August 27, 2008
more thoughts on “the edges”.
[“Edges 2″. Part of “The Edges” series. Click on image to enlarge…]
OK, so this weekend I did another “Live On The Edges” cartoon. I’ve been playing around with the idea A LOT in my head these last few days. More thoughts:
1. I prefer “Live On The Edges” more than “Live On The Edge”. Like I said in my last post, there are lots of “edges” out there. “The Edge” just sounds too “rock n’ roll lifestyle” for my taste. “The Edges”, at least to me, connote more of a feeling “Exploration” somehow.
2. Whether you prefer “The Edge” or “The Edges”, actually, I really don’t care. I really don’t think it matters either way. That being said, the blogosphere is chock full of semantic micro-managers, so I must be careful.
3. I was driving around town this morning, running errands, when suddenly it occurred to me: I have actually reached a fairly high state of what I would call “Cartoon-Enabled Personal Sovereignty”. In other words, I simply couldn’t do what I do without the cartoons. I’d have to go get a job somewhere. Ugh. My advice? Personal Sovereignty is an edgy business. Not for everyone.
4. Yes, of course, the Internet DOES make it FAR easier to be an “Edgeling”. I’ve been talking about that for years now…
5. I read somewhere that the average American today has a higher standard of living than Louis XIV, yet we’re all unhappy. Yeah, having read his history, I’m not sure King Louis was that happy, either. But hey, at least he wasn’t a 17th-Century French peasant. Count your blessings where you find them etc.
6. I’m agnostic. I see both “The Edges” and “The Middle” two sides of the same coin. Like the circle’s center and circumference, both need the other.
7. TV shows start out seeming kinda edgy, then after a while they seem mainstream and boring. This happens even when the writing’s quality stays high. We get used to stuff. We assimilate new forms of language, and then we move on. My cartoons are no different. Ashes-to-Ashes etc.
8. “Living on the Edges” for its own sake is a complete waste of time. “Mommy! Mommy! Look at Me! I’m living on the Edges! Can I have a cookie?” What’s more interesting, of course, is the idea of “Constant Renewal”, “Constant Re-invention”. Edges are a good place to go out and find it. You either have an appetite for it, or you don’t. You either have a talent for it, or you don’t. Life is unfair.
9. I remember when blogging was considered “edgy”. It was actually not that long ago. Now it seems rather mainstream. Like Point Number 7, we assimilate media as a new form of language, and then, again, we move on.
10. You get older and you start noticing how there’s a lot of people out there doing really interesting, crazy stuff, but then they go home and live these very ordinary, middle class, suburban lives. Hanging out with the family, cooking barbecue in the back lawn, movies and going out for Chinese food, playing frisbee in the park, it’s all good. Imagine the trouble these folk would get into if they didn’t have that kind of balance in their lives. By most standards, I would say I have a pretty “edgy” career. It’s why I live in West Texas in a quiet, sleepy town. It allows me push the edges internally without getting ripped apart externally. Living in Manhattan would kill me inside twelve months.
11. People often ask me, “How do you stay inspired over the long haul?” My answer: “By working hard”. Bliss through Toil, Baby. It’s all good.
12. “Edges” is not a lifestyle choice. It’s just something you do. It just happens. No, you have no real control over it.
13. All is Vanity.
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