Envy the Dead?

I went to school because I was interested in broadcasting, specifically radio.  Whilst there, I rediscovered two things: my loathing for group work & my passion for writing.

I hated group work (and still do) because rarely do people work on a level playing field.  Group work functions like a bell curve.  Those who function high and brought down by those who function low; balancing the group into a comfortably average performer.  Average is average, but average does not catch attention.  Only two things are worth notice – high and low – the extremes.  Average goes through life unseen.  So many of us are invisible.  We have to be.

I don’t really worry about being average.  I worry about being extraordinary in some way, whether good or bad.  There is no such thing as good attention.  ‘They hate if you’re clever and they despise a fool.’  Doubt and derision.  ‘Anyone going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a moron.’  The first quote is from John Lennon and the second from George Carlin.  There isn’t a lot of appreciation for many things which don’t happen to be average, unless it’s art of some sort where the creator is already dead.  It is easier not to be envious of dead people.

Well, that’s how I feel about group work.  As for writing…I don’t know.  Ask me when I’m produced or published.  I’m average until then.


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