Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Dare to be a Daniel

“Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.”
--Albert Camus

French thinker Albert Camus along with his intellectual predecessor hailing from Denmark, Søren Kierkegaard, are two of my favorite philosophers of all time.

Those two rank number two and three right behind President of the Catholic League, William Donohue, who can still make an argument for the perfection of the Catholic Church even though it is obvious to many of us, that Bill’s every day anger is merely a mask to cover memories of being fondled by a Catholic Priest when he was but eight years old…or something.

But I digress…

Anyway, I was desperately trying to think of something to write for today, when a guy came through the Beer Mine in order to purchase a six pack of Budweiser bottles.

As I handed the six pack of bottles to him he said, “Could I have a bag for those?”

As that request always pisses me off, I said jokingly, “But it conveniently comes with a handle.”

To which he chuckled and responded, “I know, but I have nosy neighbors.”

Y’know?  Camus was right.  Here’s this dude some 55 years old or so worrying that his neighbors may see him take some beer into his own fucking home.

Dear God…and this is not the first time I have had this experience.  I have witnessed often the, “could I have a bag so my neighbors don’t see me drinking so many times.”

Every time it happens, I cringe and think, “Why the hell do you hide who you are or what you do from neighbors whom you probably don’t even give a shit about?”

Granted, Camus said it more eloquently in the introductory quote, but you know what I am preachin’ here people!!  It drives me nuts because there are plenty of examples such as that that unfold every day.

People who say openly and/or privately…

“I don’t want others to know that I take my kids to McDonalds.”

“I hide my smoking because my peers will look at me condescendingly.”

“I go to Church every Sunday, not to worship a God and Jesus about whose tenets I haven’t the vaguest clues nor live by, but rather, just to be seen.”

Man…it is sad that so many fully developed, adult human beings are so incredibly afraid of what others think about them, that they devolve into something that they are not.

Sad, that they hide who they are.

Far too many people hide their true feelings in order to be accepted into certain social groups, neighborhoods, political parties, and most sadly, one on one relationships.

It never works out.  When one conforms to societal norms that go against who he or she is, there is bondage. Bondage of the human spirit, and the end result is almost always, self loathing and displaced hatred towards others.

Folks today need to get out of their emotional and societal easy chairs and dare to stand alone.  Or as Camus said…

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”

Sadly, too often today, personal freedom is looked upon as being a form of rebellion, but it is a revolution for which we should take up arms in the form of individuality, and fight.




Mike said...

Your right. I'm going to McDonalds.. in the daytime!

I'm With Stupid said...

Mike: You're a good man Mike. Long may your Big Mac wave. Cheers Mike!!


From the Mind of a Madman said...

I say be yourselves everybody.... and proudly let that beer belly out.... so it can be the place to set your value meal and beer bottle on....

guy on computer in the back pew at church.... you know getting seen!!

Beth said...

I don't care what people think of me...obviously.

I'm With Stupid said...

Madman: I know people who tweet from church. I guess God is omnipresent. Cheers and don't spill your beer, Madman.


I'm With Stupid said...

Beth: That is evident by the company you keep. Cheers Schmoop!!


I'm With Stupid said...

This is why I got to strip clubs during the day and park right in front instead of around back in the hidden lot. All we can do is be ourselves and if that's not enough for people then fuck 'em.


Jo said...

That was beautiful! Yesterday I went to the store without makeup. It was very liberating because my eye started itching & I could actually rub it without ending up looking like a raccoon.

I love nihilists but I'm just too peppy to be one.

I'm With Stupid said...

Jay: I love your outlook and the strippers love your big roll of one dollar bills. Cheers Jayman!!


I'm With Stupid said...

Jo: Camus was beyond nihilism, he was an absurdist. He knew that humans could never reach what they wanted to attain, and yet saw them trying to. Cheers Jo!!