On Mediocrity.

Our basic logic, fundamental to promulgate original ideas, assumes a degree of simplicity that becomes the way of life for many. The realisation that later, once the novelty that may have worn its welcome becomes apparent, the ‘many’ become a relation to their work, only as far as the problem continues to exist. At no point does the passion become the journey, what many consider a phase of remote distraction, do we inevitably find ourselves falling deeper into mediocrity. As the majority becomes less capable to deal with complex interpretations and ideas, the whole of the society becomes a sufferance towards the conceptual commercial revolution, with community not becoming its only causality, but also the communal intuition of which a subject can find great benefit/truth. This Bernaysesque condition becomes ever more common in struggles of commonality, that within fractions of a degree, we continue towards a consumer frenzy that contains the resources we singularly find most comforting. How does this affect the every day?

So let’s consider a computer programmer who prefers the aesthetic, but has no cognitive understanding, nor the solid foundation required to truly appreciate beauty. If we then assume the armchair critics of the creative spirit live within those without understanding, we fall into a trap. The old saying descends deeply within the interpretive psych of the spirit, that ‘those born to create contain logic inherent in all creative spirits’, but where does this leave the mundane spirit whose sole purpose is to create logic, without a means towards the understanding of beauty. We can only find that mediocrity continues to fuel itself, growing at a caustic rate, regardless of the environment or social setting. In many ways, this becomes the ‘Fall of Man’, in that without such ability to appreciate the abstract, man becomes destined to command control without proper grounding in the essentials of life. This is most evident in business, but never so much as discussed out in the dialectic method aimed at finding truth, or better yet, purpose.

Then consider a painter, whose ‘only’ purpose is to create beauty. Within the pre-existing aesthetic surrounds that serve no particular function other than to offer a possibility (or probability) of mid-business deal banter, the painter must become the environment, so that the creation itself may consume the sole purpose of aiding pre/post business discussion. The merit required to assume such a position must then dictate a dimension of quasi logical structure, if a logical outcome is to finally reveal itself to the artwork itself. So we can see how a creative spirit does in fact contain the logic required to create beauty with an understanding of not only the environment itself, but also the solution to the problem in regards to those ‘moments of awkwardness’. In this regard, those that do not have an ability to find order within the creative spirit, shall be left to consume creativity, but such a spirit lacks beauty, and is predetermined to perish for all of time itself. How then does one save themselves in such illusions of neglected unity? For the ‘creative spirit’, which often holds dearly the ability to appreciate and understand beauty, the creative forces within the soul of the journey becomes a reward granted beyond time, for as long as the particular artwork may continue to exist. A striving towards such passion is fundamental to the progression of the human spirit, without which, the mediocrity of existence may become a plague that we seem hardwired to ignore, but one that slowly eats away at the foundations, until inevitably we find ourselves plunging towards an existence not much worth living.

posted on the 13th of August, 2007 in mediocrity | 1 Comment
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