Being contemporary means not being boring. I said it without using too many words because sometimes it’s better to be direct.
Not to bore and to be contemporary.
How I came to this conclusion is very simple. Observing what is happening around me. It has happened several times to discuss with someone who considers useless taking social networks as an indicator of common feeling. If I can in part understand the impatience towards points of view expressed impulsively and almost always trivial on Facebook, on the other hand I find this media a perfect cauldron for those who want a quick and fast overview of the topics that afflict society and the most trivial social behavior.
Being contemporary. This is why I write about boredom not dreams
Because in reality the two are linked. Some might say that one of the characteristics of a contemporary man is to have dreams and believe in them. Beyond stereotypes and clichés. Not only. Someone else points out that you should not only believe in dreams, but also have the power and the strength to build them. Quite right. In 2016 almost 2017 we can do so much. Almost everything. But don’t you find terribly boring readind and hearing it constantly?
Boredom makes things so démodé.
I: Do you believe in dreams? Karl: Sure and in nightmares too. I: What is your biggest nightmare? Karl: To do things that seem dated. That look like what I did in the past.
Here again the fear of boring and bored.
Being detached is the key of being contemporary
We should not be too aligned. In opinions, styles, attitudes. The risk of doing what everyone does is high. Boring, and boredom is the most immediate consequence.
It is really contemporary who does not coincide perfectly with his time or adapts his claims and is therefore, in this sense, outdated; but, through this gap and this anachronism, he is capable of perceiving more than the others and grab his time – Giorgio Agambem
Certainly this continual research for novelty has its risks. By the way Vincent Van Gogh died misunderstood and now we all appreciate his art as an example of modernity and innovation. Here’s what you should consider.
Antidote for being contemporary
Watch things with detachment, first of all yourself. Looking from outside your behavior, as if it was the one of your worst enemy and judge what you see.
- Perceive and rationalize the fear of not being up. Of not being understood or accepted. Understand that it is from there that the approval need was born.
- Ask yourself if you do amaze you. Don’t be afraid to do or being different.
- Refuse. To think like the others. Stop leaving common opinion decide what it is right or wrong.
- Remember. Many of those that make you compliments are not sincere.
- Don’t trust the controversy. There is someone who has always understood everything. The right key can’t be found gathering informations on google. Who owns a bleating chorus ready to support any opinion.
- Be proud. Of yourself. Even when you think against the current. So you can not get to everyone, especially the united voice has never been the strongest.
- Always remain polite. The rudeness is the only truly unforgivable flaw.
“Lignes de fuite”
Change or at least try. To do something different. To build a new perspective.
This is not an editorial.
ph. Elisa Rinaldi