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Bums Life

February 21, 2021

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I can't remember who said it, but the idea that the powerful don't tell you they are, but powerless people do, something well worth considering, both in reference to how others speak but also how you think about yourself. The same is true on the flip side: people who appear fragile or injured, or who express low self-esteem, but it's just a cover, sheep's clothing, while wolf clothing can be expressions of pride or apparent ego and arrogance when each is make-up, designed to hide pathological self-hatred. I suppose it's easiest to lie, a little harder to do sudo-honesty: a little Greys Anatomy style monologue, the kind of thing people say on talent shows like The Voice, something that makes them appear vulnerable and harvest some easy compassion. It's all Acting basically, apart from the truth - whatever that is - but that takes talent, and it's always a performance. This reminds me of another line, this one from Brando, that "Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It's a bum's life. Quitting acting, that's the sign of maturity."


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