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Friday, June 28
 

What mad Nijinsky wrote
About Diaghilev
Is true of the normal heart
For the error bred in the bone
Of each woman and each man
Craves what it cannot have
Not universal love
But to be loved alone
-w.h. auden, september 1, 1939-
posted by jon


Thursday, June 27
 

Naive:
(1) Lacking worldly experience and understanding, especially: simple and guileless. unsuspecting or credulous.
(2) Showing or characterized by a lack of sophistication and critical judgment.
(3) One who is artless, credulous, or uncritical.

Cynic:
(1) A person who believes all people are motivated by selfishness.
(2) A person whose outlook is scornfully and often habitually negative.
(3) A member of a sect of ancient Greek philosophers who believed virtue to be the only good and self-control to be the only means of achieving virtue.

It's cool now. To be cynical. It's the in-thing for my generation. Being naive means being young again. To be a child. To have all four basic food groups covered by breakfast. With a bowl of cocoa puffs, an eggo and a 10% real fruit strawberry popsicle. Doesn't that sound nice?
posted by The Wizard

But it also means to not be worldy. And to be unable to make sophisticated and critical judgements. Do you really want that? Children are naive and can be forgiven for it. But adults trade in their naivete for a bite of the forbidden fruit, thus gaining wisdom and the ability to differentiate between good and evil. Plus, you hate cocoa puffs...
posted by Tin Man

Is that really a good thing? (Meaning the cynicism, not the cocoa puffs, but thanks for reminding me) We just learn how to not get hurt when we're cynical. How to close ourselves off. And we learn that the world is a far scarier place than we ever imagined, even without the closet monsters and freaky bedroom lurkers from our childhood. I think it might be easier in the long run to try being uncritical and credulous.
posted by The Wizard

Show me an uncynical twenty year old and I'll show you a giant squid.
posted by Tin Man

What?
posted by The Wizard

Exactly.
posted by Tin Man

Drugs and alchohol don't mix man. Don't forget that.
posted by jon


Saturday, June 22
 

I think I'm gonna make one final push to finish up school and get my damn degree. It'll take a few months, but I've decided that if I don't hurry up and do it, I'll never finish. Whoever said degrees were important anyway? Sheesh.
posted by The Wizard

Well. I'm happy you're deciding to finally get officially recognized for your "hard work." Like your mom says, without that paper, you're no better than a high school graduate. You know where high school graduates end up right?
posted by Tin Man

Flute factories?
posted by The Wizard

No. They end up serving french fries from the bottom rung of the social ladder. Your parents didn't spend a hundred fifty thousand dollars on your education for you to end up wearing funny hats.
posted by Tin Man

Didn't the Scarecrow realize at the end of The Wizard of Oz that he had the brains all along and that the paper meant nothing?
posted by The Wizard

Well. He had the brains the whole way along but he still took the damn degree didn't he?
posted by Tin Man

Um. Good point.
posted by jon


Wednesday, June 19
 

Do you think jealousy's a bad thing?
posted by The Wizard

Of course. Jealousy's terrible. It's the evil green eyed monster. If jealousy wasn't bad, it would be the pink fluffy bunny.
posted by Tin Man

You're dumb. Well. That much is obvious. Do you think jealousy can be good though? I mean, when someone is jealous over you, doesn't that make you feel a little elated?
posted by The Wizard

Jealousy is a sign of insecurity and possession. That's not good. To me, being jealous is assuming that someone is yours, and that their actions have to be filtered through you first. I'm not for that. I mean, it's cute when someone gets jealous over you. Because you know they care, but I would rather have them express that care in other ways. Besides, jealousy just ruins things.
posted by Tin Man

I think it might be possible to have jealousy without insecurity. I mean, you can be a tiny bit jealous over something, even though you are secure in your relationship. Jealousy is only bad when the actions stemming from it are harmful.
posted by The Wizard

Like fights and arguments and yelling. Those are bad. I still think it's possible to eliminate all jealousy however. Or to feel it and then deal with it immediately.
posted by Tin Man

What about the oft cited argument that if you love something enough, you'll want to be protective of it, and thus jealous?
posted by The Wizard

