Fitful: active or occurring spasmodically or intermittently; not regular or steady.
Knowing that your best skill is just knowing who is smarter, faster, or stronger than you… and convincing them of what needs to be be done.
a mash-up of theatre & mechanisms
This could easily devolve into an essay on the topic of the now reasonably famous idea of the uncanny valley, that concept that when charting realism of something trying to resemble a human against our ability as real humans to accept it, there is a dip in that chart where our acceptance level drops substantially. This is because something that approaches a certain degree of realism needs to get past the creepiness factor before we’ll accept it.
But the point of this essay isn’t to talk about realism.
A couple years ago while visiting Las Vegas, my wife and I attended a performance of the Cirque du Soleil show Kà. It was a spectacular performance, filled with awe and spectacle of the kind we’ve come to expect from Cirque du Soleil.
a mash-up of evil & culture
As has once again been demonstrated, as the literal smoke clears from the latest act of extremist brutality upon the doorstep of modern civilization, we don’t yet have a good grasp of how to define evil.
Oh, true, we have a dictionary definition of “evil” and that is all well and useful. But as terror strikes mounts, weapons discharging into crowds and individuals with varying levels of involvement in the ideological battles that precipitate into acts violence, it tends to rekindle the debate of right versus wrong, good versus evil, and therein the categorization of the moral certainty that defines the incongruous line between justified and it’s counterpart.
Debates blur the distinction, though they are themselves a necessary fuzziness that steps us closer to understanding an unclear definition. We categorize actions, ideas, and ideologies in the perspective of sided-ness, as though their manifest cores acting towards a flood of irrationality when viewed from any other angle but their originating one, and the values inherent in their purpose, so can resolve the question further in the minds of those who discuss these things with enough rigor.
Thus perspective becomes everything, yet all at once remains nothing, for if we cannot judge an act objectively by any standard is it not forever undefinable? Will we ever agree on a definition of evil? Not so long as the line that lets us define morality is blurred by ideology.