“Life is behind us, because we came of it; life is the supreme memory. Individuation got us out of the world of beginnings, that is, out of potentiality, out of the infinite becoming, from a world in which the roots are trees, and not ephemeral sources of the illusionary trees, of being…”—Emil Cioran
if i say that i hate music, it is because i hate the institution. just as i hate the institution of art. both are used to serve the consumer culture. both are used to sedate the people into mindless consumption and production.
i prefer the idea of a scream or a grunt. it is not emotion that directs this farce. it is logic. shapes without substance. the appearance of truth rather than the actuality of it. the symbol has become its object. particularly in our society.
underneath this construction is a weak foundation, made of rags. the only way to unify a disparate mass is to convince its members of a unifying principle where there is none. this is propaganda. art is made to serve the unification of the whole for the purpose of its master.
with punk rock, and other musical movements of its kind, there really was no unifying principle except for the alienation of its proponents. out of the utter meaninglessness of the symbols used to colonize the minds of the people arises a larger truth. this truth is the truth of a solitary self. this is where true art resides.
i can wear symbols, i can speak symbols, i can live symbols. i will always be a representative of a demographic, an object of a class. this is how commerce is making subjects of the people. the new fiefdom in the corporate feudal state.
if we are convinced of the necessity of belonging, there will always be a deficiency. the true strength of the social dynamic lies in dissidence. difference between individuals creates new ideas, new directions and influences others to respond in kind… in their own language. that difference has been turned on itself by marketing professionals and we are dying culturally.
still the rebels are born anew each day. i am gracious for that.