In her latest Share Your World, Melanie asked: How are you, truthfully?
Asking me to truthfully tell you how I am… will get you into a whole load of mind warping trouble.
Wouldn’t you rather I just said “Fine, thank you for asking“?
How am I, truthfully?
TBH, I’m not really sure. Depends on the moment.
One minute I’m very much experiencing transiting Saturn grinding on my Sun (it’s almost exact, few more mili-degrees to go), and the next minute I’m feeling transiting Mars in Scorpio closing in on a grind over my natal Mars, and opposing transiting Uranus in Taurus – a few astrologers have been warning people about the Mars/Uranus opposition’s effects since it’s a troublemaker.
In non-astrological terms – one minute I’m Heraclitus, who was sometimes referred to as “the weeping philosopher” and in the next minute I’m Heraclitus who was sometimes referred to as “the obscure”.
I didn’t know I was Heraclitus until I got there after a rather odd journey…
“ἦθος ἀνθρώπῳ δαίμων”– Heraclitus (via his wikiquote) put that into Google Translate all at once and then word by word… it’s quite the mind trip. According to some it means – Character is fate… but Google translate thinks it might mean people demons.
It all began the other night when “Just A Gigolo” popped into my head, started playing on repeat, stuck on a loop.
Sometimes earworms are soothing, sometimes they aren’t. In this case it was funny.
The part of the lyrics which my mind was focused upon and wanted me to hear over and over was:
“There will come a day– Just A Gigolo lyrics
When youth will pass away
What will they say about me?
When the end comes, I know
They’ll say “just a gigolo”
Life goes on without me”
I’m 50, so youth passing away is the theme of the decade for me.
What’s that? Oh, hello smartass…
If you haven’t reached my age yet, are younger, you’ll most likely think youth passes away much earlier than that… and you might stretch self thoughts out to include others to frame yourself and might therefore think I’m deluded, clinging to something I lost many birthdays ago.
The etymology of the word “loss” is rather interesting, it includes “loosening” in its connections… as you get older, you can if you want to, loosen up… or you can become more rigid.
In some ways both will happen, and you don’t always have a say in it, but sometimes you do, so you make the most of the parts you do have a say in… maybe.
Many of the things which you thought were so important when younger… eh… meh… whatever (this one will come up regularly if you’re a Gen-X-er)… not so much anymore.
Such as what people think of you.
I read a wonderful bit of wisdom on a comment thread last night, it had very little to do with what was being discussed (which was the real life stories of people who had been lost at sea from long periods of time and had survived):
“Most people get very upset when they are called negative names by others, but there is a simple trick to overcoming this. Here it is: If I went up to you and called you a fire hydrant, would you be upset? Of course not. Obviously you are not a fire hydrant, you are a human being. The same concept applies to when someone calls you something that you know you are not. They are foolish for saying such things, so why would you react with such anger? The only exception is when someone calls you something that is true! In this case, you should thank them for alerting you to a weakness, one that you can now work on changing.”– wisdom bite from What Manifesto on 10 Harrowing Tales of People Who Survived Months at Sea on Listverse
Yes, there was a reason why I was on that posting on that site. Is it a good reason? Does it matter?
One of the survivors was sued by the family of his sailing mate who didn’t survive – they suspected him of having survived by eating their family member…
Which is a strange segue into an article I read on Psychology Today yesterday:
wherein the expert who wrote it has decided to call those who are the opposite of Toxic people – Nutric people, as in nourishing people.
It’s quite a good article, and it’s rather nice to focus on those who are good for you rather than those who are bad for you, if you can get passed the fact that the guy writing it might eat you when hungry as he sees other people as food – either poisonous or nutricious food.
Here’s his list for what constitutes a “Nutric” person:
Nutric People Are:
1. Nurturing. They are supportive and encouraging. They are motivating but not demanding. They seem to truly want you to be happy and successful.
2. Understanding. They seem to understand you. They are perspective-takers able to understand your point of view on most things. When they disagree, they present their point of view without insulting your perspective.
3. Trustworthy. You can trust them without any fear of betrayal.
4. Reliable. Reliability is the key to trust. They act and think in a pattern that is usually predictable and this puts you at ease.
