What I have learned this week…

Posted: August 11, 2011 in Uncategorized, Writing

I have learned that selflessness can be very selfish indeed.

I have learned that sirens   sound like lonely cats, crying in the night.

I have learned that sometimes it can be harmful, just to look.

I have learned that one aspect of insanity is failing to distinguish between reality and fiction. So all fiction writers must be insane, at least some of the time.

I have learned that Birmingham can’t solve its problems by bringing in  Giorgio Armani.

I have learned that There is No. Great. Dark. Mark.

I have learned that grief never goes away. You just have to learn to live with it.

I have learned that my own sexuality frightens me.

I have learned that even though, I know I will forget again, life is about giving in and letting go.

Comments
  1. yearzerowriters says:

    “I have learned that Birmingham can’t solve its problems by bringing in Giorgio Armani.” Well put

    “I have learned that one aspect of insanity is failing to distinguish between reality and fiction. So all fiction writers must be insane, at least some of the time.” – OR we are actually ahead of the pack, we may just be seers and try and point out in advance what is happening, but like all soothsayers will likely be condemned to ridicule because our message is coded within our chosen media of fiction. Who wants to be regarded as sane in an insane society anyway? But the next time some fucker tells me the world is so miserable and ugly they ONLY want to read books that take them away from all that, I will headbutt them in the face (since I no longer possess a quill with which to poke their eyes out).

    marc nash (peace out)

    • Thanks Marc. You are a 21st century scribe but I can imagine you with a quill!

    • Jim says:

      Tolkien worked this over a bit. He was answering people who called fantasy literature escapist, and said that it might very well be the opposite, it might be quite activist by inspiring people with a vision of a better alternative.

      I do think fiction wiriters may be better at distinguishing reality from fiction, since they go back and forth all the time and it is familiar terrain for them.

  2. Sam Vega says:

    Hi QRG – I’m following you from Mark Vernon’s site, thinking it better to do that than monopolise his thread! (On Heresy Corner I post as “Whyaxye”.)

    I agree with your point about empathy for the rioters, but only some aspects of their lives. I don’t want to know about their greed or hatred from the inside. As you say above,

    ” I have learned that sometimes it can be harmful, just to look.”

    Stay well.

  3. Hiya Quiet Riot Girl,

    Here’s an article you might find interesting:

    http://veritasaculeus.wordpress.com/2011/08/11/you-think-its-hard-in-the-states-to-find-a-good-woman/

    Simon first talks about Female Infanticide in countries like China and India, then he relates how “surplus males” can be very disruptive for society….

    Anyways– ” I have learned that sometimes it can be harmful, just to look.”

    That reminds me of the Nietzsche quote:

    “He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.”

  4. billsnshits says:

    Don’t get all bourgeois and pussy, here!

    If you didn’t learn all of that before this week then maybe you’re going backwards in time.

    There’s enough to make one sick, along with morrissey’s learned helplessness (though one can’t deny some lines are pretty grand, like “glass in the grass”), in and about the lost soul motif.

    How can a soul be lost today? There is everything to serve it. Science to have an idea how the world works, all the arts available for free download.

    If you want to be lost b/c you (and morrissey) are lazy, then that’s just a chosen style.

    Peering into the void doesn’t mean just looking. It’s about falling in and seeing nothing else, though the answers are everywhere around.

    Just final, perfect proof: the metro life is ultimately afraid to venture an opinion. No amount of muscles can protect you from life.

    Even more proof: the metro and metro sympathizers everywhere are afraid to be honest with themselves. All the comments here suggest that “there is hope” and “writing is indeed about things, not just nothing” as a way of giving moral support to the post. When the post was completely nihilistic and overjoyed in its fatalistic sadness. The message was “it’s about nothing, it’s hard, it’s sad”. And every reader who felt the need to answer did so as a defense mechanism, as if to deny such a terrifying post was posted at all.

    Where the hell did you get all this escapist fixation on the virtue of meekness and manners?
    Some who are powerless control their body. Others control their tongue. Everyone seeks that which they can control. A great man is one who is privileged to be granted enough freedom to control more than others. A base man is one who tries to control more than he has been granted. Or gives up the control he has.
    Which should tell you enough about greatness and baseness.

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