Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Style vs Substance of Freedom and Independence

Among young people who grew up with ready access and networking via the internet, a mind-set seems to prevails whereby the style of freedom is often confused with the substance of freedom. On countless Youtube ‘vlogs’ hosted by young amateur commentators, there’s no paucity of spontaneity that is, furthermore, spiced up with a series of jump-cuts. What was once revolutionary in Jean-Luc Godard’s BREATHLESS is now part of the visual grammar, indeed so much so that most don’t even take notice. And as video software has made the process of editing simple, Youtubers just snip away all the flaws & pauses(and questionable material) and produce a finished product in which disjointedness is part of the verve and charm(at least for those partial to such a thing). Because video-production-and-editing has been made easy, most ‘vloggers’ don’t even bother to prepare what they mean to say. Instead, they just blurt out whatever pops into their heads in front of the camera with the foreknowledge that the chaff will be removed from the wheat later through editing. It makes for a style that comes across as direct and personal, free and independent. But is it really?

It may be that young people nowadays tends to confuse the style of freedom with the substance of freedom. They think if they get up-front and in-your-face, speak loud and fast, use a lot of F words, call viewers ‘hey guys’, act goofy or childish, laugh a lot, and etc., they are being free in mind and spirit. In truth, style is easy to imitate whereas substance takes time and effort to develop. Furthermore, there’s a certain paradox in the relation between free spiritedness and free thoughtfulness. More often than not, what one thinks of as a spontaneous thought or expression turns out to be formulaic and cliched than personal, independent, or different. While some people can be spontaneously original and eccentric, most people end up spewing out the same old same old when speaking off-the-cuff. It’s like when a dog is allowed to bark freely, it only makes the same sounds for the usual reasons. It just likes to bark at strangers and other dogs.
Due to natural traits, cultural conditioning, and personal experiences, much of our world-view happens to be pre-set in our subconsciousness. So, when we push the spontaneity button, what usually comes out isn’t anything new or different but the already prepared and pre-cooked meals of thoughts and emotions. And this is validated on Youtube ‘vlogs’ where everyone thinks he or she is being special, different, or original because he or she just speaks off-the-cuff and blurts out ‘whatever’, when, if anything, most of what they say is just same old same old. Furthermore, even most of the style on display tends to be imitative and cliched. Some imitate the hipster style, some the hip-hop style, some the California teenager style, some the neo-Valley-Girl style, some the radical narcissistic style(that spills over with contempt and disdain for anyone or anything that doesn’t match one’s hyper standards of looks, money, power, allure, and privilege; if classic narcissism is content to look good in the eyes of others, radical narcissism — in the US, usually a blend of rap arrogance, porny exhibitionism, and globo-haute materialism — taunts and sneers at whatever or whomever is regarded as inferior or unworthy). The overlords of Political Correctness surely value the cult of style of freedom(over the substance of freedom) because young ‘millennials’ are under the impression that they are free because they indulge in the style of freedom while being blind to the fact that they are nearly zero in the substance department. Also, in a world where the cult of spontaneity is favored over the practice of contemplation and reflection, it’s hardly surprising that most young people just shut off their minds and blurt out whatever PC cliches have been stuffed into their heads by teachers and pop culture(controlled by Jewish elites). But then, because young people are so sure of their own freedom and independence as the result of their immersion in the style of freedom, they never stop to ask if whatever that’s spewing out of their silly mouths really amount to anything other than the silly barking of PC dogs.

We like to think in terms of "I think this" or "I think that", but most of our thoughts aren’t so much thought by than regulated by the "I". At all times, certain images, sounds, emotions, and words swirl around within each person and try to push themselves to the surface(of consciousness and expression), and what the ‘I’ does is try to rearrange, reorder, repress, realign, and regulate them into cohesive thoughts. More often than not, thinking is usually a regulative than a creative process. The raw materials that emerge from within us and are regulated into meaningful thoughts are the stuff of personality traits, natural drives, memories, and conditioning/training by society. Some remain hidden and inert while others keep growing more potent despite our efforts to repress or control them. Some burst out like the monster baby from the stomach of John Hurt in Ridley Scott’s ALIEN.

When people are prone to blurt stuff out, much of the expression is either animal("me so horny") or politically conventional("‘racism’ is bad"). And because so many young people are little more than barking dogs who confuse their loud barks with freedom, they are easily swayed by Political Correctness that has conditioned them to bark at ‘this hate’ or ‘that hate’. Without even thinking or asking about what is truly at stake, young people just go into mad barking mode, as in the case of students at Duke University when the Lacrosse hoax scandal broke and at UVA soon after Rolling Stone magazine ran a fake story about a ritual rape. The perpetrators of PC mania are so sure of their righteousness that they feel justified even when they act out of false premises and attack the innocent. All that matters is that certain groups are always ‘guilty’ since PC says white males monopolize this thing called ‘white privilege’ that supposedly enables white males to get away with anything.