5. Integrity. They evidence honesty and ethics. They seem to follow a moral compass.
6. Confident. They are confident in themselves and their confidence is contagious. Studies on interpersonal attraction show that self-confidence is a key factor in attraction. Do not confuse confidence with narcissism and arrogance, as these two traits are characteristic of toxic people.excerpt from “Nutric People:” How to Recognize and Attract Them by George S. Everly, Jr. PhD, ABPP, FACLP
I wonder what Soylent Green he views himself as being? I’m going to guess he thinks he’s a Nutric since that’s the good one and we all tend to view ourselves as the good one in any good versus bad scenario.
But is it better to be a nutric people food or a toxic people food?
Surely toxic is better since then other people won’t eat you?
Of course, things like maybe you want to be eaten have to be factored in… but what if you don’t?
If you’re nutritious there won’t be much left of you… unless you’re one of those healthy foods which no one wants to eat because it’s not as delicious as the stuff which is bad for you. Hmmm…
The pic of the warning sign is included in this post because it made me chuckle, still does, when I saw it… and I mentioned to The Reverist that I have a habit of taking pics of signs.
If you’re wondering why I mentioned that to him, then check out his latest post:
And spot the sign he took a pic of… one of the most intriguing signs ever!
As What Manifesto said when asked what relevance his bit of wisdom shared had to do with anything: “It’s all linked in a broad sense.“
So everything in this post is all linked in a broad sense…
The morning after the night “Just A Gigolo” started playing in my head, it kept playing so I thought – I’ll listen to it and maybe it’ll exorcise the demon.
Onto Youtube I wenteth, and decided to ixnay the version I was familiar with, David Lee Roth being all DLR going solo, in favour of the Louis Prima version:
As I was listening to it, my eyes went wanderwegging (What the Swiss do in the Alps) to the sidebar with recommendations and I ended up clicking on a musical link, which led to another, and another until I ended up…
On Takagi & Ketra’s – L’Escercito Del Selfie (the Army of Selfie) ft. Lorenzo Fragola (Lawrence Strawberry) and Arisa:
For those who don’t know, I’m sort of fluent in Italian… never learned it properly except for a short spell while being lazy at school (Oh, I can take Italian lessons… it’s easier than German), just picked it up by osmosis while partly growing up in Italy.
“Hai presente la gente che corre in mutande
Dici che non esistono più, dici che non esistono più
Dici che sono depresso, che non sto nel contesto, che profumo di marcio
Ma non abbiamo più contatti
Soltanto like a un altro post “L’Esercito del Selfie lyrics
After that I checked out what’s hot on the pop charts in Italy… I did a lot of ADHD jumping from thing to thing, video to video, song to song, until I ended up on Francesco Gabbani’s – Occidentali’s Karma:
It’s sort of a pop music intellectual commentary on modern Western culture. He mentions selfies and intellect being out of style, with a tendency to look for easy answers to complex questions, and to get caught up in useless dilemmas.
“Essere o dover essereOccidentali’s Karma’s lyrics
Il dubbio amletico
Contemporaneo come l’uomo del neolitico
Nella tua gabbia 2×3, mettiti comodo
Intellettuali nei caffè
Soci onorari al gruppo dei selfisti anonimi
L’intelligenza è démodé
As I perused the comments under the video while listening to the song, I spotted this: “Adesso che a filosofia ho studiato il panta rei ho capito di cosa parla“
Which in loose translation of a comment which isn’t entirely sensical says: “Since I’ve studied the panta rei I’ve understood what he’s talking about“.
My mind went: “WTF is panta rei!?“
So I looked it up and ended up on Wikipedia… of course… and its entry for Heraclitus.
He was a Greek Philosopher but nothing much is known about him other than what other more well known Greek philosophers said about him.
He apparently was considered to be a pain in the butt because he didn’t play by the rules, was proud of being a contrarian, challenging thought at every opportunity in whatever way he felt like doing it… which was often obscure, hard for others to understand, which made it difficult to cleverly construct a rebuttal to it.
He wrote a lot but not much of what he wrote is left except for some fragments which mainly come from other philosophers who quoted and credited to him… while trying to figure out what he was saying.
The fragments of his sayings have been interpreted in so many ways by so many people after him that… no one is sure if he said what they think he said or if that’s just what someone else thinks he said.
He apparently died of a cow dung overdose… what a way to go!
It’s all rather mysterious… and fun to explore.
And that’s how I went form Gigolo to Heraclitus… and you can too know that I’ve shared how to do it.
And that’s how I am truthfully…?
That’s it… your turn now!