Millennials: The Entitled or Excluded generation?

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If you’re a young person you’ll be well versed in the theory that you’re a selfish millennial who needs to lay off the lattes and smashed avos. But does this stack up?

With a series of issues like housing affordability, employment opportunities and increased uni fees disproportionately affecting Australia’s youth, being a millennial isn’t just the privileged bed of roses it’s often been been painted to be.

Jan Fran from SBS’ ‘The Feed’, Jacqui Mckenzie a Policy Advocate at Youth Action, Dr Troy Sarina a specialist in employee relations and the head of marketing management at Macquarie University and Sajaheat Mara, a Member of Australian Taxpayers Alliance and Macquarie University’s Liberal Club joined me on a discussion panel to discuss. 

 

 

BABY DRIVER: Music to the front, ladies to the back.

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Baby Driver is the most recent filmic endeavour of Edgar Wright,  a director who has gone from strength to strength in developing his own signature filmic style. Wright’s films are known to be packed with well stylised humour and fast paced action. Baby Driver is no exception, but what the film packs in style it lacks in story.

Following the experiences of young getaway driver, Baby (Ansel Elgort), the film is an ambitious and masterfully choreographed sonic experience. Wright reportedly gained the idea for the film while listening to ‘Bell Bottoms’ by the The John Spencer Blues Explosion, realising it would make the perfect car chase song (also extending upon the 2003 video clip he directed for Mint Royale). And so the film begins, with a heist timed meticulously to the 5 minute and 18 second jam. We as the audience remain in the car with Baby, experiencing the perfectly timed tempo and movement changes alongside and with him. Its the kind of opening that’s sure to have you tapping your feet and wishing your car-trips were equally as well paced.

This is a story about music, Baby suffers from tinnitus – a consequence of a childhood car accident leaving him with a permanent ringing in his ears. To drown out the sound, Baby becomes a mere extension of his ipod, using various forms of the electronic device as the soundtrack to his life. He’s never without his earbuds and music becomes the way he see’s- and to a degree feels -the world. While a beautiful concept and one many music lovers would understand (I meticulously select my shower songs, my walking songs, my driving songs and my running songs in accordance with the pace I require for each action) Wright’s relies to  music and style to guide the film do come to affect its story,  which is still less light on than you’d expect from most action films.

The good-guy (Baby) caught up in the fray of criminal activity, stuck because of not quite clear past actions, and a debt he owes syndicate boss Doc (played by Kevin Spacey). He’s clearly lonely and while his life seems empty and his actions listless, Wright more carefully plays into a sense of untapped vulnerability. He doesn’t belong alongside the likes of high life drug addicts Buddy and Darling ( Jon Hamm and Eiza Gonzales) or of reckless sociopathic criminals like Bats (played by Jamie Foxx). Its not redemption but freedom that Baby is after.

This sense of liberation is what Baby thinks he has found in adorable old school diner waitress, Debora (Lily James). A blonde youth with an endearingly twangy accent, a melodic voice and an overly friendly nature. Baby is immediately smitten. But Debora’s bland and over done character acts a mere projection of his deceased mother, who as flashbacks tell us he very much adored. Freud was definitely smiling in his grave at this sequence. But apart from being his mother-come-love interest Debora apparently isn’t given the room to become her own person. Agreeable, frustrating naive and about as 3- dimensional as a piece of paper, she falls into a deep lust with Baby after he utters all of 5 sentences to her. These sentences, as he tells her, are more than he’s spoken to anyone all year. Perhaps broody is her thing, but girl can’t you see red flags???. Subsequently after one date and all of 1 1/2 conversations (of no more than 10 syllables apiece) she seems content to head out onto the open road with Baby, even shooting someone dead in front of her doesn’t seem enough to disuade her from this relative stranger.

