"Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny." [Camus]
My original intentions were to make this a photoblog, but fate seems otherwise determined. I live not far from an existential lifestyle and tend towards misanthropic beliefs. This is my blog.
Whether you read it or not is up to you. Whether you agree or disagree is up to you..for I do not care. Enjoy..or don't.

A Collective

Roadside jog
Roadside jog
Perfect day for it too.

As per, request? View Large On Black

I should be focusing on a couple assignments right now but my mind is floating elsewhere so I'll allow it to float away for a while before fetching it back again.

I'll be saving long passages for my actual work so I'll keep this short-esque.

It's May and May Day/International Worker's Day as well as the Norwegian national day (17th May) has recently passed by. Sometimes it is interesting seeing how easily the larger population is stirred into collective movement, even if it is just a general celebration that quite possibly only a portion knows the true meanings behind. I'm reminded of a short story by Shirley Jackson that goes by the title The Lottery. It's a story, if loosely looked upon, that can easily be society today. Ritualistic traditions passed on as nothing more than a tradition. I'm not pointing to the previously mentioned two celebrations, Labour Day and a national day serve their historical purposes and society and the present is simply the accumulation of history so far. There are many things that can be blamed for some of the more unreasonable ones; capitalism, consumerism, socialism, etc. Surely you've noticed the widespread celebration of Christmas in recent years? Even in nations who are not particularly religious. I'm sure some traditions can be justified with logic and proper explanations, but let's face it, that's not the main reason many are still around. When an occasion arrives, what is the more likely immediate thought: "I'm celebrating today because [insert historical meaning]." or "I'm celebrating today because that's what I did last year and all the previous years, but let's not forget, because everyone else is." Take for example the tradition of quiet Sundays. Now I don't know about your country but where I'm from it is as if the country shuts down that very day, every week. The same goes for some international holidays on an international scale. Stock markets slow down certain days for example. Collective movement is a powerful thing. I'm not criticising anything in particular, I am merely expressing a general observation that we all know but may not give enough thought. Culture, traditions, history, are all important, logic is sometimes too.
We're all headed somewhere and won't know how it looks till we're there.

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  • Blogger Antigone says:
    27/05/2009, 16:34  

    I've never been a tradition person, and I've scorned all collective celebrations unless I've seen some particular interest in it personally. How radical am I, huh. Converse every day of the year, and shorts in church. And no make-up on Christmas day. No cake on birthdays. No singing birthday songs. mhm. And no confirmations: I am a self-professed individual and miscreant. All I derive from Christianity is a bunch of Virgin Mary figures because I think she's pretty. Hello Hell I'll be seeing you soon. :) top

  • Blogger TallyWay says:
    31/05/2009, 06:00  

    Only if Hell exists.
    Radical revolutionist, free-thinker, non-normalist, social outcast.
    Beautiful words. top

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