July 7, 2007
nothing not contrived
Last night at band practice, a friend brought up an interesting point. Let's see if I can do this justice:
We are living in a time where almost everything that's happened during the past 60-odd years has been recorded in some way. There are books and movies and tv shows and music and photos and blogs and other interweb devices. These show us not only what has happened historically to big groups of people but what happens emotionally to individual people. What's it like to fall in love, to disagree with your parents, to start a career, to end one, to be sick, to die, to watch your friends die, to have children, to decide to drop out of society, to decide to drop back in - of course this has happened millions of times to millions of people, but we've all seen it now on tv or in movies or books, or we've heard songs about it. So the point my friend was trying to make (I think) is that almost no action or decision we take is uncontrived. We might do or think or feel something relatively original, but probably never absolutely original.
Nahh, didn't really do it justice, but, well, meh, whatever. How many catchphrases did you count in that last sentence?
Personally, I think that science (including technology) is the last bastion of originality, since there are certainly non-human phenomena that haven't been discovered yet and have yet to be photographed, written about, recorded or youtubed.
Anyway, it's Live Earth Day, or Let's Spend A Lot Of Resources Raising Awareness About Small Carbon Footprints Day, or whatever it's called. It's also the first day of the Tour de France, which is a wonderful thing in this house. Whichever Day you celebrate, I wish you a small carbon footprint, and thoughts you can call your own.
Posted by joe positive at July 7, 2007 10:14 AM
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