Platitude Lacks Resonance
|Boredom is never boring till it's flat!...
Resonance is more vital than energy
In The Beginning was The
Because a word is a vibration, in fact.
Verbs are vibrations... Sound makes energy...
A crystal glass will sing for you. Flick an apple
with the back of your nail; if it is crisp, it should not sound
dull. The Morse Code is
flat for being monochord.
|The Mother of
In The LONG SHIPS,
Sidney Poitier, a Moorish Commander,
eventually teams up with Richard Widmark, a stranded
Viking chief who is also
a compulsive thief, in order to locate The
Mother of Voices, a very large bell, made by monks from gold collected
in all Christendom...This object allegedly
produces sounds capable of creating or destroying... Being
a hedonist, the thief only cares for melting any part of this
metal and have a good time with Scandinavian women back home.
A wise hedonist. The Moor already has a harem, now he is having
|In Indiana Jones, the
Nazis were digging for The Lost Ark for the same frantic reasons:
anyone who owns this biblical object becomes immediately invincible
and cannot be defeated! Whether sound
has anything to do with the so-called
Power-God, this highly enjoyable movie does
not suggest. Another rather brilliant bit of cinema which could
have picked up an extra billion dollars at the box-office, had it
so much as treated the selling-points.
We only get to see lights & flashes—as
with the UFOs or Saturday Night Fever, for that matter...
What is truly enigmatic about the Ark
isn't whether it has ever existed, but the itinerary it followed
when it was taken away from one place to another by all sorts of
people, who didn't believe it existed...
Sound used as a weapon would outclass any WMD—even those one might find
hiding in a hole on the ground... Plain verbal platitudes can
do just as much social damage as a Neutron-Bomb and no one could
tell, for the same inconspicuous reason. The last time someone tried to use sound for military
purposes was in late 1800s. The Frenchman went mad,
immediately. It was too abstract,
probably... Back then people needed
horses, heavy guns—and shovels, too—to feel that they were
doing war. Anything more
subtle than trench-digging was deemed
injurious by social organisers of the day, who insisted
evolution must be gradual... Luckily, late 20th century censors were able to think a
little faster than all that! We are now so refined we even stick
warning-labels on explosives, in case someone sits on a crate to
have a smoke and then sues the factory, for lack of adequate designation... Proper warning now consists
in sticking labels on cars, stating, Do not get into the automobile through the
The Litigation-Culture isn't a problem, because of the financial
transactions involved: these ruin lives, all right. But
problem is what can happen to a whole
civilisation on course with its grandiose futuristic destiny,
when it allows its commonwealth of intelligence to be quite
mercilessly chipped away. Intelligence is a living breathing force, as real as
trees and rivers to be cared for. The future of our children depends on the quality of
intelligence we are fashioning for them, at present.
Platitude in self-expression
The sound produced by a wooden bell is typically
dull. Dullness in sound has a low vibration-rate or none, it doesn't have a
ring to it, no timbre and the tonality is flat. Similar effects are
observed at all levels of existence in every aspect of daily
living, both individually &
collectively. However, assessing flatness in terms of self-expression
involves several factors, apart from quality of sound in a
speech. Also, all rules must be adjusted to the fact that millions of
individuals have never produced the sounds of language since
birth, and as many have never heard the sound of
All platitudes in self-expression come
down to a matter of (1) meaning, and (2) resonance.
Flatness has lost its capacity to
resonate, to echo...
SELF-EXPRESSION is the total result of the things we say, what we mean,
how we say it, and how we look when we say it...
And the room became quiet...
Self-expression is the totality of a person's output achieved by
any combination of physical & abstract means, tools or
faculties, including: language spoken, written, carved, symbolised;
physical language in signs, facial grins, mimics, gait &
gestures. We have defined
Personality! Character is the nature of a thing—also a summary of all
that one is; but this remains private, an internal experience. Personality is
character brought into contact with a
live ambience. Someone is said
to have or have shown character
usually because of some heroic deed, brave,
noble, or even smart act—or because they acted on
time—which is what heroism turns out to
be! But morality often meanders in academic definitions
as the first explorers in the Nile.
Glenn Ford was a
hero for going back to school after another day, in The Blackboard Jungle. Having character is a
weighing of one's private experience against one's tendency to
re-act to hostility all about. Results
produced by this tentative
balancing are regarded as
quasi-supernatural— especially if a bully is looking at
it!... Bullies really believe
that all it takes to survive is to side with
the natural hostility of existence. This technique was tried by
the Visigoths siding with the Romans, when the Huns were coming
too close; or vice-versa. It is still very fashionable.
In the final analysis, anyone unwittingly
encourages bullies-in-society who looks for
solutions against hostility, but never thinks of contributing the
simple effective wisdom they have in
Meaning in a face...
Intended meaning shows in the overall tone of dialogue,
personal presentation & body language—facial
The face, not the eyes, reveals all intents & options.
If there is a sincerity of love, you can see it in the eyes. But
the face tells you if love has happened...
