Sunny Days in Heaven
Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven

Saturday, May 29, 2004  

Today's Quote:

Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.

Samuel Johnson
(1709 - 1784)

This requires a bit of thought. First, I have to think of people who behave absurdly, and then connect them to whom they are imitating, and trying to figure out why they can't resemble their models.

Let's take the absurdity of some fool with fat man's pants, oversized jacket, and baseball cap on sideways. It seems very likely to me, that said person very well resembles the rapper, hip hop model he emulates. Both model and imitator are absurd.

Or is the imitated rapper himself trying to emulate a different model? Perhaps some non-conformist revolutionary, and failing miserably to effect the hero, say Malcolm X?

Generally, I think Johnson's remark stands true. Imitations are generally inferior in quality, and followers usually get their models all wrong.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 11:19 AM |