I think that's bull. If you love it, you'll set it free.
posted by Tin Man

What happens if you set it free and it walks out?
posted by The Wizard

You cry and sob and drink alot.
posted by Tin Man

Oh.
posted by jon


Tuesday, June 18
 

I sit here on the stairs
'Cause I'd rather be alone
If I can't have you right now
I'll wait, dear
Sometimes I get so tense
But I can't speed up the time
But you know, love
There's one more thing to consider

Said, woman, take it slow
And things will be just fine
You and I'll just use a little patience
Said, sugar, take the time
'Cause the lights are shining bright
You and I've got what it takes
To make it, We won't fake it,
I'll never break it
'cause I can't take it
-guns n roses, patience-
posted by jon


Sunday, June 16
 

This article talks about "Industry (the Tin Man), Agriculture (the Scarecrow), Military (the Lion), and Citizenry (Dorothy) as they make economic progress down a street backed by the gold standard, to reach the city of Ounce (oz.) which is green like money, wherein they find and then expose the fraudulent myths of Religion (The Great Oz)."
posted by jon


Friday, June 14
 

Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher, evolved a philosophical system which divided existence into three categories; that is, he claimed that experience may be of three kinds: aesthetic, ethical, and religious.

The child is an example of the individual who lives almost exclusively at the aesthetic level. For the child, all choices are made in terms of pleasure and pain, and experience is ephemeral, having no continuity, no meaning, but being merely a connection of isolated, non-related moments. The ethical level of experience involves choice; whenever conscious choice is made, one lives at the ethical level. At the religious level, one experiences a commitment to oneself, and an awareness of one's uniqueness and singleness. To live at the religious level means to make any sacrifice, any antisocial gesture that is required by being true to oneself.

Clearly, these levels are not entirely separable, but may coexist; when one chooses the aesthetic level of existence, the very act of choice involved ethical experience; and when one makes choices at the ethical level, and these choices are true to one's own singleness, one lives at the religious level.
posted by The Wizard

I think that's what I want. A life at the religious level. But I possess neither the conviction nor the strength to escape the aesthetic level. And so I'm, in truth, still bumbling about on the ethical level, with grandiose visions of a yet unseen religious level.
posted by The Wizard

I think that's why you have to respect and admire religious folk. Because if they are true, they are living a life that is full of conviction. Regardless of what you think about those convictions, the mere fact that they can committ is reason enough to applaud.
posted by Tin

 

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what Ií»ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
-robert frost, fire and ice-
posted by jon


Thursday, June 13
 

It's been a long time since we last talked. Where you been?
posted by Tin Man

I haven't gone anywhere. I've just...lost that love and feeling.
posted by The Wizard

Gee, could you be more dramatic? Lost that love and feeling. Please. You never had that love and feeling.
posted by Tin Man

Here's my question of the day. Which do you think is honestly more important? Finding the perfect occupation or finding the right girl?
posted by The Wizard

Um. Tough one. Finding the right girl would be the obvious choice. Because love is rumored to outlast anything. But quite honestly, finding the perfect occupation seems like it would be much more fulfilling. And also, if you take things realistically, finding the perfect occupation is a billion times harder than finding the perfect girl. There are millions of girls. And lots of them attract you. There are only certain numbers of jobs that are attractive. Plus, with luck, girls come to find you sometimes. Jobs never come knocking.
posted by Tin Man

You make a good point there. Maybe this is the real reason why people put so much emphasis on relationships. Because it's easier to find happiness there than in an occupation. You can kid yourself about being in love. It's hard to kid yourself about a hellish nine to five.
posted by jon


Sunday, June 2
 

"True love is the best thing in the world. Except for cough drops. Everybody knows that."
-Max the Miracle Worker, The Princess Bride-
posted by jon

 



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the wizard
our naive protagonist. think harry potter. but older. and not as cool. the wizard has feelings and emotions and all of that human bs. the wizard is lost, lonely, and curious. aren't you?

tin man
the batman to the wizard's robin, the jordan to wiz's pippen, the britney to the wizard's justin, the skipper to the wizard's gilligan, the jon to the george...yeah, you get it. the tin man is stronger, faster, and more powerful than any locomotive. but he's not real. just a heartless, soulless, practical machine. who happens to talk.