If you have not already done so, you may wish to read the
Introduction to Gnomica.
Monday 16 July 2012
Read gnomica 1-50 here!
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde (16 Oct 1854 – 30 Nov 1900)
OK, I’ve already cited something by him — but he’s soooo good, isn’t he?
In an age where anybody who is somebody is a public relations confection purporting to be an ontologically validated entity it’s not easy to be ‘just’ oneself.
On come the masks!
That goes as much for the surgically and cosmetically refashioned exterior appearance as well as the imputed interior authenticity of the ‘real’ person parading, avatar-like, across the celebrity spreads and colonizing the columns.
And it goes not only for the famous-for-being-famous dwellers in the popular press and on the mushrooming reality-TV scene, but likewise for thee – and me – as well.
Behind all the expensive and complicit hype is there a lost and confused self somewhere in there straining to pupate?
Who am I – really, that is – who am I trying to be?
The great irony is no doubt that the very person(s) you want to be or be like are probably looking at others (maybe even you!) and regretting that “you” have already been taken.
What a thought that would be!