sâmbătă, 30 ianuarie 2010

About mediocrity

What about it? When is actually a person mediocre? When he is not tall, nor short, not fat, nor thin, not smart, yet not stupid? Maybe when he's not delicate, yet not strong, when he doesn't have the highest grades nor the smallest, when he's not creative yet not dull, when he's not ugly but you can't call him beautiful. Therefore a person is mediocre when he's not excellent nor completely dumb. Still, sometimes mediocre seems to me that it has a worst connotation than the sense of stupid. So, it seems better to be stupid by excellence than mediocre, ordinary, average.
Why is that when a person realizes that he doesn't have the greatest job, nor the perfect love story, nor the highest intellectual competences, nor a perfect body all the world collapses? What is the purpose of life when one cannot be the best in something, or at least for someone? How many persons are really excellent? What if one NEEDS to be excellent in one single field, whether is mopping the floor or quantic physics.
Maybe things are just the way Camil Petrescu (Romanian writer) put it: Câtă luciditate, atâta existenţă şi deci atâta dramă. One's lucidity is one's existence, therefore one's tragedy . That is, all of it hurts when you have a conscience, when you are rational, when you try to understand life, feelings, mind, people and mediocrity.
It may be utter pseudo-philosophic clumsiness what I've written above, but...I was just wandering: what about this mediocrity?

9 comentarii:

professional cinderella spunea...

so true...

BURP spunea...

well, philosophical questions are meant for late night moments, don't u know? :)

still, i'll say that Camil was right :D

Cristina Papacu spunea...

i say 'mediocrity' is a state of mind and it's got something to do with parents loving children for their results, not for who they just are.

Andreea Vaduva spunea...

I'm afraid I'll have to disagree with you in this matter. There are moments when parents are not involved. And this post is not about what people want you to be, but what you want to be. I guess it is more about 'be perfect' issue, if I remember the term correctly out of you and Rodica's TA talks :)

Cristina Papacu spunea...

they were there for the most part of the childhood, their voices linger on :) one comes to a moment when they can't tell the difference between what was asked of them to be and what they really are.

Cristina Papacu spunea...

*be perfect relates to results relates to the script they were trying to write for us.

bulina spunea...

unfortunately, what you want to be and what others want you to be aren't really 2 completely distinct things in reality.

in theory, yep, it sounds great: you CAN be this, you CAN do that...only if you free yourself from what others CAN'T let you be or do.

but the truth is that unless you're an oldskool philosopher living in your own head or on a forgotten island, "you" and "the others" are kinda linked. they talk to you, about you and you can't actually pretend they don't exist.

i guess that guy Aristotle was right about taking the "middle" way. hate to admit it, tho :))))

but that's probably it: you should be yourself as much as possible, without hurting the ones around you. if you succeed doing it, i want details, pls :)

until then, l'enfer=les autres :P

Andreea spunea...

You are most probably right, girls! Kitten, I admit parents' influence must be within us every time, in every action we do and in every decision we take, I just keep forgetting that and concentrating on my inner self :D. Please, Rodica, tell some more about Aristotle's middle way.
We already talked about that being alone stuff, you suffer alone, you enjoy alone, you die alone etc, but you need to relate to other out of fear of being alone. And I remember I told you once that one persons is the sum of what every person around thinks about him and you told me that this depends upon how much you give a crap about what the others think.But now, you seem to admit what I've said...
Damn, it's hard :)

BURP spunea...

you're right, i think one shouldn't give a **** about others think, but i'm not so sure i'm very good at this :)

haha, damn, this is turning into a philosophical blog :)

i'm gonna stop now, as i was telling kitten, i'm not sure i know anything anymore.

P.S.: middle way = capra si varza, basically. pretty mundane :)) always hated Aristotle's idea, seems getting older makes one wiser :)