June 22, 2012

Deep Thoughts by Jaime Morrow

Remember Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey? I remember loving his 'deep thoughts' when I was in my first year of college...mid-90s. Ridiculous, but funny in an I'm-so-tired-from-all-these-allnighters-that-these-are-the-most-hilarious-things-ever kind of way. That's what freshman year of college will do to you, I guess. That and the freshman fifteen thing.

Moving on... But, speaking of deep thoughts, here's one for you (tweeted by Troian Bellisario of ABC's Pretty Little Liars):

In case you can't read it, it says LOSS OF SELF = GROWTH.
When this came up in my Twitter feed (yes, I follow Troian Bellisario→she's pretty clever), it got me thinking. About selflessness, about putting others first a little more often. As someone who feels selfish more often than not, this felt like an insightful reminder that I really need to work on that. To grow and change and become a little more selfless every day.

...And then I showed it to the hubby.

This was his take on it:
It feels like something ripped from the pages of Nineteen Eighty-Four or some other dystopian work.

Derp. Now I can't see it in any other way, though I wish I could recall that whole selflessness thing. It felt way less scary. But it really just goes to show how the same string of words can have an entirely different meaning to people, or an entirely different impact on them. It makes me the slightest bit more aware of what I'm typing both here and in my WiP.

How about you? What do you get from this graffiti deep thought?

21 comments:

  1. I'm kinda going with the hubby on this one. Losing who you are is no way to grow as a person. Hmmm, interesting... Thanks for sharing ^_^

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    1. After he mentioned it, I totally saw his point. Now I can't quite agree with what it says. :)

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  2. I'm seriously loving that quote. I just might slip it into one of my future WIPs. There's a lot of truth behind those words. Sometimes we just need to let go and let things happen, rather than try to make them happen. But the keyword here is "sometime." :)

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    1. It could be used in multiple ways in a WiP, which is kind of great. I can see it spray-painted on a wall in some kind of dystopian future, but I can also see it in other contexts as well. Food for thought.

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  3. I agreed with you until I read your hubby's comment ;) And now I think it depends on how we define 'loss of self'. In a dystopian type 1984 type environ, yes hubby is right. But say, when people have small children they talk about a loss of self (I don't have any so am going by what my friends say!) and issues with identifying as a mother rather than an individual=loss of self, but I bet there's a lot of growth there too. Interesting. Going to muse on this one!

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    1. You raise a really good point about parents and children. So true (even though I don't have kids yet either). It definitely makes you think. :)

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  4. And PS going to follow Troian and you on twitter :)

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  5. Viklit is right I think it all depends about the meaning you put behind the words. Losing oneself can be such a tragedy but it can also be a way of moving forward if it´s adding layers or letting go of barriers to find true self.
    :D But of course I came all of that after reading both your post and all the comments :D

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    1. Totally true. The whole stripping down of barriers or the opposite (like you say) can be a great way to grow. Lots to think about there. :)

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  6. LOVED Jack Handey. Now I'm totally seeing it as NEWSPEAK. Bummer. :0)
    LOVE the new blog visuals, very streamlined and gorgeous.

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    1. The NEWSPEAK angle just ruins it for me. Now it's all I see. I so wanted it to be inspiring, not creepy.

      I'm really liking the new blog look too. It feels so much less cluttered to me, and a lot fresher. It makes me happy. :)

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  7. Ha, I definitely had your initial reaction, too! How funny. And now I'm following Troian Bellisario on Twitter--she seems fun!

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    1. I guess maybe it's like a glass half full kind of situation, right? Does this mean that we saw the positive side of the graffiti (before my husband destroyed that notion)? :)

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  8. "If you ever fall off the Sears tower, just go real limp, because maybe you'll look like a dummy, and people will try to catch you because, hey, free dummy."

    I wish I had a dollar for every time I've said, "Hey, free dummy."

    Interesting that you posted this today. My day started out strong, I was excited to go to a publishing presentation by the editor of a small regional press, but I ended up leaving the seminar discouraged and stuck. So my thoughts about loss of self are colored by my mood tonight, and I don't really have an answer except for this, which is actually a question: how can you find yourself if you don't get a little lost once in a while?

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    1. Oh my goodness! That's my favourite Jack Handey deep thought! I love the "Hey, free dummy" part. Hilarious! :D

      As for the presentation, it's too bad it wasn't more helpful. I totally agree with your question. I think the big changes and revelations in our lives come when we're the most lost. At least in my life that's how it's worked.

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  9. I was totally with your husband on this one. But you're right, it does make me think that I should be careful how I phrase things in my wip and online!

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    1. Funny how people see things differently, hey? And the crazy thing is, I totally see it now the way the hubby did. It's kind of creepy now, actually. :)

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  10. HAHA I love it when someone has a totally different response to things like that. I find it exciting to have it knocked into me that my perspective is really just that--my perspecitve.

    Ummm I didn't have either of your reactions, exactly. When taken literally and fully, this quip makes me think along the lines of your husband's response. But if I were asked to respond to it in general, I would say that I think a *temporary* loss of self through a life crisis makes you grow. Because I think that's true. I just think you need to find yourself again in order for the growth to mean anything.

    My latest post: Summer Blog-Epic, Part II

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    1. Wow, this is a whole other perspective that I hadn't thought of. Awesome! I love that it can be taken so many ways and that it's inspired such great conversation too. :)

      I LOVE that last sentence you wrote. So, so true.

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    2. Late to the game on this discussion... sorry! I totally see hubby's point here--especially since I read 1984 for the first time not long ago. I think there's a big difference between "losing oneself" and being "selfless." Losing yourself implies a loss of identity. Selflessness is where you put yourself in the correct perspective with regard to others, and (at least for you and me) God. Isn't a good test of selflessness and humility knowing how important you are to you, and how special you are to God, and still putting others first--considering other people to be more important? Philippians 2:3-11 comes to mind. :)

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    3. ... Oh, and that wasn't really meant as a reply to Susan (hello, Susan!)--I hit the "reply" link instead of the "Add comment" link, and only just now realized my error. Sorry! :)

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