Friday, 25 September 2015

The web of the ages of life

I remember the time that I was told that there are just [insert random number between 1 and 30] types of story. This was interesting to me as I planned to become a writer, (once I had something worth writing about.) After a little more research I realised two things, that are relevant to that:
  1. We all pigeonhole things to understand them through generalised groupings
  2. You can cut a cake up into as many sized slices as you want
That said, I think that it could be beneficial to discussions about the stages in life to have names for the emotional periods in ones life, (and that of others.)

"He is going through a pre-rebound funk" to describe the time between being dumped and no longer wanting to see the other person, seems a little heavy.

What and That and When have four letters. Who, Yes, How have three and No and It have just two. These are important words and I feel that the fewer the letter the more important the word is, (the to an it is how.)

If we look at human life, the first division that I met was 3: The riddle of the sphinx.

"What walks on four legs in the morning,
two in the afternoon,
and three in the evening?"

The three ages of man is a nice riddle, but not very helpful for my purposes. So maybe a need a larger number: How about 7?

Seven turns up a lot from the middle ages right up until the end of the Renaissance. We had seven celestial bodies, (Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn); Seven days of the week.

Shakespeare divided life into:
  1.    Infancy
  2.    Childhood
  3.    The lover
  4.    The soldier
  5.    The justice
  6.    Old age
  7.    Mental dementia and death
Which is interesting as a start. In English we now have the term teenagers, (which is surprisingly new.) Now I want to add "the 27 club". Then when I look at  Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie I notice that as well as being horrendously, humongously talented they both went through a period of depression. This seems to be linked with a period when the nihilistic realisation strikes and gains a more dominant position; The individual fails to keep their balanced perspective of  the positive aspects of life.
This could be seen as a huge disrespect for the amazing chance that we each have, to be living, but at the time Churchill's black dog bites and the fantasy of death seems preferable.

There is that half-done moment, when you realise that you have, (statistically) used up half of your time on earth. (I haven't got to the, "Almost" stage where you start to report that you are, "almost 90" that seems to happen to people when they feel old, (or are under ten, "I'm five and a half."

"I hit the bottom when I reached the top." This may be a cliché but is quite understandable. You have a goal, you focus on that goal and during the journey to the top you are working so hard that you don't have time to moap... but once you get there you have time to look about and think. Thinking: Bad!

Though I have often, (far too often) met individuals that I felt should resign from life I would have to agree with Dylan Thomas, "Do not go gentle into that good night", or as I put it, "do not go quietly into that dark night." I don't want to stigmatise suicide or euthanasia any more than I would want to glorify them. I feel that we each own our lives and if we want to end them we should be able to. This does not take into account the debt that we own to humanity, (here I'm using humanity to generalise our respective societies into a whole - but obviously we act locally.)

Individual development is not linear, it is a web. We each learn the same lessons, but it could be in any order. There are some things that seem to depend upon others, (writing demands language).

If I listen to Eddie Izzard about his own personal development, (and it should be noted that we listen to him because he is talented and has worked very hard in one aspect of his life, namely the professional part - but usually I feel that that gives an individual no access to talk on other topics, except in his case that is patently not true. I may not fully agree with his politics, but I would be offended if you did not listen to him.) "Where was I?"
He highlights that we must learn to be strong to achieve positively in life. This will enable us to be honest with others about ourselves; Which will, in turn help us become more fulfilled individuals and give more back to society. That is why it is in the interest of us all to accept each other for who we are, and more importantly accept ourselves.

I would campaign to alter society to encourage everyone to do exactly what they want, as long as it does not negatively impact others, (but for that to happen we would need language and words to inform others that their behaviour is undesirable in a way that would not be responded to. It is no good if the meekest observant person can not highlight opportunities for improvement.) Additionally, it is becoming more and more clear that our subjective lives are best judged by others and the worst judge is ourselves. That said there are somethings that I would want implemented: No shouting in public places, no littering, (but absolutes are hard to implement and are sometimes more destructive.) These are the things that matter to me, NOT which religion you are part of.

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