May 22, 2008 2:21am CST
"Mediocrity is never so dangerous as when it is dressed up as sincerity"-Søren Kierkegaard Saw this quote on the web one day while i was reading the news, and gave it some thought while driving home from work. Mediocrity. It applies to many things in life. In work or in life, being average is certainly no crime. In fact, i'm very ordinary in many aspects. An average person with an average life. But sincerity. Sincerity is a different thing. It is one of the qualities that only humans knew how to manipulate and used to deceive others. Animals never lie because it's not in their nature. And nature did not change them because they are one with nature while we always strive to "master" nature. Well, that statement is certainly obvious especially in the 'entertainment' industry like films and in the (as much as i hate to say it) music industries. I do not think of music as just 'entertainment' because it's such an important part of what i am. People who loved films would feel the same too. Many singers and so-called artists and musicians are really mediocre these days. You only have to look deeper to realise it. Take away the veneer of skin deep appearance and you will find a shallow shell that places more importance on looks than real musical talents. Many could sing and have 'big' voices but lack any real emotions. Many confuse the ability to sing with a real intention to sing. But do people still care? I don't have the answer for that. What is more sad is there are areas which mediocrity should not be an option at all but were made to; such as in institution like education, healthcare, public service. It is indeed sad to read about babies dying or made to suffer because of incompetent medical personnel, as what happen in where i lived. Are not the duties of educators, life savers and public servants to serve humanities? And isn't a sincere desire to serve a requirement for these profession? Sincerity is a choice we make while we normally don't have much say if we're just mediocre in something. But we do have a say if we're mediocre in something we do. We can always strive to improve ourselves. And if that fails, we could find something else which we're good at.
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22 May 08
Yes, and it is not just in Hollywood, but our schools have started this downward spiral quite some time ago. Those who are sincere tend to be weeded out because they make the others uncomfortable. The bureaucracy smothers the services. Life is more like a Kafka novel every day.
22 May 08
You do mean those educators who are sincere in wanting the best education for the children right? Here it is the same. And education is suppose to be one of the most important aspect of humanity. The world is becoming more and more impersonal with every passing day. It is a good thing to care for our families but isn't it sad that other people's welfare or are no longer our concern.
22 May 08
i agree with you. the music industry part i can't quite relate since i am not in that business. i consider myself mediocre too coz i know i can be better but i'm not really doing anything to utilize the skills i've got to improve myself. i realize that late in life. now, i'm trying to make things get back on the right track again. i don't care if it takes me forever. what matters is that i try. not trying makes it a crime. the situation in the philippines right now falls beyond mediocrity. the corruption and poverty are at its worst. people are hungry for good leadership as they are with food. i don't know when this will change. this country is rich in culture and resources. if put in good use it's people will finally taste this country's wealth. mediocrity certainy touches all aspects in life. it's widespread. i don't think there's a dumb person or a superior person. if we only know how to tap the innate talent we have-we all got it- then we could muster ourselves to be the best that we can possibly be.
22 May 08
Hi Desireeo, i'm not in the music industry either. Only an observer of the trend as music is one of my passion. No, you're definitely not 'mediocre' when it comes to your writing. I like your "not trying makes it a crime" sentence. It wakes me up in a certain way too. A person who works hard to improve him/herself each day is more noble than a highly educated person who remains just that.