Comprehension Equals Imagination

Subtitle: There Are No Corners in Space.

(Pic of Monolith from 2001 Space Odyssey)

Comprehension has always been my predicament. In a world where everything is delivered to the mind without effort its a wonder that human beings havent evolved into bio-electric globs of suitable jelly that are able to spew out perfect computer code. I have always suspected that comprehension is a way for society to control itself. The idea is that unless motivated using comprehension humans beings will end up lying all over the streets, or in front of TVs, PCs or fast-food counters mutating into something socially unacceptable and costing brain-dead workers with careers – those who are able to cope – all their perks and peeves.

-We have to put a stop to that, one human says.

-Let’s invent something then, another human says.

-What?

-Corners!, they both say simultaneously.

-And let’s use it to control things, one says.

-The inside or the outside of the corners, one human asks.

For me, the idea of comprehension was never about schooling, learning or acclimation but instead space, time and material. At certain moments it would be synonymous with imagination – which was the alternative to space, time and material. Of course this had an effect on my ability to be part of what society prepares one for but on the other hand it also enabled a mindset that would help me survive – a step down from the above mentioned ”cope” – and not turn into jelly.

Quite the contradiction. And not very profitable. Hence I have no job, no career, and no friends. Boo-whoo.

Getting through the rigmarole of everyday life – as of two-thousand-six – should be a joke. Why most people in the West dont rebel against this system – or at the least ask why it has become so stagnant and self-serving – is beyond me. I cannot comprehend it. Obviously. The only thing I can come up with is that there are too many people out there who comprehend everything but imagine nothing.

There is an alternative.

Comprehensive imagination?

Heres an example:

The universe does not know what a corner is. Let me repeat. There is no such thing in the entire universe as a corner. At the most there is only a right-angle in the universe but this is used to designate cognitive deviations from acceptable behaviour.

I mean, didn’t Einstein have to re-invent geometry to get to his theory of general relativity? You know, the bending of space and all that stuff.

Just the other day I was starring at the high ceiling of the apartment I live in – it was built around eighteen- ninety, the ceiling is thirteen feet high – and became utterly focused on the corner where two walls meet with the ceiling. I got to thinking: if aliens came to earth one of the first things they would notice in everything we (humans) have built are the corners. They would think:

What dead-ends.

Naturally, their space ships will be round, they know nothing about ballistics, hence they have no rockets and when they inquire about what we’ve done and then humans try to sweet-talk them about things like the amazing pyramids, they will just laugh their alien laugh and the stage will be set for War of the Worlds all on account we have no imagination.

Human beings function so counter to the ways of the universe that it will be no surprise that aliens would never even bother to set foot down here. They are obviously waiting for the right moment when we can cross-over to great minds.

Either that or:

The reality is there are no aliens because they are stuck in the corners we’ve made with our minds.

Rant on.

Tomas

David Mamet 2

Subtitle: Nothing Good Is Organized

What can one say about a man that writes the screenplay for “The Post Man Always Rings Twice” (the remake)? Is the American’t idiom or colloquialism “wow” or “amazing” appropriate here? Or how about the movie “House of Cards”? To this day when I’m in a conflict with Female I always quote House of Cards by saying, “Thank you mother may I have another.” And then I hear the shots fired and feel the projectile splattering away at my lower innards and outers.

But here’s the thing. I like David Mamet. I like him very much as a writer of plays and screenplays. I’m not a hundred percent sure but I think we’d see eye-to-eye on other issues, too. But then again, maybe not. And there is something that I really, really don’t like about him.

I got a little tethered while reading this article. Here a quote from the article: ”The force which kept it (US corporate management) honest was the American labour movement.”

I apologize if Im getting a bit out of context here but Mamet writes with too much fervour regarding politics, corporatism and labour. Of course corporations are behind so much ill fated lobbying and social chaos in America but that is not a predetermined by-product of our construed, misconstrued and brilliant system. Then he writes that corporations and the Bush admin are out of control. But a system was put in place to keep it all in check and that system did not break down. What is Mamets point with this article? Everything is bad, join a union or organize, it’s Bushs fault, vote Democrat?

Ok…

Mamet’s tone is too cold war for me. He forgets one very important aspect of today’s America. This aspect I believe is that ignorance and a lack in consciousness is the American problem. It is not nineteen century ideals or political dogma. America has become a people that would rather be entertained by WWF and sold miracle hair tonic that does everything from fix your house to reduce your taxes. The seller of the tonic, btw, is immortal idealist PT Barnum.

The system of checks and balances that was created by our forefathers that would help us keep it all together did NOT break down! The system was meant to give individuals not just the right but the capability to choose – individually. Election stolen here or there, the situation America is in now was inevitable. As an American the only thing I learned growing up were selfishness and greed  from grade school all the way through college. “Giving” in America – and I dare anyone to challenge this – only happens if taking comes first. In order to be a decent American one has to manage all the negatives. What kind of life is that?

No, I disagree with Mamet because nothing organized can be good. History has shown this. America, from its inception, was about chaos, greed but most importantly, individuality and everything and all else would be controlled by checks and balances aka law. We are no longer a land of individuals. We didnt forget who we are but instead gave up a long time ago on who we could be. The system proved that it works and that the people do not.

Btw, the PT Barnum hair tonic tastes good, too.

Here Mamet I.

Here my minuscule review of Mamet’s “The Secret Knowledge – The Dismantling of America”.

 

-tgs-

David Mamet 1

Subtitle: Method No Good

David Mamet is a great writer. If I was asked to make a list of fav screenwriters he would be on the top of my list. And then there is his stage work. “Glengarry Glen Ross” is one of the best plays American theatre has to offer, not to mention the very simple, minimalistic and highly charged “Oleanna”. But what puts all that in perspective, at least for me, is that Mamet is an outspoken opponent of ”the method”. I have always disliked method acting, not because of what it does for actors – which is a good thing – but because of what it does not do for theatre, especially the process behind managing theatre. Of course Lee Strasberg,Stanislavski, others, have made their mark and contribution to theatre which I will not downplay here. But there is nothing worse then rehearsing a play and for an actor to suddenly say, “What am I feeling here?” My answer has always been, “Go find your friggin feeling, method, Stella Adler on your own time. Now act like a lamp-shade, you fuck!”

When on a tight budget and you have only three hours in rented rehearsal space and an actor starts asking existential questions about ”to be or not to be” the only thing that comes to (my) mind is, “You’ve got to be fuckin’ kidding me!”

I’m not saying that Method is inherently bad. If that’s what makes an actors boat float then so be it. Just do it while learning your craft, while training, but not while working with a group of others on a tight schedule.

Now that I’ve idealized Mamet and joined him in criticizing Method, I must also admit the man doesn’t shit roses. Recently he published an article that got under my gander.

Here Mamet 2.

Here my minuscule review of Mamet’s “The Secret Knowledge – The Dismantling of America”.

 

-tgs-