5 Of 365 (366) For 2012

[ All credit to AnnushkA – AnnA Theodora, whose lovely picture can be found here]

“For Sabina,

living in truth,

lying neither to ourselves nor to others,

was possible only away from the public:

the moment someone keeps an eye on what we do,

we involuntarily make allowances for that eye, and nothing we do is truthful.

Having a public, keeping a public in mind, means living in lies.”

[Milan Kundera – “The Unbearable Lightness Of Being“]

8 thoughts on “5 Of 365 (366) For 2012

  1. I’ve wanted to read that book forever…thanks for the quote. It was written in an age when only a very small few would ever have their ideas reach any kind of audience. This has been one of my great fears about blogging, that the constant exposure of it would somehow sculpt my ideas, make me more pleasing, and less truthful. I am mindful of it always. I hope that helps a little.

    Hey, are you writing about these quotes? Wouldn’t it be interesting if we had a quote and then a bunch of people did a five minute free write about it, just dumped what was in their brain, as related to the quote and then we made it into a collective or growing post. This would be different than replying, as it would give people permission to write away about what comes to their mind, knowing others would do the same.

    • That is scary. but I agree with you. I’ve been thinking a lot about the editors we kill off, the one’s we reinstate in their places as we are faced with the scrutiny of others, even those well intentioned.

      This morning, walking in to work, I remember the lesson I learned about public truths. In this world I work in it’s called professionalism, the ability to hold the cards close to your chest and not let on what your motives are. It’s rather deplorable and despicable, and politically charged. I work at a college of all places, a place where tenure reigns supreme and anyone else plays second fiddle. I am only staff, so I watch what I say and play the party line but time and again, I catch myself accidentally pushing the envelope. I’ve been lucky.

      hmmm…. and now I have a topic for my own blog today. Thanks you two. 🙂

      • A pleasure to be of service, Sir 😉

        Secretly, I was hoping for a contiuency of your road-trip-movie in the making though 😉

        It’s a bit similar with the legal systhem – you have to keep reminding yourself, that your are not just presenting your client, but also the underlying pillars of our constitution on which our legal systhem is based.

        Your job can never be to knowingly sacrifice any small part of it (or endanger it in any way) for the sake of an individual – It can be a very thin line at times (especially for criminal lawyers, which I’m not involved with thank good – but for different reasons)

        Looking forward to your post – as always 😉

    • I have started to feel that way recently – a bit. (Caught myself wishing for a private message systhem here yesterday)

      Strangely, it almost seems like a case of “Mefiez-vous des rêves de jeunesse …”

      When I first started “wrogging”, I really wanted to be heard and found and now, sometimes, I wish we were back to it only being you, Erik, Paprika and Worrywarts – It’s easier to share, when I feel like I know the people I’m writing to (kind of like sharing something with a friend more than with a random stranger)

      Don’t get me wrong, I’ve found a lot of really great blogs, through this project 365 (366) and it’s kind of neat to see your stats sore because Paprika was freshly pressed, but it’s different and somehow I feel I’m still a bit too shrinking violet, to share some of the stuff on my mind

      So, to answer your question, I’m not writing about them – All of these are basically a coded summary of the post I would like to write 😉

      I love your idea though – I think it would be fascinating to see what people associate with it (songs, posts, pictures, fragments, memories, whatnot)

      How would you want to go about that? 🙂 Seriously, I’m digging this 🙂

      • I’m digging it too. Maybe it could be a separate blog, one that was private, invite only, and it would be fore people who wanted to free associate from similar prompts? Just a hot off the press thought. We could come up for a name for the blog, something like “Free Associations” and it could be a check in kind of space, so you can practice letting your freak flag fly and then take back to your own blog ideas you generate there, if you want, or not. I think writers do best when they are surrounded, in the early stages of their work, with others who are somewhat constant or committed to them. The open door policy of WP is fine, but it has it’s limitations for those who want to explore topics more in-depth. I’ve thought about this for some time now, the separate blog idea. I also thought about creating a blog for more indepth pieces people may or may not feel comfortable posting on their own blog, it would be a blog not just about “serious things” but it would be about giving people permission to write more at length about their life.

        • Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes – So in – What do I need to do? Would you want to set it up? Maybe with Erik? b.t.w. – maybe we should consider doing this through e-mail? (Trust you’ve got mine – in any case I should still have yours and I know have Eriks)

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