Common Courtesy

I am generally a nice person. I really believe this.

After all, I think anything you fail to believe in entirely lacks reality and I carry my “nice” quality like a catholic carries a rosary.

Still, I must reiterate that I am, “GENERALLY” a nice person.

Yes, yes; “generally” is the key word. Truth of the matter is, no matter how “nice” or “good” my intentions are I can often be quite the bitch. And yes, sometimes, my intentions may even not be so “good”. Ultimately however, I am genuinely a whole-hearted individual that is fed up with all the hurt and destruction this world manifests. Thus, I have and am continuing to make a conscious effort to do the opposite. I am making a conscious effort to emit positivity and goodness, no matter how much something or someone is getting on my nerves.

As one would imagine, this is much easier said than done. People have idiotic tendencies, and although I am no Da Vinci or Einstein, I am by no means an idiot either. I breathe in knowledge and attempt to exhale artistry. Intellect and creativity are my life force, and when people demean them, I feel as though they are demeaning the essence of who I am. People simply suck sometimes. How then should I respect them? F*CK THEM! Right?!

This is a dangerous place to be. Bad, bad wave length within the spectrum! This is what I like to call: the self-righteous pedestal. Far from self-confidence. Far from love for one’s self. This is separation. Down right and utter severance of a plausibly worthy experience or connection to another human being.

The fact of the matter is we are all stupid in our own right. Trial and error, hypothesis and test, failure, experimentation—all part of our nature, our essence. So, if you are “smart” enough to notice “stupidity,” I say: GET OFF YOUR F*CKING PEDESTAL. All we can do is bear to learn from the darkness of stupidity to seek to reach the light at the other side.

Have the common sense to acknowledge the fact that people have different eyes. Have the common sense to acknowledge the fact that people will never truly see what you see. But more, have the COMMON COURTESY to acknowledge the fact that people are people, just like you—no matter how differently they see.

So, be kind. Be nice. Be wise.

🙂

As Fiona would say,

“The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do”

Headline Change

 March, 2013                        WELCOME TO KAY DICTION

Initial headline for Kay Diction’s blog: ‘A scoop of my perception for your appetite and interpretation.’

New headline as of March 2013: ‘You are not poetry. You are not fiction. You are not prose. You are diction.’

I think the new headline is better suited. After all, this is what the blog is about. I decided to start blogging because, well, it seems like the only logical vehicle to drive. Rather, the train to hop on, during the writing journey of 21st Century times.

So tune in for what I have to say.

You may find, you appreciate, you relate.

This is my scope, my wave’s length within this spectrum.
These are my words, using our language.
Open, for your eyes and perception.

A human making use of tools.
Of Internet. Of language.

These are my words.

I Am Diction

Myth in Love, Love in Myth: The Story of Culture

Carl Jung’s archetypes, Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, and Claude Lévi-Strauss’s Mytheme make the universal nature of mythological stories evident (Archetypes; Mytheme; The Key That Unlocks The Door). Stories like Romeo and Juliet, Orpheus and Eurydice, West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas and even the recent Twilight Saga tell the tale of prohibited, passionate love. Notwithstanding of tradition, cultural beliefs, customs, or time period, these stories seem to share the common theme of love’s beauty, strife, lament, and power. They contain a certain mythological air that allows them to be breathed and filtered through many lungs. In the book “Transformations of Myth Through Time,” mythologist Joseph Campbell writes,

“The material of myth is the material of our life, the material of our body, and the material of our environment; and a living, vital mythology deals with these in terms that are appropriate to the nature-knowledge of the time. The imagery of the human body is really the founding imagery of myth”.

Love stories like the aforementioned hold this mythical essence, taking from the environment, behavior, and various personal constituents (e.g., cognitive, affective and biological events) to construe the stories we all come to appreciate. Just as myths provide narratives about origins or how things came to be, so too do love stories seek to explain the state of those in love.

Love stories and mythologies are integral attributes to society. They encompass the individual and the multiple, and entice affect and understanding. Insights from psychologist Albert Bandura ‘s Triadic reciprocal causation model can be applied to the understanding of mythology and the love story in that they both involve interactions between personal, behavioral, and environmental determinants. Myths and love stories take form within social constructs. Lovers and heroes are a product of their social-cognitive milieu. They tell the tale of man, mind, and the responses to and from the world he lives in. What makes these stories transcend time and culture is that fact that they are rooted in the constant, reciprocal exchange between the the story and the society it represents.

 

 

References:

Archetype. (n.d.) In Wikipedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archetype

Mytheme. (n.d.) In Wikipedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mytheme

Reciprocal determinism. (n.d.) In Wikipedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reciprocal_determinism

The Key That Unlocks The Door. (n.d) Exploring the Arts foundation. Retrieved from http://electricka.com/etaf/muses/mythology/understanding_myth_and_mythology/understanding_mythology_popups/the_key.htm