Perception, a strange yet factual concept. Truth does not necessarily amount to factual content. Again, it’s all about perception. Let’s take serendipity for example. Is certainly is a factual word (the dictionary doesn’t lie), yet some people don’t believe in it. That would then make it untrue, in their minds. If you are a believer of serendipity, your idea of such an occurrence could gravely differ from that of another believer’s. This then brings us back to perception. I’m not one to spoon feed anyone information so use your imagination. Point being, perception is a fact. The truth of any perception is not a fact per se. What it basically boils down to is that the more we contemplate various points of view, be they fact, fiction or even plausible, dwelling too much on such topics can cause madness to ensue. This can then become the most serendipitous revelations of all, hence this writ. Then again, it could have you committed and certified… Again – perception!
P.S. Don’t let the fear of madness stop you from thinking further than what’s presented in books and texts and scribes. I.e. be a little mad!
With the everyday sensory overload we get from the media, we’ve become somewhat desensitised to struggles. Be it on a global scale or closer to home, the only struggles that receive our much needed attention are those that affect us directly. And also briefly for the most past. There are struggles that we deal with individually, that inspire us to do more than just posting, rt-ing, etc-ing about. Such as the hot off the press book by Author (and fanbloodytastic artist) Richard “Rex” Strife called Denial (@OfficialRichardStrife).
What about (and this is where you know it’s about to get supremely up in your face sarcastic) the everyday seemingly insignificant struggles? I’ll keep it as brief as possible and to the point:
As a human owned by a cat I can say, without a doubt, the struggle whether to remain seated and become a relic worthy of The Queen of the Damned, is REAL! Kitty’s sleeping happily, 5 hours later; kitty’s still sleeping happily “OMGOOOOD”!
When you’re in the gym, as a QUALIFIED trainer, trying to pass some useful tips to a newbie and a geriatric gym (still heinously overweight despite daily “training” sessions steps into the sacred space and starts spewing out all the useless lingo “when your lateralis medialis humerus femur…”. WTF!!! OH YEAH NOW I SEE WHERE YOU’VE GONE WRONG, you think but may not say. The struggle is REAL!
And a final petty yet darkly comical characteristic, not suited for all folks; Ever tried to suppress a laugh at the most innapropriate moments? The struggle – OH THE STRUGGGGLE!
The biggest struggle all of us encounter is the struggle to be REAL. I don’t mean real as I perceive or like but real to the core. As much as the struggle not to cry or pout (not provocatively) is to the beauty queen, when her plastered on nails chip or an eyelash is out of place. So is the struggle for me not to viciously remark on where I believe those accessories will find a good home (anyone remember THE BUTTHOLE SURFERS?). Same can be said for someone who is always nice when deep down they’re thinking of 20 thousand ways to crucify you. That struggle is REAL! And let’s face it, some of our “real” intentions could probably have us incarcerated, making it even more of a struggle to be REAL!
So next time you encounter a situation that rings true with “if it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck – IT IS A MOTHERFLUFFING DUCK!” , keep it real, just move on, mumble (say it for me.. YFC!), and remember somewhere in the world right now, there are cool cats tripping on acid trying to put IKEA furniture together!
Sarcasm vs. Snarkiness = SNARCASM
That’s the basis for today’s plot. I thought of comparing sarcasm to snarkiness by turning it into some sort of verbal hybrid. Turns out that’s exactly what snarky is according the wiktionary. Sarcasm + nasty = snarky! So, then I don’t really need to explain what this is about do I? Unless of course you’re not familiar with any of the above terms and/or meanings (see what I did there)?
People seem to have a major problem with sarcasm. I on the other hand find its a wonderful way of opening the doors of communication between like minded ironically scornful beings. Kind of like the greeting that fellow Trekkies do, only more verbal. See, to me therein lays the difference between sarcasm and being snarky. Sarcasm is scornful indeed, adding irony to the mix implies a certain amount of intelligence and wit, and good vocabulary. Not that that snarkyness is any less intelligent I think it just comes from a more malicious place than the former scornful approach. In fact, it (snarky) is described as “having a rude critical tone”. So it’s kind of like manslaughter against murder in the first degree murder!
The most annoying thing about making a sarcastic comment and it not getting recognition it deserves, will usually just be met annoyance that you’ve wasted your talent on an idiot. Being snarky on the other hand – well let me give you an example: Snarky person gets called at home, on a landline and answers. The caller asks “Hi, are you home?” Snarky answers “are you really this fucking stupid? How else am I going to answer my phone at home if I’m not at home”, etc ad nauseam.
There are many examples out there, point being – sarcasm is way of life. You either have it or you don’t. Snarkyness, well that’s just plain permanent narrative in the form of PMS!