Monday, May 07, 2007

The genius and the mediocrity

Have you heard Dylan's 4th Time Around? The song is speculated to be a response to The Beatles Norwegian Wood, he confirmed it in a Rolling Stone interview. It's a beautiful song. Very sweet melody, enchanting words and it wraps you around its enchanting amoral tale. You must listen to it. The lyrics are like this

I stood there and hummed/I tapped on her drum and asked her how come/And she buttoned her boot/And straightened her suit/Then she said, "Don't get cute."/So I forced my hands in my pockets/And felt with my thumbs/And gallantly handed her/My very last piece of gum.

Well, honestly, life's like that. I mean seriously. I won't waste time telling you more, I guess it's one of those things that you got to figure out for yourselves. We're sort of getting spoilt writing here. We also promote mediocrity. I have a serious theory on this point, which I was telling Red Herring just today, this very afternoon, smoking cigarettes, and looking at the busy traffic on the road, everywhere in history all we've done is eliminate the genius.
I don't think the conversation reached to a matter of agreeing or not. It never makes sense in one go, but if you think about it, you really see my point. Or well any point for that matter.
So who are the real figures of absolute genius that have almost overthrown the world at their feet? Sure, you can say Jesus, Hitler, Gandhi, whoever, let's not really get into names, but why've they been succumbed?
Mediocrity doesn't really want a figure like that, so it gave birth to a son called the critic. The critic's purpose is to eliminate the genius. Now don't get me wrong, not all is black and white here. If the critic is a potential genius which recognises another genius, that critic is no longer mediocre and it falls in the fate of a genius. But if you look at religion, it's basically an edifice of an institution built by marketing wing of mediocrity to campaign it self.
Mediocrity is the real evil. We suffer it.
If there's a figure that's born out of religion that's genius enough, it goes wrong. Why? The world never wanted an absolute genius, the reason with human nature is such that it leaves no room for it. It cripples the basic fundamental with prejudice, filth and shame.
Blogging culture has made each one of us be read as New York Times columnists. What blogs do is promote mediocrity, we love it don't we? Read all the fuckedupness, write all fuckedupness, and be all fuckedupness, and the sheer joy to discover someone as miserable as you.
We all write shit between the jewels of our golden words, it all gets published by a click.
Any every great thought is subjected to mediocrity. If you look at it in politics, democracy, is another name for mediocrity. What else does it say? I'm no communist, no conservationist, no fascist nor a rhinoceros. I'm a subject of true democracy, in another word, I'm mediocre. If I had true sense I would establish, and that establishment, would either be consumed or withered, it depends really. Now look at ole Columbus, and what he really got.
There are flashes of geniusness in me, but it's limited. If the world is to be followed then the 20th century has proved it with it's experiments of lucid talk with its political idiom.
The absolute genius (this has nothing to with the Coleridge one) will always die. His death will never be of an average mortal. Be it an overdose, war or long life.
Yet the fascination for the genius will never die, it's quite simple, if the genius is alive we will kill the person, if the genius is no longer alive then we will mourn.
A strange paradox.
Everything and anything that involves more than 2 people is an exhibition of true mediocrity.

8 Comments:

Blogger Ricercar said...

yeah. i was just thinking about some of the thoughts here ... about promoting mediocrity ... i think maybe i should just stop trying with my bloody blog!

2:06 AM, May 08, 2007  
Blogger The Dude said...

Ah my friend, its the idea of conversation like this that makes me miss hangin with you guys in delhi... oh well...
since i cant well argue through comments effectively, all im going to say is that mediocrity is a problem, yes. but the real problem is our intolerance of mediocrity..
everyone wants to be the next big thing, have their 15 minutes.
THAT is what is wrong, no one is happy being themselves... without the average and mediocre folk (you make it sound like an insult btw!) you wouldnt know the true value and joy of having a genius!
Right?
And besides, without the help of the mediocre, even the genius will fail to do what he/she must or can. See all in history, its one of the reasons they had lines like "behind every great man, blah, blah.."
But you are right about one thing, we love to build up and tear down the greats, its a curse of the average that we cant get over. I wrote this little couplet/haiku type thing a while back on this very subject:

We build our god a pedestal
a narrow and a tall one
in order that their fall
may be hard and a long one

good to have you back my friend,
cheers...

1:48 PM, May 08, 2007  
Blogger jerry said...

Dude, I see what point you're tryng to scale. I just have some reservations on it. Dude, would've been best if I had sit down and spoken to you about it over a j and beer. But good times are real moody. So well, I can't say this is one of my best or well-done writing. I wanted to make it a little simple. Dude I know I turn mediocracy into an insult but it really is. The intolerance is always there, the strife for the absolute genius is almost a lust quench. That 15 minutes that's made on TV news is nothing but a person's attempt to display his mediocrity, why does the TV promote the person? Because it wants mediocrity to be everyone's play. It's quite as vicious circle, you must read Ionesco's play, The Rhinoceros, it's a killer one. Will pass it on to you when you're back, and then we'll discuss it dude. We're all enslaved by mediocrity -- and the role of God plays little role. Because life is all mediocracy, anywhere and everywhere, it gets killed. It's another word for ignorance, sure people are happy or unhappy with themselves, but try being a genius for one day? A genius is a genius, recognised or unrecgnised, but if it shows mediocracy (commercialised is another term) it gets hacked into two. The genius, once it becomes one, has little to do with medicracy. It's very simple to 1984, the proletarians hardly matter then dude. But everything stands on a cliff. What pushes everything to its end is just mediocrity.

2:27 PM, May 08, 2007  
Blogger LostLittleGirl said...

Hmmm. I always thought that some are mediocre is certain areas, and their genius shines through in others..
But some rare ones ( Ha ha, I'm being soo politically correct) do not possess genius anywhere...
Now all we have to do is figure out which box fits us..

5:26 PM, May 08, 2007  
Blogger pankajunk said...

well well well....were going through the nietzche idolizing phase arent we...hopefully we'll outgrow it.....

the world might have some genius..but you arent it for sure

6:29 PM, May 08, 2007  
Blogger jerry said...

pankaj junk: you're very new, it'll take time.

6:53 PM, May 08, 2007  
Blogger err said...

The turning point -
Black cup of coffee
Future inversed
Future already happened
Evade or invade
need my words back
I ve been in hospitals,
White heavens - white
mournings - clear life and
clear longing
soups and teas
....calling Ajmer....

11:52 AM, May 14, 2007  
Blogger jerry said...

lost little girl :)

err: calling Ajmer? well crafted, and sometime sloppish. but nice.

1:03 PM, May 14, 2007  

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