While this is Baby’s story and it’d be rich for his love interest to have an extensive backstory, Debora, just like the diner she’s in is a carbon copy of the 50’s or 60’s love interest. It’s poor character writing, not something you’d expect from the likes of Edgar Wright , but her compliance seems to fit the tempo of the music. And so the Tarantino-esq action,  tid-bits of witty comedy and all round high energy scenes unfurl in a undeniably beautifully choreographed film. Dear Edgar, there is no denying that you have music and moves down pat, but when it comes to women – baby you can do better.

 

 

 

The Tween Zone: insecurity and expectation.

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Yesterday I embarked on an extensive mission.

The task ahead would be difficult, it would force me to confront my fears, to explore the darkest depths of selfhood. It was time to review the facebook statuses of my 14 year old self.

Things got ugly pretty quickly. Even if it were possible to disregard the godawful grammar (special mention goes out to my ability to unnecessarily extend every vowel and even consonant available – ‘hhheeeeeeeeeeeeyyyy’) it was the content that officially sunk the already submerged ship.

When elderly people scorn facebook for being nothing but boring recount of peoples actions I can’t help but roll my eyes a little (they save that for twitter bc its 2017, duh!). In my almost hyperreal newsfeed, memes, video and news dominate- meaning diarised content has become virtually non existent (save an annoying distant cousin or a weird relative or two). But in hindsight if I could unroll my eyes I would, as the statuses of 14 year old me were very much a manifestation of this.

 

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Fig 1: Seems a little hypocritical, all statuses considered….

 

It’s not the oversharing aspect that concerns me, I do realise the hypocrisy of me writing a blog post (or snapchatting- as I did) about my 14year old oversharing and then labelling it a problem. I’m only too happy to reproduce relatively similar content under new media channels such as, instagram, twitter or snapchat (in accordance with the  strict socially accepted standards that govern them). Rather, what truly troubled me is the tension of self and performance present of my meanderings. I’m hardly suggesting my modern dalliances in social media aren’t linked to ideas of performance, but what I am suggesting is the immense confusion 14 year old me was experiencing when she wrote them.

Almost too fittingly I woke up to hear the wise words of Madonna King, author of the new must have book, ‘Being 14’. She spoke on ABC’s the drum, discussing the pressure 14 year old girls face trying to identify themselves in a world where they are supposed to ‘beat the boys at science and on the sporting field’ while ‘dressing in a pretty dress and waiting to be asked to a dance. Add in increasing access social networking and hormones and you have a cocktail for anxiety and insecurity.

My old posts reflect this; if i’m not writing about how much I LOVE films about cars (modern day me couldn’t care less about them) and football ( I barely watch it) I’m posting about how girls my age ‘really shouldn’t act so desperate around guys’ and sharing images of overtly feminine dresses. I’m the ultimate male ally, I can be one of the boys and I want them to know it, but also I’m NOT a boy!!! I love dresses silly!!!. I guess I was waiting for someone to tell me I wasn’t like the other girls, waiting for them to tell me I was smarter, more well rounded, more interesting…..  because isn’t that exactly what a fourteen year old girl thinks she wants?

Again I’m not suggesting females can’t be engaged in action films or have an interest in professional sport as well as loving feminine dresses; these things are hardly mutually exclusive. Rather, what I am suggesting is that for me personally these statuses were obvious acts of gender performance not an expression of a passing phase of interest. I saw girls my age as my competition, I had to be better than them, more well liked, far nicer and of course a lot smarter. Most importantly I had to avoid getting caught up in all that stupid *girl* stuff they were interested in. All the mean while I engaged in a system of ratings, posting on girls walls and ranking them on a scale of 1  – 10. I liked their posts “Like this status and me and Jade [sic] will give you a rating xoxo” waiting anxiously for their response, craving the affirmation and a sense of validation from the number. They did the same back and I laboured over my responses, ensuring ‘accuracy’.

