Complications, Entropy, Perspective, Nice Views, Ornaments and Reliefs
I was thinking of what kinds of pictures people have hanging on their walls, if any. I think most people have pretty pictures on their walls, and not much great art. Great art is too hard to look at, I think.
It's a lot easier on the eye to look at something simple, like a pretty picture. Some artistic masterpieces are too difficult to understand. If there's some Van Gogh or Picasso or something hanging on some wall, it will be mostly ignored. Some will actually purposely avoid looking at it, like it scares them or something. They will actually sit themselves in a chair that faces away from the painting. I think this is because it's too complicated for them, so it scares them.
I myself like simple things, but complications don't scare me. I try to avoid them as much as I can, of course, but when faced with some complication, I'll usually take a simple way of dealing with it. The simplest way of dealing with complications is to ignore them, of course. This approach usually works pretty well for me. Usually, complications untie themselves when left alone. It's like the sheer weight of their mass can't hold together and they fall to pieces by the unrelenting laws of physics.
Entropy is a law of physics that I like very much. Entropy decrees that everything eventually will fall to pieces all by themselves with no help from us. This is a very convenient law of nature. If it wasn't for entropy, everything would still be around. I mean, all the stuff from thousands and millions of years ago would still be in existence, scattered about everywhere. If that were so, there'd be hardly enough room for us to move around.
So, I think entropy is a good idea. Who ever thought of that law of physics and put it into operation deserves a pat on the back. Who needs a lot of useless old junk all over the place? Nobody.
Visual perspective is another good idea. Visual perspective means that things that are far away look smaller than things that are close by. This is more advantageous than you may think. If it wasn't for visual perspective, even really far away objects would look their actual size. We wouldn't be able to see anything if this were the case. Everything would all be piled up around us, actual size, and it would be too complicated. We couldn't look at a nice view, for instance. Everything in the nice view would be bunched up right here in front of our faces, and the nice view would be spoiled.
Now, nice views are important because they're calming. When I want to be calm I always go outside and find a nice view to look at. Sometimes, when I'm just standing somewhere for a long time looking, a neighbor will come by and ask me what I'm looking at. When I tell them I'm looking at a nice view, usually he'll screw his eyes up and try to look at what I've been looking at, but he hardly ever seems to see what I'm seeing.
On the other hand, maybe my nice view doesn't coincide with what my neighbor considers what a nice view is supposed to look like. This is very possible, as everyone is different, and everyone likes different things. I don't criticize people for liking different things than I do; I just think their likes are misguided. It's not their fault, either. They probably can't help liking stuff I don't like. It's sort of a disability with them. They're appreciatenly challenged.
Sometimes when I'm sitting with some neighbors in their yard, I'll start staring off in some direction and loose the thread of the conversation. I find myself doing this pretty often. I don't talk much, anyway. This doesn't seem to bother my gathering of neighbors. I think by now they don't expect me to say very much. I find this slightly odd, because even though I don't usually talk very often to them, they keep inviting me back to these little social gatherings.
I think they invite me back because I add some class to the group. Class and cool-ness. I'm sort of a celebrity to them in a way. These are ordinary people, but I'm not ordinary. I stand outside the social norm to them, and they seem to like to have this curious fellow among them. Like an ornament.
Now, I don't mind being an ornament. I've been an ornament all my life, it seems. It's kind of nice, in fact. This way I don't have to fit in anywhere. Most people naturally fit in, but not me. If I want to fit in somewhere I have to work at it, and it's usually not worth the effort. I prefer being the outsider. It's a lot more interesting, and it's easier, too. For one thing, this way I don't have to pay much attention to what's being said around me. This is a great relief in itself.
Reliefs are another thing I like. Every time I get a chance at a relief, I go for it. Like, when I've had enough, I take a relief. This is because enough is most times too much. I don't want enough, I just want some. Some is enough for me. When you have enough of something, it's like being dangerously close to the edge of a complication.
I like things to be simple, so some satisfies me. This is like visual perspective, in a way. When you have everything piled up right in front of you, you can't see the nice view. When you have enough of something, it just gets in the way.
You can always wait for entropy to take care of this problem, but entropy usually takes too long. Better to start with some, then you don't have to worry, and if things start getting complicated, you can always take a relief.