Podcast Episode 42
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"Cooley explained “self-feeling” in terms of judgments that we believe others make; he described the way we adapt to increase our comfort and self-esteem in view of those judgments, creating a “looking-glass-self.” However, the “thing that moves us to pride or shame is not a mere mechanical reflection...[and] ideas that are associated with self-feeling...cannot be covered by any simple description.... That other, in whose mind we see ourselves, makes all the difference.” In this case, Mothersbaugh is that “other in whose mind we see ourselves,” through the alchemical looking-glass images of the beautiful mutants. His art challenges our predisposition to credit only those who think well of us and to repress or deny parts of our character in order to think well of ourselves."
See pages 464 - 473 The Masks Of God Occidental Mythology - Campbell
"Does it hurt to hear them lying, as this the only World you had?"
LED ZEPPELIN - HOUSES OF THE HOLY
HISTORY OF ACTING: HYPOCRISY
"The word hypocrite, from the neutral amalgam of the prefix hypo-, meaning “under”, and the verb krinein, meaning “to sift or decide”, pointed to the ability to sift through or decide upon the right words to use. Their decision came from ‘under’ because their voice was amplified by a disposable mask of linen or cork that they used for the interpretation of many different characters in the theatre.
Whereas “hypocrite” was a technical term for a stage actor, “hypocrisy” was, and somehow still is today, the tool of actors, rhetoricians, and debaters to interpret their thoughts in a diplomatic way. Specifically in rhetoric and debate “hypocrisy” was used as a means to understand each side of an argument, setting to one side one’s own position in order to give more space to a stranger’s argument, to understand it better. In that case, paradoxically, the mask’s function was to create a closer contact with others without being dominated by one’s own inner tyrant: the ego.
After all, we are always obliged to wear a mask in order to live an intersubjective life. James Ensor, the great painter, understood it perfectly. Being in contact with someone else means mediating between ourselves and the other. Being a person, from Latin persona (“mask”, per and soneo – “resound”) means precisely “being a mask”.
The word “hypocrisy” began to hold a negative meaning in the 4th century B.C., when hypocrisy met politics. I will spare you any comment on this, it is too easy! The great orator Demosthenes ridiculed his rival Aeschines because he had been a successful actor and politician. Aeschines was the Ronald Reagan of the 4th century. His career as actor and politician made him the perfect hypocrite, impersonating characters on the stage and delivering demagogic speeches to his audience. The perfect two-faced man.
Jesus also had a lot to say about hypocrisy. Understandably, if we consider his story, hypocrisy became, for him, synonymous with betrayal and lies. His death was a staged assassination by a few religious hypocrites.
Over the following centuries religion and politics became the metaphorical parents of the negative sense of “hypocrisy”. Although personally, I still wonder if we would really like to live in a world in which everyone always says what is on his mind, in a world of absolute honesty. That seems like hell to me! Can you imagine a world in which Silvio Berlusconi or George W. Bush spoke without any filter at all?
In contemporary literature “hypocrisy” has become a paradox, portraying sincerity as something that actually comesfrom one’s ability to be two-faced. Hypocrisy therefore acquired a sense of fluidity, a sort of loyalty to the multiplicity of one’s own psyche."
"Fan: device to make an air current, Old English fann (West Saxon) "a basket or shovel for winnowing grain" (by tossing it in the air), from Latin vannus, perhaps related to ventus"wind" (see wind (n.1)), or from PIE root *wet- (1) "to blow" (also "to inspire, spiritually arouse;" see wood (adj.)). The chaff, being lighter, would blow off. Sense of "device for moving air" first recorded late 14c.; the hand-held version is first attested 1550s. A fan-light (1819) was shaped like a lady's fan. The automobile's fan-belt is from 1909. Fan-dance is from 1872 in a Japanese context; by 1937 as a type of burlesque performance."
RUSH: TOM SAWYER
"No, his mind is not for rent
To any God or government
Always hopeful yet discontent
He knows changes aren't permanent
But change is
What you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the witness, catch the wit
Catch the spirit, catch the spit"
"Spit: "saliva," early 14c., from spit (v.1). Meaning "the very likeness" in modern use is attested from 1825 (as in spitting image, attested from 1887); compare French craché in same sense. Spit-curl (1831) was originally considered colloquial or vulgar. Military phrase spit and polish first recorded 1895."
Songwriters: Alex Lifeson / Geddy Lee Weinrib / Neil Peart / Paul Philip Woods Tom Sawyer lyrics © Ole Media Management Lp
See Saw Like a Sawyer
""see-saw (n.) also seesaw, 1630s, in see-saw-sacke a downe (like a Sawyer), words in a rhythmic jingle used by children and repetitive motion workers, probably imitative of the rhythmic back-and-forth motion of sawyers working a two-man saw over wood or stone (see saw (n.1). Ha ha.). Reference to a game of going up and down on a balanced plank is recorded from 1704; figurative sense is from 1714. Applied from 1824 to the plank arranged for the game."