It was cruel, and although at the time people cited my ‘niceness’ and ‘kindness’ (they never do that anymore) my language could be incidentally biting. I always meant well, I meant to help (I think), but what i was actually doing was simply rejecting any lifestyle choices that didn’t fit into my narrow frame. Its easy to see these statuses as a manifestation of my youthful world view- and of course in part that is true, but I think  I was also seriously overwhelmed.  I was 14, no longer really a child but definitely not an adult, how can a parent relate to that? how can anyone relate to that?. The question became am I enough? And for who?

I just want to take a moment to apologise to any 14 year old girl who I’ve simply dismissed as being a little misses. Being 14 is really hard and relating to a 14 year old is even harder. I  want us to remember that these girls need to be actively built up rather than torn down for their ‘silly little interests’; they already feel insignificant enough. The language we use reflects a lot more about our own personal insecurities than it does about the person we direct it to. At 14 we need to teach girls to stop seeing their peers as competition and to start seeing them as what they actually are – which is their equally confused and scared allies. If we teach girls that they are enough they will go on to teach other girls the same and help to stop the dangerous exercises of comparison that kill their confidence. We need to listen to young girls and remind them that soon they’ll be 15 and then they’ll 18 and onto their 20’s and while the world won’t be any confusing they’ll have the skills to cope the room to carve out a space to discover themselves.

 

 

 

Another pressure young girls face is sexting, what do you think about sending nudes ?

Why selfishness isn’t always a bad thing

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Taking care of your own social, psychological and emotional well being doesn’t exactly sound like an inconsiderate and indulgent way of living, so why do we feel so guilty about it?

The connotations of selfishness are generally negative, labelling people as thoughtless, egotistical and self-obsessed. While these implicit overtones are often completely accurate, acts of self care convey the positive associations of ‘selfishness’.

Our anxieties over not being a Mother Teresa clone in every aspect of our work/school/social life can leave us feeling flat and incompetent in our role as ‘do-gooder’ humans.

Yet it’s a little personal healing and self focus that could actually lead to us feeling more content and happy, which as research psychologist Post 1 shows, leads to us being more altruistic human beings.

Here’s a list of must do ‘selfish’ acts to make you a happier and therefore more giving human being.

 

Let go of negative relationships:

Not staying in contact with one-sided friendships doesn’t make you a bad person, we all deserve to feel equally valued and validated in any relationship.While it’s great that you always make the effort to plan a catch up or allow your friend to uninterruptedly rant to you, this needs to be tempered by an equilibrium.

It’s exhausting to be the only one to putting in effort, and while I occasionally condone (neigh, advocate) a good old barriers down tirade (re:existence) its far too draining to constantly be on the receiving end.  Friends are supposed to care about YOU and make time for YOU, so  you need to stop feeling bad  for not completely destroying your schedule to fit in a coffee date that only leaves you feeling empty.

 

Face your problems:

Often,  via a ‘selfless’ immersion into another’s issues you manage to create a diversion, or a way to avoid facing your own hang-ups. While helping a struggling friend is undoubtably noble, ensure you aren’t using it as a substitute for approaching your own problems.

Sometimes helping others ‘fix’ their problems can  provide you with a sense of control that may be absent within your own life, be careful as this is often a false sense of security and leave you tired and unfulfilled. It becomes increasingly less fun watching as other people conflicts are resolved while yours remain open and messy.

 

Accept help from other people

Often a big component of being ‘selfless’ involves helping other people while refusing to ‘burden’ anyone else with anything. It’s taken me 20 years to realise that it doesn’t mean you’re a failure if you need assistance; despite the fact that I have handed out this advice to every single friend that even comes near my friend-cinity.

Whether its talking about your emotional wellbeing, asking for career advice, or just needing a different perspective, it’s ok to ask for things.

 

 Stop worrying so much about other people 

*Time to insert a cliche* Do what makes you happy, even if its not what your family or the people who surround you expect of you.

The amount of times overthinking peoples hypothetical reactions has stopped me from doing things borders on ridiculous (when the list includes not only your mum & dad but also Bruce  who lives up the street you’re too far gone).

Obviously, you don’t want to be insensitive and should always remain aware of other people, but it’s important to remember that it’s not their life and it’s just plain wrong of them to restrict you from enjoying your existence.