A platitude is a flat
If a man's
face is not animated and his tone is
unchanging, he is more than likely to issue platitudes all day
long. Unless he were Bill
Collins. None of the above applies
to women—they look good, even if they are very liberated. A
woman may only be dull if
she is concerned with her self-worth in excess
of the circumstance, or if she is going on a date. The apprehension of
landing a boring fellow is terrifying in advance... Concern over self-significance is seldom
appropriate. This positive commercial curse affects both genders much as convicts in Charles Chaplin's days used to drag a gun-bullet in shackles. There is no real liberation until we learn to feel
good without the self-tormenting hype—which can be done without
depleting the economy! We never know
how to congratulate ourselves when we
pick up an award, anyway... The words
are the same whether we have obtained a
wife, a world title, a medal, a wage-increase, a seat at the
Senate—or when we thank our
In short, self-esteem doesn't add
A reporter [any gender] interviews an
athlete at the end of a race:
REPORTER [very excited] :
How do you feel, now you've broken the world
RACER [panting away] :
Don't know, great... feel I could've done
No need to go deeper into the interview.
The reporter is guilty of a double
platitude: for asking the
obvious, repeatedly... and not guiding
the conversation to more enriching ends,
considering that performers are
eager to please a world of fans & spectators, via the
interviewer, and will oblige the latter's
directives, implicitly as a rule. When you keep being asked "How do you feel?", you end up
believing that this question must be
central to all purposes for the rest of eternity. This persuasion is detrimental to champions and is
liable to weaken performance over the years, rather than particularly
Contribution has a ring to
No statement however low-keyed, monotonous or
casually ridiculous is a platitude, if it brings some contribution.
Vital issues have a ring to
teachers—politicians too, sometimes—often
get away with a clay-bell performance.
This is followed by the usual
criticism: "Anyone says as they please
or nothing at all, if they have power & authority!"
In fact, people in key-positions tend to
raise vital issues for
everyone, and we take it as it
comes—because when there is talk of crisis, we want to know
what is going on & what to do; who cares how it is said? Unruly pupils pay attention when the stakes are high, even if the
presentation is acutely boring. Bigger bullies will actually
put up with severe nonsense, for that same reason. The problem
facing parents, educators &
social organisers is to
determine a ratio between what is of
critical interest in certain frames of mind, and completely
dismal in others. Such an equation
would resolve a great number of instances where one thing is mistaken for another. This should be a good start. The social mathematics for this equation must try to
clear the matter of whether
emotional states are an indication of any particular
potentiality—can the fact of feeling very aggressive or in
a rotten mood be pacified by a promise of professional
No one is born a rebel.
A child has to learn how to do this,
step-by-step. One learns to howl
with the wolves—but where does one acquire
the bad habits, before going with the pack?...
Contrary to prevailing opinion,
men listen to what women have to say—and
carefully—because what women say always is of great moment to a
fellow! Most men might struggle to put it into words why that is,
if they have never thought of it—but every boy knows it,
before he learns spelling. Then
comes the shrugging!..."It's not worth the bother!" In a nutshell, this is what a shrug reveals. Highly
specialised Body-Language Seminars still teach that. There are
variations. A young man pretending he isn't interested in the
girl over there... An assassin planting a bomb-device in public
bins, looking at his watch and quietly walking off, after giving
a silly shrug... Since then,
finding a disposal-bin in a city,
train-station or shopping-complex is like finding an oasis in the
Shrugging it off is a reaction to something important that cannot be
psychologically integrated. Men
dismiss feminine views in a shrug—and vice-versa—because reverse biological
perceptions are much too difficult, important & revolutionary
to be casually accepted. Based on this
formula, dealing with relational
problems may require as much interest
in exploration as in cooperation—exploration as in
Discovering America, Diving Deep, checking out life on Mars or
going to Nepal.
Making it interesting enough for a
boy to suddenly acknowledge that he
has a capacity of soul, a potential hiding away in a charm that
also hides away..., is another
matter. Men know that they have feelings—even grotesque bullies do, or would they take pleasure in hurting?—but in most cases, sensitivity tends to be regarded
as a manifestation of Santa Claus: whenever it happens, it
feels good—especially because it never is what you had in
mind when you wrote for a Christmas wish... And this feels good, because it absolves one from having to worry
about the next situation, whenever that might be...
In other words:
Feelings are central to a woman, because it really feels good,
when it happens. But men enjoy sensitivity, because it is completely
unpredictable. As to brutes & villains, they like sentimentality
above all when that happens to them, because then do they discover the
joys of masochism.
No one is sadistic who doesn't long for
the reverse psychological trends.
Examples of this latter process abound in
S & M, or sado-masochism has been accepted in every social era.
Excluding this game of Yo-Yo,
the human agenda would fit into 153 pages, the
The following definition of S & M
does not hint at contemporary trends.
now doing a piece of psychological sculpture:
Sado-masochism was in vogue long before the two men who gave it their
names were born. Freudiana
describes this way of being as stemming from a
need to hurt in order to feel guilty,
so that being hurt in turn becomes enjoyable, as a relief from
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