Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The Perfect Being/Seeming Dichotomy

Following up on "YA Posting on Being and Seeming"...

Nowhere is the difference between "being" and "seeming" better delineated than on a film set. Even in Hollywood, humanity's great temple of Seeming, the grim sunken-cheeked dude who looks like he takes out the garbage is the one actually getting the movie made, while Ms. Radiant, in velvet and diamonds, is merely the help.

Ron Howard is exhausted, put-upon and unaffected. He doesn't care what you or I think because he's immersed in the doing, with no time/energy/interest leftover to attend to seeming like anything in particular. You can't tell much from looking at him. He's not projecting an image; he's doing. And most people don't do much at all.

Next to him, Audrey Hepburn demonstrates her "seeming" skills. It's all projection. That, right there, is pretty much what she's got. You're not seeing a gateway to some deeper world of sophistication. It's all about the surface, a projection of image.

Really focus on those photos for a moment, resisting your innate captivation/revulsion. You can learn a great deal about the world and yourself from really puzzling this out.

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