Its also unfair on yourself to let opportunities pass you by because you don’t want to tread on anyones toes, this world is fierce, you need to be too.

 

And just remember it’s okay – in fact it’s productive and healthy- to engage in self validation and  act in your own interest. Investing in self care makes your world, and the contributions you can offer within it, increasingly positive and satisfying.

 

On that note… how do you feel about nudesTo sext, or not to sext?

 

1)   Post, S.G. Int. J. Behav. Med. (2005) 12: 66. doi:10.1207/s15327558ijbm1202_4 

To sext, or not to sext?

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Nudes have become the cornerstone of modern dating, acting as a means of spicing up existing relationships and a gateway into new ones (read:hookups).

But are they a good idea?

Explicit images do have the potential to leave you vulnerable in cyberspace and are often (problematically) performed to meet certain social expectations. Alternatively nudes can be a means of liberation and empowerment- a way for marginalised groups to reclaim their sexuality.

So is it performance or empowerment? Ian and I found ourselves seriously undressing this question (pun v. much intended).

 

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Pre-‘lewd’ texting  (geddit) 

WHY AMERICA WON’T DUMP THE TRUMP.

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Donald Trump;  billionaire,  real estate mogul, TV personality, probable toupee wearer and potential president of the United States. IDK, you may have heard of him he’s kind of mainstream at the moment …

In June last year when ‘The Donald’ hilariously announced his presidential bid ( classic Donald) I – amongst most sane people- assumed it was something for tumblr to go wild about and for reddit users to produce endless meme material on.

In a few short months it would be over.

I naively assumed the Tycoons limelight would simply provide the world wide web with fresh humour, my favourite comedians with some new material and then slowly fade into a distant memory. I imagined I would revisit Trump’s failed campaign from time to time with cries of;

omg, remember that crazy time Donald Trump ran for president???? Thank GOD even AMERICA wasn’t crazy enough to vote him in’

But alas, Donald Trump did not fade, in fact his neo-liberalist ideology and his brash nature have so far guided him to winning 10 states and 15 primaries, making him the Republican front runner.

While Trump is largely emblematic of all of the values and ideals which are so highly esteemed in America; wealth, power, belief in free market values, personal success,  (not including his extensive list of failed ventures including my personal favourite ‘Trump Vodka’ introduced under the slogan ‘success distilled’), to many his successful trajectory into the world of politics seems flabbergasting.

WHY?.

It shouldn’t.

As Waleed Aly conveyed in last weeks Sydney Morning Herald:

“Republicans have been training their voters to indulge every reactionary prejudice for years. Trump simply does this better, louder, and with less varnish than his rivals”  

His ideologies are nothing new to the Republican party, particularly among devout Tea Party candidates like Ted Cruz. As Aly confers they are simply making headlines more frequently due to the ferocity with which Trump espouses them and the powerful resonance citizens have with them.

Constantly I find myself expressing my shock, my disbelief, in fact my utter horror at the success of Trump (won’t anyone think of the children???) . Generally this rant begins with begin with the classic opener;

I would honestly be so embarrassed to be an American right now”,

followed frequently by;

“What even is America?? How the heck (insert more colourful language at your discretion) do you go from Obama to Trump??”,

and finally my closing remark,

“WHO IS- AND WHY ARE THEY- VOTING FOR THIS TROLL????*”.

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* The author was not using expletives, simply referencing Trumps alikeness to Troll Dolls

This is generally where I find myself backtracking, reminding myself that in Australia we’ve only too recently seen a similar story unfurl.

