Monday, March 07, 2005

Deep?

The viscous but steady leak of metaphysical jargon into mainstream conversation is beginning to irritate me.
It all began with a brief conversation I had with a person the first (and hopefully last) time we met.
I'm not going to get into specifics but here is the gist of our verbal exchange; "You know what it's like, you're a Scorpio.” she said. "No... ...I don't!” I replied. Then she said, "You know when no one gets you because you are too deep."
Needless to say I was disturbed to find out that she actually assumed that everyone thought along the same disfigured lines as her. Of course I didn't say another word to her after that.
My point is that "deep" had no place in that conversation at all. If that conversation were based on an exchange of fact and not metaphysical perception it would have gone like this; "Do you ever get frustrated because you want to do something different than everyone else?” she asks. "Not anymore. Why?” I replied. "Well, it's just that I am trying to push my creative boundaries and instead I end up just doing weird random things and then making up the meaning for them as I go along. It's quite easy to do, and in no way reflects a genuine or mature attitude.” she says. "I understand where you are coming from. Why don't you stop worrying about how unique and individual you appear to others and start focusing on honesty and integrity?” I said. To which she exclaimed, "Wow! I think you're right. Perhaps all of this time I've spent in pursuit of justifying my random and dishonest behavior as a genuinely creative ability, was because I was afraid I wasn't good enough to interact genuinely with others in a manner of earnest. Maybe I should just quit trying to be creative and unique? It really hasn't gotten me anywhere."
In my experience decent people just don't refer to people as "deep" or "shallow". What purpose would it serve to label another as deep? Would they say thanks, and feel special. I just think that honest people would rather hand out better insults and compliments than deep and shallow. It really serves no purpose to consider someone as deep or shallow, or the worst of all "OPEN-MINDED".
People think just the way they think and they believe just what they believe. I don't see how one could deem one person as open minded and another as close-minded. What is the tangible difference between the two? Is one a Buddhist and the other a Methodist? Does one believe in Karma and the other not? Or perhaps one is prejudice and the other is not? If that's the case why not just say they are prejudice, if that is what they truly are?
Quote of Edie Brickell: Choke me in the shallow water, before I get too deep (This is from the philosophy is the top of the cereal box song.)
I wish someone would drown everyone in the metaphysically deep and/or shallow waters who uses the word DEEP to describe nonsensical behavior and/or prose. Or at least try.

'Derogatory

6 Comments:

Blogger jonny-no-stars said...

Predominantly, we are close-minded because we cannot be open-minded without having much of a mind (no structure), so your compromise (such as I see it, not as you say it) of remaining non-judgemental is as close as we get to an ideal, which ironically is deemed "open-minded" in modern parlance.

I won't profess to be your (or anyone's equal) on the question of metaphysics.

As for insults and compliments, they should be targeted and meaningful and so "deep/shallow" are quite acceptable as indicators of a viewpoint.

While from the sound of it you were undoubtedly talking to a vapid nothing, would all who use such language as you denigrate be likewise worthy only of contempt?

The final question is one based on timing. The words "deep/shallow" in terms of expressing the quality of the mind or soul (even) of a human being have, to my knowledge, been used for far too many years for this to be considered "recent".

Interesting-ish blog.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005 5:19:00 AM  
Blogger Derogatory said...

This is exactly what I mean, she doesn't even know what metaphysical means, but yet, she knows exactly what a mentally lazy person she is and it hurts to hear what I have to say about it. It isn't hard to imagine that some pseudo-intellectual took personal affront to my message and felt that criticizing it, with "deep" thesaurusized (my word)language would really put me in my place. I guess you can't stir the shit a little without suffering the flies.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005 8:47:00 AM  
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