Acts of Distancing, 2001

1) The aesthetics of media: Use of television displays of tragedies can provide a loss of feeling and numbness to people because of the repetition and acts of movies that portrays a sense of fictionality towards real people. The drama of life is portrayed through media instances as acting, hyper-real, and other scenarios of documentation that deject from the presence of the person in life – and cater to the movie made feelings of a play, an act.

2) Distancing and Emotions: who is to say that emotions play a key role in perceptions of reality and truth as well as harmful and hurtful techniques. Is it human or a Vulcan philosophy which is right to distance ones self from emotions in order to become objective instead of subjective in engaging in representations and actualizations of human emotions which portray tragedy and reality.

It is the act of distancing which personifies and separates contextuality between humans; it is a means of coping with injustices as well as a pertinent response to want to enjoy life instead of being controlled by emotions. The act of being manipulated by emotions – that we have a desire to dominate them – to control our emotions – is part of the struggle to live and exist as humans – there are certain degrees in which life becomes at stake – in which our own selves become at stake – the act of distancing – objectifying realities, and dislocating the personal which tends to digress behavior, but also allow for emotions to not get in the way of the thought patterns and postmodern understanding of feelings. It is a means of coping with tragedy, a way of presenting ones self in acts that are not engaging but more absolute justification and rationality involved

Truth vs. Fiction:

1) Who is to say what is real and what is fiction (postmodern dialogue). Everything becomes subjective, according to ones understanding of reality and truth – the perceptive notions of materiality as well as what has transpired.

2) There is a reality involved – an underlying set of circumstances prescribed outside modes of fiction which develop the nature of what is happening. The acts of fictionalized reality create a drama that desensitizes the urgency of reality, but allows an imaginative side role in life – it is the act of this play that we conform our lives to (conform our inner beauty to expose). Who is to say what brings on the fiction – whether books have brought on the issues of creating fictional accounts of life – dramatizing the mundane experiences we have, allowing for a romanticism of aesthetics that develops issues of separate realities – an act of distancing occurs in this. Conforming to the narrative of fiction – creating fictional accounts of reality – aesthetics, who is to say what becomes beautiful – what becomes objects and what becomes reality.

It is this dialogue between metaphors of fiction, the narrative dramas which we create for ourselves in life, and the idea of truth, whether absolute or not, that that cater to feelings or emotional understandings of aesthetic phenomenon that allow the distancing to develop between fiction and reality, repressing the real for aesthetic purposes – painting a portrait of subjective reality and objective reality depending on how one paints. There is a great loss at distancing but there is a great gain – the postmodern dialogue of never choosing a side, but these become integrated and feed off each other like a matrix, a network, a web of meaning. The act of distancing in personal surroundings are important to consider – their implications as well. We have all been hurt, forced into playing a drama – are enactment of fiction that caters to the idea of a person as an actor – the play is life. These aesthetics dejects the context in which these plays are presented, manifested, and what they ultimately show in narrative form – the tragedy and joy of human life.

This rant has been brought to you by my philosophy of literature class – a great dialogue was started this morning as I became lucid from lack of sleep. This is what has erupted since – the act of distancing reality – placing it as a play – where the actors only tragedy is fictional – one cannot get the sense of a real person hidden in this medium, only the beauty of the play – the aesthetics of it.

And so I write this as I include the medium of emails as another one of distancing – of creating separate realities I no longer chose to exist in – I want the real, I no longer want to distance myself from you – I want to engage in these fictional and realistic accounts which have become a major part of my life. But this desire is not immediate – it is the act of seeing that is the first step.

“What has the actual lapse of time got to do with it? It is only the shallow people who require years to get rid of an emotion. A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” -The Picture of Dorian Gray

Ultimately this is how we all feel sometimes – but there is a problem with this, which we find out alludes to the grotesque soul of Dorian Gray, and the tragedy of its distancing from the real person.


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