Game of people, people in the game, people gaming, placing the bets, hitting, scoring, this is how it goes; thinking you know is better than the actual knowledge of someone or something. Also importantly in the case of measuring others is the notion of unreliability of emotions, the amount of our emotional life, how we respond to what we feel, the quantity and quality of our emotions making us. We let emotions guide our doings, our choices, our words. We are very much emotional in our actions, not as rational as we like to see ourselves. Reason is an interesting concept in terms of feelings, as a ruler of Western civilization and what comes to emotional decision-making what part does reason play. Is it also a facade and a choice of appearance to wear reason like clothing. It is there, but it is not there.
Same goes with thinking you know, like living life in make-believe world, a bubble, which is more or less delusional multi-world in which we see glances and tiny fractions and imagine the rest, the make-believe. I like to think the world of people as huge imaginative lust for greatness and glory with disappointments. World of imaginary creations to become the material world, dreams and aspirations. What do we really want? The Material, which are the possessions you want, desire, get and own, guard and become. As you become your possessions, reflection of what you own, you begin to see others through that same lens, measuring their worth through what they own and don’t, as status and position ruled by wealth and fortune. It is gaming with sex and gender, money and status, greed, jealousy, hate, lust etc. emotional cocktails and attempts in trying to hide them in calling it ‘love’ and beautiful. To glorify oneself some are willing to do most anything with a little help.
What kind of features in people are favoured, liked and how much do these features change in time? What effects in the decision of how we favour, who are amiable, who aim to please and who pleases. Which features are not liked, why something is liked and some characteristics are not? It would be easy if negative characteristics would be in the list *of course not liked*. I have been wondering how much the time we live now is feeding narcissism, abusive behaviour, intolerance and bullying. I guess the ways of treating each other badly may change but the amount of abuse and wrong doings stay the same. This is the essential question when stereotypes are analysed or any kind of categorizing happens, liking someone, what is that. Does liking relate to building a net of socialites and gaining power through relations and who you know. How do we connect and why?
In being an artist to possess and connect have special meanings, they are the core of the art world, to have, gain and so forth. So these negative emotions and effects of doing art have to be thought through, firstly: is that what I want?