In my last post, I wrote about SPACIOUS as an anti-irony mechanism. I could also call it an anti-sarcasm or anti-isolation movement. My passion is connecting people for the greater good and flourishing of all. Yes, that’s ambitious, and yet I think it’s possible.
In the New York Times article I referenced in that last post, author Christy Wampole writes:
“What would it take to overcome the cultural pull of irony? Moving away from the ironic involves saying what you mean, meaning what you say and considering seriousness and forthrightness as expressive possibilities, despite the inherent risks. It means undertaking the cultivation of sincerity, humility and self-effacement, and demoting the frivolous and the kitschy on our collective scale of values. It might also consist of an honest self-inventory.”
A reader, Kate, wrote this in response:
“I think that’s riskier than it should be/sounds, but it’s a good encouragement to settle into being who we are, and being OK with who we are. It’s ‘ironic’ that in an age of ‘self esteem’ (I know we talked about that all the time growing up in school), we (I) can still be so self critical without being actually self critical… if that makes sense! I wonder what I would be (what ‘character’ I would or wouldn’t pretend to be) if I actually truly believed that I was worth something (all the time/more than I do). And I wonder how other people would be freer to be themselves if I truly treated them like they, too, are priceless.”
What could I add to that? Plenty to think about. Where does it take you?