“I enjoy onions”

You see the people voting for Trump are the same people who (to a lesser degree)  voted for ex Australian PM Tony Abbott. If you don’t recall that was the PM who munched 0n raw onions, called being an Aboriginal  “A lifestyle choice”, told a female party member she had sex appeal, *pauses for breath*, stated that women would never reach equal political representation for “physiological reasons“, said he’d feel “a bit threatened”  by gay marriage (why Tony you gonna die in a stream of rainbow glitter???),  called climate change “absolute crap”  and many more questionable things…

 

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His success, like Trump’s, was in his ability to play on the fear harboured by ordinary (and if you’ll pardon me – unsavvy) citizens, it’s not simply fear of the unknown, but fear of change which perfectly plays into a conservative agenda. To see this one must only refer to the respective slogans of the neoliberal politicians; “Make America great again” and “Stop the Boats“. Both campaigns, either explicitly or implicitly, convey the desire for a retrospective form of governance, both unprogressive and aggressive in its nature. Both campaigns seemingly say, ‘stay out if you’re not one of us, you’re not welcome here’, this exclusive brand of politics is an essential component of both Abbott and Trump’s rise.It is these hard-lined approaches appeal to voters who see them as un-sanitised truth talkers, an approach to politics unmarred by the constant need to be politically correct and filtered.  This is positively met by many individuals who are unwilling to change their mode of life or accept partial blame for societal or environmental issues (re: climate change) and feel they have a strong leader, who will battle for their right to do as they please (‘damn the environment Susan, if I don’t want to recycle I bloody well won’t, this nanny state of politics won’t control ME’).

Basically its this freedom to do as you like (so long as you’re a white male) that has gained Trump so much support in the self-serving states of America all the while creating contempt within his own party. Donald Trump is a showman, he’s rude, he’s demanding, he’s image obsessed and aggressive in almost every manner of the word – he is therefore far from a team player. So it makes sense that his popularity with disillusioned and discontent voters is  not reciprocated amongst his fellow republican party members. Rather he is regarded with wariness by most members who have founded concerns about his ability to toe party line and present to the world the brand of the Republican, rather than Trump-esque, politics. Like Tony Abbott, with his idiotic introduction of Knight-hoods, Trump gives the finger to party politics that don’t suit him and refuses to consult his elders for reassurance.

“We have to stand up tall and answer freedoms call”

Like Abbott was, Trump is in bed with right wing media publications, allowing for a dissemination of his views to potential party voters and a healthy amount of outrage from the left (this only further enhances his popularity with conservative voters). As in Australia , America’s lack of diversity in media ownership has seen the domination of single viewpoints across multiple outlets. This lack of diversity has skewed the public’s perception of ‘moderate’ publications as dominantly neo-liberal and right winged sentiments are presented to the point where what is a balanced publication/source will be labeled as leftist. To this extent Trump’s, like Abbott’s, brand of politics easily gains support through invariably un-fact checked claims designed to disseminate fear.

He is THE man, not just a man running for the Republican party, voters feel an attachment to him and the well marketed personality he has formed for himself. His lack of prior allegiance to politics and absence of experience in such government positions is also surprisingly working in his favour, allowing the billionaire to appear as an outsider who works for no-one and acts solely for the concerns of the people. I think this has been Trump’s greatest calling card, while we can draw similarities between Tony Abbott and Trump’s ultra-conservative approach to politics, Abbott was solely a figurehead lacking the bravado and personality Trump has cultivated in order to succeed in  a very American style of politics.

So here he is folks, let’s take a moment to appreciate the eloquence and finesse of the probable leader of the Republican party and potential president of America. . .

 

 

 

 

Also lets take a moment to reflect on the similarities of our own ex- Prime Minister, before we rush to judge America too hard…

 

 

 

 

 

Not to Disappear, Daughter:

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DAUGHTER, NOT TO DISAPPEAR:  ★★★★ 1/2

Not to Disappear is the second full length release from UK based indie-electronic & folk trio Daughter, exploring loneliness and the fragility of human connection. Unlike debut If You Leave, the sombre lyrics of Not to Disappear feels like the unforced product of  organic writing processes, they are not overanalysed to convey ‘seriousness’ of the band, they just are. And what they are is an unnerving, ethereal and melodic journey that speaks to the desolation and the emotional depths of broken relationships – physically or metaphysically. The album is filled with painful yearning, unsubsidised by a ravenous anger and rage in the face of diminishing human connection. Front-woman, Elena, once again offers the powerful and sensuous vocals that we’ve come to associate with band, but in not to disappear we ascertain a certain aggressiveness lacking in prior offerings. This aggressiveness, according to Elena, was linked to her transition into self acceptance and expression, the result of free-thinking, unhampered by over-analysis.

