Some Awkward Thinking - Introverted and Extroverted

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 27th May 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1ky-kuhm/
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It is time for both a little introspection and extrospection to think both about what is going on in the world and in my own mind at the same time then mix it all together with a grind of pepper. It is something required of writers every once in a while, not an attempt to become psychedelic, but a trawl through the mind and the world in a hope to make some sense of it..

Inspiration

    "Time may change me
    But I can't change time"
    Heroes ~ David Bowie

Every writer seems to draw inspiration from sipping a coffee (or perhaps beer) in a coffee house (or even some long forgotten bar in a strange part of the world), I think of writers like Hemingway, far from home taking in the world in a strange land with a beer or coffee close at hand as they write their masterpieces. I, among the crowd of writers, am inspired by the drink of coffee, but have found I can never write with a beer in my hand, now it is true that I love a good beer, but prefer not to write under it's influence.

When I was young I recall one Sunday afternoon in the middle of summer and my house-mates were outside sitting in the garden listening to London's Capitol Radio on 95.8 on the FM dial, I do not remember the exact year in the early 1980s, but it seems this was the greatest years of music, hearing Johnny Dod talk about his days in Norway playing with the Vanguards, it was a different era, but his article made me look back and remember these days and how the ladies I lived with had their boyfriends with them that day, at that time I had no girlfriend (having a working schedule that took me out of town most weeks making relationships difficult). The music ruled that particular afternoon, and I always remember it well, a lazy Sunday afternoon in the middle of the summer with Blondie and other artists of that era playing on the radio, which was cranked up to the maximum.

Was that an inspiring time, or simply one that brings back fond memories? I love to seek out inspiration, from events like this and do at times wonder how others present would recall those events today. It was on one of those days, that summer, when the drummer from Sophisti-pop band Curiosity Killed the Cat, who was the brother of one of the ladies I lived with, played on my drum set, I was a reasonable drummer, but not in his league and having no pretence of becoming a rock star I eventually sold my drum kit, definitely the end of an era. Yet another passion had by that time already turned into a successful career, the programming adventure of a lifetime, plenty of room for inspiration, all the time trying to get published as a writer.

Season's End

Taking about inspiration, we all know that at a certain time of year all the season finales appear on evening TV, and while we decry the quality of the shows on the TV we have to remember that they are created by writers, so if we wish to see better then it is down to writers to provide better quality entertainment, something that seems to be lacking right at this time, but in truth things are changing in the world of entertainment.

I have for much of the last ten yeas held the notion that as the quality of the technology improves the quality of production enters an equally rapid decline, but this is one of those awkward thoughts which seems to have no place to settle, no place to call home, but we also know televisions are used in other ways these days. What do we do? Then I am looking about on Facebook and find a post by another friend, this one wishing happy birthday to her latest book, and of course that reminds me to send my own book out to a few more publishers, especially since receiving a rejection email, thanks Phyl for the polite reminder, maybe my work will one day make it to the screen, not that I am counting on that, but finding a publisher is important at this time.

A Question of Reflection

There is a question that I have long considered, does fiction reflect reality or reality reflect fiction? Both questions have been asked and there can certainly be clear arguments in each direction. I used to believe that fiction reflects reality (except of course Science Fiction which more reflects dreams and hopes for an alternative future), but I frequently see reality reflecting fiction, particularly the dystopian genre, where there is little hope, which should remind us of the wrongdoing in society, it doesn't provide a way to fix the root cause but it does highlight the problems that we need to pay more attention to.

How many people challenge the status quo? I often think it isn't enough as every generation should challenge the one that went before, but honestly have to say it seems like the rot set in with my generation (although some may argue it was the generation before and their failed revolution of thought during the 1960s) and the fact that most people today are terrified to challenge what is or cry out for change, which in many respects seems so desperately needed (then you may of course take a different view, and that if your right to do so)..

We seem to have a band of fools for leaders who are following a bankrupt economic system as if it were the god of the ages, it is a funny old world. In many respects I wish I could change time, go back to the past and change things, cause people to be less foolish, cause them to select more sensible leaders, take a different path, but would things really have changed at all? To repeat:

    "Time may change me
    But I can't change time"

Hmmm..., not sure we would be in a very different place as it is tough/impossible (you choose) to change how others act or react to particular situations.

Funny old World

I love to think about things that are happening in the world. At this moment in time the development of the 2016 presidential election in the USA has been an interesting twisting and turning path with the most unlikely candidates becoming forerunners, and with an analysis of the events that have occurred I had an interesting thought, should one of the remaining candidates succeed and be elected president we face a certainty that individual will become the first US President to be successfully impeached while in office, one of the reasons I have been thinking about the need to change how we govern our society, it is becoming time for people to control their own destiny rather than having the choice every few years to select one person who least misrepresents us and have others constantly telling us what to think.

Then again it may be time to go sit with a few writers in the coffee bar and talk our collective nonsense there rather than infect the world with false hope, false destiny, and stop thinking awkwardly and simply observe the older, refined, English lady walking by in her pink dress with a delicate white umbrella to protect her from the harsh rays of the sun as every writer in the joint jumps out of their chair to get a Gelato ice cream to quench their thirst this hot spring morning, which feels a little more like Riyadh in Saudi Arabia than Niagara Falls in Canada.

The Computers are Coming for you!

