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17 April 2005

"They keep creating new ways to celebrate mediocrity..."

Watched "The Incredibles" for the first time last night and went to sleep contemplating this quote from Syndrome:

"Everyone can be super. And when everyone's super...no one will be."

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Blogger scottie b said...

it is noticeable, here in the states, how a majority strives to be "super". there is intense competition for this and it is fueled by a multitude of things. is it weird that the bad guy in the incredibles notices this problem and sees what may become of it? that he wishes for it to happen? but he's like the rest of them...he wants to be super, too. i admire those who trully are super in being themselves - for no other reasons than their own. this is my first time running across your blog. it's good. keep it up. cheers . . ..

April 17, 2005 at 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet, when everyone becomes oneself, diversity becomes a singularity. All those who were truly great had a cause, like Charles Martel and the Turk invasion, or Albert Einstein and his physics, Jesus and the salvation of the world... destiny is an essential part of being.
-T.N.O.

April 18, 2005 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger em²ile² said...

scottie b, thank you for your gracious comments. I hope you'll check back frequently! It is strange that the bad guy would notice something the others are missing- yet another paradox. Competition is good, but seriously, if everyone's on the same level of achievement then there's no point to anyone being extraordinary. That's why we can't celebrate mediocrity or support the idea that "everyone's a winner."
TNO, you're exactly right: an essential part of fullfilling one's potential is striving toward a calling that is greater than oneself. Going beyond the boundaries of the individual for the benefit of humanity. Without this "higher calling" we are all helplessly alike.

April 18, 2005 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger scottie b said...

gracious comments? wow! okay then. i agree that not everyone can be different. when people try to be different, just to be different, it is still conformity. there will always be differences as well as similarities. i guess the important thing is why they are what they are. oh. and em, pilfer away. cheers . . ..

April 18, 2005 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger em²ile² said...

"When people try to be different, just to be different, it is still conformity." Amen!

April 18, 2005 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger scottie b said...

i'm still thinking about this post. but i think about this topic all the time. :shrug: i'm generally not one to blame. but suppose there is some blame here? who is to blame for the mediocrity? and then, looking through some old bad religion stuff, i read this: if you offer the people nothing but mediocrity, you will create a mediocre people. look at the choices we are offered...in anything. cheers . . ..

April 20, 2005 at 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are we faced with mediocrity or complacency? I would think that most Americans have not devoted themselves to a task and have chosen to become observers in life's action. Instead of being part of the important stuff, we decide to try to make that next million. So, they hate life because they are denied the unreasonable goal they have set for themselves. Life is not easy, don't mistake me - but it is supposed to be an adventure, nonetheless.
-T.N.O.

April 25, 2005 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger em²ile² said...

What's the difference between mediocrity and complacency? Really, and don't give me some definition off the web. Obviosly, there's a balance involved. I'm just saying that at the moment American society is, in general, leaning far to the side of mediocrity. No one excels and very few try.

April 26, 2005 at 12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think that the mediocrity we see is the problem. I think the source is complacency.
-T.N.O.

May 27, 2005 at 10:17 AM  

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