Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Cycle Continues......or is it just narcisism?

When I was a boy (like I'm an armadillo now (Thanks Billy Crystal)) I spent a lot of time in my formidable years talking back to people and challenging authority. Not just that, but I would take time out of my day to say shocking things and push the envelope on inappropriate behavior. I am not really sure why but I would love to see peoples' reactions. Also I think I did it because I really wanted people to step out of what was normal and considered socially acceptable. It is true that I still enjoy pushing the level of absurdity from time to time and certainly my taste in art points to all things surreal or outside the "normal" definitions.

Jump ahead twenty plus years and although I still have an affinity for pushing the good taste envelope I have some friends who have children that were born around the time I graduated High School. In speaking with the mother of these children she was lamenting about her kids were not show ing her the level of respect she demands. I started to think about all the times I had said things in order to shock or dismay people and theorized that my work during my previous life could now be showing up in the complete lack of respect in her children's generation.

Of course, this could also be the whole "parents never understand theor children" argument as well. Maybe it is just narcissistic of me to even think I had any sort of role in it.