If you are reading this, you are wasting your time going by the pretentious title which sounds interesting to you, it really isn’t!
Despite my warning, if you are still reading this, then let me post some good quotes to make this article even more pretentious –
William Shakespeare – All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances and one man in his time plays many parts.
Game of Thrones –
Jamie Lannister: I don’t care what people think about me.
Tywin Lannister: That’s exactly what you want people to think about you.
Sherlock (Hounds of Baskerville) –
John Watson: Now you are just showing off
Sherlock Holmes: Of course, I am showing off. That’s what we all do.
So, if you are still reading this, the title and the quotes would have made it clear that this article just intends to slightly uplift the much-maligned pretension and slightly censure the much-celebrated honesty.
Everyone’s saying that they value honesty and appreciate honest people but do they really do that or are those honest people really honest? We as social beings are always consciously or sub-consciously showcasing our personalities in front of society so isn’t that a contradiction to being brutally honest? Isn’t ‘not showing-off’ a way of showing-off that you don’t show-off? Firstly, since we generally learn about other people’s intentions and pretensions from self-awareness, then it just shows that when we call out someone’s pretension which the world isn’t directly seeing, we know that because we have probably been pretentious in a similar way, so even my honesty showcases my pretension. Moreover, if honesty is celebrated way too much, any conscious individual can just pretend to give just the right amount of honest statements and present himself physically and socially in a manner which would be coherent with the same, even though he would have made a number of alterations to his natural self to present himself in that form. Now, since I as a self-aware individual am pointing out the same, so that makes me next level honest, a level above the people perceived as honest individuals. But since, I know that pointing this out would make me next-level honest so do I become secondary level honest or secondary level pretentious about being honest? I am aware of this secondary level as well, thereby reaching a tertiary level of pretension of honesty and since I can keep on doing the same thing, taking it to a higher level each time, I am just stuck in an infinite loop of pretension.
I could have just named this pretentious article ‘The Infinite Loop of Pretension’ showcasing subtly that I am a coder or I could have named it something like ‘The Enigma of Pretension’ like some verbose pretentious writer. The current title just suggests that I dig philosophy and presenting it in the same way with some pretentiously added sarcasm for the sake of humour! Also, I have Grammarly checking my grammatical errors while writing this piece and I will still proofread this to ensure that everything is fine so that I am not ostracized by the elites for incorrect grammar.
The article is just criticizing itself and the author or is it? I told you it’s a waste of time but you were rebellious enough to still read it till here. So let me break this chain.
When do we break this loop of pretension? As far as my understanding goes, it only happens under extreme emotion when you actually stop caring. It can be ecstasy where you are not bothered about anything because you have invested your happiness in a single object. The object can be another person, an activity, an obsession, anything. But even then, you wouldn’t stop pretending as far as that object is concerned, especially if it’s another person. You will be showcasing your perception of your best personality in front of that person and thus be in your most pretentious form. Oh, I just defined love.
You only truly stop caring about everything under a state of depression and that is when you can actually reach a state of brutal honesty because at least in that moment you aren’t concerned about showcasing your personality. You feel like you have lost everything and that is the beauty of depression. It is addictive, it keeps you there, you know exactly what you have to do to get out of it but you wouldn’t do it. You would only wish to somehow go back in time and correct everything which you feel was a mistake and go as far back as it takes to avoid reaching that state in the first place. Thus, depression becomes your reality and everything else which ideally primarily concerns an individual like its perception in the society takes a backseat.
So, basically we don’t really value honesty because true honesty is a state of a depressed mind, we only value people saying slightly more honest things than us, thus making us slightly more honest in the process, that too only if we can connect with that kind of ideal about which that person is being honest. This is in collusion with Plato’s forms or Hegel’s helical development of everything which especially includes our personalities and ideas. (See, I told you I am pretentious and I totally dig philosophy, just look at the pretentious name – Dialectical Diaries) Also, I have showcased that I watch Game of Thrones and Sherlock but I haven’t read too much Shakespeare, so don’t make that perception about me and I have also showcased that I am quite self-aware.
So, once again why did you waste your time reading my pretentious piece whereas you could use this time to think about optimizing the pretension which will give you the best social result? Also, wasn’t that bit about depression heavy and extremely relatable? Because, in this capitalist, monogamist (a side effect of the former, also known as civilization) world, which makes you reduce your social relations and invest heavily in one person so that you can have a balance of a family as well as some private property, most of us have faced/face/will face depression at some level.
Adios! Let me share this on social media and be a bit more pretentious.
PS – Sorry CIA, I publically criticized capitalism, couldn’t resist! 😛