We tend to think of PC in terms of its dogmatic and institutional power, but its true ingenuity lies in the fact that it has fused mind control with the cult of spontaneity. When practiced as a form of loud and lewd theater, political correctness makes people feel that they are liberated and free-willed with righteous and spontaneous emotions. In this, it owes something to religious cults that have urged people to abandon their inhibitions in their devotion to God. So, there are churchgoers who speak in tongues, go into rapturous fits, and holler like crazy. They think they are being spontaneous and spiritually liberated when, in fact, they’ve come under the control of a cult-like religion. While crazy emotions often make a person difficult to handle, they can also loosen the person’s sense of self-control and defense mechanism, thereby making it easier to win over. Adolf Hitler and Mao Zedong amply demonstrated this in mass rallies where people were encouraged to lose their minds and act crazy... in their utter devotion to the Fuhrer or the Great Helmsman.
One aspect of PC urges young people to sit quietly and absorb all the iron dogma without questions. Critical mentality is neutralized via encouragement of radical self-righteousness among ‘victim groups’ and radical self-hatred — centered around notions of ‘white guilt’ and ‘white privilege’ — among white people. Why would non-whites be critical of PC when it flatters them that they’re so wonderful and noble? Why would whites be critical of PC when any criticism of PC tenets leads to accusation of ‘racism’ and ‘white privilege’?
But then, the other aspect of PC is to make brainwashed youth bark up a lot of ‘spontaneous’ noise in their roles as the aggrieved, redemptive, and/or righteous. As PC can be vulgar and encourages its minions to spice up their rhetoric with foul language, it creates the illusion that PC cliches are spontaneous, personal, and natural than manufactured and programmed by powerful institutions(mostly controlled by Jews). A lot of PC minions don’t know they’re being PC because their style has all the trappings of freedom. It’s like F-Bombs for Feminism. Young girls who know nothing and could easily be made to believe in anything — politicization of children is indeed the last refuge of scoundrels, really — are made to believe that they are speaking freely and independently because they speak lewdly, flippantly, crudely, and nastily. People may believe that being more ‘natural’ and animallike is being more free, but they overlook the fact that animals are easier to tame and control than critically minded humans.

Of course, it is true that excessive restraint and suppression of spontaneity can lead to rigidity and stiltedness in thought. This was one reason why the casually styled American thinker sometimes thought more freely than their British counterparts for whom the propriety of thought was more important than the substance of thought itself. But then, just letting it all hang loose and going into verbal diarrhea mode doesn’t do much for thinking either. PC has the system pour dogmatic pablum down the throats of young people whose mental stomachs are incapable of breaking down & processing what has been ingested and instead pass them out the other side as mental diarrhea that is confused as ‘free thought’. But despite all the noise, tantrums, and theatrics, it’s just PC going into one end and coming out of the other.
PC is all the more dangerous because being ‘different’ has been branded into a casual matter of style. Consider the practice of tattooing. It was once considered an extreme practice, and therefore, one needed some kind of justification to get a tattoo. If one went to hell and back in a war and got a tattoo, that would at least be understandable. It’d be like a badge of honor of one’s toughness and survival. Tattooing is an extreme behavior since tattoos cannot be removed — and even if they can, not easily. What is tattooed in a moment will stay for a lifetime. Tattoo is more permanent than marriage, another thing one shouldn’t do just casually as a matter of style. So, it’s not something anyone should do thoughtlessly in the spur of the moment. But tattooing has become ubiquitous in our culture. Some might hail it as the triumph of freedom and eccentricity, but I see it as the rise of a new disingenuous form of conformism and stupidity. When so many young people get tattoos because others get it, what does it say about their individuality? Aren’t they getting tattoos as a short-cut to being ‘different’ and ‘special’? It’s all about style than substance. After all, any idiot can flash a tattoo on his arm or butt. Even the cachet of eccentricity has been lost since so many people casually get tattoos — and in similar styles in the same body parts — as a form to illustrating that they too ‘belong’. When extreme behavior has been made thoughtlessly casual, it isn’t serving freedom.
Prior to the internet, when a thought popped into our minds, we couldn’t upload and share it right away with the world. So, we had to keep it in our heads and mull it over before presenting it as a coherent thought. Writers and critics couldn’t immediately share their views and thoughts on Twitter or Facebook. They had to sit in a room and expand on their thoughts in articles that were then sent to the publisher who carefully pored over it before it went to printing. Now, a kind of ‘tweet or perish’ mentality has come to define our culture. There’s far more instant and spontaneous sharing of views and opinions, but the ideas tend to be underdeveloped.

Below are some examples of ‘vlog’ culture where style of free expression substitutes substance of free thought. Ironically, the ‘vlog’ style of ‘difference’ seems almost identical from vlog to vlog. Not that anyone should go out of his or her way to be different for different’s sake. After all, the cult of difference can be stupid. If everyone says 2 + 2 = 4 but you say 2 + 2 = 5 just to be different, everyone will be correct but you. Though being contrarian can inspire fresh ways of seeing things, willful contrarian-ness leads, more often than not, to stupidity. But there’s nothing more annoying than people who try to be so ‘different’ when in fact they are just conforming to the prevailing standard.

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