Art and the philosophy of life

Okay, so…

Something I noticed, while reading an entire book of quotes, is that the people who wrote them usually lived at a different time, in a different place and had no idea what it was like to live in a modern city, or world, actually.  Many of the writers had absolutely nothing in common with life today and have been dead for a million years.  That’s why the things they wrote don’t make sense, are irrelevant, or seem ridiculous.  Even the more up to date sayings are out of touch.  I must admit that seeing the word “man” used in some of the quotes, to represent both genders, was eye-opening, since that has gone out of style and good riddance.  The things written in the book were so silly, or even harmful, promising people all kinds of things, if they just believed, or acted in certain ways…all of which were false/lies, that I had to pen my outrage and the cruelty of their words by writing all over the pages.

How about this one:

There is no
wealth but

–John Ruskin

Sure, I know what he’s trying to say but tell that to someone who’s watching her kids die from lack of medical treatment, clean water, or food.  Tell that to a kid who gets shot in a drive-by, or one who watches her mother dying slowly by work three jobs to feed her. Life sucks for a lot of people.

Those who have their needs met, write most of sayings in quote books and you can tell that by the way they don’t seem to understand how other people live.

Here’s another one, by a guy who didn’t like kids:

All your dreams
can come true–if
we have the courage to
pursue them.

–Walt Disney

Hmmm, let’s see how that one works.  John, Bobby, Martin, Lennon, most people living today…yeah, no.  They were murdered for their dreams.  If your dream is to get a bag of fries, then sure, if you just walk to a place that sells fries…your dream comes true.   If you’re a woman, or a minority, however, billions of you can have the same dream…like the dream of not getting raped, beaten, murdered or discriminated against…and all of you dreaming TOGETHER, won’t CHANGE anything.  Those dreams don’t come true.   Those dreams have nothing to do with courage or pursuit, they have to do with the way we allow the world to work…and it works through power over others and hatred.  Nothing people do, gets those dreams to come true.  We can’t dream war away either, that’s another dream that’s dead in the water because of economic greed.  So yeah, another stupid saying.  The sayings tell you to dream BIG, but they what they don’t tell you is that your dreams can only come true under certain conditions, in certain places and if they are allowed to come true.  They don’t tell you that you can be killed for your dreams or that it helps to be born into wealth and have rich friends either.  Ask the Panthers ask the people beaten for peacefully demonstrating.  We can’t dream an honest and sane government.  So the saying should be:  Your dreams can come true if they are very, very tiny and you don’t bother any white powerful males with them.

I’m going to stop reading sayings because I’ve given up hope that there are any sayings that have meaning, or actually matter.  And I’m tired of seeing all that stupidity actually written down on paper.  The overwhelming majority of them are just lies to try and give people false hope.  Some of them are actually cruel because they put the responsibility of succeeding on the reader, when the writer knows all the while that what they are promising is impossible.



Comments on: "Okay, so…" (2)

  1. I agree with you, However, once in a blue moon, something hits home, and it’s usually about loving animals, or how we can learn from them.

    • Oh, definitely. There are some quotes that are just perfect and say exactly what needs to be said. I put quotes on my blog all the time. It’s just that there are so many bad ones that when they are in a book, it’s just awful. Of course some of the books aren’t meant to be read straight through but one is supposed to read a page a day, so that probably has a lot to do with my feelings. LOLOL

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