Not to disappear is an ode to a really shitty-in-between feeling of numbness, the time when you can’t quite get a grip on anything and youre forced to constantly feel like your inability to belong could send you spiralling down into the dark underworld of depression at any moment.  Festering relationships and the grimy underworld of modern dating are all touched on in tracks Numbers and New Ways, which take on a slowburning calamitous nature aided by perfectly timed pregnant pauses. Overall you sense that the anger and rage present throughout the whole album is largely directed at the wearisome nature of one sided relationships.

‘ I hate being with you, because you are never there ‘

This recurring notion speaks to the agony of putting every fibre of your being into a relationship only to have the other person unwilling to do the same. These sentiments are backed up by the albums post rock/light punk nature which frequently employs guitar rifts and drum solos largely reflective of those present in The National‘s  ‘Trouble will find me’. The lyrics present across the album, particularly in Alone/ With You, convey two separate narratives; one is that of despair & loneliness; the other is of understanding and acceptance. The growth of the album sees the singer take on the empowering decision of rebuilding and gravitating towards self love and acceptance. She’s discovering her identity, refusing to be defined by others.

‘I don’t want to belong/ to you or anyone’ 

Concluding song, Made of Stone, speaks to the emotionally disjointed experiences that have influenced the writers resulting person, she refuses to dismiss them and their impacts on her life. They have shaped her and she is wizened and a little more hardened because of them but she acknowledges her growth due to them.

‘ I think we are all/ built out of memories’.

TOP PICKS: ‘Alone/With You’ , ‘Fossa’ ,  ‘Doing the Right Thing’ , ‘ Numbers’.

 

Grimes, Art Angels:

RÜfÜs, Bloom:

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RÜFÜS, BLOOM:★★★★

RÜFÜS’ sophmore album Bloom, is perhaps the Sydney based trio’s most chilled offering yet, conveying the newly self assured nature of the band . Similar to RÜFÜS’ debut album, Atlas, the writing process of Bloom was largely influenced by the bands location and what frontman Tyrone explains as the ;

Push and Pull.. and the inter-relationship between us and what home means to us”.

 There is a more prominent sense of darkness in Bloom reflecting the impacts of urban-life, travel and long stints away from home on the band. It is their longstanding relationship with Berlin’s dance scene that has clearly aided in this sound evolution, moving the album away from just a beach meets dancefloor anthem like prior album, Atlas.

The more ‘relaxed’ nature of Bloom see’s frontman Tyrone develop his trustworthy vocals into a fuller and more versatile sound that strengthens the album and reminds the listener that the boys are not new at this. This self assured nature is present in the slow burning build of the almost 10 minute long final banger innerbloom. The track is an almost spiritual journey of good vibes- which are of the windows down, shoulder swishing nature. The increased confidence and comfort within the trio has meant that Bloom feels like an entirely natural composition, making the album feel unforced and flowy – rather than mass produced dance-floor bangers. The cheap dancefloor ‘electronic’ tracks played far too many times by the ‘DJ’ at your local on any given night is exactly what this album isn’t, rather its a magical composition filled with smooth, slowburning almost dreamlike tunes (get your tunerags ready) that confirms the successful growth of the band. ‘I’ll take you further’  its the lyrics of Say a prayer for me and they set precedent for the album which slowly and confidently builds, engaging the listener further than ever before.

TOP PICKS; ‘Be with you’,  ‘Until the sun needs to rise’,  ‘Innerbloom’

P.S: Definitely listen to this album twice, due to slow burning nature ect.

