Sunday, 10 June 2012

Dancing bears, moved stars and metaphors.

Language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity'. - Gustave Flaubert

I don't like to write with quotes. I feel that it is a sad publicity of knowledge, as well as an inadequacy of the self that has to borrow, to express. But sometimes, some are worth borrowing. Sometimes, in defence of myself I shall say, it is absolutely fine to admit one's own shortcomings. (I have plenty of those, but admitting to them is not one of my strong points).

 Too much education makes us rely on words more than anything else. Sometimes, a polished, poetic sentence of love is deemed higher than a crude, animate expression of affection. But then, is poetry only the trickery of words, or is it also elsewhere, and everywhere? Sometimes, it seems, that words are merely the tools that expressions use, when it's bursting out to be expressed. It is inadequate. But words are all that we have equipped ourselves with.

 There are times when one feels that one has not expressed oneself as ardently as one would have wished to. To burst out with passion every moment, is madness, they'd say. With unbridled scope of expressing love, happiness, comes unbridled scope of expressions of hatred. And to stifle the evil, one sometimes has to stifle the good as well. Like, the Bible said, young Jesus gave up his good life to pay for the sins of mankind.

 'Tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity'. The necessity of strong vocabulary aside, words are only a poor man's arm to guard himself against too much of expressiveness. All to maintain the cosmic balance of good and evil. After all, what in this world is worthy, the wise shall say, if not moderation, sophistication, and decorum?

12 comments:

Zeebs said...

I used to be intelligent. Then I went to school.

Olive Oyl said...
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Olive Oyl said...

@Zeebs: Haha :D Nice to have you drop by.

Eon Heath said...

Hey, Hi...
i dont really know why, i was expecting to read from you today. And so, after a long absence, i logged in.

hmmm, words are true, its the writer who uses them deceptively.

A good read, like always.

Regards,
The guy you dont know.
(Eon)

Olive Oyl said...

Hello, fellow I don't know.

Clairvoyance? ;)

I guess, writers always do not use them deceptively intentionally, but out of a necessity because they can't express otherwise. :)

Eon Heath said...

Well, i always feel that a writer always uses words to his advantage, like, the tools of ones trade.
he knows best how to weave the web so that the reader will miss what it really means and will see it through their perspective.
:)

when one always says that the glass is half full or half empty, is anyone really concerned with what is in it? ;)

Regards,
The guy you dont know.
(Eon)

Olive Oyl said...

@chap I don't know:

Interesting perspective. I guess, out of everything else, what matters is the perspective, of the writer, of the reader and those perspectives lost in translation and interpretation. :)

I've always thought of it as water :P perspective ;)

Eon Heath said...

Precisely my point. We are too engrossed with what was and what might be, and forget the whole point of noticing what really "is"
:)

and i always thought it was someones half left peg of scotch.
;-)

Aditya Kasavaraju said...

Once again brilliant phrasing. You don't need words to put across any perspective. You are a natural writer.

Olive Oyl said...

@Fellow I don't know: Captain Haddock is an apt profile picture then ;)

@Aditya: there are shortcomings. plenty ;)

Eon Heath said...

Captain Haddock is indeed the best...
;-)

quartertoinsane said...

You went to too much school. Didn't you.