rock City 2004, NV) because at that event, all constraints on behavior imposed by society are lifted. By that I don't mean that you are allowed to slit someone's throat in the middle of the night, but you can pretty much act, dress, and talk as you please. Hmm ... maybe that's why it makes you seem so alone — for the most part, nobody cares what you do, so in that respect, you might as well be out in the desert alone: there's nothing you should or shouldn't do.
Anyway, you're this "self" that has a bucket of stuff you think you should be doing. Why? All of the "shoulds" are, in a way, external to your true self. If you're a fan of Freud, it's part of that pesky superego, but I'm beginning to learn that the superego needs to be retuned pretty often. The part that reinforces irrational fears, for instance, is totally lame.
See all these "shoulds" define the boundaries of your behavior before you even act. It's kind of like what I was saying about relationships a few weeks back — that I want a relationship where I use words to describe my behavior, not to limit it. The same goes for this "should" stuff. Just do whatever you want then describe and analyze your behavior afterward. Like if you see someone who you think is attractive, tell them you think they are attractive. Deal with whatever happens as it happens, but don't just keep it inside. Wouldn't that make things swell for everyone?
Relatedly, I was having this discussion with a friend of mine and brought up privacy. I say fuck it. I'm going to start leaving my blinds open in my house. If someone wants to look in, who cares. Hell, I'm even going to treat the phrase "leave my blinds open" metaphorically and just tell people how I feel ... secrets be damned. Well, at least in context ... no sense bringing up random stuff that people don't want to hear.
I even promised a friend of mine I'd start doing all this stuff. She had a smart idea to keep a charm to remind yourself to question your fears and reject them when the rational basis is not readily apparent — hers was tied to a particular moment, and the charm reminds her. I figured I'd make a charm, so I took a piece broken bicycle spoke and bent it around to make an infinity symbol. To finish it, I got out the oxygen-MAPP gas torch to weld it together because I thought that would be pretty awesome. Once I got it hot enough, though, it melted in half, so I figured, "fuck it" and tied a string around my wrist. It's not so much the charm that matters, it's what it means to me.
So anyway, in line with that honesty and stuff, I'll tell you all that I'm already cheating with the polls ... I pulled one from years ago to use this week and it'll hopefully get people excited about it. Maybe I'll even think of a new one for next week.
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The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. They are supporting the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) appeal for basic materials for survival and personnel.
Unicef focuses on child protection and immunizations, as well as helping countries in crisis with emergency assistance.
Oxfam International is a confederation of 12 organizations working together to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice. They are providing emergency aid equipment to help in disaster relief.
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About the title ... In 1689, 316 years ago, a Viennese baker created the German pastry the Hörnchen which represented the crescent on the flag of the Turkish army; the French croissant is believed to be based on the Hörnchen.
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