Grimes, Art Angels:

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Grimes, ART ANGELS:★★★★

Gritty, experimental and self aware are perhaps some of the terms many already associated with Canadian artist Grimes, but never have they been more present than in her latest offering ‘Art Angels’. Her fourth full length album, Art Angels, is largely self expressive, following Grimes’ trajectory in the music industry and her growth as an artist and person within it. Boucher herself has stated that the album stems from the industries attempts to mould her art and her resulting clash against all who attempt to control Grimes’ narrative. The album is not as whimsical as Grimes’ previous production, touching more upon punk undertones to subtly suggest Boucher’s seething anger at an industry that has tried to mould female experimentation into a joint production with men. She refutes the typically typecast production of female pop, writing and producing Art Angels as an entirely solo endeavor that won’t apologise for its experimental creative vision just like male artists never have to.

‘I’m ONLY a man and I do what I CAN’   

Hooks, infectious synths and Grimes’ incorporation of piano, guitar and violin for the first time allows Art Angels to confidently and self assuredly represent an artist who is ready to face the challenges imposed by the commercial world on an artist. Art Angels is Grimes promise to never bow to the pressure of the music industry, or play into  a conventional narrative. California, a weird amalgamation of pop, country and electronics (that just works) expresses this perfectly ‘I didn’t think you’d end up treatin’ me so bad’  ‘When you get bored of me, you just put me back up on the shelf’. She’s done with all your outdated bullshit Cali and refusing to be the female flavour of the month by playing unoriginal pop bullshit. BYE FELICIA.

TOP PICKS: ‘Kill v. Maim’, ‘Belly of the Beat’, ‘Flesh without blood’

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEEING STARS

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Fact or Fiction.

Virgos tend to be neurotic bitches.

(FACT !!!)

And there we see it, anecdotal evidence for the factual nature of astrology and star signs, I mean damn son that shits definitely realer than kim kardashian’s ass (and maybe even realer than Kanye’s promise for a  2020 presidency run).

As a pragmatic and logical person I naturally find myself scanning astrology and birth charts for some individual sign of personal accuracy and desirable advice, something I very personally (along with a probable 6 billion others) can use to either justify past actions or pre-meditate future ones. Its all written in the stars you know, its science really…

and thats exactly what the pseudo science of astrology tries to sell itself as, an exact science, when really its a market that has been driven by selling universally applicable ideas to individuals who are naively seeking guidance. Its success lies in our desperation for our lives and our actions to have meaning and to be tied to a universally divined path. Essentially the use of astrology is alined with our self satisying use ofpositive bullshit like ‘when one door closes another one opens’ which makes us feel  a-ok because life has a plan for us!. Life hasn’t forgotten us because that other door is opening !, it hasn’t forgotten us because Leo is supposed to offer us a change in the form of finance between the 22nd & the 23rd of this month !, don’t worry there is a universally derived PLAN !!!. 

This desire for order is intrinsic to the human condition, and as a new age phenomena astrology is the perfect low-key and low-involment way of allowing often logically driven people to introspectively and therefore guiltlessly indulge in what the universe will offer this month (will it be love or an office promotion, find out next week on ‘the star signs we live by’). 

Its popularity is also tied to the fact (see the way you can use ‘fact’ without actually using any evidence, v.concerning) that its message is not linked to an authority or derived from an overbearing figurehead. This allows us to feel like we are in control of our destiny when things are going right and that the randomness of the universe is at play when things of wrong. While you can blame a God for allowing your cousins cancer you can’t blame the universe because its just the natural path of life and death, its totally random. 

You can’t escape life, but you can change it. 

And that’s exactly what star signs offer all, a chance to reflexively consider our immediate futures and the actions we will undertake to direct them. Its kind of like visiting a guidance councillor only more immediate and introspective, we take away what we want to and add to it as we wish. We feel like its all going to be ok but it is still our actions which finally determine this.  

ps. Mercury is once again in retrograde for all (probably) so be open minded and something open-minded-y will happen (you’re welcome).