I think there is time for a final thought of the day. There can be no doubt that Artificial Intelligence is on its way, indeed we already have some reasonably intelligent systems but in connection to my last point about people needing to take control of their own destiny people also need to implement rules that govern the rise of AI systems and control how such systems see human beings. In time I may create my own blog and start developing thoughts on this subject.

The Way Ahead?

Have we reached a milestone? To my mind the future must be about bringing real change, we need to put the needs of people first as for too much of my lifetime I have a clear recollection that the needs of corporations (particularly the 100 largest and most influential in the world) have taken priority over everything else. Can we really claim to be civilised while poverty and starvation exist in the midst of great wealth? I know this is a sudden leap, but a necessary one and it is a question that needs to be answered in every country, region, and city. The world looks to be in a mess right now and is in desperate need of fixing, yet our political leaders are incapable of bringing any real change.

Do we need another Karl Marx, another Lenin, or another Che Guevara to stir the boiling pot of this world and bring about a new revolution? I have never been big on revolution, but sometimes think it is necessary.

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  • Dead Rose CC0 Public Demain Image from Pixabay
  • Dead Leaf by Istara CC0 Public Domain from Pixabay
  • Broken Door by paulsbarlow7 CC0 Public Domain from Pixabay
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author avatar Lyndy
7th Jun 2016 (#)

Wonderful and thought-provoking, Peter. And how I remember those '60's days of music and our own "revolution". To this day there are still many of us who will join a good cause and fight for our beliefs and the rights of others. Our children try, but the world is faster today, and they struggle just to keep up and care for their own families. Time may have changed me, but I'm still a "60's child", a baby boomer, and I still fight for what I believe in. But I also know I simply can not change time, and what it brings. And so it goes...

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
7th Jun 2016 (#)

I pity those in the younger generations, they seem to have no options.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
7th Jun 2016 (#)

My dear Peter,
It must have been a good ride down the memory lane. The only constant thing in this world is change. Our generation used to fight for what they believed. Today, most people are engrossed in the different kinds of entertainment available they have little time to fight for any cause. Occupy the Wall Street was the last movement we have seen in the west.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
7th Jun 2016 (#)

Yes the Occupy movement pointed out some glaring issues, but they did not provide any options for change

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author avatar spirited
8th Jun 2016 (#)

Nice meandering article Peter.

I do not drink coffee, or beer, but I seem to get inspired by reading the thoughts of other writers and then thinking about what they have written, and then I often write something in that area according to what I think on that matter myself.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
8th Jun 2016 (#)

The coffee (or beer) is in many respects a metaphor for soaking up the scene or the inspiration. Hemingway spent much of the 1920s based in Paris and his work has many scenes in bars or cafes. I agree that what you think is important, but there are many people who don't challenge the status quo.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
8th Jun 2016 (#)

Interesting share.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
29th Jul 2016 (#)

hello Peter...good one as always...
what is going on there...i put a page up and although whoever Daisy is she seems to have moderated my piece on Fools but it does not appear and it still says Unreviewed...
it is not easy to work on wikinut...
love to you...

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Jul 2016 (#)

Carolan, I am not sure what is happening. Apparently Sam has taken on a friend to help with moderating, but perhaps she is not yet familiar with how the system functions.

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author avatar LOVERME
17th Aug 2017 (#)

Hello Pete's Your article the first one I have ever read is an eye opener .I wonder how you take to poetry and you Moderate mostly what i post daily .i am so happy to see JOHNNY DOD Review your work I am so happy he was my mentor also But I don't know where he has gone to.But I know his remarks to a lady twisting every poetry I posted'' Lady leave this one she has talent you can only dream of ''How he addressed me as a she
was perhaps a typo.I have been in this world longer than most of you around .I have now become a sponge...
I absorb all kinds of nonsensenses as you know there is only one constant Change it is
We all have to change our ways our minds e all have to develop TOLERATION We all must bear with the fantasies jealousies abuses of all and sundry We are not alone in this vast UNIVERSE.And i terms of time we can only say we are drops of sand in the vast universe in terms of time we traverse from here to there in about 70 to 90 years ...
Most pass away ere.I am grateful to WIKIS and its owners for not paying a dime to me ..I have been here as you all know since last more than ten years ,I am indebted to you all for still reading me My works are like a sine curve up one day they fall the second day and fall as does the Niagara fall where i visit so often ...As it depicts my life in its reality .I make no bones now but there was a time 1000 read me daily now it's my decline as nothing can ever remain at the top over the cliff one has to roll over.Only pillar of strength I have here is LORD
MY LORD SHIVA ..
ask him since i joined WIKI in Johnny's time since then he alone has read every word of mine .
You all say there is a god may be,
but Shiva is a Lord of Wikinuts and me
He still holds my hands I say God if there be one Bless him Now I include you too Pete's as you print every poem I ink It may be fragrance of a rosy a perfume or stink but poetry alone is my very ink.
I sing sleep weep cry laugh and smile
all my while
in poetry no,not for money
It will never be given by publisher any
But to publishers 'twill be a boon
when I too am gone very soon. Till then abide with me do continue to read my poetry.
That's the only change... I will let my sine curve live and it will
Though the level of the surf goes up and down never mind I will one day like Shakespeare will be found He knew no one when he lived now he does in all hearts thrive ...450 years the Thames has flown that many times and more
but Shakespeare is still alive.

and he will!!!!

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